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Fish Farm Report: July 15th

Michael King pitches six shutout innings, the Cakes go for a four-game sweep, and more.

King pitched six shutout innings on Saturday.


3B Brian Anderson was assigned to the New Orleans Baby Cakes. They also put 3B Matt Juengel on the seven-day DL and sent Keyvius Sampson down to Batavia.

Dustin Geiger was promoted from Jupiter up to the Jumbo Shrimp.

Colby Lusignan was sent from the Grasshoppers up to the Hammerheads.

C J.D. Osborne was assigned to the GCL Marlins.

GCL sent LHP Trenton Hill to Greensboro.


Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 4, Oklahoma City Dodgers 3

The Baby Cakes (38-55) won their fourth game in a row for the first time this season, defeating the Oklahoma City Dodgers (49-43), 4-3 in front of 9,927 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday.

Justin Nicolino (4-3, 3.44) earned the victory, going six innings and giving up two earned runs on five hits and a walk, with two strikeouts. Daniel Schlereth earned his first save since getting promoted to triple-A, surrendering two hits in 1 13 innings.

Oklahoma City struck first when Drew Maggi hit a soft line drive single-A to right field in the fourth inning, scoring Scott Van Slyke for a 1-0 lead. They added a run in the fifth on an Alex Verdugo RBI-groundout.

New Orleans did all their damage in the seventh inning. Starting pitcher David Hale (1-2, 4.03) (who entered the inning pitching a one-hit shutout) walked Moises Sierra, allowed a single to Mike Aviles, and walked Cal Towey to load the bases with nobody out. Brandon Barnes collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field, which prompted the Dodgers to pull reliever Edward Paredes out of their pocket.

Paredes first faced Peter Mooney, who reached on a fielding error by Van Slyke. Aviles scored on the play, getting the Cakes within a run. After Austin Nola flew out for the second out of the inning, pinch-hitter Brian Anderson hit a two-RBI-single, the eventual game winner. The Dodgers got one back in the eighth on a Mike Freeman RBI-single.

Aviles led the Cakes with two hits and a walk, with a run scored.

Elsewhere in the PCL

Memphis Redbirds 9, Round Rock Express 1
Nashville Sounds 11, Omaha Storm Chasers 5
Sacramento RiverCats 4, Salt Lake Bees 3
Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Las Vegas 51s 5
El Paso Chihuahuas 6, Reno Aces 5 (10)
Fresno Grizzlies 11, Tacoma Rainiers 2
Iowa Cubs vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (doubleheader postponed, wet grounds)


Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Chattanooga Lookouts 7

Chattanooga (60-33) won the third in a row against the Shrimp (41-52). After winning the first half of the season by five games in the SL North Division, the Lookouts are already four games up on second place Tennessee. Jacksonville is still in second place in the South, by only a half game behind the Mobile BayBears. There were 3,127 in the house at AT&T Field.

Mike Kickham (5-7, 3.33) lost his third start in a row, surrendering three earned runs on six walks and two hits in just four innings. He struck out four, and ended up with a GameScore of 37. Andy Beltre struck out a pair in two innings, allowing only a hit, and Clayton Mortensen allowed one hit and one whiff in one inning of relief.

The Shrimp just couldn’t get anything going, despite collecting seven hits through the game. No player got more than one for the game. Austin Dean and Alex Yarbrough hit doubles as the team left 10 on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Elsewhere in the SL

Mobile BayBears 6, Tennessee Smokies 3
Jackson Generals 9, Montgomery Biscuits 4
Biloxi Shuckers 6, Birmingham Barons 1
Mississippi Braves 2, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 0


Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4

The Hammerheads (45-45) had their six-game winning streak snapped on Saturday in front of 576 at Roger Dean Stadium, by the Charlotte Stone Crabs (41-47).

Jeff Brigham (3-2, 2.65) lost by allowing two earned runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings, with five strikeouts, He finished with a quality start and a 53 GameScore.

Jupiter got on the board first with a Stone Garrett double and run scored on a fielding error, but that was the only offense that the Hammerheads could muster all game. Charlotte scored two in the third on a Brett Sullivan RBI-single and a Ryan Boldt RBI-double. They added another pair in the seventh on an Angel Reyes error and a Boldt RBI-single.

Gunner Pollman hit two singles for the Hammerheads, and Garrett and Reyes each hit doubles.

