Brian Johnson — 1st career start vs the Miami Marlins. In his young career, this will be his first time facing any of the hitters from the Marlins. Johnson had a phenomenal spring, pitching to a 1.72 ERA across 5 starts.. Him & Velazquez are looking like a luxury to have if starters up here go down, as was the case to open the season.
Trevor Richards, the Marlins’ 22nd prospect is going to be making his major league debut tonight. The 24 year old righty will be pitching in the bigs, while never pitching a game for their Triple A affiliate. Last year in 27 games (25 starts) in Single A and Double A, he went 12-11 with a 2.53 ERA. In 146 innings, he struck out 158 batters while walking only 30. Impressive stats seeing his opp average being .218, and allowed only 6 HRs all year long