Miami Marlins Farm Report, August 2-17

Jose Fernandez has been mowing down High-A batters just as easily as he was dominating Single-A batters earlier in the season. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Top prospects Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez continue to shine in the Florida State League, helping to the place the Jupiter Hammerheads within striking distance of first place. The 2012 draft class has been finalized and has made its debut in the Gulf Coast League. First round pick Andrew Heaney has a 5.73 ERA in three starts thus far.

Overview

AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs

8/2 - L 5-8 @ Salt Lake Bees
8/3 - L 5-6 @ Salt Lake Bees
8/4 - L 4-6 @ Salt Lake Bees
8/5 - L 2-3 @ Tacoma Rainiers
8/6 - W 9-4 @ Tacoma Rainiers
8/7 - W 2-0 @ Tacoma Rainiers
8/8 - W 5-3 @ Tacoma Rainiers
8/9 - No game scheduled
8/10 - L 2-9 vs. Fresno Grizzlies
8/11 - W 4-3 vs. Fresno Grizzlies
8/12 - W 4-2 vs. Fresno Grizzlies
8/13 - W 2-1 vs. Fresno Grizzlies
8/14 - W 2-1 vs. Sacramento River Cats
8/15 - W 3-12 vs. Sacramento River Cats
8/16 - L 1-8 vs. Sacramento River Cats
8/17 - W 4-3 vs. Sacramento River Cats

The New Orleans Zephyrs currently have a 70-57 record. They are in second place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division and trail the first place Albuquerque Isotopes by two games.

AA: Jacksonville Suns

8/2 - L 0-1 @ Mobile BayBears
8/3 - W 2-0 vs. Montgomery Biscuits
8/4 - W 1-0 vs. Montgomery Biscuits
8/5 - W 7-1 vs. Montgomery Biscuits
8/6 - W 11-7 vs. Montgomery Biscuits
8/7 - W 4-0 vs. Montgomery Biscuits
8/8 - W 2-0 vs. Mobile BayBears
8/9 - L 2-6 vs. Mobile BayBears
8/10 - W 11-5 vs. Mobile BayBears
8/11 - L 5-6 vs. Mobile BayBears
8/12 - L 8-10 vs. Mobile BayBears
8/13 - No game scheduled
8/14 - L 1-4 @ Chattanooga Lookouts
8/15 - L 6-9 @ Chattanooga Lookouts
8/16 - L 1-6 @ Chattanooga Lookouts
8/17 - L 3-6 @ Chattanooga Lookouts

The Jacksonville Suns currently have a 27-27 record. They are in third place in the Southern League Southern Division and trail the first place Montgomery Biscuits by four games.

A+: Jupiter Hammerheads

8/2 - W 9-0 @ Brevard County Manatees
8/3 - W 4-1 vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs
8/4 - W 2-0 vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs
8/5 - W 2-0 vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs
8/6 - No game scheduled
8/7 - L 5-22 @ Fort Myers Miracle
8/8 - L 2-7 @ Fort Myers Miracle
8/9 - L 1-4 @ Fort Myers Miracle
8/10 - Game postponed
8/11 - L 1-2 @ Charlotte Stone Crabs
8/12 - W 4-2 vs. Fresno Grizzlies
8/13 - No game scheduled
8/14 - W 6-2 vs. Fort Myers Miracle
8/15 - W 16-2 vs. Fort Myers Miracle
8/16 - W 12-7 vs. Fort Myers Miracle
8/17 - L 1-4 @ Bradenton Marauders

The Jupiter Hammerheads currently have a 27-25 record. They are in second place in the Florida State League Southern Division and trail the first place Bradenton Marauders and St. Lucie Mets by 0.5 games.

