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Marlins promote hot-hitting Dean from Minors

Bostick optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in corresponding move
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ATLANTA -- The message Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter gave to all Minor Leaguers in Spring Training was that everyone would be starting off with a clean slate. All players, regardless of which round they were drafted in, would get a chance to prove themselves, and those who performed would be rewarded.

Clearly, Austin Dean took that message to heart. The 24-year-old outfielder posted eye-opening numbers at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this season, and the Marlins selected his contract on Wednesday.

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ATLANTA -- The message Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter gave to all Minor Leaguers in Spring Training was that everyone would be starting off with a clean slate. All players, regardless of which round they were drafted in, would get a chance to prove themselves, and those who performed would be rewarded.

Clearly, Austin Dean took that message to heart. The 24-year-old outfielder posted eye-opening numbers at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this season, and the Marlins selected his contract on Wednesday.

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"Derek talked about it in the spring, 'If you perform, you're going to have a chance to get here,'" Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "That's really what he's done. I'm looking forward to seeing him get an opportunity and seeing him play. A lot of people think he has a chance to hit here."

The Marlins optioned utility player Christopher Bostick to Triple-A to open a roster spot for Dean.

"I think the organization itself is doing a good job of promoting the young guys who are doing well that deserve to show that they can play competitive baseball," Dean said.

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Dean played 649 games in the Minor Leagues before making his MLB debut, which came Wednesday as he started in left field in the series finale against the Braves at SunTrust Park.

Dean, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 28 prospect, is expected to get a chance to play either right or left field.

Dean put up strong numbers all season, hitting a combined .345/.410/.511 with 12 home runs, 68 RBIs and a .922 OPS between Jacksonville and New Orleans.

"He's had a tremendous season," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "Like I've said, it's always nice when players put themselves on the radar. With Austin this year, he's definitely opened a lot of eyes."

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A fourth-round Draft pick in 2012, Dean opened the season at Jacksonville, where he batted .420 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 22 games. He was promoted to New Orleans on April 29, where he hit .326 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 87 games.

"When I got called up to Triple-A, it was my second time getting promoted during the season," Dean said. "It was good to get that, knowing that my hard work has paid off. Obviously, getting promoted here has been the biggest accomplishment."

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Dean's arrival means rookie Brian Anderson, who has played mostly right field, will move back to third base. The Marlins plan on using Anderson both in right field and third base the rest of the season. Dean's best position is left field.

The Marlins created a 40-man roster space for Dean on Tuesday night after their 10-6 loss to the Braves, when they traded right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to the Angels for cash considerations.

Dean had been a candidate for a September callup, but with the injuries to Miguel Rojas (left ankle contusion) and Martin Prado (on the disabled list with a left quad strain), the Marlins decided to make the roster move now. At some point before November, Miami would have had to make a decision to put Dean on their 40-man roster or risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft.

"Obviously, we've been following him throughout his career in our system, and he's taken a big step forward this year," Hill said. "He mastered Double-A and we got him to Triple-A. We wanted to see how he would respond to the challenge of Triple-A. He's continued the same quality at-bats. Suffice to say, given our injury situation, we've definitely talked about him and how he might possibly fit."

Worth noting
• The Marlins are optimistic Rojas will avoid a DL stint. Rojas jammed his ankle in Game 2 of Monday's split doubleheader. He said the ankle is feeling better, and with a scheduled off-day on Thursday, Rojas may be ready to return to the lineup on Friday at Washington. If he has a setback, the DL may be an option, and the club would then have to call up an infielder.

Kyle Barraclough (lower back tightness) threw 20 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander physically feels fine, but he is still polishing up his command facing batters. Barraclough will travel with the club to Washington, and he may face hitters again as early as Saturday.

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 pleased with Alcantara's development

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ATLANTA -- When the Marlins optioned Sandy Alcantara to Triple-A New Orleans recently, the staff stressed how it wanted to see the rookie right-hander attack more with his fastball and polish up his breaking pitches.

The message appears to have sunk in, as Alcantara threw six shutout innings in his first start back with the Baby Cakes, striking out six while walking two. 

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ATLANTA -- When the Marlins optioned Sandy Alcantara to Triple-A New Orleans recently, the staff stressed how it wanted to see the rookie right-hander attack more with his fastball and polish up his breaking pitches.

The message appears to have sunk in, as Alcantara threw six shutout innings in his first start back with the Baby Cakes, striking out six while walking two. 

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If Alcantara keeps refining his command, it will only be a matter of time before he's a fixture in the Marlins' rotation.

"We're going to get a chance to see Sandy again, when the time comes," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think his development is so important to what we're doing. Not just him, but a lot of our guys, you want them to continue to get better. We know Sandy is a big part of where we're going."

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, Alcantara has spent most of the season at New Orleans, where he's thrown 91 innings. The 22-year-old made one big league start, on June 29 against the Mets, but he went on the disabled list a few days later with a right axillary infection. He threw 11 1/3 innings during a rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Jupiter, before returning to New Orleans to work on his command.

Alcantara's injury actually has helped the organization manage his innings. Counting all levels this year, he's logged 102 1/3 innings in the Minor Leagues and five in the big leagues. So he should be good to pitch through September if he is gets called back up, which is expected.

Miami acquired Alcantara from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade last December. A year ago, when he was in St. Louis' system, Alcantara compiled 125 1/3 innings in the Minor Leagues and another 8 1/3 in the big leagues.

The only pitchers on the Marlins' big league roster with innings restrictions are lefty Jarlin Garcia, and rookie right-handers Elieser Hernandez and Brett Graves. Hernandez and Graves were Rule 5 Draft selections who made the leap to the big leagues from Class A ball a year ago.

Trevor Richards, another rookie who is part of the big league rotation, also should be fine to make it through the rest of the season.

"Trevor was a full season last year, and Sandy was a full season," Mattingly said. "So he isn't on an innings limit. With Sandy, the little [injury] down time put him in good shape. I think he will be fine to go through the end of the year as we make our decisions on what we will do in September."

