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Fish Farm Report: June 30th

Marlins go 5-3 in seven levels of minor league ball on Friday. Also, catchers from Batavia, Greensboro, Jupiter, and Jacksonville all move up a level.

Braxton Lee hit safely five times on Friday.


New Orleans sent 3B David Vidal to the Jumbo Shrimp and placed C Ramon Cabrera on the seven-day DL.

Jacksonville sent C Austin Nola to the Baby Cakes and placed 3B Rehiner Cordova on the seven-day DL with a left forearm contusion.

C Rodrigo Vigil was assigned to the Jumbo Shrimp from the Hammerheads. Jupiter also sent LHP Miguel Del Pozo down to the GCL Marlins.

C Gunner Pollman was sent from the Grasshoppers to the Hammerheads.

Greensboro released RHP Garrett Cortright. Cortright was a 40th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 2013. This season with the Grasshoppers, he went 0-0 with a 5.95 ERA, a 1.78 WHIP and an opposing BA of .384.

The Muckdogs sent C Bryan De La Rosa to the Grasshoppers.

RHP Bryce Howe was assigned to Batavia from the GCL Marlins.

RHP Josh Alberius was assigned to the GCL Marlins from Batavia.


Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 1, Memphis Redbirds 7

William Cuevas (1-1, 3.45) earned a 33 GameScore in five innings of work, allowing six earned runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out one, and got 58-of-90 pitches into the strike zone.

The Baby Cakes (29-51) scored on the Redbirds (49-31) in the first inning, when Tomas Tells hit his third round-tripper of the season off Redbirds’ starter Josh Zeid. Unfortunately, that was the last run of the day for the visiting New Orleans squad in front of 4,961 at AutoZone Park.

The Redbirds, St. Louis’ triple-A affiliate, scored four times in the bottom of the first and never looked back. They did the job on a Carson Kelly RBI-double, a Harrison Bader two-RBI triple, and a Breyvic Valera sacrifice fly. Zeid scored in the second inning after hitting a leadoff double and crossing the plate on a Nick Martini sacrifice fly.

Memphis added insurance runs in the fifth on a Patrick Wisdom RBI-single and in the eighth on a Wisdom (16) solo homer to left field.

For the Baby Cakes, Telis added a single to his homer, Mike Aviles hit two singles and drew a walk, and Moises Sierra, Cal Towey, and Cuevas each finished with one hit.

Elsewhere in the PCL

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5, Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Oklahoma City Dodgers 12, Nashville Sounds 6
Iowa Cubs 7, Round Rock Express 3
Las Vegas 51s 10, Salt Lake Bees 6
El Paso Chihuahuas 13, Reno Aces 4
Albuquerque Isotopes 7, Tacoma Rainiers 3
Fresno Grizzlies 8, Sacramento River Cats 7


Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 6, Mobile BayBears 3

In the Jumbo Shrimp (34-43) game continued from last night against the BayBears (33-43), the Crustacean Nation scored six times to three in the final four and a half innings of play. Mobile is the double-A team for the California Angels.

Play was suspended last night in front of 5,873 fans just after the Bears scored a run on a close play at the plate, and manager Randy Ready was tossed for arguing the call. With Trevor Richards on the hook for a hard-luck 1-0 loss, the Shrimp were unable to secure him a win with any runs in the bottom of the fifth when play resumed today.

After scoring last night’s only run on a Zach Houchins RBI-single, the BayBears took a 2-0 lead on another Houchins RBI-single. Jacksonville scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error by opposing reliever Michael Dimock.

The Shrimp mostly put it away in the seventh, on a Braxton Lee two-RBI-single and a Brian Anderson (12) two-run homer. They added a run in the eighth on another Lee single. Mobile’s Jordan Serena (1) homered to lead off the ninth to give the BayBears a sliver of daylight, but Clayton Mortensen got Bo Way and Tim Arakawa to ground out, then struck out Jose Briceno swinging to end the contest.

