Marlins’ Jerar Encarnacion joins exclusive club with grand slam as first MLB hit

Jerar Encarnación made this year’s Father’s Day one to remember in New York. The 24-year-old Marlins rookie outfielder joined an exclusive club by logging a grand slam for his first career hit. 

In the seventh inning of Sunday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field, New York reliever Seth Lugo left a fastball on the outer half of the plate, which the right-handed-hitting Encarnación lined the other way to give Miami a 4-1 lead.

Encarnación became the fifth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam for his first hit and, interestingly, the second Marlin to do so (Jeremy Hermida in 2005).

Jerar Encarnación career history

Encarnación was called up by Miami on Friday after playing in 26 games for Triple-A Jacksonville, where he slashed .260/.336/.442 with five home runs. He began the season at Double-A Pensacola, where he slashed .358/.427/.583 with eight home runs.

The Marlins signed Encarnación out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He has been making waves since 2019 when he displayed his power in the minors. But inconsistency at the plate kept him from the majors until this season.

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How many players have hit grand slams for their first career hit?

Encarnación is the fifth player to hit a grand slam for his first major league hit, joining Bill Duggleby (1898), Jeremy Hermida (2005), Kevin Kouzmanoff (2006) and Daniel Nava (2010).

Player Team Date Career HRs
Bill Duggleby Philadelphia Phillies April 21, 1898 6
Jeremy Hermida Miami Marlins Aug. 31, 2005 65
Kevin Kouzmanoff Cleveland Sep. 2, 2006 87
Daniel Nava Boston Red Sox June 12, 2010 29
Jerar Encarnación Miami Marlins June 19,2022 1*

* Still active.

Encarnación was the Marlins’ 20th-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He was in Miami’s minor league system for nearly seven years before making his major league debut Sunday.

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