Another way the Marlins may manage innings for their rookies in September is by going with a six-man rotation once rosters expand.

"At that point, we can even go with a six-man rotation if we want to, and things like that," Mattingly said.

Worth noting

Lewis Brinson (right hip bone bruise) will begin his rehab assignment at Double-A Jacksonville on Tuesday. He will play center field and build back into playing shape.

• First base/outfielder Garrett Cooper (right wrist) will be at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex this week, facing live pitching and doing drills. Cooper is about a week behind Brinson in terms of his recovery.

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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Lopez's quality start spoiled by late homers

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MIAMI -- Through 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday night, Pablo Lopez kept the Cardinals off the board. But two late home runs, including one off the Marlins' rookie starter, wiped it all away, as the Cardinals handed Miami a 3-2 loss at Marlins Park.

Lopez surrendered a game-tying, two-run homer to Paul DeJong in the seventh, and Matt Carpenter delivered the go-ahead blast in the eighth off reliever Elieser Hernandez.

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MIAMI -- Through 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday night, Pablo Lopez kept the Cardinals off the board. But two late home runs, including one off the Marlins' rookie starter, wiped it all away, as the Cardinals handed Miami a 3-2 loss at Marlins Park.

Lopez surrendered a game-tying, two-run homer to Paul DeJong in the seventh, and Matt Carpenter delivered the go-ahead blast in the eighth off reliever Elieser Hernandez.

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It marked Lopez's first time pitching in the seventh inning -- uncharted territory that may not have gone according to plan but will certainly help the right-hander in the long run as he continues to develop at an accelerated pace.

"I think I let the game speed up on me a little bit," said Lopez, who began the season at Double-A Jacksonville. "It was late in the game and my pitch count was high, so I didn't have my best execution. … I was trying to make the perfect pitch instead of just taking a deep breath and executing a pitch, slowing the game down."

DeJong's home run came on Lopez's 100th pitch -- a hanging curveball.

Video: STL@MIA: DeJong knots the game at 2 with 2-run dinger

Don't let Lopez's seventh inning distract you, however, from how good the 22-year-old was. The Marlins' No. 18 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, continues to impress and show that he belongs.

"Pablo is obviously showing us that he's capable here," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "One of the things we've talked about with him is his continued work. Everything that happens to him out there is probably a lesson that he will learn and he's going to grow from. No matter what happens to him out there, you know he's going to get better from it."

Lopez scattered three base hits through the first six frames. He tallied five strikeouts and showed improvements in his stamina, posting career highs with seven innings and 108 pitches in his seventh big league start.

Video: STL@MIA: Marlins on difficult 3-2 loss to St. Louis

Despite the strong performance, the right-hander did not factor into Tuesday's decision.

No matter the result, Lopez sees each start as an opportunity to learn. So as the rookie continues to pitch at the big league level and experience everything that comes along with it, Lopez assured that he will continue to grow.

"We can always learn a lot from each start and work on that in the bullpens between starts," Lopez said. "Try to build that muscle memory and then try to bring that into the game."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
As Lopez's night came to an end, Mattingly opted to go with Hernandez to pitch the eighth over lefty Adam Conley.

Mattingly explained that the decision to go with Hernandez over Conley was made when St. Louis turned to right-handed-hitting pinch-hitter Yairo Munoz, who struck out to lead off the inning. Carpenter followed, with all righty batters behind him.

"If they go left-handed there, we go with Conley," Mattingly said. "If they go right, we go with Elieser. You've got to go through Carpenter, we know that. But really, it's a right-handed situation."

Hernandez worked the count to 3-2, but Carpenter delivered, depositing a 91.5-mph fastball over the right-field wall.

Carpenter's drive to right was his National League-leading 30th of the season and the decisive blow to clinch the Cardinals' comeback victory.

"Obviously, he's a tough guy because he kind of crowds you up on the plate, and he's not really a chaser," Mattingly said. "There's places to get him, but you've got to make pitches. ... He's a guy who knows the strike zone. He knows what type of hitter he is, and what he's trying to do. You've got to make pitches."

Video: STL@MIA: Carpenter's 30th HR gives Cards lead in 8th

SOUND SMART
According to Elias Sports Bureau, DeJong's homer off Lopez in the seventh inning snapped a club record scoreless-innings streak (26 1/3) at home by Marlins starting pitchers.

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In the seventh inning, Derek Dietrich flashed the leather not once, but twice.

Leading off the frame, former Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna crushed a towering fly ball to left that Dietrich tracked down before crashing his back into the wall.

Video: STL@MIA: Dietrich robs Ozuna with a leaping grab

Later in the inning, Harrison Bader roped a line drive to shallow left. Dietrich got there just in time, laying out to his right and snagging the ball before it hit the grass for the third out of the inning.

Both catches were made on batted balls that registered over 90 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

"He's been working very hard. I think that is one of the things when we talk about Derek," Mattingly said on his veteran's defense of late. "He's doing the best he can and he's working extremely hard. I think that's one of the things about him. He made that play against the wall, and then the diving catch. He continues to work, and you never can really fault somebody for that."

Video: STL@MIA: Dietrich lays out for a diving grab in left

HE SAID IT
"I think we're OK. Our guys are fighting. [Miles Mikolas] is tough. Obviously, he's an All-Star this year. This guy's got good stuff. He's got a good breaking ball. It's tough to figure out, and he runs the fastball up on you. He's got good stuff. He's a lot to deal with out there. Our guys are fighting. Obviously, it's tough scoring runs, but I don't worry about our guys. I think we have the right approach. Guys are battling. We're just not having as much success as we'd like right now." -- Mattingly, on his club's offensive performance of late

UP NEXT
The Marlins send rookie Trevor Richards to the mound to close out their three-game series with the Cardinals at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The right-hander has been dealing of late, posting an 0.76 ERA over his last four starts. John Gant gets the nod for the Cardinals.

Max Goodman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. Follow him on Twitter @Max_Goodman97.