Trevor Richards pitched five innings of two-hit ball with three strikeouts and a 62 GameScore, but reliever Tyler Higgins (2-3, 4.15) earned the win 21 hours later, striking out two in two innings. Tayron Guerrero whiffed two in an inning of work.

Offensively, Braxton Lee finished with four hits, three RBI, and two runs. Catcher Rodrigo Vigil hit two singles, as did shortstop Chris Diaz.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, Mobile BayBears 1 (7)

Manager Randy Ready rejoined the team in front of 5,284 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville (35-43) for the second game of the doubleheader, a scheduled seven-inning affair. Mike Kickham (5-4, 2.34) earned the win by going the distance and allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks, striking out three. He got 57-of-91 pitches over the plate and earned a 70 GameScore.

Former Jacksonville Sun Francisco Arcia opened the scoring for Mobile (33-44) in the top of the third, doubling to lead things off and scoring on a Kickham wild pitch, but that was the only real blemish on the Jacksonville starter’s day. The Shrimp struck in the fifth when Taylor Ard (7) went deep to left field.

No Jacksonville player finished with more than one hit. Aside from Ard’s homer, Diaz and Lee hit doubles, and Anderson, John Norwood, and David Vidal each hit singles.

Elsewhere in the SL

Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5, Montgomery Biscuits 4 (7)
Tennessee Smokies 5, Jackson Generals 2
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 9, Montgomery Biscuits 4
Chattanooga Lookouts 5, Mississippi Braves 3
Biloxi Shuckers 5, Birmingham Barons 2


Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 2, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3 (13)

Jupiter (36-40) fought gamely, keeping it locked up until the 13th inning, but in the end couldn’t prevent the Flying Tigers (36-38) from a 3-2 victory. It was the Hammerheads’ third loss in a row, with 1,059 in the house at Roger Dean Stadium. Lakeland is the high-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

Hammerheads’ starter Jeff Brigham struck out nine in five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk. He earned a 59 GameScore with 57 of his 88 pitches over the plate. Jorgan Cavanerio threw three innings of relief, giving up just one hit, Tyler Kinley whiffed three in two innings, also allowing one hit. Eric Alonzo (1-1, 1.20) took the loss, allowing the winning run in the 13th after pitching gamely through the 11th and 12th.

After Mason Davis started the bottom of the first off with a triple, John Silviano singled him in for the first run of the game. Lakewood scored in the fourth on a Will Maddox RBI-single and in the fifth on a Jake Robson bunt single. The Hammerheads evened it up on a Stone Garrett sacrifice fly in the sixth.

The score would remain tied at two from the end of the sixth until the 13th inning, when Alonzo allowed a Blaise Slater single and a Josh Lester RBI-double.

Silviano hit three singles for Jupiter. Davis (triple), Dustin Geiger, Zach Sullivan, and J.J. Gould collected the other four hits on the day.

Elsewhere in the FSL

Clearwater Threshers 3, Tampa Yankees 2
Dunedin Blue Jays 9, Daytona Tortugas 5
Bradenton Marauders 12, Florida Fire Frogs 4
Fort Myers Miracle 11, St. Lucie Mets 0
Palm Beach Cardinals vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs (PPD, rain)


South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Asheville Tourists 3

Kolton Mahoney (3-3, 3.06) came one out short of a “quality start,” going 5 23 innings and allowing three earned runs on five hits and zero walks. He earned the victory by putting 55-of-87 in the strike zone with a 51 GameScore, striking out two Tourists (34-43). Asheville is the single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Michael Mertz threw 2 13 scoreless innings, striking out two for Greensboro (41-36), and Reilly Hovis earned his first save of the season by whiffing two in his inning of work, giving up one hit.

Willie Abreu (6) hit a two-run-homer for Asheville in the top of the first to stake an early lead. Greensboro answered in the bottom of the frame with a Riley Mahan RBI-single.

The Tourists made it 3-1 in the third on an Abreu RBI-groundout, and the Hoppers came back to score on a James Nelson RBI-single. Greensboro tied it at three in the fourth when Eric Gutierrez (3) led off the inning with a shot over the left field fence.

