Former Gator DeSclafani promoted to Marlins

Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:33 p.m.

Former Florida pitcher Anthony DeSclafani was called up to the Major Leagues by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday and will start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

DeSclafani, a right-hander, becomes the fifth player in head coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s tenure at Florida to reach professional baseball’s highest level, joining left-hander Kevin Chapman (2007-10, Houston Astros), left-hander Nick Maronde (2009-11, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), left-hander Steven Rodriguez (2010-12, Los Angeles Dodgers) and catcher Mike Zunino (2010-12, Seattle Mariners).

DeSclafani had recently been playing for the Jacksonville Suns of the Double-A Southern League, where he was 3-4 with a 4.19 earned run average in eight appearances (all starts). The righty had registered 38 strikeouts in 43 innings, while limiting opponents to a .278 average.

Chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft with the 199th selection, DeSclafani was 13-9 with a 5.36 ERA in 68 appearances, including 19 starts, at Florida. Over 149.1 innings, he totaled 115 strikeouts and collected three saves. The Freehold, N.J., native was part of back-to-back Gator SEC Championship teams in 2010 & 2011 that advanced to the NCAA College World Series in both seasons.

Besides DeSclafani, there are five other players with UF ties currently in the Big Leagues: infielder Mark Ellis (St. Louis Cardinals), right-hander Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles), outfielder Ryan Raburn (Cleveland Indians), catcher David Ross (Boston Red Sox) and Zunino (Mariners).

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