Justin Nicolino shut out the Reds over seven innings in his major league debut on Saturday

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23-year-old Justin Nicolino was rushed to Cincinnati on Saturday morning after Tom Koehler had to be scratched from his scheduled start against the Reds due to a neck injury. Maybe it was helpful to the kid that he had no time to process all of his emotions.

Nicolino fired seven scoreless innings in his major league debut Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, yielding only four hits and two walks in one of the least pitcher-friendly stadiums in Major League Baseball. Miami grabbed a 5-0 win.

As noted by Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the young lefty is the only pitcher in the 23-year history of the Marlins to debut with seven shutout innings. More perspective from Spencer’s game story …

The only other pitchers to make their major-league debuts with the Marlins and go at least six innings without allowing a run were Josh Beckett in 2001 and Adalberto Mendez in 2010.

Brad Penny allowed just one run over seven innings in his debut in 2000.

Nicolino had an impressive 2.87 ERA through 78 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A New Orleans, so maybe this is legit. He was rated a top-100 prospect in 2014 by MLB.com but fell off that list this past winter.