Greensboro took the lead for the first time in the fifth on a Nelson RBI-triple, then scored two more in the sixth on a Luis Pintor RBI-single and an Aaron Knapp RBI-triple to make it 6-3.

Gutierrez added a single to his homer, Knapp and Nelson added singles to their triples, and Miller and Mahan each finished with a pair of singles in the victory.

Elsewhere in the SAL

Charleston RiverDogs 2, Augusta GreenJackets 0
Delmarva Shorebirds 6, Kannapolis Intimidators 4
Hagerstown Suns 5, Lakewood Blue Claws 4
Hickory Crawdads 11, West Virginia Power 8
Lexington Legends 17, Greenville Drive 7
Rome Braves vs. Columbia Fireflies (PPD, rain)


New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 1, Williamsport Crosscutters 9

Batavia (5-6) only managed to get one run on the board in getting swept by the Crosscutters (5-6) with 2,107 at BB&T Ballpark on Friday night.

Edward Cabrera struck out five in four shutout innings for the Muckdogs, on three hits for a 63 GameScore. Ryan McKay (0-1, 6.00) lost by giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits in two innings. Travis Neubeck gave up four earned in just 13 of an inning, on three hits and two walks. Brent Wheatley struck out two in 1 23 innings.

Jhonny Santos hit two doubles, Thomas Jones hit one, and Marcos Rivera, Alex Jones, and Mathew Brooks finished with a single each.

Elsewhere in the NYPL

Vermont Lake Monsters 1, Staten Island Yankees 0 (7)
State College Spikes 7, Auburn Doubledays 6
Aberdeen Ironbirds 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 0
Lowell Spinners 8, Hudson Valley Renegades 3
West Virginia Black Bears 7, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1
Tri-City ValleyCats 1, Connecticut Tigers 0 (suspended in fourth, rain)
Staten Island Yankees vs. Vermont Lake Monsters (PPD, rain)


Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 8, GCL Cardinals 2

Montana Parsons gave up a hit and a walk in two innings to start for GCL, then Josh Alberius (1-0, 0.00) picked up the win by whiffing two in two innings, allowing just one hit. Gavin Fritz and Henry McAree threw perfect relief innings in the Marlins (3-1) victory.

Gerardo Nunez went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and is hitting .889 so far for the Marlins. Yeral Encarnacion hit a single and a double, Albert Guaimaro hit a single and a triple, stealing a base, and Austin Dean hit a single and a homer. Cameron Baranek hit two singles to help defeat the Cards (0-4).

Elsewhere in the GCL

Astros 4, Nationals 0
Blue Jays 2, Tigers East 1
Yankees West 8, Braves 7
Rays 3, Orioles 2
Twins 3, Red Sox 0
Tigers West 5, Pirates 2
Yankees East 5, Phillies 4


Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 11, Dodgers1 3

Miguel Pena hit three singles, scoring two runs and collecting one RBI, and Jorge Caballero went two for two with two runs, two RBI, and a stolen base. Omar Lebron, Daniel Paulino, Jhon Garcia, Walner Espinel and Juan Urena got a hit each.

Leudy Martinez started and allowed one run in two innings, then Luis Palacios (1-0, 5.65) earned his first win of the season by striking out three and allowing one hit and zero walks over four innings.

Elsewhere in the DSL

Mets1 6, Angels 1
Rays1 3, Astros Blue 2
Royals 2, Athletics 1 (10)
Red Sox 4, Braves 3
Cubs2 10, Brewers 4
Cubs1 3, Dodgers2 2
D-backs1 6, Padres 3
Giants 2, Orioles 1
Rangers1 10, Indians 7
Mariners 7, Blue Jays 5
D-backs2 5, Mets2 0
Nationals 11, Yankees 5
Cardinals 5, Phillies Red 3
Pirates 9, Indians/Brewers 6
Rojos 8, Rangers2 2
Rays2 10, Astros Orange 1
Reds 8, White Sox 6
Phillies White 2, Tigers 1
Twins 8, Rockies 6

Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day

Pitching: Luis Palacios earned a win for the DSL Marlins by allowing just one hit and no walks over four inning, striking out three.

