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Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: July 15

Jose Ceda made his return to the mound in the GCL, Andrew Heaney pitched five shutout innings for Jupiter, and Avery Romero continued to shine at Dwyer Stadium for Batavia.

Jose Ceda's back in action!
Jose Ceda's back in action!
Greg Fiume

Triple-A: New Orleans Zephyrs
No game scheduled

Double-A: Jacksonville Suns
No game scheduled

High Class A: Jupiter Hammerheads
W 8-4 @ Daytona Cubs

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Chris Valaika, SS: 3-for-5, HR (1), 3 RBI
Brent Keys, LF: 2-for-4, BB, SB (10), RBI

Andrew Heaney, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Andrew Heaney got plenty of run support early on in Monday's game in Daytona, as he cruised through five scoreless innings. Heaney, who is sporting a minuscule 1.09 ERA in 11 games this season, has not allowed a run in his last three outings. Brent Keys and Chris Valaika also contributed to Jupiter's win, both of them reaching base three times.

Low Class A: Greensboro Grasshoppers
L 0-4 @ Kannapolis Intimidators

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Rehiner Cordova, 2B: 2-for-3

Ramon Del Orbe, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

Greensboro los their third straight game on Monday, completing Kannapolis's sweep of the Hoppers. Ramon Del Orbe pitched fine, but his hitters gave him not a single run of support. Greensboro slips to 45-48 on the season with the defeat.

Short-Season: Batavia Muckdogs
L 4-8 vs. Tri-City ValleyCats

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Avery Romero, 2B: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Jarlin Garcia, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Today, at Dwyer Stadium, Vern Law made an appearance and signed autographs. Vern Law, the 1960 Cy Young Award winner, pitched seventeen seasons for the Pirates. Unfortunately, the Muckdogs dropped this game, with the bullpen struggling to keep the team in it. On the bright side of things, 2012 third-round pick Avery Romero had three hits, including two doubles. Romero is now hitting .368/.421/.537 in 91 plate appearances so far. Romero is definitely the name to watch as the Muckdogs shortened season continues.

Rookie: GCL Marlins
L 2-6 vs. GCL Mets

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Victor Castro, RF: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Jose Ceda, SP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Adam Westmoreland, RP: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Remember Jose Ceda? The right-handed power reliever who Kevin Goldstein called the Marlins eighth best prospect in 2012? After undergoing Tommy John surgery in early April of 2012, Ceda took the mound for the first time in a game on Monday afternoon. He pitched one scoreless inning. The Marlins will let Ceda take as much time as he needs to get back up to speed, but he will definitely be a name to watch in the second half of the season. After Ceda, Adam Westmoreland pitched 3 2/3 not so great innings. Even though his numbers aren't what you'd expect from a pitcher who starred for his team in the College World Series just months ago, Westmoreland is probably just having issues getting settled in or maybe he is fatigued after playing a few weeks in the scorching Florida sunshine. Also from this game, Victor Castro doubled twice.