Jacksonville Sports Day

Miami Marlins’ Chisholm Jr., Alfaro Set to Rehab with Jumbo Shrimp; Poteet Wins

JACKSONVILLE – As the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp set out on a 12-game road trip beginning in Durham, they will be joined by Miami Marlins’ catcher Jorge Alfaro and infielder Jazz Chisholm Jr., who will each be embarking on an injury rehab assignment with Miami’s Triple-A affiliate.

Chisholm Jr. made the Marlins’ Opening Day roster out of spring training as the club’s starting second baseman. Prior to suffering a hamstring injury on April 27, Chisholm Jr. was hitting .290/.375/.551 with four doubles, one triple, four home runs, seven RBIs and a National League-best seven stolen bases. His 1.1 fWAR still leads all NL second basemen and ranks third in the major leagues

The 23-year-old played 23 games for Jacksonville in 2019, slashing .284/.383/.494 after being acquired by the Marlins at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Zac Gallen to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chisholm Jr. was added to the Marlins 40–man roster following the 2019 season.

He was promoted to the major leagues for the first time on Sept. 1, 2020, and made his debut that night against the Toronto Blue Jays. A native of Nassau, Bahamas he was originally signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks as an international free agent in July 2015.

Alfaro is in his third year as a member of the Marlins since being acquired on Feb. 7, 2019 with right-hander Sixto Sánchez, and left-hander Will Stewart from the Phillies, in exchange for catcher J. T. Realmuto. The 27-year-old has played in 10 games for the Marlins this season, batting .229/.250/.257 before suffering a hamstring injury that has sidelined him since April 20.

A native of Sincelejo, Colombia, Alfaro was originally signed by the Texas Rangers in 2010 as an international free agent. He was dealt by Texas to Philadelphia at the trade deadline in 2015, and made his Major League debut for the Phillies in 2016.

Poteet earns win in MLB debut for Marlins

Former Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp right-handed pitcher Cody Poteet earned the win in his major league debut in a start for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. He is the 69th player of the Jumbo Shrimp era (2017-present) to debut in the big leagues, including the second this week.

Poteet earned the win by striking out six batters in five innings, ceding two runs on four hits. He did not walk a batter. He becomes the third starting pitcher in Marlins’ history to pitch at least 5.0 innings and not allow a walk in his Major League debut.

He joins Aníbal Sánchez on June 25, 2006 and Sixto Sánchez on Au. 22, 2020. Additionally, the 26-year-old Poteet became the first right-hander drafted by the Marlins to win his major league debut since Ryan Tucker won his debut on June 8, 2008.

The Marlins gave Poteet two runs to work with in the top of the first before he took the mound. In the bottom of the inning, the right-hander yielded one run, but struck out Stephen Vogt to end the inning, earning his first major league punchout.

Poteet settled in nicely in the middle innings, highlighted by the fourth inning where he struck out the side in order.

A native of San Diego, Calif., Poteet was originally drafted by Miami in the fourth round of the 2015 draft out of UCLA. He began his career with Short Season Class A Batavia later that summer, and by 2017 was a mid-season All-Star in the Florida State League with High-A Jupiter.

He first pitched in Jacksonville in 2018, making 21 starts in Double-A, and working to an ERA of 5.26. He returned to the Jumbo Shrimp in 2019 and trimmed that ERA significantly, pitching to a 2.25 ERA in 13 starts to earn Southern League mid-season All-Star recognition. He received a promotion on June 30, 2019 to Triple-A New Orleans.

Poteet opened up 2021 back in Jacksonville, now as the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate. In his only start with the Jumbo Shrimp this season, he struck out 10 against Norfolk on May 6, allowing just a run in 5.2 innings of work. The Marlins then selected his contract Wednesday prior to his debut.

Poteet is the 907th player to play in both Jacksonville and in Major League Baseball. He joins pitcher Luis Madero to debut this week, with infielder José Devers also debuting earlier in 2021.

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