8/8/2020 : The Amazin Marlins
Miami’s current baseball roster is significantly different than the one that faced the Phillies on opening day at CBP. There have been nineteen changes in the roster makeup and yet the club has won all five games played since their quarantine in Philly after the third game of the season due to Covid and are riding a six game winning streak 😳.
They’ve had seven major league debuts in their past seven games ... RHP Nick Neidert (23 ), LHP Alex Vesia ( 24 ), RHP Jordan Holloway ( 24 ), Outfielder Monte Harrison ( 24 ), Second Baseman Eddie Alvarez (30 ) , RHP Jorge Guzman ( 24 ) and RHP Humberto Mejia ( 23 ) with an eighth - LHP Daniel Castano (25 ) set to debut in today’s ball game against the Mets as the starting pitcher.
Perhaps the most intriguing story is Alvarez, he is a six year minor leaguer who was signed as a free agent by the White Sox in 2014 ... he’s also a former US Olympian having competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics as a short track speed skater. He grew up in Miami and was acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the White Sox in March of 2019 ... in last night’s game he made an incredible leaping catch at second base on a liner using every bit of his 5’9” frame to turn a hit into an out.
Of the other six players who’ve made their MLB debut in 2020 with the Marlins thus far only Neidert, Harrison and Alvarez had played at the minor league AAA level ... two ( Holloway and Mejia ) had never played beyond the A level.
In the strangest of years and MLB seasons the Amazing Marlins are the early season miracles by far ...
Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️