Hitting: New addition Braxton Lee hit four singles and a double, with two runs scored and three RBI for Jacksonville in their doubleheader sweep over the BayBears.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch (dynamic tracker)

#1 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20

#2 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, and is hitting .322 with Greensboro.

#3 Braxton Lee @BraxLee 5-for-8, one double, two runs, three RBI, one strikeout, .332 in the Southern League.

#4 Trevor Richards @trevrchrds struck out three in five innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks, but that was technically Thursday night.

#5 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01 2-for-8, one homer, two RBI, one strikeout, .258 for the Shrimp.

#6 Brian Schales @BrianSchales

#7 Kyle Barrett @kbarrett_4 0-for-8, three strikeouts, .250 for Jacksonville.

#8 Boo Vazquez

#9 Dustin Beggs @dbizzzzle

#10 Sam Perez @SCPerez_

#11 Dillon Peters @Dillypickz

#12 John Norwood @Norwood_10 1-for-6, one walk, three strikeouts, .266 for Jumbo Shrimp.

#13 Jeff Brigham @jbrigs34 5.0 IP, six hits, 2 runs, one earned run, one walk, nine strikeouts, 2.38 ERA for Hammerheads.

#14 Brian Miller @B_Millz05 went 2-for-4 with a run, and is up to .273 for the Grasshoppers.

#15 Ben Meyer @BenMeyer28

#16 Riley Mahan @RizzMahan went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI with a strikeout, and is up to .222 for Greensboro.

#17 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7 pitched one inning, allowed a hit and a walk, striking out two. He’s at 4.38 for Jacksonville.

#18 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3 went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and another runs scored, and is hitting .571 in his rehab start with the GCL Marlins.

#19 Mike Kickham @mikekickham4 threw a complete game, 2-1 win over Mobile. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings, with three strikeouts.

#20 Sean Reynolds @sean___reynolds 1-for-4, one run, three strikeouts, .333 for GCL Marlins.

#21 Miguel Del Pozo @migueldelpoz0

#22 Matt Tomshaw @MatthewJTomshaw

#23 Cody Poteet @PoTweet_34

#24 Thomas Jones @ThomasJones08 went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a strikeout, and is at .216 for Batavia.

#25 Albert Guaimaro 2-for-3, two runs, one triple, one RBI, one walk, .167 for GCL Marlins.

#26 Destin Hood @22_dhood

#27 Eliezer Rodriguez

#28 Edward Cabrera started and earned no decision for Batavia, whiffing five in four scoreless innings and allowing three hits and zero walks.

#29 Stone Garrett @stonegarrett22 0-for-4, one RBI, one strikeout, hitting .178 for Jupiter.

#30 Joseph Dunand @Joedunand


Starting at 10AM, the GCL Mets will host the GCL Marlins.

Starting at 10:30AM, the DSL Marlins will complete a 0-0 eighth inning tie with the DSL Red Sox from earlier this season, then play a full nine inning contest in the “night cap.”

At 5:30PM, the Hammerheads will host the Flying Tigers in game two of their three game FSL series. Scott Squier (2-6, 4.09) will look to continue his good work of late with the start.

The Jumbo Shrimp will look to continue their now-five-game winning streak, looking for a five-game sweep over the BayBears. Jacksonville will give Chris Mazza (1-4, 2.70) his turn on the mound starting at 6:05PM.

Starting at 7PM, the Grasshoppers will send L.J. Brewster (4-6, 4.26) up against the Tourists in game two of their four-game series.

The Muckdogs will head back to face the State College Spikes (7-4) in a three-game series. Manuel Rodriguez (1-0, 1.50) will start for Batavia.

The Redbirds will continue their four-game war with battle number two against the Baby Cakes starting at 8:05PM. New Orleans will start Chris O’Grady (3-4, 3.14).

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