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Roddery Muñoz, Dominican Republic RHP, Makes Marlins History

 Matt Marsh  |    May 2nd, 2024 12:00pm EDT

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On Wednesday night, Roddery Muñoz made Miami Marlins history, collecting his first career victory in a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. The right-handed pitcher became only the second player in franchise history to record 13+ strikeouts while having a sub-0.75 WHIP through their first two starts, joining the late great José Fernández.

The Marlins have dealt with numerous injuries to key members of the pitching rotation and have had to rely on prospects in the early season. Starting pitchers Eury Perez and former Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara will miss all of the 2024 season recovering from Tommy John, and the Marlins staff got even thinner this week when Jesús Luzardo got sidelined with elbow tightness.

Desperate for aid, the Marlins recalled Muñoz on Wednesday to start that night. He had a stellar performance going six innings, allowing only one run on three hits and striking out seven. His outing Wednesday was only the sixth time a Marlins starting pitcher had gone six innings all year.

Muñoz, 24, was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He spent two years in the Dominican Summer League before joining the MLB minor league system in 2021.

In his four years in the Minors, he went 15-22 in 92 games and posted an ERA of 5.20.

Muñoz does not have his next scheduled start lined up, but after that performance, the Marlins will likely give him another outing soon. His next start could come next week when the Marlins travel to Los Angeles for a battle with Shohei Ohtani and the Dodgers.