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Marlins' pitching prospects impressing in Minors

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MIAMI -- The Marlins' pitching prospects are moving up the ranks in their Minor League system.

At Triple-A New Orleans, there are currently six starters who have either already pitched in the big leagues or are getting close. Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday added another starter, when Merandy Gonzalez was optioned back to the Minor Leagues to make room on the Major League roster for 23-year-old right-hander Elieser Hernandez.

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MIAMI -- The Marlins' pitching prospects are moving up the ranks in their Minor League system.

At Triple-A New Orleans, there are currently six starters who have either already pitched in the big leagues or are getting close. Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday added another starter, when Merandy Gonzalez was optioned back to the Minor Leagues to make room on the Major League roster for 23-year-old right-hander Elieser Hernandez.

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With Miami, Hernandez's role, for now, is long relief, but he could eventually start. Gonzalez, meanwhile, will start on a staff that also includes right-handers Pablo Lopez and Nick Neidert, both tracking towards being big league-ready. All three could be in the Majors at some point this season.

But New Orleans has other candidates even closer to being ready for the show. Sandy Alcantara, the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has made seven starts for the Baby Cakes. He's joined in the rotation by left-handers Dillon Peters and Adam Conley. Right-handers Zac Gallen, Trevor Richards and Ben Meyer round out the starters.

Peters and Richards have pitched in the Majors this season, while Conley made 62 appearances between 2015-17.

Video: CHC@MIA: Peters goes six scoreless against the Cubs

"When you make all the transactions we made over the offseason, our goal was to try to create as much depth and layer our talent throughout the system," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "I think we've been able to do that throughout our system."

The Marlins continue to show patience in the development of Alcantara, the hard-throwing right-hander. In seven starts for New Orleans, he has a 3.79 ERA in 38 innings, with 34 strikeouts and 17 walks.

On Thursday, Alcantara allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings.

"The thing that we wanted from him, following Spring Training, is just consistency," Hill said. "Consistent strike throwing, commanding the zone. Consistency with his breaking ball. Consistency with the little things, like controlling the running game. He's still progressing well, and we're excited that he's continuing to throw the ball well."

Video: Top Prospects: Sandy Alcantara, RHP, Marlins

Peters has logged 25 2/3 innings with the Marlins, in six games (five starts). In his first appearance with New Orleans, he gave up three runs in six innings. Before being sent down, Richards started five games and threw 23 2/3 innings in five starts for Miami. With the Baby Cakes, he has a 2.51 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings.

Gallen also is knocking on the door to reaching the big leagues -- he sports a 2.57 ERA in 42 innings with 38 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Meyer, a 29th-round Draft pick in 2015, has a 2.10 ERA in 34 1/3 innings, and 30 strikeouts and eight walks. With a surplus of starters, Meyer could be a candidate to be a multi-inning reliever.

At Jacksonville, Lopez is a promising prospect who hasn't allowed a run in 19 innings since coming off the disabled list. He has 20 strikeouts.

Neidert has thrown 31 2/3 innings.

"You've got a number of pitchers, all the way from [Class A] up to Triple-A, that [give us] middle-of-the-rotation or better starting pitching depth," Hill said.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins prospect Knapp gets brotherly advice

Phillies backstop Andrew worked out with Aaron during offseason
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MIAMI -- Before the Minor League season opened, Marlins outfield prospect Aaron Knapp received some advice from his older brother, Andrew, a catcher with the Phillies.

"Out of Spring Training, I told him, 'The main goal isn't to play in the Florida State League or the [South Atlantic] League, or wherever it is. It's to play in the big leagues,'" Andrew Knapp said on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- Before the Minor League season opened, Marlins outfield prospect Aaron Knapp received some advice from his older brother, Andrew, a catcher with the Phillies.

"Out of Spring Training, I told him, 'The main goal isn't to play in the Florida State League or the [South Atlantic] League, or wherever it is. It's to play in the big leagues,'" Andrew Knapp said on Tuesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Aaron received a promotion, jumping from Class A Greensboro to Class A Advanced Jupiter. The 23-year-old outfielder hit .303 at Greensboro, with a .453 on-base percentage. He moves from the South Atlantic League to the Florida State League.

The hope someday is the two brothers will both be in the Majors. Andrew, 26, has been with the Phillies since 2017, and Aaron was the Marlins' eighth-round Draft pick in 2016.

Both brothers played collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley. The Phillies selected Andrew in the second round in 2013. This offseason, they were roommates in San Francisco and worked out together.

"We were roommates again for the first time since before college," Andrew said. "We talk quite a bit. I played in both of those leagues, so I have a little bit of experience I can give him. We lived together this offseason and worked out every day and hit together. It's awesome for him. I'm happy for him. He's playing well.

"All of this right now that he is going through, the experiences, and everything he's learning is preparing him to play here. I just wanted him to keep that in mind, because you can get caught up in the, 'Oh, they're sending me back to Greensboro, or whatever it is.' But the ultimate goal is to play here and then to stay here. That's what I told him before Spring Training."

Worth noting
Justin Bour (back tightness) knocked a pinch-hit homer in Tuesday's 2-1, 10-inning win, and he is expected to start at first base on Wednesday in the series finale with the Phillies. He last started on Friday and also pinch-hit on Monday.

