Miguel Cabrera hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning of his major-league debut with the Marlins. Jeremy Hermida connected on a pinch-hit grand slam in his.
The Marlins could use some of that same instant spark from their latest rookie position player call-up, Brian Anderson, whether it’s in his very first game or any others for them in September.
Anderson, a 24-year-old third baseman, was promoted Friday from Triple A New Orleans and put in the starting lineup.
“This season has turned out wonderfully for me,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t imagine that I’d be sitting right here at the end of it if you asked me a year ago.”
Anderson was one of the Marlins’ three minor-league call-ups Friday, the first day teams could expand rosters. He was joined by reliever Javy Guerra and starting pitcher Dillon Peters, who was on the mound for the Marlins on Friday when they faced the Phillies.
The Marlins could be adding more players in the coming days as the minor-league season winds down.
Anderson is ranked as the Marlins’ top position prospect — and No. 3 overall — according to MLBPipeline.com.
Anderson hit .275 with 22 homers this season while splitting time between Double A Jacksonville and Triple A New Orleans. But his numbers improved after his promotion. He hit .339 with eight homers in 118 at-bats for New Orleans.
“He was rolling pretty good in Double A, went to Triple A and looked even better there,” manager Don Mattingly said. “To me, [he’s] a guy who’s earned this shot to see what he can do.”
Anderson was the Marlins’ third-round pick out of the University of Arkansas in 2014, the same draft in which the Marlins selected pitcher Tyler Kolek with the second overall pick.
Friday wasn’t Anderson’s first look at Marlins Park. He was there in July for the All-Star Futures Game, going 2 for 4 with a double.
The Marlins might be thin in top prospects.
But at least one of their minor-league affiliates — and perhaps two — are headed to the playoffs.
Double A Jacksonville wrapped up the second-half title in the Southern League on Thursday. The Jumbo Shrimp will be receiving a major reinforcement for the playoffs in the form of first baseman Justin Bour.
Bour, who is on the disabled list for the Marlins, is joining the Jumbo Shrimp this weekend to get in some at-bats before being activated to the Marlins’ roster.
Low A Greensboro began the day Friday in a three-four way for first in the South Atlantic League playoff race.
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP Dan Straily (8-8, 3.80 ERA) vs. Philadelphia Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (10-9, 3.46), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Jose Ureña (12-6, 3.84) vs. Phillies (TBA), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.