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Alcantara reinstated from DL, sent to Minors

Marlins want No. 2 prospect to refine fastball command in Triple-A
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MIAMI -- Sandy Alcantara officially came off the disabled list on Monday, but the rookie right-hander is not rejoining the Marlins' rotation just yet. The club optioned the 22-year-old to Triple-A New Orleans.

Before returning to the big leagues, the Marlins first want Alcantara to polish up his fastball command. Over the past month, he has been recovering from a right axillary infection.

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MIAMI -- Sandy Alcantara officially came off the disabled list on Monday, but the rookie right-hander is not rejoining the Marlins' rotation just yet. The club optioned the 22-year-old to Triple-A New Orleans.

Before returning to the big leagues, the Marlins first want Alcantara to polish up his fastball command. Over the past month, he has been recovering from a right axillary infection.

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"I don't think anybody was really happy with fastball command and what they've seen in the three outings he's had," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "That's one of the things we've kind of preached. We just felt like we wanted to let that progression keep going. Let him get into rhythm, let him get a hold of that, and see where we go from there."

Alcantara made his first big league start -- and Marlins debut -- on June 29, allowing one run in five innings with two strikeouts and five walks against the Mets. He went on the 10-day DL on July 4.

Video: NYM@MIA: Alcantara delivers win in Marlins' debut

On the surface, Alcantara's three rehab appearances with Class A Advanced Jupiter were respectable -- 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts and five walks. Beyond the numbers, Alcantara showed some rust by not consistently hitting his spots. In his last start on Friday against Palm Beach, the right-hander worked 4 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits while walking three and striking out four. Of the 84 pitches he threw, 51 were strikes.

Also of note in that outing, Alcantara's fastball velocity topped at 95 mph, and his four-seam was mostly in the 93-94 mph range. In his second rehab start, his fastball reached 97 mph. Earlier this season at New Orleans, his fastball maxed in the 97-98 mph range.

"My second rehab start, I was able to get it up to 97," Alcantara said through an interpreter. "This last one I had, I was in the 94-95 range. I'm not sure what happened."

Alcantara threw a bullpen session on Monday at Marlins Park, and there is a sense he has subtracted some velocity to help find his spots better.

"There's absolutely no concerns with him health-wise," Mattingly said. "We do want him to be more aggressive with his four-seamer. That's something we've relayed to him. We wanted to see him throw that four-seamer where he wants."

Ranked as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, Alcantara opened the season at New Orleans, going 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts.

The Marlins acquired Alcantara from the Cardinals last December in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

Worth noting

• The Marlins promoted their first four picks taken in the 2018 MLB Draft. First-rounder Connor Scott, second-rounder Osiris Johnson and Competitive Balance Round B pick Will Banfield joined Class A Greensboro. Miami also promoted Tristan Pompey (third-rounder) and shortstop Jose Devers from Greensboro to Class A Advanced Jupiter. The Marlins acquired Devers, 18, in the Giancarlo Stanton trade with the Yankees.

Lewis Brinson (right hip inflammation) anticipates playing before the season ends.

"Yes, I will," Brinson said. "Obviously, I want to finish strong. I was starting to pull some things together before I went on the DL. I'm definitely going to play again this year."

The rookie center fielder is progressing with his activities. He ran and took swings on the field on Monday.

"I'm good," Brinson said. "I'm running. Did some sprints. Nothing crazy yet. I hit on the field today. Everything feels good."

• Reliever Drew Rucinski (right groin strain) is scheduled to throw two innings -- or around 40 pitches -- in a rehab assignment with Jupiter on Tuesday.

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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Rookie Sierra notches 3 hits in loss after trades

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ATLANTA -- Before taking the field on Tuesday night, the Marlins traded veteran reliever Brad Ziegler and outfielder Cameron Maybin, creating more opportunities for their younger players. Magneuris Sierra is one of the rookies who will receive more playing time, and the 22-year-old chipped in with three hits and two RBIs.

But the Marlins didn't have much else go their way on a soggy night in an 11-6 loss at SunTrust Park that secured a series victory for the Braves, who got home runs from Ronald Acuna Jr., Nick Markakis and Johan Camargo.

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ATLANTA -- Before taking the field on Tuesday night, the Marlins traded veteran reliever Brad Ziegler and outfielder Cameron Maybin, creating more opportunities for their younger players. Magneuris Sierra is one of the rookies who will receive more playing time, and the 22-year-old chipped in with three hits and two RBIs.

But the Marlins didn't have much else go their way on a soggy night in an 11-6 loss at SunTrust Park that secured a series victory for the Braves, who got home runs from Ronald Acuna Jr., Nick Markakis and Johan Camargo.

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Sierra collected two singles and a double, J.T. Realmuto crushed a homer and Isaac Galloway made his Major League debut, subbing for Derek Dietrich in left, in the seventh inning. And in his first and only at-bat, the 28-year-old Galloway reached on an infield single, later scoring on Brian Anderson's double.

"[Sierra] looked good," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Really, the first game he looked a little rough. Other than that, he's getting on time. Once he gets on time, then we'll be able to take the next step forward. As long as he's on time, then we're going to be able to do a lot more work."

Video: MIA@ATL: Sierra plates Rojas with a single to right

Acquired from the Cardinals in the Marcell Ozuna trade last December, Sierra appeared in his seventh game with the Marlins, recording his first multi-hit contest.

By trading Maybin, Sierra is expected to play more center field, sharing time with the right-handed-hitting Galloway, who debuted after appearing in 947 Minor League games. The Marlins drafted Galloway in the eighth round in 2008.

"Ike's one of those guys I think everyone roots for because he's had such a long road, is such a great kid," Mattingly said. "He's worked hard. He's talented. This guy can fly. He's a good defender. Every time I've seen him play, he seems to get his hits. It's good to have him here, and he's having the opportunity."

Galloway has kept plugging away in the organization, keeping a positive outlook despite never getting a taste of the big leagues.

"Just shocked," Galloway said about getting the call. "I'm happy to be here. I want to help the team and contribute as much as I can. But I'm really shocked right now."

Video: MIA@ATL: Galloway singles in his 1st career at-bat

Due to rain, the start of the game was delayed one hour and 27 minutes. Atlanta wasted little time, with Acuna belting his first leadoff homer against Dan Straily. Markakis provided a two-run shot in the third inning.

Atlanta tagged Straily for eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

"I just didn't have it today. Plain and simple," Straily said. "I didn't have location, I didn't have stuff. Everything they put in play today found a hole. It just wasn't my day out there today."

Video: MIA@ATL: Mattingly discusses Straily, bullpen in loss

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Marlins closed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth, but in the bottom of the inning, an error by Miguel Rojas, who called off Straily to field pitcher Kolby Allard's bunt, gave the Braves an extra out. They capitalized with a five-run inning, with three of the runs being unearned. Allard, making his Major League debut, would earn the victory.

"We talk about it all the time," Mattingly said. "When you mess up bunts, it usually costs you multiple runs when you don't take the outs you're supposed to get."

Video: MIA@ATL: 3 Braves combine for 5 RBIs in the 4th

SOUND SMART
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Galloway has the most career Minor League games (947) by a Marlins player at the time of his MLB debut. That distinction previously went to Brian Daubach, who had 965 games in the Minors before his debut on Sept. 10, 1998. More >

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After the Braves broke open a six-run lead with five in the fourth inning, Realmuto blasted a solo homer in the fifth. It was the All-Star's 14th of the season. Per Statcast™, the home run projected at 434 feet, with an exit velocity of 106.7 mph. That's the second-longest homer Realmuto has hit, as projected by Statcast™. On June 10, 2017 at Pittsburgh, he launched a home run 444 feet.

Video: MIA@ATL: Realmuto belts a solo homer to left-center

HE SAID IT
"I didn't see it very well. It looked like nobody was complaining about the slide. Obviously, he's catching the ball right in front of the base, somehow. Andy probably didn't have anywhere else to go. Obviously, you don't want anybody getting hurt in a game like that, you don't want to see anybody get hurt in a game ever. You hate to see their young, talented kid get hurt on their side. I'm glad he's OK." -- Mattingly, on Anderson's slide in the ninth that took out Ozzie Albies, who appears to be fine

Video: MIA@ATL: Galloway scores as Anderson, Albies collide

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Marlins benefited from a replay overturn in the fourth inning that helped them get on the board. Trailing by three, Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch and Rojas rolled a dribbler to second. Albies came up on the ball and was in position to perhaps turn a double play but fumbled it. Second-base umpire Adam Hamari initially called Dietrich out at second, claiming Albies lost possession on the exchange. But after a review of 31 seconds, the call was overturned.

Video: MIA@ATL: Dietrich safe at second on overturned call

Dietrich would score on JT Riddle's RBI single to right.

Video: MIA@ATL: Riddle grounds an RBI single to right field

UP NEXT
Rookie Pablo Lopez makes his sixth MLB start (third on the road) as the right-hander goes for the Marlins at 7:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday against the Braves at SunTrust Park. Away, opponents are hitting .179 off Lopez. Former Marlin Anibal Sanchez pitches for Atlanta.

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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Harrison claims No. 1 spot on Marlins' Top 30

Outfielder listed as MLB Pipeline's 80th-best overall prospect
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MIAMI -- An infusion of young talent is gradually making its way up the Marlins' system, with a handful of prospects already reaching the big leagues.

Through promotions and progression, the Minor League system has changed in recent weeks, and now, so have its ratings in MLB Pipeline's latest Top 30 Marlins rankings.

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MIAMI -- An infusion of young talent is gradually making its way up the Marlins' system, with a handful of prospects already reaching the big leagues.

Through promotions and progression, the Minor League system has changed in recent weeks, and now, so have its ratings in MLB Pipeline's latest Top 30 Marlins rankings.

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Unveiled on Thursday, Miami's list has gone through a transformation. Outfielder Monte Harrison remains the organization's No. 1 prospect, and the 22-year-old outfielder is 80th on the Top 100 overall prospects list.

The player who's made the biggest leap is shortstop Jose Devers, the 18-year-old shortstop at Class A Greensboro. The cousin of Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, Jose Devers is 12th on the Marlins' list, up from No. 25.

Devers was acquired from the Yankees as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade.

The player who fell the furthest was right-hander Merandy Gonzalez, who dropped from No. 16 to off the list.

Also entering the list are Miami's first four selections from the 2018 MLB Draft in June. Outfielder Connor Scott, the 13th overall pick, is fourth; Competitive Balance Round B selection, catcher Will Banfield, is seventh; second rounder, shortstop Osiris Johnson, is No. 13, and outfielder Tristan Pompey (third round) is No. 16.

Several prospects also are getting their chance in the big leagues, including right-hander Sandy Alcantara (No. 2-rated prospect) and right-hander Pablo Lopez (No. 18). Outfielder Magneuris Sierra (No. 15) was recently called up to the big league club.

Early in the season, outfielder Braxton Lee (No. 29) was on the Marlins' Major League roster.

"Young guys, they are excited about being in the big leagues," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "They should always be working hard, but they're trying to impress. There's just an energy about a player at the beginning of his career. It's nice to always have that infusion of youth. It's been good."

Preseason, outfielder Lewis Brinson, was the Marlins' top prospect, but he has graduated from the rankings. Brinson was the regular center fielder until he went on the disabled list on July 4 with right hip inflammation. Further diagnosis revealed a bone bruise, and he will be out for an extended period.

Mattingly and the organization saw several of their Top 30 prospects during Spring Training, and said there are benefits to giving some a taste of the Majors.

"It's good to see, from the standpoint of actually watching them at the Major League level, and watching them perform," Mattingly said. "To see how they react. We can see how they work, their preparation. You find out a lot about a guy, being able to watch him. On the other side of that, they infuse a lot of energy into your club."

Worth noting
• Relievers Brad Ziegler and Adam Conley remain the subject of trade speculation. The Indians and Cubs are potential fits.

• Reliever Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts on Wednesday in a rehab game with Double-A Jacksonville. Guerrero threw back-to-back days, which is a sign that he is close to being reinstated. The hard-throwing right-hander will be in Miami with the Marlins on Friday, but may not be activated at that time.

