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Fish Farm Report: July 3rd

Marlins farm clubs went 3-5 on Monday.

Buckelew tossed six shutout two-hit innings for the Hammerheads on Monday.


The Jumbo Shrimp activated LF Austin Dean from the seven-day DL, and released CF Jeremias Pineda. Pineda joined the organization prior to the 2016 season as a free agent, and was hitting .229/.311/.318 for the Jumbo Shrimp in 65 games.

The Grasshoppers placed RHP Hunter Wells on the seven-day DL and released RHP Kevin Guzman. Guzman joined the team as part of the Mat Latos trade in mid-2015. He’s been on the DL all of 2017. He had allowed a 1.27 WHIP, a .261 opposing batting averaged, and a 3.58 ERA to go with his 15-21 minor league record.

The GCL Marlins released C Welbin Bautista. He had hit .222/.281/.252 in 87 games over two seasons with Miami’s instructional leagues, but had not appeared this season.


Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 1, Memphis Redbirds 4

Austin Nola hit two doubles and Scott Copeland (5-8, 5.49) took the loss to the Redbirds (51-32), 4-1 in front of 11,076 at AutoZone Park.

Copeland finished with a GameScore of 50, getting 57-of-93 pitches into the strike zone. He struck out three and gave up as many earned runs on a walk and seven hits over 5 13 innings. Mike Aviles also had a double, while Moises Sierra hit an RBI-single. Matt Juengel, Cal Towey, and Copeland collected the other three hits for the Cakes (30-53) as they drop the four game series with Memphis, (the St. Louis Cardinals’ triple-A affiliate) three-games-to-one.

Elsewhere in the PCL

Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5, Omaha Storm Chasers 4
Oklahoma City Dodgers 6, Nashville Sounds 5
Iowa Cubs 12, Round Rock Express 7
Salt Lake Bees 8, Las Vegas 51s 6
El Paso Chihuahuas 6, Reno Aces 5 (10)
Tacoma Rainiers 9, Albuquerque Isotopes 0
Fresno Grizzlies 4, Sacramento River Cats 1


Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Mobile BayBears 8

Mobile (34-46) scored eight runs in the first three innings, and never let the Shrimp (37-44) climb back into contention on Sunday afternoon with 11,398 in the house at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Shrimp took the six game series, five-games-to-one over the Bears, the double-A affiliate of the Anaheim Angels.

Joe Gunkel (2-5, 5.40) was tagged for all eight runs in just 2 23 innings which were scored on eight hits and a pair of walks. Three of the hits were of the long-ball variety, and Gunkel finished with a GameScore of minus-5, getting 40-of-62 pitches in the strike zone but finishing with just one strikeout.

Brian Anderson hit a single and a homer, collecting two RBI for Jacksonville. Dean hit two singles, Taylor Ard had an RBI-double, and David Vidal also had a two-bagger. Alex Yarbrough and Kyle Barrett had the other two base-hits for the Jumbo Shrimp. Braxton Lee was held without a hit for the first time since joining the club, although he did draw a walk and score a run.

Elsewhere in the SL

Jackson Generals 4, Tennessee Smokies 1
Biloxi Shuckers 4 Birmingham Barons 1 (12)
Montgomery Biscuits 13, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5
Chattanooga Lookouts 4, Mississippi Braves 2


Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 0, Lakeland Flying Tigers 5

James Buckelew threw six innings of shutout two-hit ball, walking just one and striking out five. He earned a 75 GameScore but earned no-decision, lowering his high-A ERA to 0.95, getting 46-of-78 pitches over the plate. Evan Beal (1-2, 1.80) came on in the seventh and quickly loaded the bases, allowing two walks and three hits over one inning of work. He gave up all five runs, but four of them were unearned due to sloppy fielding.

The Hammerheads (38-41) collected six hits in total despite getting blanked on the scoreboard with 4,338 in attendance at Roger Dean Stadium. Ben Holmes struck out two in a perfect eighth and Tyler Kinley issued a walk but otherwise struck out the side in the ninth inning. Half of Jupiter’s offense was issued off the bat of Mason Davis, who went three-for-four in the game. Angel Reyes, Stone Garrett, and Boo Vazquez got the other three singles.

The Flying Tigers (37-40) scored all five runs in the seventh inning, aided by Beal’s in-game 5.000 WHIP and sloppy fielding on the part of Garrett, Chris Hoo, and Dexter Kjerstad, who were each awarded errors for their part in the unfortunate frame.