Elsewhere in the FSL

Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1
Fort Myers Miracle 4, St. Lucie Mets 3
Dunedin Blue Jays 8, Bradenton Marauders 4
Tampa Yankees 5, Florida Fire Frogs 4
Clearwater Threshers 6, Daytona Tortugas 2


South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, West Virginia Power 3

Greensboro (48-41) opened their three game series against West Virginia (39-49) with a 5-3 victory with 2,842 in attendance at Appalachian Power Park.

Michael King (8-5, 3.18) racked up a 75 GameScore, throwing six shutout, one-hit innings. He struck out five and allowed two walks, and looked ready for the next level of professional ball.

The Grasshoppers scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, batting around the order and sending a total of 10 men to the plate. Corey Bird and Eric Gutierrez led off with consecutive singles, then after Walker Olis drew a walk, Justin Twine earned an RBI with a bases-loaded free pass. Jarett Rindfleisch cleared the bases with a three-RBI-double, and Aaron Knapp added an RBI-single. Outside of the five-hit inning, the Grasshoppers could only muster two base hits.

West Virginia scored all of their runs in the eighth, on an Albert Baur RBI-single and a two-RBI-double by Hunter Owen.

Bird led the Hoppers with two hits and two walks, but no-one else collected more than one base hit for Greensboro.

Elsewhere in the SAL

Asheville Tourists 2, Augusta GreenJackets 1
Charleston RiverDogs 5, Lakewood Blue Claws 4
Greenville Drive 7, Hickory Crawdads 4
Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Columbia Fireflies 2
Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Rome Braves 0


New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 4, Tri-City Valleycats 5

With 753 present at Dwyer Stadium on Saturday night, the Muckdogs (10-14) dropped a 5-4 decision to the Tri-City ValleyCats (9-15).

Remey Reed struck out six in five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and zero walks. Kenny Koplove (1-2, 8.53) gave up one run in one inning for the loss.

After allowing the ValleyCats to score a run in the top of the first on a Jake Adams RBI-double, the Muckdogs scored a pair in the bottom of the inning. Jhonny Santos scored on a wild pitch by opposing starter Matt Ruppenthal, then Ben Fisher (1) cranked his first round-tripper of the campaign to right field for a 2-1 lead.

The Muckdogs tripled their lead in the second inning. Marcos Rivera hit a one-out triple then scored on a David Gauntt RBI-single. After reliever Nathan Thompson relieved Ruppenthal, then walked the bases loaded, Gauntt surprised everyone by stealing home, his first stolen base of the season.

Connor MacDonald (2) hit a solo homer in the fifth, then Tri-City tied it in the seventh on a MacDonald sacrifice fly and a Jeremy Ovalle wild pitch. They took the lead on a Michael Papierski sacrifice fly.

Offensively for the Muckdogs, Santos hit two singles and stole two bases, Rivera hit a triple, there was Fisher’s homer, and Gauntt’s single. That was it. Still, four runs on five hits is pretty darn efficient.

Elsewhere in the NYPL

State College Spikes 12, Brooklyn Cyclones 1
Auburn Doubledays 5, Vermont Lake Monsters 2 (14)
Aberdeen Ironbirds 8, Connecticut Tigers 1
Williamsport Crosscutters 4, Lowell Spinners 3 (12)
Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6, Hudson Valley Renegades 2
Staten Island Yankees 5, West Virginia Black Bears 3 (10)


Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 3, GCL Cardinals 6

Colton Hock (0-1, 13.50) started for the GCL Marlins and allowed four earned runs on four hits in 1 23 innings. He struck out three, but will have to wait five days for another turn to make up for the loss, which dropped the Marlins to 7-9 for the season. The Cards (8-8) did enough to hold on for the win after Hock was lifted for Evan Estes, Blake Anderson, and Gavin Fritz.

A quick note here on Blake Anderson. The guy was chosen in the Competitive Balance Round back in 2014, and then hit just .173 in 58 games over three seasons, never getting above Batavia. Hats off to the guy for making the effort to try and get it done as a pitcher. For what it’s worth, he struck out two in one hitless inning in his debut here on Saturday.

The Marlins scored all their runs in the fourth. Michael Hernandez (3) hit a homer to left field, Justin Cohen hit an RBI-single to right, then Elliott Barzilli crossed the plate on an Angel Rondon wild pitch.

GCL Marlins 4, GCL Cardinals 5

In the “night cap,” Julio Frias (0-1, 4.50) lost when he surrendered three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk in 2 13 innings. He struck out three. Edgar Martinez whiffed three in 2 23 innings of relief, and Dylan Cyphert allowed one run in one inning.

