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Grasshoppers, Hammerheads, and Muckdogs - OH MY!

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While the firework show went on at Marlins' Park, we turn our sight (our site, lol) to the Marlins' future.

Destin Hood collected two hits against the Oklahoma City Dodgers in an 8-2 loss on Saturday.
Destin Hood collected two hits against the Oklahoma City Dodgers in an 8-2 loss on Saturday.
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Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)

New Orleans Zephyrs (32-35)

The Oklahoma City Dodgers defeated the Zephyrs for the second night in a row. The final score was 8-2, as New Orleans could only muster three singles and an Isaac Galloway triple. Destin Hood and Kenny Wilson collected the two RBI, and starting pitcher Greg Nappo took the loss, earning a GameScore of 30 while getting 47-of-83 pitches over the plate. He allowed five earned runs in three innings, allowing four hits and four walks. Craig Breslow relieved in the fourth, and allowed six hits for two earned runs over 2.1 innings. Cody Ege pitched the last two innings, striking out five and allowing an earned run. Here's the MiLB.COM recap.

Tomorrow, the Zephyrs will send Chris Reed out for his turn. He carries a 1-2 record and a 2.41 ERA. The lefty, a native of London, England, was formerly a first round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers back in 2011. He is in his sixth professional season.

Southern League (Double-A)

Jacksonville Suns (29-39)

According to MiLB.COM:

Rain and wet grounds postponed Saturday's game between the Jacksonville Suns and Biloxi Shuckers at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The game is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader of seven-inning games beginning at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, with gates opening at noon. Regular individual tickets for Saturday's game may be exchanged at the ballpark box office for a ticket of equal or lesser value to any remaining regular season home game.

Fans holding tickets for Sunday, June 19, are welcome to attend both games of Sunday's doubleheader. Group picnics will remain at their scheduled times. The Father's Day Cookout will be served as originally scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday marked the third postponement of the season for Jacksonville (29-39) and fifth for Biloxi (38-29), in addition to one cancellation for the Shuckers. Sunday will be the fourth doubleheader of the season for the Suns and fifth for the Shuckers.

The Suns are scheduled to start right-hander Asher Wojciechowski in his Marlins organization debut in Game 1 and right-hander Patrick Johnson (3-2) in Game 2. The Shuckers are scheduled to start right-hander Jorge Ortega (0-6) in Game 1 and left-hander Wei-Chung Wang (2-3) in Game 2.

To make room for Wojciechowski, the Suns granted LHP Chipper Smith his outright release. Smith was selected by the Marlins in the 38th round of the 2012 draft, and has appeared for the past five seasons at various levels of their minor league system. He had a 20-18 combined record with a 3.78 RBI.

Florida State League (Single-A Advanced)

Jupiter Hammerheads (30-35)

Normal league activity is on hold for the FSL's version of the all-star break. The all-star game, held in Fort Myers, FL at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Hammond Stadium, resulted in a 1-0 victory for the North team. The Hammerheads had four players appear for the South. Taylor Ard drew a pinch-walk and went 0-for-1. Dexter Kjerstad played left field and collected one of just four base hits for the team on the day, a ninth inning single. He also drew a walk. John Norwood went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts out of left field, and pitcher Esmerling De La Rosa got the last two outs of the game. The only run was on a sixth inning RBI-single from North catcher Dustin Houle. Here's the naplesnews.com recap.

Jorgan Cavanerio will get a turn on the mound for Jupiter in the Hammerheads return to action on Monday. The righty, still just 21-years-old, is in his sixth pro season out of Venezuala, and carries a 5-5 record and a 3.44 ERA.

South Atlantic League (Single-A)

Greensboro Grasshoppers (37-32)

Chris Paddack took the hill for the Hoppers in their third game (of four) against the Rome Braves. He pitched five complete perfect innings, striking out eight batters. Thanks to a fourth inning RBI-single by Justin Twine, Paddack left as the pitcher of record with a 1-0 lead. After he was lifted, Josh Naylor hit an RBI-double in the top of the sixth, scoring Anfernee Seymour for a 2-0 lead. Justin Jacome allowed a bunt single, but struck out two batters in the bottom part of the inning. The Braves woke up in the eighth inning, touching Jeff Kinley for three hits and a walk for two runs. Ben Meyer took the loss, allowing Lucas Herbert a walk-off RBI single for a 3-2 Rome win. Here's the greensboro.com recap.

22-year-old LJ Brewster (1-2, 7.24 ERA) will take the mound for a turn in the rotation in his third career minor league start. He was drafted by the Marlins in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft, out of Hawaii University.

New York-Penn League (Short Season Class-A)

Batavia Muckdogs (0-2)

The Muckdogs took the loss for the second night in a row. Ryan McKay went four innings and gave up three runs, one earned, striking out four batters and allowing five hits and two walks. Batavia was in real danger of getting shut out for the second time in a row, but designated hitter Matthew Foley hit a ninth-inning RBI single to set the final score at 5-1. along with Foley, left fielder Kris Goodman and center fielder Jhonny Santos each collected two hits. Here is the auburnpub.com recap.

Batavia will give right-hander Jose Diaz the ball for the third game of the season, tomorrow night in a road matchup against the West Virginia Black Bears. Diaz, in his fifth season with the Marlins' organization, is 10-12 with a 3.59 ERA over 57 games at various levels of minor league ball.

Dominican Summer League (Rookie)

DSL Marlins (2-10)

The DSL Astros Blue defeated the Marlins by an 11-10 final score, handing the Baby Fish their 10th straight defeat. The DSL youngsters continue to struggle finding any success on the mound. Starter Julio Frias gave up five runs in 1.2 innings, allowing three walks and four hits. Hosnei Villalobos didn't give up any runs, but allowed five baserunners in 2.2 innings. George Soriano allowed two runs in 2.2 innings of relief, and Anderson De Leon took the loss, blowing a save by giving up four runs on three hits in two innings.

After giving the Astros a one run head start in the top of the first, the Marlins scored seven in the bottom of the frame on a Diego Brito single, a Jhon Garcia walk, a Mario Prenza walk, a Christian Capellan bases-loaded walk, a Felix Arosemena two-run double, a two-run Jose Vilera single, a Ronal Reynoso double, and a Diego Brito two-run double. The Astros scored four more in the next inning. The clubs entered the ninth with the Marlins leading by a 10-7 margin, only to see as Anderson De Leon gave up four runs on a double, a wild pitch, a single, a hit batter, another single, and another wild pitch.

As is common at the rookie level, fielding proficiency continues to elude the Marlins' lowest level. Third baseman Diego Brito, second baseman Felix Arosemena, shortstop Ronal Reynoso, pitcher George Soriano, and center fielder Jose Vilera each were charged with an error.

After getting a day off tomorrow, the Marlins will get back into action against these same Astros on Monday at 10:30AM.

Just for tracking purposes, I'm planning to update you with Miami's contract status with each of the 39 draft picks as they become public. We should start to see some of these guys shake out and join the club at various levels of the minors through the next few days and weeks.