Miami Marlins Farm Report, 5/4 - 5/17

Greensboro continued to dominate the South Atlantic League, securing a six game lead over Hagerstown. Christian Yelich hit .341/.420/.795 and topped the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet, but it wasn't enough to carry the struggling the Hammerheads. Jacksonville was swept in a five game series with the Mobile BayBears and fell to second place. New Orleans remains in third place.

Overview

AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs

5/4 - L 0-1 @ Iowa Cubs
5/5 - W 7-3 @ Iowa Cubs
5/6 - W 12-4 @ Iowa Cubs
5/7 - L 0-1 @ Iowa Cubs
5/8 - W 11-8 vs. Tucson Padres
5/9 - L 1-9 vs. Tucson Padres
5/10 - W 2-0 vs. Tucson Padres
5/11 - L 4-6 vs. Tucson Padres
5/12 - L 0-8 vs. Las Vegas 51s
5/13 - W 7-3 vs. Las Vegas 51s
5/14 - L 3-5 vs. Las Vegas 51s
5/15 - W 5-2 vs. Las Vegas 51s
5/16 - No game scheduled
5/17- L 7-9 @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox

AA: Jacksonville Suns

5/4 - L 3-8 @ Birmingham Barons
5/5 - W 11-7 @ Birmingham Barons
5/6 - L 0-11 vs. Mobile BayBears
5/7 - L 1-2 vs. Mobile BayBears
5/8 - L 1-6 vs. Mobile BayBears
5/9 - L 0-2 vs. Mobile Bay Bears
5/10 - L 1-4 vs. Mobile BayBears
5/11 - L 0-1 @ Montgomery Biscuits
5/12 - Game postponed
5/13 - W 6-2 @ Montgomery Biscuits, L 1-7 @ Montgomery Biscuits
5/14 - L 2-3 @ Montgomery Biscuits
5/15 - W 5-4 @ Montgomery Biscuits
5/16 - No game scheduled
5/17- W 8-5 vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos

A+: Jupiter Hammerheads

5/4 - W 6-5 @ Daytona Cubs
5/5 - L 1-11 @ Daytona Cubs
5/6 - L 4-5 @ Daytona Cubs
5/7 - L 2-6 @ Daytona Cubs
5/8 - W 9-2 vs. Tampa Yankees
5/9 - W 4-3 vs. Tampa Yankees
5/10 - L 8-9 vs. Tampa Yankees
5/11 - L 0-4 vs. Tampa Yankees
5/12 - L 0-3 @ Palm Beach Cardinals
5/13 - No game scheduled
5/14 - W 7-0 vs. Palm Beach Cardinals
5/15 - Game postponed
5/16 - W 2-1 vs. Palm Beach Cardinals, W 4-2 vs. Palm Beach Cardinals
5/17- L 3-4 vs. Clearwater Threshers

A-: Greensboro Grasshoppers

5/4 - W 4-3 vs. Hickory Crawdads
5/5 - W 3-2 vs. West Virginia Power
5/6 - W 5-4 vs. West Virginia Power
5/7 - W 6-3 vs. West Virginia Power
5/8 - W 10-2 vs. West Virginia Power
5/9 - No game scheduled
5/10 - L 0-1 @ Lakewood BlueClaws
5/11 - W 6-1 @ Lakewood BlueClaws
5/12 - L 3-5 @ Lakewood Blue Claws
5/13 - W 8-3 @ Lakewood BlueClaws
5/14 - W 8-3 vs. Kannapolis Intimidators
5/15 - W 11-2 vs. Kannapolis Intimidators
5/16 - W 10-8 vs. Kannapolis Intimidators
5/17- W 4-1 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws

Greensboro had by far the best two weeks of any of the Marlins' farm teams, losing only two games. Their bats came out in full force against the Kannapolis Intimidators, scoring 29 runs in three games.

Hot Prospects

1. Christian Yelich, OF
.341/.420/.795 (15-for-44), 11 R, 5 2B, 5 HR, 6 BB, 12 SO, 1-for-1 SB

Christian Yelich has been on an absolute tear for the past two weeks, earning himself the top spot on the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. Yelich also has the distinct honor of topping the previous cold prospects list and then turning around and topping the hot prospects list. Despite his strong .283/.367/.566 season stat line, I don't expect the Marlins will promote Yelich to Double-A this year.

2. Marcell Ozuna, OF
.333/.375/.600 (15-for-45), 11 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 11 SO

Marcell Ozuna holds a fantastic .199 ISO and has already hit five home runs in May, however his success has been entirely based on his power. Many good careers have been built off plus power and defense, but I still have a lot of questions about Ozuna's ability to succeed in the upper minors. Pitchers will eventually to stop throwing him strikes.

3. Adam Conley, LHP
3 GS, 18.0 IP, 3 ER, 14 H, 5 BB, 20 SO

After giving up six earned runs in just over three innings pitched to the West Virginia Power, Conley has had a very nice three game stretch. His best start in the past two weeks came against the Hickory Crawdads, where Conley pitched six innings with one earned run, striking out eight batters and only walking one.

4. Michael Brady, RHP
5 G, 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 SO

Michael Brady has proven he can dominate batters in the Florida State League, striking out eighteen batters in seventeen innings of relief and only allowing five earned runs. Brady has good command of his fastball, which sits in the low-90s and gets strike outs with a decent slider. At 25-years-old, Brady probably needs to face more challenging competition in Double-A or Triple-A.

5. Jose Fernandez, RHP
3 GS, 18.2 IP, 5 ER, 17 H, 3 BB, 10 SO

Jose Fernandez has probably been the most talked about Marlins prospect so far this year - and with good reason. He has a 1.91 ERA in 47 innings pitched, with 55 strikeouts and 12 walks. Fernandez's career has just begun, but so far everything has gone according to plan.

Cold Prospects

1. Kyle Skipworth, C
.135/.200/.216 (5-for-37), 4 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 10 SO

Kyle Skipworth is quickly becoming irrelevant as a 22-year-old repeating Double-A and showing no visible signs of improvement. His on-base percentage is actually down from .273 to .269.

2. Jacob Realmuto, C
.217/.234/.283 (10-for-46), 4 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0-for-2 SB

I keep writing that Jacob Realmuto will start hitting soon and I am still waiting. But the past two weeks have been different for him - Realmuto has stopped walking and has struck out in 19.1 percent of plate appearances. His contact rate on the season is still strong however, while his BABIP is awful.

3. Alex Sanabia, RHP
3 GS, 17.0 IP, 10 ER, 20 H, 5 HR, 2 BB, 14 SO

4. Matt Dominguez, 3B
.209/.292/.302 (9-for-43), 2 R, 4 2B, 5 BB, 5 SO

Matt Dominguez has always been a defense-first prospect, but the lack of production from his bat this year has been concerning. Dominguez is hitting considerably worse than last season, despite repeating Triple-A. He has a .225/.267/.355 stat line on the season.

5. Noah Perio, 2B
.273/.319/.318 (12-for-44), 6 R, 2 2B, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1-for-1 SB

Noah Perio's line for the past two weeks isn't that bad when considered in context: Perio is a 20-year-old middle infielder in high Class A. Marlins fans shouldn't expect Perio to crush the ball. Even with a poor ISO, the fact that Perio has a decent on-base percentage is a good sign.

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