"He's ready," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said before the game. "It was one of those things yesterday, he was still a little stiff. [Tuesday], he said he was ready to go. I kind of go with some of the old school stuff. When you say you're ready to go, give them an extra day to make sure you're ready. I told him, 'You'll be back in there tomorrow.'"

Video: PHI@MIA: Bour cranks a solo homer to right-center

• Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) was scheduled to play nine innings on Tuesday for Triple-A New Orleans on his rehab assignment. The club will decide what is next. Because he missed the second half of 2017, Riddle is expected to stay with New Orleans for at least a little while before being called back to the Marlins.

Braxton Lee, the organization's No. 14 prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been placed on the Minor League disabled list with a hamstring injury. Lee was injured a few days ago while playing for Triple-A New Orleans. The left-handed-hitting outfielder was on the Marlins' Opening Day roster.

• The Twins returned right-hander Tyler Kinley to the Marlins. Kinley, a Rule 5 Draft claim in December, will report to Triple-A New Orleans. The 27-year-old pitched 3 1/3 innings for Minnesota, allowing nine runs and striking out four batters.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins reinstate captain Prado, option Richards

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MIAMI -- The Marlins' unofficial captain is back.

The club reinstated Martin Prado from the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon, and the veteran third baseman went 0-for-4 in the Marlins' 1-0 loss to the Rockies at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- The Marlins' unofficial captain is back.

The club reinstated Martin Prado from the 10-day disabled list on Friday afternoon, and the veteran third baseman went 0-for-4 in the Marlins' 1-0 loss to the Rockies at Marlins Park.

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Prado saw his first big league action since July 17, 2017, and the Marlins welcomed the 34-year-old back to their lineup. But with Prado's return, Miami optioned rookie right-hander Trevor Richards to Triple-A New Orleans.

"I feel like I just got called up," Prado said before the game. "I'm really excited. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions."

The veteran opened the season on the DL with a left hamstring strain. In an injury-plagued 2017, Prado appeared in 37 games, hitting .250/.279/.357 with two home runs and 12 RBIs.

Before being reinstated, Prado appeared in four rehab assignment games at Class A Advanced Jupiter, logging seven innings at third base on Wednesday.

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"I'm going to do everything I can," Prado said about playing regularly. "I know there is stuff I can't control. [The Marlins] have a plan, but I have mine, too. I've always been a guy who likes to compete. Just to compete. I have to put myself at that level. I'm going to do whatever it takes. If it is to do stuff in the morning, I'll do stuff in the morning, so by the time I come to the field, I'll be ready."

Prado's leadership and production should benefit a young Miami roster. His return also means rookie Brian Anderson, who has anchored third base, will see more time in the outfield and even some first base.

Anderson still will get some playing time at third base, because Prado will get periodic days off.

"You just have to plan on giving him days like everyone else," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "He's not old, but he's older. He's in that range where you'd like to give him a day a week off, and make sure you're taking care of him a little bit. He's ready to go. I'm not going to ease him back, I'm going to throw him back in there. We'll definitely be looking to not blowing him out either."

Anderson played right field for the first time in his professional baseball career on Friday, recording the first out of the game on DJ LeMahieu's fly ball.

"It's exciting," Anderson said. "I'm excited to try it out. Kind of take what I've learned and will try to make the routine plays and keep the ball in front of me."

Video: COL@MIA: Anderson snags fly in 1st right field start

Richards, 24, is coming off an impressive start in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. In Wednesday's 8-6 series-finale win, Miami's No. 20 prospect per MLB Pipeline threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out 10.

In five starts, Richards went 0-2 with a 4.94 ERA, with 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings.

"For Trevor, to go into Dodger Stadium, against a team that was one win away from the World Series [title], and give them all kinds of trouble," Mattingly said. "If you're not confident after you leave that one, then something is wrong."

Video: MIA@LAD: Richards strikes out 10 over 4 2/3 innings

Worth noting
Dan Straily (right forearm strain) threw a bullpen on Friday, and he will be further evaluated. If cleared, the right-hander could come off the disabled list and start on Sunday.

• Right-hander Elieser Hernandez (tooth infection) will continue his rehab assignment at Double-A Jacksonville on Sunday, where he is expected to throw six innings.

• Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) was scheduled to play seven innings at Jacksonville on Friday, and nine on Saturday as his rehab assignment continues.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Brinson hits 3rd HR of series vs. Crew in loss

Tazawa allows walk-off home run in ninth after 13-pitch at-bat
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MILWAUKEE -- Lewis Brinson continues to refine his mechanics at the plate, but the rookie center fielder has found his home run swing. Brinson crushed a three-run home run in the second inning on Saturday, but there was an all-too-familiar result for the Marlins.

Jesus Aguilar capped a 13-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning against reliever Junichi Tazawa with a walk-off home run that gave the Marlins a 6-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE -- Lewis Brinson continues to refine his mechanics at the plate, but the rookie center fielder has found his home run swing. Brinson crushed a three-run home run in the second inning on Saturday, but there was an all-too-familiar result for the Marlins.

Jesus Aguilar capped a 13-pitch at-bat in the ninth inning against reliever Junichi Tazawa with a walk-off home run that gave the Marlins a 6-5 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park.

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Leading off the ninth against Tazawa, Aguilar fouled off three straight full-count pitches before driving the ball over the center-field wall.