Isaac Galloway started things out with his first homer of the season with GCL, but the Cards got it back on a Pablo Garcia passed ball in the bottom of the inning. Galloway added an RBI-single in the third, but again, the Cards (9-8) were equal to the task, taking the lead on a Elehuris two-RBI-double.

The Cardinals added runs in the fifth and the sixth, on a Montero (2) homer and a Carlos Soto RBI-single, respectively. The Marlins (7-10) attempted to mount a comeback in the final inning, and scored runs on an Elliott Barzilli double and a Demetrius Sims single, but Barzilli was thrown out to end the game trying to tie the score at the plate on Sim’s single.

Elsewhere in the GCL

Tigers East 6, Braves 2
Astros 3, Nationals 1 (7)
Astros 3, Nationals 2 (7)
Pirates 9, Yankees East 0
Phillies 3, Blue Jays 2
Orioles 6, Rays 0
Yankees West 6, Tigers West 5
Red Sox 6, Twins 1
Pirates 8, Yankees East 3

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins (19-16)

The DSL Marlins had the day off.

Elsewhere in the DSL

The entire DSL had the day off in the rookie-league “all-star” weekend.

Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day


Michael King pitched six innings and allowed one hit and two walks, striking out five and earning the victory in Jupiter.


Corey Bird reached base four times for Batavia, with two hits and two walks.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch (dynamic tracker)

#1 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly

#2 Trevor Richards @trvrchrds

#3 Dillon Peters @dillypickz

#4 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01 went 1-for-1 in his triple-A debut, with two RBI as a pinch hitter for the Baby Cakes.

#5 Braxton Lee @Brax_Lee

#6 Ben Meyer @BenMeyer28

#7 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20

#8 Brian Miller @B_Millz05 went 0-for-5 with a strikeout. He’s hitting .270 and batting leadoff for the Muckdogs.

#9 Jeff Brigham @Jbrigs34 6.0IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5SO, 0HR, 2.65 ERA for Jupiter.

#10 Cameron Baranek @CameronB25 0-for-7, four strikeouts, .286 batting third and fourth with GCL.

#11 Trevor Rogers @T_Raw1691

#12 Mike Kickham @MikeKickham4 4.0IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4SO, 1HR, 3.33 ERA for Jacksonville.

#13 Boo Vazquez

#14 Michael King 6.0IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 5SO, 0HR, 3.18 ERA for Greensboro.

#15 John Norwood @Norwood_10 batted third for Jacksonville and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout. He’s at .279.

#16 Sam Perez @SCPerez_

#17 Brian Schales @BrianSchales went 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He’s hitting .257 and batting fifth with Jupiter.

#18 Matt Juengel @MattJuengel

#19 Ryan Lillie @LillieRyan27

#20 Walner Espinal

#21 Ethan Clark @ethanclark22

#22 Aaron Knapp @aknappyboii went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, with one strikeout an a .242 average batting ninth with Greensboro.

#23 Jhonny Santos went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. He’s at .295 batting leadoff with Batavia.

#24 Joseph Dunand @joedunand

#25 Corey Bird went 2-for-3 with two walks and a run batting second for Greensboro. He’s hitting .299 this season.

#26 Demetrius Sims @_D1Sims went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout in the second game of the GCL Marlins’ doubleheader.

#27 Riley Mahan @RizzMahan

#28 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7

#29 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3 batted fifth for the Shrimp and went 1-for-4 with a double and a whiff, and is hitting .269 this season at double-A.

#30 Shao-pin Ho


At 10AM, the GCL Marlins will host the GCL Mets (5-10)

At 1PM, the Hammerheads will try to start another winning streak against the Stone Crabs. Pitching has yet to be determined.

Beginning at 1:05PM, Alejandro Mateo (0-1, 4.19) will take the hill for the Muckdogs as they face the ValleyCats in the final game of their three-game series.

Starting at 2:05PM, Greensboro will begin game-two of their three-game set against the Power. The Greensboro pitcher is still being decided.

the Shrimp will try to avoid a sweep by beating the Lookouts at least once over the next two days. Their first chance will be this evening at 5:15PM, as they send Chris Mazza (1-5, 3.11) to the hill.

The Baby Cakes will be going for their first sweep of the season tonight at 7:05PM against the Dodgers. William Cuevas (1-1, 3.06)


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