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Miami Marlins will make history with the promotion of 20-year-old pitching phenom

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Not only will the Miami Marlins’ promotion of Eury Perez be a major moment for the franchise due to his young age and potential as a future ace, but his first start in the big leagues will also make franchise history.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the Miami Marlins had made the bold decision to promote pitching phenom, Eury Perez. The move is a bit of a surprise since the youngster is just 20 years old and was pitching this season in Double-A. Rarely do prospects skip a level before reaching the MLB, but that just shows the level of talent Perez already has.

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However, not only will his Friday night start against the Cincinnati Reds be a big deal for the franchise since it is the debut of the top player in their minor league system, and one that is ranked 10th overall by MLB.com in the entire league, but he will make history as the youngest player ever to start for the team.

Another one-time phenom and former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez previously held the record for youngest starter when he made his 2013 debut at 20 years, 250 days old. Perez will be 20 years, 27 days old when he takes the mound at home on Friday night.

Scouting report on top Miami Marlins prospect Eury Perez

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The 6-foot-8 talent has risen up the prospect rankings and into the big leagues of his impressive dominance in the minor leagues. This season he has posted a 3-1 record with a 2.32 ERA and has struck out 42 batters in just 31 innings.

Eury Perez has been so successful not just because he has outstanding stuff and a fastball that can reach triple digits, but he has shown uncanny control of his pitches at a very young age. The native of the Dominican Republic will slot into a rotation with Sandy Alcantara and well-traveled veteran starter Johnny Cueto.

Below you can find a breakdown of the new Miami Marlins starter from MLB.com.

“Pérez’s combination of size, stuff, and polish is tough to top, starting with a fastball that parks at 94-97 mph and peaks at 100 and plays even better than its velocity thanks to its shape, running action, and induced vertical break. His deceptive upper-80s changeup is just as nasty, generating an outstanding 61 percent swing-and-miss rate in 2022 thanks to its fade and tumble. After featuring an upper-70s curveball in the past, he added a tighter mid-80s slider last season that grades as plus more consistently than his bender.”