"That's a tough loss," Brinson said. "We can't put our heads down. That's when it's going to snowball, and the next thing you know, we're deeper in a hole. We've just got to keep going, keep fighting and keep going out there and playing hard and playing for each other. I think that's the biggest thing. … I think we still have a lot of fight on this team."

Aguilar called it his best-ever at-bat, saying it was his first walk-off ever: "Not even in Nintendo. I feel like a superstar right now."

"That was just a really good at-bat on his end," Marlins catcher Bryan Holaday said. "He battled off some really tough pitches, and he got the best of us."

The Marlins have dropped three straight in the four-game series at Milwaukee, but Brinson has shown glimpses of why he's a touted rookie. That was evident by his third home run of the series. He also showed he's a work in progress, though, by striking out three times.

Acquired by the Marlins from the Brewers in January as part of the Christian Yelich trade, Brinson entered the series mired in a 1-for-36 slump. But after sitting out Miami's two games prior to its four-game set in Milwaukee, he responded with two homers in the opener on Thursday, a 12-3 loss.

There was not much doubt on Brinson's homer in the second inning. The 23-year-old blistered a drive that Statcast™ projected at 406 feet with an exit velocity of 111.3 mph. It was a laser with a launch angle of 19 degrees and came on an 80.4-mph changeup from Brent Suter.

"The homer was good," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "There's ways to go with him and his swing. Obviously, we're seeing some success with the home runs. I think for him, it's about experience and improvement and continuing to work and continuing to get better, but obviously, we're seeing some success, which is a good thing."

Video: MIA@MIL: Mattingly talks about walk-off loss, Brinson

The Marlins opened the scoring in the first inning on Derek Dietrich's one-out home run, and Brinson's three-run shot made it 4-0 before the Brewers began chipping back.

Video: MIA@MIL: Dietrich belts a home run to right-center

After the homer, Brinson acknowledged he got a little overly aggressive in his three strikeouts. In the sixth inning, he chased a pitch out of the zone after being ahead, 3-1, in the count.

"Getting antsy, trying to make something happen, trying to get on base, besides just taking my walk," Brinson said. "But I like where my swing is at. I'm seeing the ball. I want to stay right here."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Protecting a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning, Kyle Barraclough put himself in a bind with two outs by walking Travis Shaw, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. The inning intensified when Eric Thames walked, putting runners on first and second.

Eric Sogard hit a fly ball to left field, where Dietrich and shortstop Yadiel Rivera converged, but the ball fell in despite Dietrich's final lunging effort. Shaw scored to tie the game, but Rivera prevented the go-ahead run from scoring by making a one-hop throw to the plate. Holaday fielded the ball up the third-base line and applied the tag on Thames' leg, keeping the score even at 5.

"I just caught it, tried to dive and get him if I could," Holaday said. "Luckily, we were able to get him."

Video: MIA@MIL: Rivera throws Thames out at the plate

Initially ruled an error on Dietrich, the official scorer changed it to an RBI double. Still, Dietrich accepted blame on a ball that should have been caught.

"I called the ball and I dropped it," Dietrich said. "That one's on me. Unfortunately, that [stinks] because Jose [Urena] pitched well and [Barraclough] did his job so that one's on me."

SOUND SMART
Rookie Brian Anderson recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season, and his RBI single in the fifth inning was his first in five games. Anderson had been 1-for-16 in his previous five games.

Video: MIA@MIL: Anderson singles to right and extends lead

HE SAID IT
"You gotta do the little things right and that's everything from baserunning to defense in those situations. We did that other than catching the ball that should've been caught." -- Dietrich, on his misplay in the eighth inning

UP NEXT
The Marlins close out their four-game series at Miller Park on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET with left-hander Caleb Smith (0-2, 6.89 ERA) seeking his first win. Smith is off to an up-and-down start thus far depending on where he's pitched. His road ERA is 13.50, compared to 3.48 at Marlins Park. Milwaukee counters with right-hander Junior Guerra (1-0, 0.82).

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Brinson hits 1st 2 Marlins HRs vs. former club

Milwaukee sent outfielder to Miami in January deal for Yelich
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MILWAUKEE -- All Lewis Brinson needed to snap out of his slump was a matchup against his former club. In his first two at-bats at Miller Park on Thursday, Brinson crushed a pair of home runs, but it wasn't nearly enough in the Marlins' 12-3 loss.

Back in Milwaukee for the first time since being traded in the Christian Yelich deal in January, Brinson connected on his first two home runs of the season, both off right-hander Chase Anderson to center field. The first was a solo shot in the third inning, and the second a two-run drive in the fifth.

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MILWAUKEE -- All Lewis Brinson needed to snap out of his slump was a matchup against his former club. In his first two at-bats at Miller Park on Thursday, Brinson crushed a pair of home runs, but it wasn't nearly enough in the Marlins' 12-3 loss.

Back in Milwaukee for the first time since being traded in the Christian Yelich deal in January, Brinson connected on his first two home runs of the season, both off right-hander Chase Anderson to center field. The first was a solo shot in the third inning, and the second a two-run drive in the fifth.

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"I came back to a place I played last year," Brinson said. "I had a little chip on my shoulder, a little bit. I wish we could have gotten the win, but that feels good. I was in a good place tonight, and hopefully, I can keep it going."