• Alcantara, on the disabled list since July 4 with a right axillary infection, is scheduled to make his second rehab start with Class A Advanced Jupiter on Saturday. Alcantara threw a bullpen session on Thursday.

• Reliever Drew Rucinski, out with a right groin strain, also threw a bullpen session on Thursday at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

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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Prospect Sierra summoned for Marlins debut

Cooper placed on DL with right wrist sprain
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MIAMI -- Another prospect with a promising future is getting his first big league experience with the Marlins.

On Tuesday, Miami recalled outfielder Magneuris Sierra from Triple-A New Orleans and placed outfielder/first baseman Garrett Cooper on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain.

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MIAMI -- Another prospect with a promising future is getting his first big league experience with the Marlins.

On Tuesday, Miami recalled outfielder Magneuris Sierra from Triple-A New Orleans and placed outfielder/first baseman Garrett Cooper on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain.

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Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the organization's No. 6 prospect, Sierra was in the starting lineup and went hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts in the Marlins' 9-3 win over the Braves. He batted eighth and played center field.

"We didn't want to bring him if there wasn't going to be playing time," manager Don Mattingly said. "It will be a little bit in a sense like Lewis Brinson, who you are trying to develop as you go. But we felt like it was the right time."

Injuries created the need for an outfielder who can play center field, and with his blazing speed, Sierra can play all three outfield spots. Brinson is on the disabled list with a right hip bone bruise, while Cooper reinjured his wrist on Friday at Tampa Bay -- the same injury that kept him out three months in the first half.

Sierra is new to the Marlins' system, but he is no stranger to the big leagues. He appeared in 22 games for the Cardinals last year, hitting .317 with a .359 on-base percentage.

"It was a great experience," Sierra said through an interpreter. "I was able to learn from a lot of veterans from my time there. They gave me a lot of advice on things to do, things not to do."

Sierra's big league debut actually came against the Braves on May 7, 2017, when he went 1-for-6 at SunTrust Park.

"The one thing that stuck with me was [the Cardinals' players] told me to always stay positive," Sierra said. "No matter what is going on, to just have a positive outlook and a positive mindset."

Miami acquired Sierra from St. Louis in December in the Marcell Ozuna trade. A native of the Dominican Republic, the left-handed-hitting and throwing outfielder was in Spring Training with the Marlins, but he suffered a left hamstring strain.

Over 86 games with New Orleans, Sierra had a slash line of .260/.287/.341 with 14 stolen bases. He batted .298 in July, and the organization felt he was ready to continue to develop with the Marlins.

"Obviously, Magneuris is a really talented kid, as far as his tools -- as far as his arm, his speed," Mattingly said. "We still think he's a work in progress from the standpoint of development. Just getting more playing time, more development. But we did feel it was the right time with Cooper being down for somewhat of an extended period."

Sierra got the nod over other Minor League players, because in the eyes of the development staff, they are seeing enough overall progress from him to make the leap.

"It starts with development, because they are the ones who see him every day," Mattingly said. "Those guys are seeing him on a daily basis, day in, day out. They see all the little things that you may not notice. It's not about just the hitting. It's more of the little things, the smaller things that are part of the game."

Marlins prospect Pablo Lopez was a teammate of Sierra's at New Orleans, and the right-hander says his fellow rookie is a team player.

"It's a great opportunity," Lopez said. "Sierra is a great player and an even better person. He's always there for you. He plays hard all the time. He supports you on the field, off the field. He's just a great guy overall."

Sierra's opportunity came because of Cooper's second injury to the same wrist. On Monday, he had an MRI and was evaluated by a specialist.

"There's some damage to the wrist and to the tendons," Cooper said. "There's inflammation in there."

Cooper was injured in the late innings Friday, landing on his wrist while fielding a sharply struck ball off the bat of Adeiny Hechavarria. He stayed in the game, but he was not available on Saturday or Sunday.

"It's just frustrating, and it's been frustrating all year," said Cooper, who will get another MRI once the inflammation subsides. "It's not what you work for all offseason -- to come in and have the same thing happen again."

Video: ATL@MIA: Realmuto earns the Heart & Hustle Award

Heart & Hustle

All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto has been named the Marlins "Heart & Hustle Award" winner by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. The honor is presented to an active player on each of the 30 MLB teams who demonstrate a passion for the 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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With Cooper to DL, prospect Sierra gets callup

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MIAMI -- An injury that could keep Garrett Cooper on the disabled list for a while has created an opportunity for the Marlins to call up one of their top prospects.

Outfielder Magneuris Sierra, the organization's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who already is on the 40-man roster, will fill the void left after an MRI revealed Cooper has a right wrist sprain.

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MIAMI -- An injury that could keep Garrett Cooper on the disabled list for a while has created an opportunity for the Marlins to call up one of their top prospects.

Outfielder Magneuris Sierra, the organization's No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday. The 22-year-old, who already is on the 40-man roster, will fill the void left after an MRI revealed Cooper has a right wrist sprain.

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Sierra was one of the centerpiece players in the Marcell Ozuna trade with the Cardinals in December.

A speedster, Sierra bats and throws left-handed. In 2017, he appeared in 22 games for the Cardinals, hitting .317 with a .359 on-base percentage in 64 plate appearances.

"He's been getting better as the season's went on," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said about Sierra after Miami lost, 12-1, on Monday night. "We felt it's the right time to bring him up."

Video: Top Prospects: Magneuris Sierra, OF, Marlins

Sierra will become the second player from the Ozuna trade to join the Marlins. A few weeks ago, Miami promoted Sandy Alcantara from Triple-A, but the right-hander is currently on rehab assignment.

"It's a little bit like Sandy," Mattingly said of Sierra's promotion. "You don't feel like it's a totally finished product. It's something you're going to continue to develop, continue to teach. We feel like the time is right to give him chances out there."

Sierra got off to a slow start this season after he sustained a hamstring strain during Spring Training. In 86 games with the Baby Cakes, he produced a slash line of .260/.287/.341 with 14 stolen bases.

