The Miami Marlins promoted prospect Marcell Ozuna to the big league to take the roster spot of the injured Giancarlo Stanton. The talented Ozuna is ranked by Baseball America as the 75th best prospect in baseball. Ozuna will get his feet wet in the Marlins outfield while Stanton recovers from a hamstring injury. Ozuna was slotted in the six spot on the lineup card patrolling right field in his debut against the New York Mets.
Ozuna saw his major league debut turn into a pitcher’s duel between Kevin Slowey and Jeremy Hefner, yes you read that correctly. The game featured little offense with the Marlins only being able to muster three hits against Hefner, one of which was off the bat of Ozuna for his first with the big club.
Slowey has been snake-bitten still searching for his first win since 2010. The hurler has gone a combined 0-11 since the end of the 2010 season and is 0-2 in six starts this season even though he boasts a 2.15 earned run average. Slowey fanned eight Metropolitans through eight solid innings but surrendered the one run that would eventually cost him the no-decision as the Marlins could not generate any offense for him. Hefner matched him pitch for pitch fanning eight batters of his own but eventually taking the loss after a sloppy ninth inning.
The Marlins would steal the game on a wild pitch in the ninth inning from the Mets in walk-off fashion winning 2-1.
Ozuna finished the game going 1 for 3 with a single in the 22-year-old’s major league debut.