Brinson's second home run temporarily gave the Marlins a 3-2 lead, but the Brewers responded quickly off Dillon Peters. Lorenzo Cain homered to lead off the fifth, and Peters didn't make it through the inning. Milwaukee scored three in the fifth and seven in the sixth, preventing any realistic shot of the Marlins winning their second straight game for the first time this year.

"I didn't get ahead early, and I threw that 3-1 changeup and [Cain is] sitting on offspeed," Peters said. "I felt comfortable throwing it, and he took it for a ride."

Video: MIA@MIL: Peters strikes out Perez swinging

For Brinson, Thursday was a breakthrough. His homer in the third inning was a no-doubt laser that traveled a projected 429 feet, according to Statcast™, with an exit velocity of 113.5 mph off a 94-mph fastball. With a 19 degree launch angle, it ties for the sixth-lowest on a home run this season in the Majors.

"I hadn't hit a ball hard like that in a while," Brinson said. "Everybody knew it, and so did I. It felt good."

In the fifth, Brinson jumped on an 88-mph cutter on the first pitch of the at-bat and put the ball over the center-field wall, again, for his second clout of the night.

A couple of days off to work on Brinson's swing produced immediate results. Because he entered the road trip in a 1-for-36 rut, Marlins manager Don Mattingly didn't start Brinson either of Miami's two games on Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. While in New York, Brinson talked with Mattingly and hitting coaches Mike Pagliarulo and Frank Menechino about letting pitches travel deeper in the strike zone and looking to use the middle of the field.

"I was happy with my approach tonight," Brinson said. "I stuck with it. I told myself to trust it all day. I told myself to come in here and trust my abilities. I know I belong up here, and I was just happy with the result."

Video: MIA@MIL: Statcast™ measures Brinson's first Marlins HR

It's the first multi-homer game of Brinson's career, but it's not like he's had many chances, having hit two home runs in 21 games for the Brewers in 2017.

"His work has been good, his [batting practice] is getting better," Mattingly said. "There's still a ways to go, but we'll take what we had tonight. Obviously, we see progress with him staying on the ball longer. It was good tonight, and hopefully this is the start of something bigger for him."

Video: MIA@MIL: Mattingly talks Brinson, tough 12-3 loss

DESPAIGNE RIGHT FOREARM STRAIN
Odrisamer Despaigne, Miami's most versatile pitcher, was replaced in the sixth inning after sustaining a right forearm strain. With the count 2-2 on Cain, Despaigne, pitching for the first time since April 14, showed some sign of discomfort and was immediately tended to by the Marlins' coaching and training staffs. He was replaced by Junichi Tazawa, who was tagged for an RBI double by Cain on his first pitch. Despaigne was charged with two runs on three hits over two-thirds of an inning, and Tazawa was charged with six runs that blew the game open for Milwaukee.

Video: MIA@MIL: Despaigne leaves with right forearm strain

"I first felt it tight when I was warming up in the bullpen, I tried to keep going with it," Despaigne said. "When the game started, it's when I started to feel the pain."

After starting the season in the Marlins' rotation, Despaigne was moved into a relief role after one shaky start on March 31 against the Cubs. He has a 6.14 ERA through eight appearances.

SOUND SMART
Merandy Gonzalez, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, made his Major League debut on Thursday. In the seventh inning, Cain became the right-hander's first big league strikeout. Gonzalez, who was called up on Thursday before the game, worked two scoreless innings.

Video: MIA@MIL: Gonzalez K's Cain for first career strikeout

HE SAID IT
"We attacked them with the game plan that we had. You can't get hung up on those calls that are either balls or strikes or strikes or balls. Just get to the next batter, the next pitch and get through the rest of the inning." -- Peters, on his pitching through some questionable balls and strikes calls

UP NEXT
Trevor Richards seeks his first big league win, and he aims to get it in the city he once had an offseason, winter job. Richards, about a year and a half ago, worked in the guest relations department at the MillerCoors Brewery near Miller Park. On Friday at 8:10 p.m. ET, the 24-year-old right-hander makes his fourth career start. Milwaukee counters with right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Marlins call up Gonzalez; O'Grady put on DL

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MILWAUKEE -- Merandy Gonzalez, one of the Marlins' top pitching prospects, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday to provide depth in the bullpen.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Gonzalez is getting his first big league callup because Chris O'Grady was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left shoulder strain.

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MILWAUKEE -- Merandy Gonzalez, one of the Marlins' top pitching prospects, was called up from Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday to provide depth in the bullpen.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Gonzalez is getting his first big league callup because Chris O'Grady was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with a left shoulder strain.

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Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings in his Major League debut on Thursday night, as the Marlins fell, 12-3, to the Brewers.

With O'Grady on the DL, the Marlins don't have a left-hander in their bullpen. Gonzalez, who is being groomed to start, will fill a bullpen role.

"Merandy, for now, will be in that [long-relief] role," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Tyler Cloyd and Gonzalez are now the Marlins' two primary long relievers. But Cloyd, who threw 87 pitches in relief on Monday in a 12-1 loss at the Yankees, won't be available for a few more days.

"We think [Gonzalez], obviously, is a starter," Mattingly said. "He was starting in Double-A. He seemed like the right guy for us right now. Obviously, there were other options. But right now, he will be throwing early, kind of like Jarlin [Garcia] was doing earlier in the season. If somebody gets in trouble early, you have a chance for a longer outing."

