Marlins second base prospect Isan Díaz made his major league debut on Monday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader in New York against the Mets. He grounded out and popped out in his first two major league plate appearances. During his third trip to the plate, in the sixth inning, the Marlins broadcast interviewed Díaz’s parents from the stands. During the interview, with the count 1-2, Díaz turned on a Jacob deGrom fastball for his first major league hit, home run, and RBI. The reaction is priceless:
Díaz, 23, is the Marlins’ No. 5 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. With Triple-A New Orleans, Díaz hit .305/.395/.578 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI, and 89 runs scored in 435 plate appearances. Those are certainly stats worthy of a promotion to the big leagues.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.