Pittsburgh Right kicker Huascar Brazoban walked into the visiting team club in PNC Park on Sunday about two hours before the game began and saw a shirt with his name on it hanging in a locker in the back corner of the room.
“I’m starting to get chills,” Prazoban said.
At the time, all he knew was that he had been added to the Miami Marlins’ taxi squad.
About an hour later, it was added to the list of big leagues.
About three hours later, he was making his way up the hill to make his MLB debut at the age of 32.
Mission: Help the Marlins maintain their one-round lead against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brazoban did just that, working around a goalless seventh-half double in the Marlins’ final 6-5 win, 10 runs.
That inning, those 13 pitches he threw, was a validating moment for Brazoban. Before the Marlins signed him on this off-season minor league deal, Brazoban had not played for an MLB team since 2017. That four-season hiatus included two hiatus in the Atlantic Independent League and winter playtime in the Atlantic League. Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela.
Many around him had doubts that his career would come to an end.
“The journey was so long that a lot of people kept telling me indirectly to try something else. I just kept going. I thank God for giving me this talent and I keep moving forward,” said Prazoban.
The Marlins was ultimately the team that gave him a chance. When they offered him a small league deal, Prazoban said he knew “that’s where I should aim for.”
“We thought this guy might be a bit of a surprise for us,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
“My goal was just to get a place,” Brazoban added.
In 27 Triple A Jacksonville appearances, mostly in high-impact situations, Brazoban reached a 3.18 ERA with 59 strikes for 16 walks on 45 1/3 runs. Opponents hit only .198 against him. It primarily throws a ballast that touches 98 mph and a change leads to fluctuations and failures. It also works on a slider.
His performance, along with MLB-level injuries, earned him the opportunity to earn an MLB call-up on Sunday.
With Miami Bullpin options dropping after using several of their main arms on Saturday, Brazoban immediately found himself in a place of great influence on his debut.
But he showed no fear.
Brazoban hit Oneil Cruz on four pitches, all changes, for the first time in his Major League career. Hitting ball.
Yoshi Tsutsugo qualified to lead Miguel Rojas into game two before Jason Delay scored a two-hit single to tie the base lanes. Brazoban was stranded when he collided with Kevin Newman in a final round.
It was Brazoban’s first major league moment in the books. Hope it won’t be the last.
“Now that I’m at a major league level, I have to take advantage of this situation,” Prazoban said. “I am so grateful and grateful for where I am and hope to do what I have to do here and finish my career at this level.”
The return of Khalil Watson
After stepping away from the organization for three weeks for disciplinary reasons, Shortstop and 2021 first round Kahlil Watson returned to action Friday with the Florida Complex’s rookie Marlins.
Watson, third in the Miami system and potential 50th overall in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, started on a Shortstop and finished third in the lineup on Friday and Saturday. He went 0-for-2 with two strikes on Friday and 2-for-2 with double, run the house, walked twice, scored two RBIs and three runs on Saturday.
More junior league notables
▪ Shortstop Nasim Nunez, No. 17 in Miami, made 0.320 (16 for 50) with a 0.528 on base and 908 on base plus a slack mark in July for the High A Beloit Sky Carp. He’s tied in 22 walks 16 runs, which is also a perfect 16 walks 16 in steal base attempts so far this month bringing his season total to 46 stolen bases.
▪ Infieler Yiddi Cappe, ranked No. 12 in the Marlins, is promoted to Single A Jupiter after hitting 0.310 with seven pairs and six home runs, scoring 25 RBI and 23 points over 29 against the Marlins’ FCL. With three matches at Jupiter, Cappe is 6 for 11 (.545) on the board.
▪ Last three runs of right-handed pitcher Zach McCampley in the Double A Pensacola Blue Wahoos: five runs earned allowing over 17 2/3 innings (2.55 ERA) on eight strokes and six walks with 21 strokes.
The Marlins signed 13 of 20 of their picks from the 2022 MLB Draft. In addition to selecting third baseman Jacob Perry in the first round, and second-round selection of right bowler Jacob Miller, the club also agreed to the terms of right bowler Josh White (fifth round), and right bowler Kyle Krieger (fifth round). 7), left bowler Del Stanovic (Round 8), left bowler Evan Taylor (Round 9), left bowler Cady Gibson (Round 10), right bowler Alex Williams (Round 11), defensive tackle Chase Luttrell (Round 13), Torren Montgomery ( Round 14), right-handed Ike Buxton (round 15), catcher Spencer Bramwell (round 18) and catcher Carmine Lin (round 19).
Miami also signed four free agents who were not recruited: right bowler Matthew Bouchard (University of Maine), right bowler Tristan Stevens (University of Texas), defensive tackle Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State University) and field player Josh Zamora (Oklahoma State University). Nevada).
The deadline for signing draft choices is August 1.
Miami has seven players yet to sign: right bowler Carson Milbrandt (third round), right bowler Marcus Johnson (fourth round), right bowler Jared Boland (sixth round), left bowler Cole Kirchseber (round 12), Brett Roberts (round 16), right bowler Evan Crist (17th round) and right bowler Jack Gwen (20th round).
This story was originally published July 25, 2022 8:16 am.