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Minor Leaguer On Deck: LHP Enmanuel De Jesus – Marlins

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The Miami Marlins left handed minor pitcher, Enmanuel De Jesus has come a long way in the game. It all the started from getting signed as an International free agent in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox, to now pitching in the Marlins minor league system, while looking for a shot at making the majors.

After De Jesus’ stellar performance in the World Baseball Ball Classic with Team Venezuela this past March, he returned to the Marlins hoping to make a quick stop with their Triple A club, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, before possibly getting a chance to pitch in the show.

The Venezuelan native’s season started a bit later than his teammates, as he was placed on the 7-day DL on April 4th and did not return until May 9th. The Marlins sent De Jesus on a rehab assignment with the Jupiter Hammerheads (Low A), and he posted a win in two starts, with the latter game being the better of the two, as he tossed 5.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits, while striking out eight batters to earn the victory.

The Marlins then moved De Jesus back to where he should have started the season prior to being on the DL, and in his first start with the Jumbo Shrimp, he tossed five innings, allowing just one run on two hits, allowing two walks, while striking out five batters.

In his next start on May 27th, the lefty pitched just four innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walked three and did not strike out a batter.

As June rolled around, De Jesus started a game on the second day of the month against the Durham Bulls and tossed six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, with two walks and three strikeouts. His next outing showed the durability that he has shown through his entire minor league career, as he pushed through and tossed seven strong innings, allowing one run on three hits, with three walks and six strikeouts.

Clearly you can see the progression in all of his games, as he has worked to regain the dominance on the mound, like he showed in his performances in the WBC this past March.

De Jesus is that player that you want to finally see him reach the majors and have a shot to show the fans what he can do on the big stage. There is no doubt that he has the experience as a big game pitcher and coming from the left side just improves his chances.

With the Marlins in second place (35-28) in the NL East and playing great baseball, winners of 8 of their last 10 games, this summer is looking to be a fun one for the fans. One last piece to the puzzle could very well be, a confident lefty who has pitched in big games in the past, now looking for the opportunity to do it for the big club.

As De Jesus continues on his current path, there is no reason why the Marlins won’t reward him with the opportunity to make his long awaited MLB debut.

Good things in store in the near future, for the 26 year old, as he is on the cusp of finally reaching the level he has worked so hard to attain, which would be a well deserved reward.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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