A-: Greensboro Grasshoppers

8/2 - W 5-2 @ Savannah Sand Gnats
8/3 - W 7-4 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds
8/4 - L 6-7 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds
8/5 - W 4-3 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds
8/6 - W 5-4 vs. Delmarva Shorebirds
8/7 - No game scheduled
8/8 - W 4-1 @ Rome Braves
8/9 - W 9-8 @ Rome Braves
8/10 - W 3-2 @ Rome Braves
8/11 - W 4-1 @ Rome Braves
8/12 - No game scheduled
8/13 - L 6-9 @ West Virginia Power
8/14 - W 4-3 @ West Virginia Power
8/15 - L 6-7 @ West Virginia Power
8/16 - L 4-5 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws
8/17 - L 9-15 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws

The Greensboro Grasshoppers currently have a 26-28 record. They are in fifth place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division and trail the first place Hagerstown Suns by 4.5 games.

ssA: Jamestown Jammers

8/2 - L 2-4 vs. Lowell Spinners
8/3 - L 2-3 vs. Lowell Spinners
8/4 - L 1-5 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
8/5 - Game postponed
8/6 - L 2-4 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades, L 2-4 vs. Hudson Valley Renegades
8/7 - L 4-5 @ Auburn Doubledays
8/8 - W 10-6 @ Auburn Doubledays
8/9 - L 3-7 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters
8/10 - Game postponed
8/11 - L 2-5 vs. State College Spikes
8/12 - W 6-1 vs. State College Spikes
8/13 - No game scheduled
8/14 - No game scheduled
8/15 - W 9-2 @ State College Spikes
8/16 - L 3-9 @ State College Spikes
8/17 - W 5-0 @ Williamsport Crosscutters

The Jamestown Jammers currently have a 24-31 record. They are in fifth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division and trail the first place Auburn Doubledays by 8.5 games.

Rk: GCL Marlins

8/2 - L 3-4 @ GCL Nationals
8/3 - Game postponed
8/4 - W 5-3 @ GCL Cardinals, L 3-9 vs. GCL Cardinals
8/5 - No game scheduled
8/6 - Game postponed
8/7 - W 2-1 @ GCL Astros, W 9-2 vs. GCL Astros
8/8 - W 7-2 @ GCL Nationals
8/9 - L 3-7 vs. GCL Nationals
8/10 - W 9-2 @ GCL Cardinals
8/11 - L 2-9 vs. GCL Cardinals
8/12 - No game scheduled
8/13 - L 2-7 vs. GCL Nationals
8/14 - W 4-3 @ GCL Nationals
8/15 - L 1-2 @ GCL Astros
8/16 - Game postponed
8/17 - L 0-5 vs. GCL Cardinals

The GCL Marlins currently have a 24-29 record. They are in last place in the Gulf Coast League Eastern Division and trail the first place GCL Cardinals by 7.5 games.

DSL: Marlins

8/2 - W 8-4 vs. DSL Yankees2
8/3 - L 5-10 vs. DSL Red Sox
8/4 - L 0-2 @ DSL Red Sox
8/5 - No game scheduled
8/6 - L 2-5 vs. DSL Mets2
8/7 - W 10-5 @ DSL Mets2
8/8 - Game postponed
8/9 - L 1-7 vs. DSL Rangers, L 1-3 @ DSL Rangers
8/10 - W 4-2 @ DSL Pirates
8/11 - L 1-10 vs. DSL Pirates
8/12 - No game scheduled
8/13 - W 5-3 @ DSL Yankees2
8/14 - W 4-0 vs. DSL Yankees2
8/15 - L 2-6 vs. DSL Red Sox
8/16 - L 4-9 @ DSL Red Sox
8/17 - W 8-7 vs. DSL Mets2

The DSL Marlins currently have a 21-44 record. They are in fifth place in the Dominican Summer League Boca Chica Northern Division and trail the first place DSL Mets2 by 19 games.

Hot Prospects

1. Jesus Solorzano, OF
.417/.489/.694 (15-for-36), 9 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 8 SO, 0-for-3 SB

Solorzano has been an interesting player to watch. Last year, he stole eighteen bases and hit .299 in the Gulf Coast League. This year, he has only stolen five bases, but his power numbers have improved substantially. His .302/.361/.523 line gives him a solid .221 ISO. Unfortunately, Solorzano has not shown strong strong plate discipline, striking out in 23.6% of plate appearances only walking 7.3% of the time.

