Lost in this offseason's mega-trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins is 22-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani, who was acquired by the Marlins on Tuesday, according to an ESPN.com report.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez confirmed DeSclafani will be headed to South Beach via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon:
DeSclafani announced the move on Twitter as well:
Headed to Miami! #warmweather— Anthony DeSclafani (@ADeSclafani) November 14, 2012
Although Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle are the names being talked about most—and rightfully so—Marlins fans will no doubt want to know who Anthony DeSclafani is. After all, the franchise just traded its top talent away in exchange for him and a few other names.
Let's take a look at who Anthony DeSclafani is and what to expect from him in Miami.
Where's He From?
Will Anthony DeSclafani become a dependable starter for Miami?
A Freehold, New Jersey native, Anthony DeSclafani attended Colts Neck High School in New Jersey before attending the University of Florida in Gainesville. In three years with the Gators, DeSclafani started 19 games and finished his college career with a record of 13-9. He allowed just 171 hits and struck out 115 in 68 appearances on the mound for Florida.
DeSclafani was drafted in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, who selected him with the 199th overall pick.
He has yet to make his Major League debut, though. He played last season with Toronto minor league affiliate Lansing in the Midwest League.
Minor League Success
DeSclafani went 11-3 with Michigan's Lansing Lugnuts in the Midwest League this past season, striking out 92 and boasting an impressive 3.37 ERA. He gave up just 145 hits and three home runs in 28 appearances on the mound, which included 21 starts.
Here's a look at the 6'2", 190-pound DeSclafani warming up on the mound for Lansing in 2012.
Clearly, DeSclafani has plenty of potential to be great. He excelled in the minors last season and won't turn 23 until the start of the 2013 season next April.
Barring injury, DeSclafani should develop into a reliable starting pitcher for the Marlins. Maybe not right away, but at some point down the road.
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