But Sierra has improved each month, batting .298 in July. However, he has not drawn a walk in 14 games spanning 57 at-bats.

Video: MIA@HOU: Sierra drills an RBI single off Keuchel

Sierra can play all three outfield spots, and he is expected to see regular playing time -- likely in center and left field -- with Lewis Brinson on the DL. Veteran Cameron Maybin has been starting in his place. 

The Marlins also are listening to trade offers on left fielder Derek Dietrich, so Sierra could be a candidate to play more regularly if a deal is made.

Cooper jammed his right wrist in Friday's 6-5 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field, and the 27-year-old first baseman/outfielder underwent an MRI on Monday. He also was evaluated by a hand specialist.

Video: Mattingly discusses Cooper's wrist injury

The fact the injury is to the same wrist that landed Cooper on the DL during the first week of the season has raised the organization's level of concern.

"It's enough to know that it's the same wrist that he had injured before," Mattingly said.

Cooper, the Marlins' Opening Day right fielder, was struck on the right wrist by a pitch from Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks in the second game of the season. He went on the DL, and further tests revealed he had a partial tear of the right wrist tendon sheath.

While Cooper didn't need surgery, he did end up going on the 60-day DL, missing three months.

Video: CHC@MIA: Cooper exits game after getting hit by pitch

Worth noting

• Alcantara, originally scheduled to throw three innings on Monday night in a rehab assignment for Class A Advanced Jupiter, ended up going two-plus frames. He allowed five runs (four earned), walked two and struck out one, exiting after 47 pitches (26 strikes). Alcantara, Miami's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is on the 10-day DL with a right axillary infection.

Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) is lined up to throw an inning on his rehab assignment at Double-A.

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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Top prospect Alcantara set for rehab assignment

Guerrero progressing; Barraclough recovers from stomach virus
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Sandy Alcantara is continuing to make steady progress in his throwing program and is scheduled to start his rehab assignment on Monday for the Class A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

Alcantara has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a right axillary infection. In recent days, the 22-year-old right-hander has thrown off the mound with no discomfort.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Right-hander Sandy Alcantara is continuing to make steady progress in his throwing program and is scheduled to start his rehab assignment on Monday for the Class A Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

Alcantara has been on the disabled list since July 4 with a right axillary infection. In recent days, the 22-year-old right-hander has thrown off the mound with no discomfort.

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When he faces the Fort Myers Miracle on Monday, it will mark the first time Alcantara has seen game action since making his MLB debut against the Mets on June 29 at Marlins Park. In five innings that day, the hard-throwing right-hander gave up one run on three hits, but he walked five and struck out two on 98 pitches.

Alcantara picked up his first win that night, but he was scratched from his next start and placed on the disabled list.

Against Fort Myers, Alcantara is expected to throw about 35-40 pitches.

"Then, we will be able to jump him up again," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

The Marlins acquired Alcantara from the Cardinals in December as part of the package for Marcell Ozuna.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, Alcantara opened the season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he was 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts, striking out 64 in 85 innings.

If all goes well in his first rehab assignment, Alcantara is expected to make at least one more rehab assignment before rejoining Miami's rotation.

"He's got to be around 75 [pitches] to get him back with us," Mattingly said.

Worth noting:

• Reliever Tayron Guerrero (left lumbar strain) is scheduled to pitch an inning of relief on Saturday for Double-A Jacksonville. Guerrero has been on the DL since July 5. One of the hardest throwers in the Majors this season, Guerrero last pitched in a big league game on July 3.

"He will have at least another [rehab outing], so we'll see after that," Mattingly said.

Getting Guerrero back in the near future will be a big boost for the bullpen.

• Closer Kyle Barraclough, who was not available in Friday's 6-5 win over the Rays, is feeling better, and he could be an option Saturday. Barraclough was stricken with what was basically a 24-hour stomach virus. On Thursday, he threw off the mound at Marlins Park, and traveled with the team to St. Petersburg later in the day. Thursday night, he became ill, and on Friday was sent to the hotel at game time.

"He's feeling better now," Mattingly said. "We're getting some fluids in him, and keeping him hydrated."

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 move No. 7 prospect Diaz to Triple-A

Second baseman was acquired from Crew for Yelich in January
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Another highly ranked Marlins prospect has been promoted. Isan Diaz, who was acquired as part of the Christian Yelich trade with the Brewers in January, is moving up to Triple-A New Orleans.

The left-handed-hitting second baseman has bounced back from a slow start at Double-A Jacksonville, and he will now see regular playing time with the Baby Cakes.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Another highly ranked Marlins prospect has been promoted. Isan Diaz, who was acquired as part of the Christian Yelich trade with the Brewers in January, is moving up to Triple-A New Orleans.

The left-handed-hitting second baseman has bounced back from a slow start at Double-A Jacksonville, and he will now see regular playing time with the Baby Cakes.

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 7 prospect, Diaz had a slash line of .245/.365/.418 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs for the Jumbo Shrimp. MLB Pipeline also ranks Diaz as the No. 4 second-base prospect in the Minors.

A power threat, Diaz also compiled 19 doubles, one triple, 10 stolen bases and 44 runs scored in 83 games. New Orleans needed infield depth after placing Cito Culver on the disabled list.

The Marlins have not hesitated to promote players who are performing. Diaz, who impressed the big league staff in Spring Training, got off to a slow start, and then he missed time on the disabled list due to a concussion he suffered after getting plunked in the head by a pitch.

Since returning, Diaz has made steady progress in the Southern League. He's picked things up over his past 10 games, hitting .314/.429/.714 with four home runs and 12 RBIs.

If he shows he can handle Triple-A pitching, the 22-year-old Diaz could be in line for a September callup with the Marlins. His progression to the big leagues also could be accelerated if Miami trades second baseman Starlin Castro.

The Marlins have promoted several of their top prospects since the season started. A few weeks ago, pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez made the leap from Triple-A, although Alcantara (right axillary infection) is currently on the disabled list.

