On Monday, the Miami Marlins called up top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. And when somebody gets sent up, somebody needs to get sent down. So in result, the Marlins optioned rookie stars Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich to AA Jacksonville Suns.
I was both not surprised and surprised by the moves. I knew that Christian Yelich was bound to come sometime this year. But I’m surprised Marisnick was brought up with him. Sending down Ozuna and Dietrich was shocking as well, as they were both team leaders in different categories, Ozuna in RBI and Dietrich in runs. Both were slumping at the time they were sent down, but I was still shocked at Ozuna’s demotion especially since he was a likely All-Star candidate. But Larry Beinfest assures both players will be brought back up soon enough and that they need polishing up still as they were rushed to the big leagues.
Yelich though, was very impressive in his big league debut, going 3-4 with 2 RBI. Marisnick on the other hand, had an 0-4 night. Both players are starting in the outfield, with Yelich in left, and Marisnick in right. Along with Giancarlo Stanton, 23, in right, the Marlins without a doubt have the youngest outfield in the league, with Marisnick being 22, and Yelich 21. Not to mention the Marlins extremely young and talented rotation, starring Nathan Eovaldi, 23, Jacob Turner, 22, and All-Star Jose Fernandez, 20.
These transactions show the Marlins are ready to break out their young talent and give them a taste of what it’s like in the big leagues. Believe it or not, we may see these young Fish in the playoffs in no time. Remember 1997 and 2003?
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