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MLB: Venezuelan Pitcher Enmanuel De Jesus Called Up to Miami

 Matt Tallarini  |    Sep 9th, 2023 1:12pm EDT

The Miami Marlins promoted left-handed starter Enmanuel De Jesus on Friday from Triple-A Jacksonville to the Major League club. 

In a corresponding move, left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer was designated for assignment. 

De Jesus, 26, was born in Valencia, Venezuela, and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox when he was 16 years old on August 9, 2013 as an international free agent. 

This past offseason, De Jesus signed with the Marlins a one-year deal for $720,000 on December 10, 2022. 

This season, De Jesus split time between High-A Jupiter and Triple-A Jacksonville, starting in 17 games and going 5-5 with a 4.86 ERA, throwing 87 innings and allowing 95 hits, 47 earned runs, nine home runs, 49 walks, and 67 strikeouts alongside a 1.655 WHIP. 

During March, De Jesus suited up for Venezuela at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, helping them reach the quarterfinals at loanDepotPark where they lost to the United States 9-7. De Jesus appeared in one game out of the bullpen, throwing 3.2 innings and allowing four hits, one earned run, one walk, and five strikeouts. 

Last winter, De Jesus played for Estrellas Orientales in the Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana in six appearances and two starts with 0-1 record throwing 15 innings alongside a 4.80 ERA allowing 12 hits, eight earned runs, three home runs, six walks, and 24 strikeouts facing 63 batters posting a 1.200 WHIP. 

In the 2022 season, De Jesus spent his time in Triple-A Sacramento with the San Francisco Giants starting 19 games and 16 appearances out of the bullpen, going 4-5 throwing 101.2 innings posting a 4.51 ERA allowing 108 hits, 51 earned runs, 11 home runs, 51 walks, and striking out 118 batters including a 1.564 WHIP. 

De Jesus has spent nine seasons in the minor leagues, going 49-45 with a 4.03 ERA in 134 games, throwing 744.1 innings and allowing 776 hits, 333 earned runs, 55 home runs, 280 walks, and 693 strikeouts with a 1.419 WHIP. 

De Jesus will be in the mix of the Marlins starting rotation for the remainder of the 2023 regular season with Eury Perez, Jesus Luzardo, Braxton Garrett, and Edward Cabrera, a rotation that lost its’ ace when Sandy Alacantra landed on the 15-day injured list on September 6 with a right forearm flexor strain. 

The Marlins are 73-68 and are a half-game back of the third National League Wild Card spot that the Arizona Diamondbacks currently hold. The Marlins will play their second game of their three-game road series against the National League Wild Card leading Philadelphia Phillies (77-63) at 6:05 p.m. EDT.