Marlins to call up Isan Diaz and Lewis Brinson
The Marlins will finally get to see what they truly got in return for the reigning National League MVP after calling up centerfielder Lewis Brinson and second baseman Isan Diaz, as reported by Craig Mish.
Sources indicate the Miami Marlins are calling up Isan Diaz from New Orleans.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) August 4, 2019
Diaz will be making his MLB debut as soon as he takes the field in New York. The Marlins are beginning a four-game series against the Mets which includes a doubleheader on Monday. He slashed 305/.395/.578 with 26 HRs and 21 2Bs in Triple-A New Orleans. The .305 batting average makes it the perfect time for him to come to Miami.
Diaz was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft but was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 along with pitcher Chase Anderson and third baseman Aaron Hill for shortstop Jean Segura. He hit 20 home runs in Single-A Carolina that year.
Starlin Castro has been the everyday second baseman this season but has been seen taking grounders from third base this weekend when the Marlins were playing the Tampa Bay Rays. He will likely move to the hot corner once Diaz joins the team.
Lewis Brinson was originally the centerpiece of the Christian Yellich trade and was the first to make it to the big leagues in 2018. He slashed .199/.240/.338 with 11 home runs in 109 games. He looked impressive in spring training but was sent down on April 30 after hitting .197 in 27 games. He’s slashed .270/.361/.510 with 16 home runs and 16 stolen bases in Triple-A so there is heavy optimism that he will showcase his potential this time around.
Outfielder Cesar Puello is likely going to the 10-day IL to make room for him. He left Sunday’s game in the fourth inning due to left hip flexor tightness. He has batted .179 in 32 games since being acquired by the Los Angeles Angels for cash on June 19.
Starting pitcher Jordan Yamamotto was also included in the trade package. Since being called up he’s 4-2 with a 3.94 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 48 innings.
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