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Miami Marlins Daily Minor League Report: August 16

Justin Nicolino delivered by far his best performance yet in Double-A, striking out an impressive 13 batters in six innings pitched.

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Triple-A: New Orleans Zephyrs
W 5-2 vs. Iowa Cubs

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Kevin Mattison, CF: 0-for-4, R, BB, SO
Alex Burg, 3B: 2-for-3, R, BB
Rob Brantly, C: 2-for-4, R, 2B

Jared Rogers, SP: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 4 SO, HR

Star third base prospect Mike Olt struggled this year in the Rangers organization, and has shown little improvement since his trade to the Cubs. He's batted .116 for his new team, giving him an overall season line of .192/.280/.384.

Double-A: Jacksonvile SUns
W 6-3 vs. Birmingham Barons

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Austin Barnes, DH: 0-for-1, 2 R, 2 BB
Derek Dietrich, 2B: 2-for-3, R, 2B

Justin Nicolino, SP: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 13 SO

Nicolino struck out 13 batters. I don't think I need to qualify that - the numbers speak for themselves. Nicolino pitched an impressive game.

W 1-0 vs. Birmingam Barons (Makeup of postponed game)

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Austin Barnes, C: 2-for-5, SO
Derek Dietrich, DH: 1-for-4, 2B, SO

Matt Neil, SP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 6 SO
Scott McGough, RP: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO

Austin Barnes has spent less than two weeks in Double-A, but thus far it has been successful. He is currently 13-for-32 and has only struck out five times, while walking in five plate appearances.

High Class A: Jupiter Hammerheads
W 7-0 @ St. Lucie Mets

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Ryan Rieger, 1B: 2-for-4, 2 R, BB
Yordy Cabrera, RF: 2-for-4, R
Austin Nola, SS: 0-for-4

Scott LYman, SP: 6.0 IP, BB, 2 SO
Colby Suggs, RP: 2.0 IP

Timely hitting with runners in scoring position proved decisive for the Hammerheads, while St. Lucie was kept off balance by Scott Lyman.

Low Class A: Greensboro Grasshoppers
L 3-5 vs. Kannapolis Intimidators

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Viosergy Rosa, 1B: 0-for-4, 2 SO
Jesus Solorzano, RF: 1-for-4, 2 SO

Matt Milroy, SP: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 3 SO, HR

Dane Stone, RP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB

The Grasshoppers entered the top of the ninth with a slim lead, but Dane Stone quickly loaded the bases with no outs. The Intimidators then scored three runs off a sacrifice fly and a double.

Short-Season: Batavia Muckdogs
W 5-2 vs. Williamsport Crosscutters

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Felix Munoz, 1B: 2-for-4, 2B
Austin Dean, LF: 1-for-4, SO

Max Garner, SP: 3.0 IP, H, R, 3 BB, 4 SO

Six consecutive singles in the second inning brought in enough runs to beat the Crosscutters.

Rookie: GCL Marlins
L 3-6 vs. GCL Cardinals

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Victor Castro, RF: 0-for-3, BB, 2 SO

Joel Effertz, SP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, 4 SO

The GCL Marlins miraculously scored three runs, despite only  collecting three hits and striking out ten times. Unfortunately, their pitching couldn't quite deliver and the team was easily beat.