Earlier this month, J.T. Realmuto received a well-earned first-ever invitation to the All-Star Game.
Rookie Brian Anderson is building a pretty good case for his own prestigious accolade.
Anderson recorded a game-high three hits Tuesday afternoon that coupled with home runs by J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro helped the Marlins rout the visiting Atlanta Braves 9-3.
Anderson’s three hits brought his season total to 113, which leads all major league rookies. New York Yankees’ third baseman Miguel Andujar (96) had the next closest total by a rookie entering Tuesday’s games. The next closest rookie in the National League was Cincinnati Reds’ right fielder Jesse Winker (84).
Anderson also leads all MLB rookies in runs (59), doubles (23) and RBI (49) and ranks second in triples (3), fourth in homers (8) and fifth in batting average (.285).
Anderson set the table for the Marlins in the first inning with a single that Realmuto followed with a two-run home run to left center off Braves’ starter Julio Teheran.
Anderson’s line-drive single up the middle in the third inning drove in Derek Dietrich when Braves center fielder Johan Camargo missed the ball as he was rushing in to field it. Anderson scored moments later on a sacrifice fly by Realmuto.
The Marlins (44-59), who have won five of their past seven games, broke the game open with five runs in the fifth inning highlighted by Starlin Castro’s three-run homer that ended Teheran’s worst outing of the season.
Wei-Yin Chen pitched six innings and gave up three runs on five hits and three walks, and struck out four. It was only the second time in eight home starts this season that Chen allowed more than a run.
Chen contributed at the plate as well with his first career extra-base hit - a double to lead off that fifth inning.
Marlins prospect Magneuris Sierra made his debut with the club starting in center field. Sierra, who was called up from Triple A New Orleans after Garrett Cooper (right wrist sprain) was placed on the 10-day disabled list, went 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts.