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Fish Farm Report: July 23rd


The Baby Cakes placed C Ramon Cabrera on the seven-day DL, and SS K.C. Serna was sent from New Orleans down to Jacksonville.

The Jumbo Shrimp placed SS Yefri Perez on the seven-day DL. RHP Tyler Kinley was promoted to Jacksonville from Jupiter.

RHP Brandon Miller joined the Greensboro Grasshoppers.


Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 6, Nashville Sounds 0

Scott Copeland (7-9, 5.61) struck out eight in six scoreless innings for New Orleans (39-61), giving up six hits and one walk in front of 4,203 at Shrine on Airline. Keyvius Sampson pitched a scoreless inning, then Javy Guerra struck out two in two flawless frames to defeat the Sounds (47-53), 6-0.

New Orleans struck in the second, scoring a run on a Cal Towey RBI-single to right field. Tomas Tells made it 2-0 in the fourth on a homer to right-center, then Christian Colon added a two-RBI-single later in the inning.

Although New Orleans’ four runs would prove enough, the Baby Cakes added runs on a Mike Aviles RBI-single in the seventh and a Cal Towey RBI-double in the eighth.

Towey ended up with a single, two doubles, and a pair of RBIs. Brandon Barnes hit two doubles and scored twice.


Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 0, Tennessee Smokies 2 (scheduled for 7, went 9)

The first contest of Jacksonville’s (44-55) and Tennessee’s (53-45) resulted in a 2-0 victory for the Smokies after a three-hour rain delay.

Chris Mazza pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four walks and four hits while striking out eight and dropping his ERA to 3.01. After getting promoted earlier in the day, Tyler Kinley (0-1, 7.20) took the loss by giving up two runs in two innings of relief.

Andrew Ely hit an RBI-triple off Kinley in the top of the ninth with the game-winner, and David Vidal dropped a grounder to allow a second runner to score. The Shrimp had no answer for reliever Craig Brooks, who induced two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth for Tennessee. John Norwood hit a single and a double in the loss.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Tennessee Smokies 1 (7)

The Shrimp (45-55) rebounded from their loss earlier in the day against the Smokies (53-46) for a 3-1 triumph with 3,675 at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

Omar Bencomo (5-4, 4.58) won after pitching five scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing two hits and one walk. Andy Beltre gave up a solo homer in the sixth, then Severino Gonzalez earned his fourth save of the campaign with a perfect seventh inning, striking out one.

The Shrimp didn’t take long to get on the board, scoring in the first inning on a David Vidal RBI-groundout and a Taylor Ard RBI-single. They made it 3-0 in their half of the fifth after Kyle Barrett tripled then scored on a John Norwood single. The Smokies avoided the shutout when Ian Rice (14) hit a line-drive shot over the fence in left center in the sixth.


Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 9, Daytona Tortugas 5 (14)

For the fourth time in the second half of the season, the Hammerheads (49-49) climbed back to the .500 mark, defeating the Tortugas (37-56), 9-5 in 14 innings with 1,580 at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.

James Buckelew earned no decision striking out five in six innings and allowing four hits and two walks for two runs (one earned). Ryan Beckman threw two scoreless innings, striking out a pair, Marcus Crescentini threw a perfect ninth, and Miguel Del Pozo (2-0, 0.00) earned the victory, striking out one in 1 13 innings.

It was a 2-2 ballgame after nine innings. Daytona scored on an Alfredo Rodriguez sacrifice fly in the third and a Brantley Bell RBI-groundout in the sixth. Jupiter on a John Silviano RBI-double and a Boo Vazquez sacrifice fly, both also in the sixth.

Jupiter opened extra innings with a John Silviano (10) two-run shot for a 4-2 lead in the top of the frame, but Felipe Gonzalez couldn’t hold on, allowing a Reydel Medina (4) two-run homer.

Colby Lusignan (1) seemingly ended it in the 12th with a solo shot to center field, but Jupiter’s defense let down reliever Jorgan Cavanerio with a pair of errors, the second of which allowed Luis Gonzalez to score.

In the top of the 14th, the Hammerheads didn’t want to leave any doubt, so poured on four runs starting with a Cleuluis Rondon (1) solo homer. Brian Schales added a bases-clearing double to set Jupiter’s lead at four runs, and Del Pozo had more than enough in his arm to make quick work of the Tortugas in the bottom half.

Rondon finished with a single, two doubles, and a homer. Lusignan added three base-hits to his solo shot. Silviano, Stone Garrett, and Schales each finished with a single and a double.


South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Asheville Tourists 10

Asheville (49-49) throttled Greensboro (50-46) by a 10-4 margin with 3,970 in attendance at First National Bank Field.

Dylan Lee started and whiffed six in five innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and zero walks. Parker Bugg (2-3, 6.10) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) in 1 23 innings, on six hits and a walk. Chad Smith struck out three in 1 13 innings of relief.

Greensboro got their share in the third inning, scoring on an Aaron Knapp RBI-triple, a Brian Miller RBI-single, a James Nelson (6) solo homer, and a J.C. Millan RBI-single for a 4-0 lead.