2. Jose Fernandez, RHP
2 GS, 10.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 13 SO

Jose Fernandez's promotion to Jupiter appears to have been an unqualified success. The recently turned 20-year-old has a 2.48 ERA in 40 innings pitched for the Hammerheads. He has only walked 13 batters, while striking out 43. Fernandez seems to be on track for a Double-A debut in 2013.

3. Christian Yelich, OF
.360/.448/.520 (18-for-50), 10 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 8 BB, 5 SO, 3-for-3 SB

If it weren't for Jose Fernandez's meteoric rise, Yelich would still be comfortably holding the position of the Miami Marlins' top prospect. The pitcher-friendly Florida State League has failed to hinder Yelich's growth. His .324/.402/.526 line this season exceeds his .312/.388/.484 performance last year. Yelich's development has been as smooth and consistent as any fan could hope for.

Yelich finished sixth on the Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet.

4. Marcell Ozuna, OF
.310/.355/.603 (18-for-58), 10 R, 2 2B, 5 HR, 4 BB, 15 SO

Very little has changed for Ozuna in the past few months. He is still striking out in one of every five plate appearances. He is still mashing home runs at every opportunity. His overall offensive performance is down slightly from last year, with a .250/.3134/.448 stat line. Ozuna has also suffered from a very sharp platoon split, hitting only .184 against lefties.

5. Mark Canha, 1B
.362/.436/.511 (17-for-47), 7 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 5 BB, 4 SO

Mark Canha has been a consistent offensive force for the Hammerheads, batting .300/.389/.419 this year. I am troubled by the lack of power, however. Canha hit 25 home runs in the South Atlantic League last year, but this year he has only hit five home runs. Canha will have to improve his power production if he wants to make it as a first basemen in the majors.

Cold Prospects

1. Kolby Copeland, OF
.212/.241/.288 (11-for-52), 7 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1-for-3 SB

Copeland's entrance into professional baseball has been a little bumpy. He currently has a .265/.316/.370 stat line on the season. I don't there is any cause for alarm though. It's much too early to make any kind of judgment about Copeland's future.

2. Chad James, LHP
3 GS, 11.3 IP, 9 ER, 16 H, 2 HR, 7 BB, 4 SO

Chad James's season been a massive disappointment. I ranked him #6 on my list of top ten prospects before the season. Today, I don't believe he would make my top ten at all. When prospects repeat leagues, I look for substantial improvement in performance. Identical or similar stats indicate a stagnating development process. But James's numbers have actually worsened in repeating the Florida State League. His ERA has risen from 3.80 to 4.64. He is walking more batters and striking out fewer. James is only 21 years old and still has time to turn around his career, but the window of opportunity for him is quickly narrowing.

3. Noah Perio, 2B
.235/.259/.275 (12-for-51), 6 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1-for-2 SB

Defensive reports have painted a good picture of Perio, but his offensive performance this year has been incredibly lackluster. He is currently hitting .237/.284/.302 for the Hammerheads, down from last year's .295/.323/.406 line for Greensboro. Perio's one great asset is his youth. If he can improve his bat somewhat, Perio could become an acceptable backup.

4. Adam Conley, LHP
3 GS, 10.3 IP, 7 ER, 14 H, 5 BB, 13 SO

Conley hasn't transitioned to high Class-A as well as I imagined he would. He currently has a 4.81 ERA in 43.0 innings pitched, with 17 walks and 43 strikeouts. His peripherals are still solid, so I'm not too concerned. Converting him to a starter has thus far been a great success.

5. Andrew Heaney, LHP
3 GS, 11.0 IP, 7 ER, 15 H, 3 BB, 11 SO

Heaney has given up quite a few hits in his first three professional starts, but he hasn't allowed many walks and he has generated plenty of strikeouts. I'd chalk up his current ERA as a statistical fluke.

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