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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Prospect Lopez attacks strike zone to win debut

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MIAMI -- It only took four pitches for rookie Pablo Lopez to experience the highs and lows of life in the big leagues.

The 22-year-old right-hander on Saturday made his Major League debut, and it got off to a sizzling start, with a three-pitch strikeout of Brandon Nimmo. Before Lopez could savor the moment, his very next pitch was smacked out of the park by Jose Bautista.

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MIAMI -- It only took four pitches for rookie Pablo Lopez to experience the highs and lows of life in the big leagues.

The 22-year-old right-hander on Saturday made his Major League debut, and it got off to a sizzling start, with a three-pitch strikeout of Brandon Nimmo. Before Lopez could savor the moment, his very next pitch was smacked out of the park by Jose Bautista.

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Like that, moods and momentum change in the big leagues. Showing maturity beyond his age, Lopez impressed in six innings, and his teammates eventually picked him up. Brian Anderson belted a two-run homer and J.T. Realmuto delivered a two-run double in the Marlins' 5-2 comeback victory over the Mets at Marlins Park.

"We got back to the dugout and said, 'Welcome to the big leagues, kid!'" Realmuto said of Lopez's first inning. "You're on top of the world the first three pitches, and the next time, homer. But after that, he made great pitches."

Video: NYM@MIA: Realmuto extends lead with a 2-run double

In the first two games of the series, the Marlins showcased two of their top pitching prospects. On Friday, Sandy Alcantara, the club's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, made his first big league start, and he gave up one run in five innings in an 8-2 win. Lopez was the victor on Saturday, throwing 97 pitches (71 strikes).

"I'm extremely happy with the way it went, with the atmosphere on the field and the atmosphere in the clubhouse with my teammates," Lopez said. "It's something I will cherish for the rest of my life. Having the opportunity to play at this level is already something magical, and special doing it at this level with these teammates and this atmosphere is unbelievable."

According to Stats LLC, the last time two pitchers on the same National League team earned wins in their first career starts on consecutive days was Gary Nolan and Mel Queen of the Reds, on April 15-16, 1967.

"There was a lot of yelling and screaming over the course of the winter," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the team's direction to build from the Minor Leagues on up. "We've talked about building something with pitching. It started at the Trade Deadline last year."

Video: NYM@MIA: Mattingly on Lopez's composure in MLB debut

The Marlins acquired Lopez from the Mariners last July as part of the David Phelps trade.

"These guys seem like they're a long way away in A ball, but then they're knocking on the door, and you get a look at what they could be," Mattingly said.

After surrendering a home run to Bautista in the first inning, Lopez was in control. At one point, he retired eight of nine before Todd Frazier homered on an 0-2 pitch in the sixth.

Getting the nod on Saturday had some extra meaning for Lopez, a native of Venezuela. It was Venezuelan Heritage Day at Marlins Park, and Lopez's father and some family members were in attendance.

Video: NYM@MIA: Lopez family on their son making MLB debut

Ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins' No. 20 prospect, Lopez has arguably been the organization's top pitching prospect this season. The slender right-hander certainly has the numbers to back up the claim.

At Double-A Jacksonville, Lopez posted an eye-opening 0.62 ERA with 51 strikeouts and eight walks in 43 2/3 innings. After dominating in the Southern League, Lopez got promoted to Triple-A New Orleans, where the sledding got a little tougher. His ERA was 3.38 in four starts spanning 18 2/3 innings.

More than the numbers, the Marlins tracked the quality of Lopez's stuff and his mound presence. All the intangibles also checked boxes.

On Saturday, Lopez was able to show he belongs, and in the process came out on the winning end against Jacob deGrom, the Majors ERA leader.

"He's so good, and he's the best at what he does," Lopez said of deGrom. "But our guys are good, too, and they put together great at-bats in that sixth inning."

Video: NYM@MIA: Lopez, Anderson on solid win over the Mets

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The way deGrom was throwing, the Marlins were having trouble getting hits. But they were able to break through with one out in the sixth inning. Derek Dietrich singled, and Anderson turned on a changeup, blistering a game-tying, two-run homer to left.

"He's a great pitcher," Anderson said of deGrom. "He's got great stuff. He was locating, it seemed like everything early in the game. Keeping the ball down, elevating when he needed to. We just kind of kept putting together good at-bats, and eventually we were able to take advantage of some mistakes."

Video: NYM@MIA: Anderson ties it with a 2-run homer to left

The Marlins plugged away. After Justin Bour walked and went to third on Starlin Castro's single, JT Riddle tapped a swinging-bunt single, and he avoided the tag by first baseman Wilmer Flores.

"Off the bat, you see it's kind of like a swinging bunt," Riddle said. "It's kind of in no-man's land. Run hard, try to beat the first baseman."

Video: NYM@MIA: Riddle plates go-ahead run on infield hit

SOUND SMART
Drew Steckenrider pitched a perfect eighth, extending his career-best scoreless streak to 15 2/3 innings. The right-hander did not allow a run in 14 appearances in June.

Closer Kyle Barraclough worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save. Barraclough allowed just one hit in the month of June, and he has a scoreless innings streak of 20 2/3, second longest in the Majors.

Video: NYM@MIA: Barraclough retires Mesoraco to seal the win

HE SAID IT
"Not in last place? Awesome. It's baseball. We've got a good ballclub. We're coming together and playing good baseball. We've got good, young guys, and we've got veteran guys who have been around. We're coming together. There's three months left. There's still ground, and still time to make up that ground."
-- Riddle, on passing the Mets and moving into fourth place in the NL East

UP NEXT
Dan Straily returns from his five-game suspension to face the Mets at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday in the series finale at Marlins Park. The Marlins' right-hander comes off a win over the D-backs on Monday, giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Lifetime against New York, he is 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA in five starts. Steven Matz goes for the Mets.

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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Alcantara battles wildness to win Marlins debut

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MIAMI -- Sandy Alcantara's return to the big leagues included bouts of spotty command. Still, the 22-year-old rookie right-hander was able to navigate through five innings before exiting with a five-run lead on Friday night as the Marlins defeated the Mets, 8-2, at Marlins Park.

