Miami Marlins Farm Report, August 18-30

Top pitching prospects Jose Fernandez, Andrew Heaney, and Mason Hope each pitched a series of brilliant outings. The Gulf and Dominican Summer Leagues concluded their sixty game seasons. The GCL Marlins finished in second place, while the DSL Marlins finished in fourth place.

Overview

AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs

8/18 - L 1-3 @ Albuquerque Isotopes
8/19 - L 0-6 @ Albuquerque Isotopes
8/20 - W 20-10 @ Albuquerque Isotopes
8/21 - L 4-6 @ Albuquerque Isotopes
8/22 - W 8-6 @ Omaha Storm Chasers
8/23 - L 1-11 @ Omaha Storm Chasers
8/24 - W 6-0 @ Omaha Storm Chasers
8/25 - L 1-5 @ Omaha Storm Chasers
8/26 - L 2-7 @ Omaha Storm Chasers
8/27 - Game postponed
8/28 - L 4-5 vs. Round Rock Express, L 1-3 vs. Round Rock Express
8/29 - L 6-10 vs. Round Rock Express
8/30 - L 3-6 vs. Round Rock Express

The New Orleans Zephyrs currently have a 73-67 record. They are in third place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division and trail the first place Albuquerque Isotopes by four games.

AA: Jacksonville Suns

8/18 - L 2-3 @ Chattanooga Lookouts
8/19 - W 13-7 vs. Birmingham Barons
8/20 - Game postponed
8/21 - W 5-3 vs. Birmingham Barons, W 5-0 vs. Birmingham Barons
8/22 - L 7-11 vs. Birmingham Barons
8/23 - W 5-4 vs. Birmingham Barons
8/24 - W 6-2 @ Montgomery Biscuits
8/25 - W 9-6 @ Montgomery Biscuits
8/26 - W 7-3 @ Montgomery Biscuits
8/27 - W 1-0 @ Montgomery Biscuits
8/28 - L 4-7 @ Montgomery Biscuits
8/29 - No game scheduled
8/30 - L 3-7 @ Jackson Generals

The Jacksonville Suns currently have a 68-68 record. They are in second place in the Southern League Southern Division and trail the first place Montgomery Biscuits by five games.

A+: Jupiter Hammerheads

8/18 - W 9-1 @ Bradenton Marauders
8/19 - W 10-6 @ Bradenton Marauders
8/20 - No game scheduled
8/21 - Game postponed
8/22 - W 7-5 @ St. Lucie Mets
8/23 - W 9-0 @ St. Lucie Mets, L 1-8 @ St. Lucie Mets
8/24 - W 6-2 vs. Bradenton Marauders
8/25 - L 1-4 vs. Bradenton Marauders
8/26 - Game postponed
8/27 - Game postponed
8/28 - W 5-4 vs. St. Lucie Mets, W 4-2 vs. St. Lucie Mets
8/29 - W 2-1 vs. St. Lucie Mets
8/30 - W 4-0 @ Palm Beach Cardinals

The Jupiter Hammerheads currently have a 72-61 record. They are in second place in the Florida State League Southern Division and trail the first place St. Lucie Mets by 8.5 games.

A-: Greensboro Grasshoppers

8/18 - W 9-4 vs. Lakewood BlueClaws
8/19 - Game postponed
8/20 - W 5-1 @ Lexington Legends
8/21 - W 3-1 @ Lexington Legends
8/22 - W 6-1 @ Lexington Legends
8/23 - L 1-2 @ Augusta GreenJackets
8/24 - L 0-4 @ Augusta GreenJackets
8/25 - L 0-1 @ Augusta GreenJackets
8/26 - W 2-1 @ Augusta GreenJackets
8/27 - No game scheduled
8/28 - L 0-8 vs. Hagerstown Suns
8/29 - W 4-0 vs. Hagerstown Suns
8/30 - W 12-2 vs. Hagerstown Suns

The Greensboro Grasshoppers currently have a 79-56 record. They are in second place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division and trail the first place Hagerstown Suns by two games.

ssA: Jamestown Jammers

8/18 - L 3-7 @ Williamsport Crosscutters
8/19 - L 1-2 @ Mahoning Valley Scrappers
8/20 - W 8-4 @ Mahoning Valley Scrappers
8/21 - W 4-3 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters, L 1-3 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters
8/22 - L 6-10 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters
8/23 - W 5-2 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters
8/24 - W 1-0 @ State College Spikes
8/25 - L 0-5 @ State College Spikes
8/26 - Game postponed
8/27 - L 2-6 @ Williamsport Crosscutters
8/28 - L 1-2 @ Williamsport Crosscutters
8/29 - W 4-3 @ Williamsport Crosscutters
8/30 - L 2-4 vs. State College Spikes, W 2-1 vs. State College Spikes

The Jamestown Jammers currently have a 30-39 record. They are in fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division and trail the first place Auburn Doubledays by 11.5 games.