Tyler Nevin (3) hit a two-run homer in the fourth to cut the Grasshoppers lead by half, then in the sixth, the Tourists took the lead by racking up four runs off Bugg. It started with a Taylor Snyder (8) leadoff homer off starter Lee, then after Bugg relieved, Asheville poured it on with a Jacob Bosiokovic RBI-triple, a Tyler Nevin RBI-single, a Joel Diaz RBI-double, and a Bryan De La Rosa throwing error. They scored three more in the seventh on RBI-singles from Bobby Wernes, Carlos Herrera, and Diaz.

Miller led the Hoppers with three singles.


New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 2, West Virginia Black Bears 7

The Muckdogs (11-21) continue to struggle, losing their fourth in a row and eighth of their last nine, dropping a 7-2 decision to the Black Bears (20-12) with 1,573 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Ryan Lillie (0-2, 4.22) allowed three runs in four innings, taking the loss on six hits and a walk. R.J. Peace surrendered two runs in three innings, striking out five.

Batavia pitching gave up a single run in every inning from the second through the sixth, spotting the Bears a 5-0 lead. The Muckdogs finally got onto the scoreboard in the eighth, on a Marcos Rivera sacrifice fly and a Jhonny Santos RBI-single.


Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 0, GCL Nationals 4

The Marlins were no-hit by Joan Baez (2-0, 1.47) and Joes Jimenez, collecting two walks and striking out seven times.

Tyler Kolek was markedly better, walking two in an inning, but giving up no runs on no hits (and dropping his ERA from 108.00 to 27.00). Blake Anderson (0-1, 3.00) earned the loss in his inning of work, giving up a solo homer.

GCL Marlins 0, GCL Nationals 1

In an unprecedented development in the annals of “Fish Farm Report” history, the GCL Marlins were no-hit in both halves of a doubleheader. Jared Johnson allowed a walk in four innings, striking out two, and Gilberto Chu (1-1, 1.00) struck out four in three perfect innings.

Dakota Bennett pitched two hitless innings in his start, Gavin Fritz (1-1, 4.00) took the loss, surrendering the only run of the game on two hits in two innings, Karl Craigie struck out two in one inning of relief, and Doug Domnarski also struck out two in a hitless inning.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins

The DSL took Sunday off, as they do on most Sundays.

Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day


Omar Bencomo looked like the pitcher he was earlier this season, striking out three and allowing two hits and a walk in five scoreless innings.


Cleuluis Rondon hit a single, two doubles, and a homer, scoring twice and drawing a walk in Jupiter’s 14-inning win over Daytona.

Fish Stripes Top 50 Prospect Watch

#1 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly

#2 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01

#3 Dillon Peters @Dillypickz

#4 Trevor Rogers @T_Raw1691

#5 Trevor Richards @trevrchrds

#6 Braxton Lee @Brax_Lee

#7 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20

#8 Brian Miller @B_millz05

#9 Mike Kickham @MIkeKickham4

#10 Jeff Brigham @Jbrigs34

#11 Ben Meyer @BenMeyer28

#12 Bryce Howe @Bhowe23

#13 Braxton Garrett @BraxGarrett

#14 Michael King

#15 John Norwood @Norwood_10

#16 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3

#17 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7

#18 Boo Vazquez

#19 Cameron Baranek @CameronB25

#20 Ethan Clark @ethanclark22

#21 Shao-pin Ho

#22 Ryan Lillie @LillieRyan27

#23 Riley Mahan @RizzMahan

#24 Colby Lusignan @ColbyLusignan

#25 Chris O’Grady @COGrady38

#26 Shane Sawczak @ShaneS10

#26 James Needy @herosdp

#27 Yeison Del Rosario @YeRosar

#28 Jesus Rosario

#29 Rodrigo Vigil @rodrigovigil

#30 Anderson Vera

#31 Jorgan Cavanerio @jorganC35

#32 Dakota Bennett

#33 John Silviano

#34 Omar Lebron

#35 Scott Copeland @SCopeland345

#36 Justin Cohen

#37 Denis Karas @denis1karas

#38 Demetrius Sims @_D1Sims

#39 Thomas Jones @ThomasJones08

#40 Albert Guaimaro @AlbertGuaimaro3

#41 Brandon Miller @muball2014

#42 Matt Givin @mkgivin

#43 Brayan Hernandez

#44 Juan Urena

#45 Garvis Lara

#46 Angel Reyes @reyes032

#47 Reilly Hovis

#48 Michael Mertz @michaelmertz_

#49 Ryley MacEachern

#50 Joseph Gilma


10:30AM - DSL Rays1 vs. DSL Marlins

11:30AM - Odrisamer Despaigne (1-4, 3.38) will take on the Nashville Sounds.

7PM - The Grasshoppers will send Kolton Mahoney (3-4, 3.44) to the hill to take on the Tourists.

7:05PM - The Black Bears will host the Muckdogs.

7:05PM - Cody Poteet (2-3, 2.53) starts against the Daytona Tortugas.


Juan Reyes of the DSL Marlins will turn 17 on Monday. He’s pitched in seven games for the Dominican League Marlins, going 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 18 innings.

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