Cameron Maybin and Gaby Sanchez have both been called up to the big leagues and are in a pretty good situation to be making their debuts. For Maybin, it has been a rocky season of sorts – traded from the Tigers and with a chance to break spring training as a Marlin was sent to the minors for more seasoning. He was also bit by a spider, which greatly impeded his progress in the minors. Maybin also struck out quite a bit, but was able to reign it in somewhat with 25 strikeouts in his final 84 at bats. He also showed a bit more plate discipline at times and tonight has a hit and a walk – with an RBI.
For Sanchez, it is a return home as he made a name for himself as a UM Hurricane. He made his Marlins’ debut in the 8th inning as a pinch hitter and was held in the game to close it out at 1B. He even made a pretty good defensive play at first base, diving to his right to throw out the lead runner at 2B.
Both young hitters are looked upon as the future for the Marlins at their positions.
The real news is Jorge Cantu, or the hopes that he will hit two more home runs to climb over the majestic 30 home run plateau. In doing so, Cantu would join the rest of the Marlins infielders as they have all hit over 30 blasts this season and it would culminate in a bit of history as the Marlins would become the first team ever to have all four infield spots with 30 or more home runs. Cantu has already tied his career season high with home runs as his 28th bomb tonight was a grand slam. Keep it up – if Dan Uggla, Mike Jacobs and Hanley Ramirez can do it, Jorge Cantu.