Rk: GCL Marlins

8/18 - W 6-1 @ GCL Cardinals
8/19 - No game scheduled
8/20 - W 3-1 @ GCL Nationals
8/21 - W 4-3 vs. GCL Nationals
8/22 - W 4-2 vs. GCL Astros, L 5-7 vs. GCL Astros
8/23 - W 7-3 @ GCL Astros
8/24 - W 8-0 @ GCL Cardinals
8/25 - Game cancelled

The GCL Marlins ended the season with a 29-30 record. They finished in second place in the Gulf Coast League Eastern Division and trailed the first place GCL Cardinals by 5.5 games.

DSL: Marlins

8/18 - L 2-10 @ DSL Mets2
8/19 - No game scheduled
8/20 - L 5-6 @ DSL Rangers
8/21 - W 8-5 vs. DSL Rangers
8/22 - L 0-9 @ DSL Pirates
8/23 - L 2-9 vs/ DSL Pirates
8/24 - Game cancelled
8/25 - Game cancelled

The DSL Marlins ended the season with a 22-48 record. They finished in fourth place in the Dominican Summer League Boca Chica Northern Division and trailed the first place DSL Mets2 and DSL Pirates by 22 games.

Hot Prospects

1. Kyle Jensen, OF
.429/.510/.976 (18-for-42), 17 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 7 BB, 9 SO

Jensen absolutely crushed the ball in the second half of August, raising his season line to .225/.333/.441. Those numbers aren't impressive for a 24-year-old, but I would still consider Jensen to be a sleeper prospect. He needs to demonstrate consistent contact ability moving forward.

2. Mason Hope, RHP
3 GS, 19.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 6 BB, 19 SO

Mason Hope pitched at least six innings in each of his past three starts, completing by far his best stretch of pitching this year. Hope hasn't struck out as many batters as he did in the Gulf Coast League, but he holds a respectable 2.90 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched for Jamestown.

2. Jose Fernandez, RHP
3 GS, 15.0 IP, 1 ER, 9 H, 4 BB, 16 SO

Surprise! Jose Fernandez is awesome.

3. Marcell Ozuna, OF
.421/.488/.737 (16-for-38), 13 R, 6 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 11 SO

Ozuna had another solid two weeks of baseball, hitting for big time power. He even walked in over ten percent of his plate appearances. He has a .262/.326/.468 stat line this season in Jupiter.

5. Andrew Heaney, LHP
3 GS, 16.0 IP, 6 ER, 17 H, 3 BB, 19 SO

Heaney delivered on his tremendous talent in his past three starts, striking out nineteen batters in just sixteen innings pitched. While his 4.95 ERA is rather high, Heaney's peripherals are rock solid. All in all, I'm very pleased with his foray into professional baseball.

Cold Prospects

1. Chad James, LHP
1 GS, 4.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 SO

James was apparently suspended some time after August 23rd. I scoured the web for more information, but I found nothing. I don't know the cause or duration of the suspension.

2. Mark Canha, 1B
.206/.293/.353 (7-for-34), 8 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 5 SO, 0-for-1 SB

Canha may have suffered from poor luck on balls in play over the past two weeks. I want to see more power production from him.

3. Zack Cox, 3B
.250/.353/.364 (11-for-44), 9 R, 5 2B, 7 BB, 7 SO

Traded to the Marlins in July for Edward Mujuca, Cox has not produced especially well in his time with Jacksonville. Cox has generally been a disappointment as a prospect, failing to live up to his first round draft pedigree. He holds a career .287/.340/.427 stat line in the minors.

4. Christian Yelich, OF
.300/.333/.375 (12-for-40), 7 R, 3 2B, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0-for-2 SB

Yelich had an uncharacteristically poor two weeks, striking out more than usual and drawing only two walks.

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