Former Lansing Lugnuts pitcher Anthony DeSclafani earned the win in his major-league debut Wednesday.
“Disco” DeSclafani was filling in for Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was scheduled to pitch the game before suffering a season-ending elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery. His debut performance (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) is likely good enough to warrant a second start, though the Marlins signed LHP Randy Wolf as rotation insurance. Wolf, a 14-year MLB veteran, pitched the final three innings of Wednesday’s game to earn his first career save.
DeSclafani also had a good night at the plate, driving in a pair of runs — one on a single and one on a bases-loaded error by Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon (2009 Great Lakes Loons).
DeSclafani made his professional debut in 2012 after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays the previous year. He went 11-3 with a 3.37 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 123 IP that season as part of a formidable Lugnuts rotation that included LHP Justin Nicolino (10-4, 2.46 ERA, 119 strikeouts in 124.1 IP), RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-5, 2.60 ERA, 122 strikeouts in 103.2 IP), RHP Aaron Sanchez (8-5, 2.49 ERA, 97 strikeouts in 90.1 IP), LHP David Rollins (6-1, 2.78 ERA, 75 strikeouts in 77.2 IP), RHP Jesse Hernandez (4-5, 2.26 ERA, 61 strikeouts in 95.2 IP) and RHP Marcus Walden (5-2, 3.10 ERA, 40 strikeouts in 66.2 IP).
The 2012 Lugnuts were managed by current Marlins skipper Mike Redmond. DeSclafani was traded from the Blue Jays to the Marlins as part of a 12-player deal in November 2012.
“I know in Toronto, he was definitely a guy they didn’t want to lose,” Redmond told the Miami Herald. “He was kind of that guy they thought was under the radar, but obviously he wasn’t. I thought it was a great addition to that trade, picking him up.”