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Anthony DeSclafani

Anthony James DeSclafani (born April 18, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins.

Anthony DeSclafani
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DeSclafani with the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds – No. 28
Starting Pitcher
Born: (1990-04-18) April 18, 1990 (age 29)
Freehold, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 14, 2014, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through September 21, 2019)
Win–loss record36–37
Earned run average4.12

Amateur careerEdit

DeSclafani grew up in Howell Township, New Jersey[1] and attended Colts Neck High School in Colts Neck Township, New Jersey.[2][3]

The Boston Red Sox selected DeSclafani in the 22nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Rather than accept a signing bonus of about $200,000, he enrolled at the University of Florida, where he played college baseball for the Florida Gators baseball team.[4] In 2010, he played collegiate summer baseball in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Draft and Minor LeaguesEdit

The Toronto Blue Jays selected DeSclafani in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB draft.[6] He received a $250,000 signing bonus.[7] In 2012, he pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts of the Class A Midwest League.[8]

After the 2012 season, the Blue Jays traded DeSclafani, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, and Jake Marisnick to the Miami Marlins, receiving Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio in exchange.[6] DeSclafani pitched for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League in 2013. He pitched to a 9–6 win–loss record and a 2.65 earned run average across both levels. The Marlins named him their minor league pitcher of the year after the season.[9]

Miami MarlinsEdit

DeSclafani began the 2014 season with Jacksonville. The Marlins promoted him to the major leagues to make his debut on May 14 with a win against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. DeSclafani struck out seven and also had two hits in the game.[8] DeSclafani was optioned back to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on August 16, 2014, with the return of Henderson Álvarez.[10] During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 11, 2014, DeSclafani was ejected for the first time in his MLB career after intentionally hitting Carlos Gómez with a pitch. The next day, DeSclafani was suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLB.[11]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On December 11, 2014, the Marlins traded DeSclafani and Chad Wallach to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Mat Latos.[12] DeSclafani earned his first win as a Reds pitcher and, subsequently, the first win for a starting pitcher for the Reds in 2015 with a 3–2 win over the Cubs on April 14, 2015. He pitched in 31 starts for the Reds, finishing with a record of 9–13. The following season, he pitched just in 20 starts after a few stints on the disabled list, he went 9–5.

In 2017, DeSclafani experienced pain in his right elbow at the beginning of spring training. He was diagnosed with tendinitis and was immediately shut down.[13] He was later diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow (UCL),[14] and began the season on the disabled list. The Reds sent him a minor league rehab assignment at the end of July, but a reoccurrence of the tendinitis ended the rehab stint.[15] His UCL had recovered.[16] He went on 60 day disabled list, effectively ending his season without appearing in a MLB game.[17]

After missing almost 2 years because of multiple injuries, DeSclafani was activated to start on June 5, 2018 against the Colorado Rockies.[18] In a June 23 game against the Chicago Cubs, DeSclafani hit a grand slam off of Brian Duensing. The last Reds pitcher to hit a grand slam was Bob Purkey, also against the Cubs, in 1959.[19][20] DeSclafani was the starting pitcher and earned the win as the Reds defeated the Cubs 11–2.


  1. ^ Curtis, Charles. "Marlins' Anthony DeSclafani, N.J native and Colts Neck HS grad, makes MLB debut", NJ Advance Media, May 15, 2014. Accessed May 11, 2015. "Anthony DeSclafani, who grew up in Howell, N.J. and graduated from Colts Neck High School, had a little bit of pressure on him: He was the pitcher called up Wednesday to replace Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who was done for the season and had Tommy John surgery on the horizon."
  2. ^ "DeSclafani looking to enjoy his summer | | News Transcript". July 2, 2008. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  3. ^ Appleblatt, Jeff (September 19, 2007). "DeSclafani's busy summer took him coast to coast | | News Transcript". Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  4. ^ "College baseball or pros? A tough decision at 18". June 2, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "MLB approves mega-deal between Blue Jays and Marlins". November 19, 2012. Archived from the original on November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Evans, Sam (November 22, 2012). "Profiling New Marlins Prospect Anthony Desclafani". Fish Stripes. Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Spencer, Clark. "Miami Marlins pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to make debut Wednesday". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on May 14, 2014. Retrieved May 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Marlins announce Minor League award winners". September 27, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  10. ^ Twitter / Marlins: ROSTER MOVE: • Anthony DeSclafani optioned to AAA @zephyrsbaseball postgame • Henderson Alvarez to be reinstated from DL tomorrow
  11. ^ "DeSclafani suspended 3 games; Fiers fined for incident". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  12. ^ Snyder, Matt (December 11, 2014). "Marlins beef up rotation with Mat Latos acquisition". Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  13. ^ "Anthony DeSclafani of Cincinnati Reds scratched with sore elbow". Associated Press. February 27, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Buchanan, Zach (March 13, 2017). "DeSclafani has UCL sprain, shut down four weeks". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Sheldon, Mark (January 20, 2016). "Reds Anthony DeSclafani has elbow tendinitis". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  16. ^ Buchanan, Zach (August 4, 2017). "Anthony DeSclafani has elbow tendinitis, but healthy UCL". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Buchanan, Zach (November 30, 2017). "Anthony DeSclafani: I expect to make 30-plus starts". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  18. ^ Fay, John. "DeSclafani will debut for the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday". Retrieved July 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani does honors of Reds' third grand slam in 5 days". ESPN. Associated Press. June 24, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  20. ^ Fay, John (June 23, 2018). "DeSclafani is grand as Cincinnati Reds win their sixth straight, downing the Chicago Cubs 11-2". Retrieved June 23, 2018.

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