Flynn may turn out being sleeper of trade with Tigers

MIAMI — when the Marlins traded Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers last July, the headline players in return were Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly.

Turner, after opening the season at Triple-A New Orleans, made his first start with the Marlins on Friday night against the Mets. And Brantly is being groomed as the every-day catcher.

While these two have received a bulk of the attention from the trade, the sleeper of the deal could be Brian Flynn.

If Marlins fans haven’t heard much of Flynn yet, in time, you will.

The 23-year-old left-hander stands 6-foot-7, 240-pounds. He opened the season at Double-A Jacksonville, and made four starts. After that, he was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans, where he has seven starts. In his combined 11 starts, he record may be 2-5, but his ERA is 3.17.

In 65 1/3 innings, Flynn has 69 strikeouts and 15 walks.

Flynn is gaining valuable innings at the Minor League level, and don’t be surprised to see him get a shot sometime in the second half, or September. If not, he promises to factor into the rotation mix for 2014.

The Tigers selected Flynn out of Wichita State in the seventh round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Joe Frisaro

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