Miami Marlins Farm Report: Christian Yelich Finishes Strong

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Greensboro Grasshoppers and Jupiter Hammerheads both concluded their seasons with disappointing losses in their League Championships, but top prospect Christian Yelich finished with an outstanding final two weeks.

Overview

AAA: New Orleans Zephyrs

8/31 - Game cancelled
9/1 - Game cancelled
9/2 - Game cancelled
9/3 - Game cancelled

The New Orleans Zephyrs ended the season with a record of 73-67 record. They finished in third place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division.

AA: Jacksonville Suns

8/31 - L 6-8 @ Jacksonville Generals
9/1 - L 2-3 @ Jacksonville Generals
9/2 - W 10-9 @ Jacksonville Generals
9/3 - W 3-2 @ Jacksonville Generals

The Jacksonville Suns ended the season with a 70-70 record. They finished in second place in the Southern League Southern Division.

A+: Jupiter Hammerheads

8/31 - L 3-4 @ Palm Beach Cardinals
9/1 - W 5-1 @ Palm Beach Cardinals
9/2 - W 1-0 @ Palm Beach Cardinals
9/3 - No game scheduled
9/4 - W 3-1 vs. St. Lucie Mets
9/5 - L 1-2 @ St. Lucie Mets
9/6 - W 11-7 @ St. Lucie Mets
9/7 - W 6-5 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers
9/8 - L 7-8 vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers
9/9 - W 2-0 @ Lakeland Flying Tigers
9/10 - Game postponed
9/11 - L 3-5 @ Lakeland Flying Tigers
9/12 - L 0-2 @ Lakeland Flying Tigers

The Jupiter Hammerheads ended the season with a 74-62 record. They finished in second place in the Florida State League Southern Division and were eliminated in the playoffs by the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

A-: Greensboro Grasshoppers

8/31 - L 1-4 @ Lakewood BlueClaws
9/1 - L 3-8 @ Lakewood BlueClaws
9/2 - L 2-4 @ Lakewood BlueCLaws
9/3 - W 3-2 @ Lakewood BlueClaws
9/4 - No game scheduled
9/5 - W 3-1 @ Hagerstown Suns
9/6 - No game scheduled
9/7 - W 7-5 vs. Hagerstown Suns
9/8 - No game scheduled
9/9 - No game scheduled
9/10 - W 6-3 @ Asheville Tourists
9/11 - L 3-10 @ Asheville Tourists
9/12 - No game scheduled
9/13 - L 0-9 vs. Asheville Tourists
9/14 - L 4-10 vs. Asheville Tourists

The Greensboro Grasshoppers ended the season with a 80-59 record. They finished in second place in the South Atlantic League Northern Division and were eliminated in the playoffs by the Asheville Tourists

ssA: Jamestown Jammers

8/31 - W 8-7 vs. State College Spikes
9/1 - L 2-3 vs. State College Spikes
9/2 - W 10-2 vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers
9/3 - W 6-5 vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers
9/4 - Game postponed
9/5 - W 1-0 vs. Batavia Muckdogs, W 3-2 vs. Batavia Muckdogs

The Jamestown Jammers ended the season with a 35-40 record. They finished in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Notable Performances

Christian Yelich, OF
.436/.560/.513 (11-for-39), 12 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 11 BB, 6 SO, 1-for-1 SB

Yelich capped off his stellar season with even more stellar final two weeks, reaching base in more than half of his plate appearances. He was a major contributor throughout the playoffs, although his bat fell silent in the final game of the league championship, in which the Hammerheads were shutout and eliminated. Sam Evans wrote an excellent recap of Yelich's season in his article today.

Jose Fernandez, RHP
2 GS, 10.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 5 SO

Fernandez pitched rather well for the Hammerheads in the playoffs, throwing ten innings and only allowing one earned run. The peripherals in his two starts were not up to his usually dominant stuff, but that ultimately didn't matter, as the Hammerheads won both the games he started. Fernandez finished season with a 1.75 ERA in 134 innings pitched, with 35 walks and 158 strikeouts.

Kyle Jensen, OF
.375/.412/.563 (6-for-16), 2 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO

After hitting twenty-two home runs in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League last year, Jensen caught some attention as a sleeper prospect with big-time power upside. His transition to Double-A has been mixed, however. The power has stayed, but his contact ability has regressed. He finished the season with a very low .234 batting average, but a stellar .218 isolated slugging.

Jacob Realmuto, C
.167/.167/.250 (8-for-48), 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 SO

When I said notable performances, I did not necessarily mean good. Realmuto had a notably bad final two weeks of the season - walking not even once in forty-eight plate appearances. In total, Realmuto finished the year with a .256/.319/.354 stat line, well below his .287/.347/.454 performance for Greensboro in 2011. With Rob Brantly playing terrific baseball in Miami, Realmuto's position as the catcher of the future is far less certain. Oddly enough, Realmuto was drafted just five spots after Brantly in the third round of the 2010 draft. You may see the two players competing for playing time two years from now.

Jose Urena, RHP
2 GS, 8.1 IP, 9 ER, 18 H, 3 BB, 4 SO

Urena had an inauspicious conclusion to an otherwise highly productive year for Greensboro. He finished the season with a 3.38 ERA in 138 innings pitched, with 29 walks and 101 strikeouts. All in all, Urena has some nice upside as a back of the rotation starter and his transition to full-season ball exceeded my expectations.

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