Garcia opened the season in long relief, but has since moved into the rotation.

The Marlins acquired Gonzalez from the Mets last July in the AJ Ramos trade. In two starts at Jacksonville, Gonzalez was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA, logging 10 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.

"When I got the call, it was one of the more emotional moments of my career," Gonzalez said. "It's been five years since I've wanted to get the call and be up here. It was a great moment."

After joining the Marlins' system last season, Gonzalez threw 24 1/3 innings with a 1.11 ERA in five appearances (three starts) for Class A Advanced Jupiter.

Gonzalez was with the big league club in Spring Training, but the intention was to get him to Double-A so he could work as a starter.

"One of the biggest thing I was working on was controlling the inside part of the zone," Gonzalez said. "If you can control that area, you really aren't giving the hitters much chance to have success. That as well as working on my breaking pitches."

O'Grady has a 6.43 ERA with seven strikeouts in eight appearances over seven innings. He last appeared on Monday in a 12-1 loss at the Yankees. O'Grady returned to Miami and is being evaluated by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Video: MIA@PHI: O'Grady strikes out Herrera swinging

Not having a left-handed option in the bullpen is not ideal, but Mattingly said that the call was made to get the best fits at this time.

"I'd like to have three," Mattingly said. "But right now, we don't have one. It's always tough without the lefty. It makes it harder for you. We've always said we'd rather have the best guy out there than a lefty just because he's a lefty."

Worth noting
Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow) made his first rehab start for Jupiter on Tuesday. He allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings and struck out four. Chen was set to throw a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected to make another rehab start.

Martin Prado (left hamstring) started his rehab assignment and is scheduled to play six innings at third base for Jupiter on Thursday.

Dan Straily (right forearm strain) threw five innings in a rehab start on Wednesday for Jupiter and will be evaluated on where he will next pitch.

• Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) is expected to play three innings at shortstop on Friday in an extended spring training game.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Where Marlins' Top 30 prospects are starting season

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With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Miami Marlins' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Lewis Brinson (MLB No. 27), OF -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
2. Monte Harrison (MLB No. 82), OF -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
3. Sandy Alcantara, RHP -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
4. Jorge Guzman, RHP -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
5. Braxton Garrett, LHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) - DL
6. Trevor Rogers, LHP -- Extended spring training
7. Magneuris Sierra, OF -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
8. Isan Diaz, 2B/SS -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
9. Brian Anderson, 3B -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
10. Nick Neidert, RHP -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
11. James Nelson, 3B -- Extended spring training
12. Brian Miller, OF -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
13. Edward Cabrera, RHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
14. Zac Gallen, RHP -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
15. Dillon Peters, LHP -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
16. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
17. Braxton Lee, OF -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
18. Christopher Torres, SS -- Extended spring training
19. Joseph Dunand, SS/3B -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
20. Riley Mahan, 2B -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
21. Brayan Hernandez, OF -- Extended spring training
22. Trevor Richards, RHP -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
23. Jordan Yamamoto, RHP -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv) - DL
24. Pablo Lopez, RHP -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
25. Jose Devers, SS/2B -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
26. Thomas Jones, OF -- Extended spring training
27. Isael Soto, OF -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
28. Tyler Kolek, RHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
29. Jordan Holloway, RHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) - DL
30. Ynmanol Marinez, SS/2B -- Extended spring training

With the 2018 season getting started, here's a look at where the Miami Marlins' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

1. Lewis Brinson (MLB No. 27), OF -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
2. Monte Harrison (MLB No. 82), OF -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
3. Sandy Alcantara, RHP -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
4. Jorge Guzman, RHP -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
5. Braxton Garrett, LHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) - DL
6. Trevor Rogers, LHP -- Extended spring training
7. Magneuris Sierra, OF -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
8. Isan Diaz, 2B/SS -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
9. Brian Anderson, 3B -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
10. Nick Neidert, RHP -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
11. James Nelson, 3B -- Extended spring training
12. Brian Miller, OF -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
13. Edward Cabrera, RHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
14. Zac Gallen, RHP -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
15. Dillon Peters, LHP -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
16. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
17. Braxton Lee, OF -- New Orleans Baby Cakes (AAA)
18. Christopher Torres, SS -- Extended spring training
19. Joseph Dunand, SS/3B -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
20. Riley Mahan, 2B -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv)
21. Brayan Hernandez, OF -- Extended spring training
22. Trevor Richards, RHP -- Miami Marlins (MLB)
23. Jordan Yamamoto, RHP -- Jupiter Hammerheads (A Adv) - DL
24. Pablo Lopez, RHP -- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (AA)
25. Jose Devers, SS/2B -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
26. Thomas Jones, OF -- Extended spring training
27. Isael Soto, OF -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
28. Tyler Kolek, RHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)
29. Jordan Holloway, RHP -- Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) - DL
30. Ynmanol Marinez, SS/2B -- Extended spring training

• Marlins prospect coverage | Marlins Top 30 prospects stats

Team to watch
Featuring Harrison, Diaz, Neidert and Lopez, the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp's roster offers Marlins fans a look at some of the organization's top trade acquisitions from the offseason, ones who could soon impact the club's Major League roster. And with another talented crop of prospects beginning the year at Class A Advanced Jupiter, including several of Miami's better 2017 Draft picks, the Jumbo Shrimp should receive an influx of talent as the season progresses.

