Scott Olsen thought he might get a shot to pitch in the majors this season. He just didn’t realize his chance would come so soon.
The Marlins called Olsen up Thursday from Double-A Carolina, where he went 6-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 14 games.
“It’s a little earlier than I thought,” he said. “I figured at some point I might get a chance this year. But I certainly didn’t expect it to be (Saturday).”
Olsen, who was selected in the sixth round of the 2002 draft, led the Marlins organization last season with 10.43 strikeouts per nine innings. He struck out 94 while walking only 27 this year.
“From all indication, he’s one of the better prospects in the organization,” manager Jack McKeon said.
Despite his impressive stats, Olsen said he was “still in shock” as his debut approached.
“I’m just going to take in as much as I can from these guys and try to do my best,” he said.
The Marlins beat the Devil Rays 7-4 in Friday’s series opener. Juan Pierre tripled with the bases loaded in Florida’s four-run eighth inning.
Carlos Delgado doubled in a pair of runs for the Marlins, who have beaten the Devil Rays five straight times dating to last season. Florida has won two straight and three of seven overall.
Jorge Cantu homered for the third time in two games and Alex S. Gonzalez had three hits and an RBI for the Devil Rays, who had won three of four coming into the game. Cantu, who homered twice in a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night, has homered five times in eight games and leads the team with 12 this season.