The Marlins' top pitching prospect attacked mostly with four-seam fastballs and changeups, and he was able to minimize damage on a night he walked five and struck out two.

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MIAMI -- Sandy Alcantara's return to the big leagues included bouts of spotty command. Still, the 22-year-old rookie right-hander was able to navigate through five innings before exiting with a five-run lead on Friday night as the Marlins defeated the Mets, 8-2, at Marlins Park.

The Marlins' top pitching prospect attacked mostly with four-seam fastballs and changeups, and he was able to minimize damage on a night he walked five and struck out two.

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"He's still a work in progress, like we've said," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I think it's a good baseline to see the adjustments that he makes going forward. I think they'll continue."

Video: NYM@MIA: Mattingly on Alcantara's start, 8-2 win

Initially, Alcantara expected to make his Marlins debut against Jacob deGrom. But the All-Star right-hander was scratched to deal with a family issue and is scheduled to start on Saturday.

"I'm super excited," said Alcantara, the organization's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline. "It's different coming from the Triple-A team, but I tried to do my best."

Corey Oswalt pitched in deGrom's place, but he was chased after allowing six runs in the third inning. Miami matched its season high with six runs in a frame. Lewis Brinson, who collected three hits and was a triple shy of a cycle, and JT Riddle each homered in the frame. It marked the first multi-homer inning of the season for the Marlins.

"I was telling everybody, I'm very excited [Alcantara] is up here, getting a chance to pitch," Brinson said. "He's got great stuff, we saw that in Spring Training. Glad that the more young guys that come up, the more we look at the future. But right now, we got a win tonight against a very good team. He did a great job, and so did everybody else."

Video: NYM@MIA: Alcantara's wife on his 1st start with Fish

In terms of the big picture, the night was about Alcantara appearing in his first big league game of the season. The lanky rookie also collected his first Major League win.

"I was super emotional because I'm working hard and I'm here and I did my best," Alcantara said.

One of the centerpiece players in the Marcell Ozuna trade with the Cardinals in December, Alcantara was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and made his first big league start. At New Orleans, Alcantara went 5-3 with a 3.71 ERA in 14 starts.

"Nice, easy delivery," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "Easy arm. Has pretty good stuff. Fastball, changeup for the most part. He looks like he's got a promising future."

Alcantara previously pitched in the Majors as a September callup for St. Louis last year. All eight of his appearances were in relief.

The lone run Alcantara allowed came in the fourth inning on Devin Mesoraco's two-out RBI double. A one-out walk to Wilmer Flores came back to hurt him.

Video: NYM@MIA: Mesoraco belts an RBI double to left field

Walks were the biggest issue for Alcantara, who finished with 98 pitches (50 strikes). The first batter he faced, Brandon Nimmo, drew a walk, and he issued a free pass to at least one batter in four of his five innings.

But even in deep counts or when he was behind in the count, Alcantara was mostly able to execute pitches to get out of jams. His four-seam fastball averaged 94.2 mph, and his maximum fastball speed was 96.5 mph.

Alcantara threw 34 four-seam fastballs and 35 changeups, mixing in 18 sliders and 11 sinkers, according to Statcast™.

In the fifth inning, Alcantara walked Jose Bautista, but he got out of the inning by inducing a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Video: NYM@MIA: Alcantara induces the double play

Alcantara is filling in the rotation spot vacated by fellow rookie Caleb Smith, who landed on the disabled list with a Grade 3 left lat strain. The Marlins announced on Friday that Smith will undergo season-ending surgery.

"Like I said, he did a great job, and I think you can tell out there on the field, it kind of energized us all to have him up here doing what he does," Brinson said. "It was a great win"

Video: NYM@MIA: Riddle on 3-run homer, Alcantara's outing

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
One time previously the Marlins scored six runs in an inning, on May 20 in Atlanta. Brinson led off with a homer, which Statcast™ projected at 403 feet, with a 106.9-mph exit velocity. J.T. Realmuto added a run-scoring single. The big moment was Starlin Castro's two-out RBI single, which extended the inning for Riddle's three-run drive to right.

"Those two-out hits are really daggers," Mattingly said. "They have a chance to get out of that jam."

Added Riddle: "He was trying to get the fastball in and kind of jammed me on that first one, and I figured with two strikes he might come in again. I just told myself, 'Don't get beat.' I put a good swing on it."

Video: NYM@MIA: Marlins plate 6 on 2 HRs, 2 singles in 3rd

SOUND SMART
In a non-save situation, Kyle Barraclough worked a scoreless ninth, extending his scoreless-innings streak to a career-high 19 2/3 over his last 20 outings. But Barraclough did allow a one-out single to Nimmo, snapping his string of 11 2/3 innings without surrendering a hit. That was the third-longest streak in team history.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
A bruised left wrist kept Realmuto out for the four-game series against the D-backs. A few days off didn't hurt Realmuto's timing. In the second inning, the 27-year-old catcher picked Todd Frazier off second base. It was a big play with two outs and Alcantara already at 40 pitches. Per Statcast™, the pop time on Realmuto's throw to second was 1.88 seconds. The MLB average is 2.01 seconds. Realmuto put some pace on the throw, which was tracked at 84.5 mph.

"Frazier was getting pretty far off the bag there with two outs," Riddle said. "He had a big lead. We thought it was a good situation to do it in. J.T. gave me a good throw, I put the tag on him, call was out. It changed the game."

Video: NYM@MIA: Realmuto picks off Frazier at second base

HE SAID IT
"That right there is one of the reasons why he's the best catcher in all of baseball, I think. For a catcher to be able to do that defensively, plus the way he swings the bat? It's very good." -- Riddle, on Realmuto executing the pickoff and having another strong game

UP NEXT
Pablo Lopez, the Marlins' No. 20 prospect per MLB Pipeline, will make his Major League debut at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. The right-hander tore up the Minor League circuit. In eight starts with Double-A Jacksonville, Lopez posted a stellar 0.62 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings before earning a promotion to Triple-A New Orleans. The rookie will face off with deGrom.

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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