Where baseball's top prospects are starting the 2018 season

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New faces
This year's Marlins Top 30 Prospects list is loaded with newcomers after an offseason spent stockpiling talent via trades of Dee Gordon (Mariners), Giancarlo Stanton (Yankees), Marcell Ozuna (Cardinals), Christian Yelich (Brewers) and David Phelps (Mariners).

Brinson, Miami's big return in the Yelich deal, is currently making his mark as the club everyday center fielder, while Harrison and Diaz are both set for their first Double-A campaigns. Alcantara, Sierra and Gallen, all acquired for Ozuna, will begin the year together in Triple-A, while the flame-throwing Guzman, a product of the Stanton trade, will get his first taste of full-season ball at Class A Advanced Jupiter.

On the shelf
Garrett, the Marlins' first-round pick in 2016, and Holloway had their 2017 campaigns end prematurely with Tommy John surgery in June, though both players, provided their rehab continues to go as planned, could potentially return to the mound before the end of the season. Lopez was hit by a comebacker two weeks ago but should soon be ready to join Jacksonville's rotation, and the same goes for Guzman, who dealt with a mild oblique injury, and Jupiter.

Nelson, last year's Marlins Minor League Player of the Year, has a minor knee injury and is being held back in extended spring training, though club officials expect him to be ready by the end of the month. Hernandez and Torres also suffered minor injuries this spring, delaying the start of their seasons, though both should appear in camp games in the near future. Yamamoto, the lone pitcher acquired from Milwaukee in the Yelich trade, is also slightly dinged up and will begin the season on Jupiter's disabled list as he rehabs at the team's complex.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

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Anderson hits 1st HR, but Richards loses debut

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MIAMI -- A couple of the Marlins' most highly regarded prospects had their moments on Monday night, but it was the missed opportunities that proved most costly in a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Marlins Park.

Trevor Richards, making his Major League debut, kept the Red Sox off-guard until the right-hander ran into some tough luck in the fourth inning. Rookie third baseman Brian Anderson connected on his first big league homer, which was the only run the Marlins generated off Boston starter Brian Johnson.

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MIAMI -- A couple of the Marlins' most highly regarded prospects had their moments on Monday night, but it was the missed opportunities that proved most costly in a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Marlins Park.

Trevor Richards, making his Major League debut, kept the Red Sox off-guard until the right-hander ran into some tough luck in the fourth inning. Rookie third baseman Brian Anderson connected on his first big league homer, which was the only run the Marlins generated off Boston starter Brian Johnson.

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"It was a good feeling," Anderson said of his first homer, which came on his 123rd MLB at-bat. "In our park, you never really know off the bat. It's great to get the first one out of the way. Hopefully, more to follow."

Richards, 24, is the Marlins' No. 22 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. Anderson is No. 9.

"It felt good overall," Richards said of his debut. "I wouldn't say I had my best stuff today. I battled through three [innings]. They made the adjusts when they needed to and made me pay."

Video: BOS@MIA: Richards' parents on son's journey to MLB

The Marlins officially added Richards to their roster in the afternoon, and the former Drury University standout showed plenty of promise in his debut. He retired the first seven batters he faced, then worked out of a jam in the third inning. But in the fourth, a two-out swinging bunt by Xander Bogaerts set up a three-run inning.

Video: BOS@MIA: Bogaerts' swinging bunt gets him a single

After splitting four games over the weekend with the Cubs, the Marlins faced another postseason team from a year ago in Boston.

"They're kind of a different animal than we've seen through the first four [games]," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It's more of an all or nothing for the Cubs. This is a little different offense, where they'll take their hits. They'll kind of ding you a little bit, and they're dangerous also."

In the fourth inning, Richards encountered more bad luck when Andrew Benintendi reached on a check-swing single, and Hanley Ramirez crushed a two-run homer. Richards worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs. He struck out five and walked one.

Video: BOS@MIA: Ramirez launches a two-run homer to left

Anderson, who drove in five runs in the four-game series with the Cubs, received the silent treatment in the dugout after his leadoff homer in the second inning. The opposite-field drive went a Statcast™ projected 384 feet, with an exit speed of 102 mph.

The 24-year-old third baseman is off to a hot start, batting .333 with a slugging percentage of .524.

"They had some fun with it," Anderson said of his teammates' reception. "It's a good time."

Video: BOS@MIA: Anderson gets silent treatment after HR

To the fan that caught the ball, Anderson traded an autographed bat for it.

"It's a great trade for me," Anderson said.

Video: BOS@MIA: Marlins discuss 7-3 loss to Red Sox

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Two on, no results: Missed chances hurt the Marlins, especially in the third, fourth and sixth innings against Johnson. Up 1-0 in the third, Miami loaded the bases with two outs. With a chance to pad the lead, Anderson swung at a first pitch and grounded to short for a forceout. After the Red Sox went up, 4-1, the Marlins put runners on first and second with no outs in the fourth inning. But after Miguel Rojas lined out, Bryan Holaday bounced into a 4-6-3 double play. Following consecutive singles by Starlin Castro and Anderson, the Marlins couldn't advance a runner in the sixth.

