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Marlins call up outfielder Austin Dean

ATLANTA — The message the Marlins gave to all their Minor Leaguers in Spring Training was, that everyone would be starting off with a clean slate. All players, regardless of which round they were drafted in, would get a chance to prove themselves, and those who performed would be rewarded.

Clearly, outfielder Austin Dean took that message to heart. The 24-year-old posted eye-opening numbers at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this season, and on Wednesday he had his contract selected to join the Marlins.


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ATLANTA — The message the Marlins gave to all their Minor Leaguers in Spring Training was, that everyone would be starting off with a clean slate. All players, regardless of which round they were drafted in, would get a chance to prove themselves, and those who performed would be rewarded.

Clearly, outfielder Austin Dean took that message to heart. The 24-year-old posted eye-opening numbers at Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans this season, and on Wednesday he had his contract selected to join the Marlins.


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The Marlins optioned utility player Christopher Bostick to Triple-A New Orleans to open a roster spot for Dean.

Dean, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Marlins’ No. 28 prospect, is expected to get a chance to play either right or left field.

Dean put up strong numbers all season, hitting a combined .345/.410/.511 with 12 home runs, 68 RBIs and an OPS of .922 with Jacksonville and New Orleans.

“He’s had a tremendous season,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “Like I’ve said, it’s always nice when players put themselves on the radar. With Austin this year, he’s definitely opened a lot of eyes.”

A fourth-round Draft pick in 2012, Dean opened the season at Jacksonville, where in 22 games, he batted .420 with three homers and 14 RBIs. He was promoted to New Orleans on April 29, where he hit .326 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 87 games.

The Marlins created a 40-man roster space for Dean on Tuesday night after their 10-6 loss to the Braves, when they traded right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne to the Angels for cash considerations.

Dean had been a candidate for a September callup, but with the injuries to Miguel Rojas (left ankle contusion) and Martin Prado (on the DL with a left quad strain), the Marlins decided to make the roster move now. At some point before November, Miami would have had to make a decision to put Dean on their 40-man roster or risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft.

“Obviously, we’ve been following him throughout his career in our system, and he’s taken a big step forward this year,” Hill said. “He mastered Double-A and we got him to Triple-A. We wanted to see how he would respond to the challenge of Triple-A. He’s continued the same quality at-bats. Suffice it to say, given our injury situation, we’ve definitely talked about him and how he might possibly fit.”

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.



Source : MLB

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