Fish Bites: Justin Ruggiano continues to struggle offensively

It's about time Justin Ruggiano got a hit. - USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who is 1 for his last 55, continues to struggle at the plate when he gets the chance to start. Plus links on Christian Yelich, Colin Moran and Giancarlo Stanton.

-Miami Marlins: Scoring change gives Christian Yelich a two-hit, not three-hit, MLB debut - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Yelich with that hit joined manager Mike Redmond as the only Marlins ever to log hits in their first three major league at-bats. "I don't have a lot of records still standing, but at least I still have one," joked Redmond.

-Reviewing Marlin Maniac's Preseason Top 20 Prospect List (Part 4) - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Today Marlin Maniac concludes reviewing the top 20 preseason prospect list .

-Miami Marlins: Starter Henderson Alvarez owns second longest stretch without allowing a homer in club history - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

He’s still a good three or four starts away from overtaking Kevin Brown for the record, but Henderson Alvarez is within range of an impressive club mark. Entering his Sunday start at Turner Field, Alvarez has gone seven outings and 45 innings without allowing a home run.

-Young shortstops Adeiny Hechavarria, Andrelton Simmons setting defensive standards - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

To a somewhat lesser extent, a similar comparison is warranted between the clubs’ shortstops. Adeiny Hechavarria, 24, and Andrelton Simmons, who turns 24 next month, are two of the better defenders in baseball. They haven’t received the hype Stanton and Heyward did a couple of seasons ago, but both should be fixtures for their respective teams in the foreseeable future.

-ATLANTA: Struggling Marlins catcher Rob Brantly demoted - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

It’s been a trying year for Rob Brantly on the field, where the young catcher struggled at the plate — and behind it — for the Marlins. But when it began to show in his personality, as well, the Marlins decided it was time for a change. On Friday, Brantly — the team’s Opening Day catcher — was demoted to Triple A New Orleans. The Marlins promoted veteran catcher Koyie Hill to fill his roster spot.

-ATLANTA: Atlanta Braves prove not all young teams struggle - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

It’s hardly any surprise that the two teams with the poorest records in the majors — the Astros and Marlins — are also the two youngest. But age isn’t everything. Baseball’s best record belongs to the Atlanta Braves, and they’re the third-youngest team in the majors. And the second-best record entering play Saturday belongs to the Pirates, the fourth-youngest team. "We have a young team," acknowledged Braves pitcher Kris Medlen. "But we have a young team that’s been around already. We’re young, but we’re grown up."

-Ruggiano (0 for last 38) starts in place of slumping Stanton | Fish Bytes

Just how bad are things going for Giancarlo Stanton? This bad: Justin Ruggiano, who has gone hitless over his past 38 at bats and is closing in on a major league record for futility, is starting in his place tonight. "Believe me, it's not a perfect situation," said manager Mike Redmond.

-Mike Redmond not a fan of Waffle House | Fish Bytes

Redmond did everything but held his nose and groan when he was asked about a Waffle House that opened inside Turner Field on the same day the Braves began their 14-game winning streak. Some fans are even crediting the newly installed Waffle House for the Braves' hot streak.

-Adjusting to pro ball, Moran likely to play in AFL | marlins.com: News

Easing into professional baseball has been an adjustment for Colin Moran, the Marlins' top pick in the June First-Year Player Draft. Selected sixth overall, the left-handed-hitting third baseman from the University of North Carolina signed shortly before the July 12 deadline, and he is currently at low Class A Greensboro. Most likely, the Rye, N.Y., native will remain with the Grasshoppers for the remainder of the season. He turns 23 on Oct. 1, and in all likelihood, the Marlins will have him play in the Arizona Fall League.

-Rookie Yelich remaining even-keeled at plate | marlins.com: News

Calm and cool is how Christian Yelich approaches the game, so it is only natural that he has the same demeanor at the plate. The 21-year-old Marlins rookie entered Saturday night's game with the Braves riding a nine-game hitting streak, and he is treating each day like the one before. "I haven't really treated it any differently, my at-bats or approach," said Yelich, who extended the hit streak to 10 with a leadoff single off Braves lefty Alex Wood. "You just try to go up there and have a consistent approach, and you look to have a quality at-bat every time you're up there.

-Frustrated Stanton gets night off in Atlanta | marlins.com: News

Each disappointing at-bat increased Giancarlo Stanton's level of frustration. After seeing the slugger go hitless in three at-bats with two strikeouts in Friday's 5-0 loss at Atlanta, Marlins manager Mike Redmond decided a day off was in order. So on Saturday night, Stanton was out of the starting lineup for the first time since the All-Star break. The 23-year-old slugger had been a fixture in all 21 games prior to getting a breather, amid his 3-for-17 road trip.

Around The League

-Rays pull off hidden-ball trick on Dodgers' Uribe | MLB.com: News

The Rays' Evan Longoria successfully executed the hidden-ball trick on the Dodgers' Juan Uribe and third-base coach Tim Wallach in the fourth inning of Saturday's game.

-At 31, Ed Lucas is finally a big-league ballplayer. | SportsonEarth.com : John Perrotto Article

Ed Lucas had an Ivy League degree in economics in one hand, an offer to play baseball with a tiny signing bonus in the other. He chose baseball and battled through 10 minor league seasons. Now, at the age of 31, Ed Lucas is finally a big-league ballplayer.

-Emotional Ken Griffey Jr. takes rightful place in Seattle Mariners history | MLB.com: News

The greatest player in franchise history brought Seattle baseball fans to cheers and tears one more time Saturday as Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame.

-Yankees promote righty Dellin Betances, option David Adams | MLB.com: News

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At Fish Stripes

-This Day In Marlins History: Marlins trade John Burkett to Texas for Ryan Dempster and Rick Helling - Fish Stripes

On this day in history, the Marlins trade John Burkett to the Rangers for Ryan Dempster and Rick Helling. Burkett contributed for one season before falling apart, while Dempster became the first of a line of Marlins pitchers sent away.

-Miami Marlins rookie outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick not sharing same success - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins rookie outfielder Jake Marisnick was given Thursday afternoon off as a result of a slow offensive start at the major league level. On the contrary, Christian Yelich had a seven game hitting streak heading Thursday's contest.

-Miami Marlins prospects: Colin Moran's slow start in Greensboro is misleading - Fish Stripes

At first glance, Colin Moran has been awful in his month of baseball with Low Class A Greensboro. However, after digging a little deeper, it become more clear to see that Moran hasn't been even close to has bad as his traditional statistics suggest.

-Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: August 9 - Fish Stripes

Mason Hope pitched seven sterling innings of relief for Greensboro, Brent Keys reached base four times in Jupiter, Mark Canha had two doubles in Pensacola, and New Orleans almost came back from a six run lead.

-Miami Marlins youth moving past growing pains - Fish Stripes

Throughout much of April and May, the Miami Marlins struggled as the team's youthful core was gaining big league experience. With one of the NL East's best records since May 31, the Marlins have found a way to win.

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