"I thought all day we were able to get guys out there but weren't able to extend innings," Mattingly said. "That's a little different look, too, from their guy. He's not an overpowering guy. Late movement. Late little cut. He kind of criss-crosses the ball to both sides of the plate. So, obviously, a challenge in that. I thought we had the right idea, but we weren't able to execute. I think we chased a little out of the zone."

Video: BOS@MIA: Nunez recovers in time to start double play

No. 500: Castro enjoyed a three-hit game, with two singles and a double. In the ninth inning, the 28-year-old second baseman also reached a milestone. On his groundout to first baseman Ramirez, Castro drove home Tomas Telis for his 500th career RBI. Castro also has hit safely in 13 straight games at Marlins Park.

Video: BOS@MIA: Castro plates Telis with a groundout

QUOTABLE
"Offensively, I think we'll be OK. We'll battle. When we get guys back, when we get J.T. [Realmuto] back in the lineup, and when we get Martin [Prado] and JT Riddle, we'll be able to mix and match with guys with a little more experience." -- Mattingly, on getting three regular position players back from the disabled list

Video: BOS@MIA: Mattingly on Richards' debut, RISP

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
After shutting out the Cubs, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon, Richards logged three straight scoreless innings on Monday, extending the Marlins' string to 12 straight scoreless innings before the Red Sox scored three times in the fourth.

WHAT'S NEXT
Anderson hit cleanup with a left-hander on the mound on Monday, and he may wind up there, with Justin Bour batting fifth, when facing southpaws. Miami faces Chris Sale at 6:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Marlins Opening Day starter Jose Urena looks to bounce back from a rough first start, giving up five runs in four innings in a no-decision against the Cubs.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Richards shows promise in up-and-down debut

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MIAMI -- Trevor Richards showed plenty of promise in his Major League debut, but he also was introduced to the struggles of making it three times through a lineup, especially a postseason-experienced one. The end result was a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Marlins Park.

In his first big league start, Richards was victimized in the middle innings, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 frames after he retired the first seven batters he faced on Monday night.

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MIAMI -- Trevor Richards showed plenty of promise in his Major League debut, but he also was introduced to the struggles of making it three times through a lineup, especially a postseason-experienced one. The end result was a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Marlins Park.

In his first big league start, Richards was victimized in the middle innings, allowing five runs in 4 1/3 frames after he retired the first seven batters he faced on Monday night.

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"It's always good to get the first one out of the way," Richards said. "A lot is going on coming up to the debut. It's good to settle in and get into a new groove."

Video: BOS@MIA: Richards' parents on son's journey to MLB

Richards showed good mound presence and command, and he effectively mixed in his changeup. But in the fourth inning, he allowed three two-out runs. A swinging bunt by Xander Bogaerts started the rally. Eduardo Nunez followed with an RBI double off the third-base bag and Christian Vazquez added a two-run double off third baseman Brian Anderson's glove.

"He had some tough breaks," catcher Bryan Holaday said. "Infield hit to Bogaerts, and a ball that hits the bag. If that's a foot away, maybe BA gets to it. If it's the other way, maybe it's a foul ball. That stuff happens. But other than that, he made some good pitches."

Video: BOS@MIA: Bogaerts' swinging bunt gets him a single

In the fifth inning, Hanley Ramirez crushed a two-run homer, and Richards' night ended on Rafael Devers' single after 93 pitches (55 strikes). The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five, walked one and threw 19 changeups, getting five swinging strikes on the pitch.

"I thought he did a great job today," Holaday said. "He made two mistakes, and both of them cost him: the breaking ball to Vazquez, up in the zone a little bit and didn't quite get it out there. And then the breaking ball to Hanley Ramirez."

Video: BOS@MIA: Ramirez launches a two-run homer to left

Earlier on Monday, the Marlins designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment to make space on the 40-man roster for Richards.

Getting Richards, ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 22 prospect, completes Miami's five-man rotation -- at least for now.

Video: BOS@MIA: Mattingly on Richards' debut, RISP

With Richards in the fold, the Marlins will go with 13 pitchers and 12 position players. Manager Don Mattingly had a fifth bench player for the first three games, but moving forward, the club plans on having eight relievers and four bench players.

Asked if the roster shuffling may slow down, Mattingly said on Monday afternoon: "Kind of. We still have some things to do, and we still have to make some decisions."

Miami's bullpen is recovering from Friday's 17-inning, 2-1, win over the Cubs, and Saturday's 10-6 loss in 10 innings.

Noteworthy
J.T. Realmuto (lower back contusion) began catching drills on Monday. It's the first step towards getting him back into game shape. Realmuto will likely need about three weeks before joining the Marlins. Also, Elieser Hernandez (tooth infection), threw 45 pitches in a simulated game on Sunday. Third baseman Martin Prado (left hamstring strain) has been running the bases. Shortstop JT Riddle (right shoulder tendinitis) is progressing with his throwing program, and Dan Straily (right forearm strain) continues with his long toss program.

Video: Mattingly offers potential timetable for Realmuto

Garrett Cooper (right wrist contusion) is getting another couple of days to rest. With an off-day Wednesday before facing the Phillies at Philadelphia on Thursday, the Marlins are hoping they can avoid playing Cooper for a few more games.

"It's still sore," Mattingly said. "We know there is nothing really wrong, other than inflammation. I'd love to be able to not have to use him. It's so hard in the National League not to use guys."

• The plan remains the same for Jarlin Garcia. After he logged six scoreless innings of relief in Friday's 17-inning win over the Cubs, Garcia still projects to be a starter this season. That likely could be in the Minor Leagues, but for now, the lefty remains a bullpen option. The Marlins are monitoring Garcia's innings because he was a reliever last year and threw 53 1/3 innings in 68 MLB games, plus four more innings in the Minors. The Marlins have a 120-130 innings range for Garcia, with rookie southpaw Dillon Peters in a similar range.

Video: CHC@MIA: Garcia throws five hitless innings in relief

• The roof was open on Monday for the fifth straight game at Marlins Park. Mattingly prefers it being open, even though the winds may keep some balls from leaving the park. With the roof closed, the ball carries better.

"I think you know here it's only short term, because of the heat, and the rain, obviously, popping up," Mattingly said. "But I like playing with it open. I know with some guys, you get frustrated if you hit the ball good, and it doesn't go out, but there were some balls that were hit on the other side, too, that didn't go out. I think you have to adjust to your ballpark. If you play in Wrigley and the wind is blowing in, if you hit the ball in the air, you're out."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Miami Marlins

Marlins summon Richards; Gonzalez DFA'd

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MIAMI -- At last, the juggling of the Marlins' active and 40-man rosters may be complete.

Before facing the Red Sox on Monday, Miami designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment and selected the contract of right-hander Trevor Richards, who becomes the fifth starter.

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MIAMI -- At last, the juggling of the Marlins' active and 40-man rosters may be complete.

Before facing the Red Sox on Monday, Miami designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment and selected the contract of right-hander Trevor Richards, who becomes the fifth starter.

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The move was expected because Richards was earmarked to make his MLB debut against the Red Sox on Monday night at Marlins Park.

Gonzalez was actually selected to the roster on Sunday for the series finale against the Cubs. After Miami played back-to-back extra-inning games, the 25-year-old was called upon to provide depth. But he didn't get into the game, which the Marlins won, 6-0.

With Richards in the fold, the Marlins will keep going with 13 pitchers and 12 position players. Manager Don Mattingly had a fifth bench player for the first three games, but moving forward, the club plans on having eight relievers and four bench players.

Richards, 24, is ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 22 prospect.

Gonzalez, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2016 with the Phillies, was designated for assignment in Spring Training after outfielder Cameron Maybin signed as a free agent. At that point, Gonzalez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Minor League camp.

The Marlins needed to create a 40-man spot for Richards.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Brinson, Maybin flash leather in Marlins' OF

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MIAMI -- The Marlins covered a lot of ground and weren't afraid to get their uniforms dirty in the outfield on Sunday afternoon. Right fielder Cameron Maybin sprawled out and made a diving grab in the second inning, and center fielder Lewis Brinson ran down a fly ball earmarked for the gap in the sixth, narrowly avoided a collision with Maybin in the process.

The Marlins defense made its mark in a 6-0 victory over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI -- The Marlins covered a lot of ground and weren't afraid to get their uniforms dirty in the outfield on Sunday afternoon. Right fielder Cameron Maybin sprawled out and made a diving grab in the second inning, and center fielder Lewis Brinson ran down a fly ball earmarked for the gap in the sixth, narrowly avoided a collision with Maybin in the process.

The Marlins defense made its mark in a 6-0 victory over the Cubs at Marlins Park.

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The fielding gems helped lefty Dillon Peters work six sharp innings, as Maybin and Brinson took away hits from the Cubs' Javier Baez and Jason Heyward, respectively.

Brinson gets pranked on April Fool's Day

"Any time you can keep momentum on your side, it's a good thing, especially with the way we've been playing," Maybin said. "We've got to play good defense and do all the little things right to win ballgames. We did a good job of playing behind Dillon today, making outs for him, and he did a good job of keeping us in the ballgame."

Video: CHC@MIA: Maybin robs Baez of a knock with diving grab

With two outs and the bases empty in the second inning, Baez ripped a line drive to right field. As Maybin approached the warning track, he left his feet to make a spectacular catch. He got a nice burn on his hands for it.

"When you start seeing Cam and Brinson out there, they're going to chew up some ground," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "In ballpark, today it was playing huge with the roof open. There were some balls that were tattooed on both sides that don't go out, and last year, they're probably homers."

According to Statcast™, Baez had a hit probability of 55 percent on the drive, which had an exit velocity of 100.2 mph. For a second, Maybin stayed on the ground, collecting himself. As he trotted towards the dugout, he received a tip of the helmet from Baez.

Maybin was starting in right field over Garrett Cooper, who has been getting work in right. On Sunday, with Justin Bour getting the day off, Cooper started at first base.

Video: CHC@MIA: Brinson gets tricked on April Fool'd Day

Brinson -- whom MLB Pipeline ranks as the Marlins' top prospect and the No. 27 prospect overall -- has played standout defense all series in center field, and he showed that again on Sunday. Both Brinson and Maybin are natural center fielders, but they have the flexibility to switch to corner spots.

"You saw a play today with two center fielders, we cover a lot of ground out there," Maybin said of Brinson's grab.. "I didn't hear him, but I've been out there enough. He made a great play."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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