Elsewhere in the FSL

Florida Fire Frogs 3, Bradenton Marauders 1
Palm Beach Cardinals 8, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4
Dunedin Blue Jays 5, Daytona Tortugas 0
Tampa Yankees 3, Clearwater Threshers 2
Bradenton Marauders 5, Florida Fire Frogs 4 (11)
Fort Myers Miracle 10, St. Lucie Mets 7


South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 12, Asheville Tourists 4

The Hoppers (43-37) erupted for a dozen runs against the Tourists (35-45) with 9,189 at First National Bank Field. Dustin Beggs whiffed six in five innings, and Kyle Keller (1-0, 2.87) struck out four in three perfect innings of relief.

Luis Pintor hit a single, a double, and a grand slam homer for five RBI in total to lead Greensboro over Asheville, the Colorado Rockies’ single-A affiliate. Jarett Rindfleisch hit two singles with an RBI, Eric Gutierrez hit two singles, and Brian Miller had two RBI on a single. James Nelson, Colby Lusignan, and Dalton Wheat all also had RBI-singles.

Elsewhere in the SAL

Charleston RiverDogs 5, Augusta GreenJackets 1
Delmarva Shorebirds 5, Kannapolis Intimidators 2
Hagerstown Suns 6, Lakewood Blue Claws 3
Hickory Crawdads 5, West Virginia Power 2
Lexington Legends 6, Greenville Drive 4 (10)
Columbia Fireflies 1, Rome Braves 0


New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 5, State College Spikes 4

Batavia (6-8) snapped a five-game losing streak by besting the Spikes (9-5), 5-4 with 5,234 in attendance at Medlar Field.

Remey Reed and R.J. Peace gave up two runs apiece in less than three innings of work, and Josh Alberius (1-0, 0.00) earned his first professional win with 1 23 scoreless innings. He struck out two, but did allow three base hits. Brent Wheatley collected his first save, going 2 13 innings and giving up only a walk while striking out two.

Tyler Curtis hit two singles and a triple with two RBI to lead the Muckdogs. Jhonny Santos added a single and a double with a walk and two runs. J.C. Millan pitched in with an RBI-double, and Micah Brown and Alex Jones each hit an RBI-single.

Elsewhere in the NYPL

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2, Auburn Doubledays 0 (15)
Lowell Spinners 3, Vermont Lake Monsters 1
Connecticut Tigers 10, Brooklyn Cyclones 3
Staten Island Yankees 5, Tri-City Valleycats 0
Aberdeen Ironbirds 5, Hudson Valley Renegades 3
West Virginia Black Bears 11, Williamsport Crosscutters 6


Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 7, GCL Nationals 10

The Nets (5-1) defeated the Marlins (4-3) by a 10-7 count at Roger Dean Stadium on Monday. Kyle Farjad was the only Marlins’ pitcher to come away unscathed, with three strikeouts in two shutout innings. The other five pitchers all allowed at least one earned run.

Cameron Baranek continues to to impress, hitting a double and a triple with a walk, two runs, and an RBI. Denis Karas had a two-RBI-single, while Gerardo Nunez, Albert Guaimaro, Rosandel Reyna, Michael Donadio, and Ronal Reynoso also collected hits.

Elsewhere in the GCL

Cardinals 12, Mets 1
Orioles 5, Red Sox 3
Braves 6, Phillies 5 (10)
Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1
Tigers East 8, Tigers West 7
Rays 3, Twins 2
Yankees East vs. Yankees West (ppd, rain)


Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 0, DSL Red Sox 1 (7)

Andres Jimenez (3-0, 0.00) and Shair Lacrus (S, 2, 3.21) tossed a combined-seven-inning no-hitter over the Marlins. Jimenez struck out six in five perfect frames, and Lacrus allowed only a walk and struck out one.

Juan Borges threw four shutout innings for the Marlins, allowing two walks and two hits while striking out five. Yoilan Quinonez (0-1, 9.00) earned the loss, allowing the only run of the game in the fifth inning on two hits.

The Marlins combined to go 0-for-21. Alvaro Montero was the only player to get on base, with a walk in the sixth inning.

DSL Marlins 6, DSL Red Sox 5 (10)

The Marlins (13-13) and the Sox (15-10) ended the scheduled seven-inning affair locked at two runs each. Then it got sketchy.

The Sox scored one run in each of the first two innings, on an Alexander Martinez sacrifice fly and a Reinaldo Ugueto RBI-single respectively. The Marlins scored a run each in the fourth and the fifth, on a Jhon Garcia RBI-groundout and a Juan Urena RBI-single, respectively.

After the first seven innings ended in a tie, the eighth inning would produce a Walner Espinal RBI-single in the top of the frame. Martinez scored in the bottom of the inning on a passed ball by Luis Arcaya to necessitate further extra innings.

In the 10th, Omar Lebron scored on a Juan Urena RBI-groundout, and the Marlins tacked on a pair on Walner Espinal’s first round-tripper of the season for a 6-3 lead. The Red Sox fought gamely in their half of the inning, scoring on a Martinez sacrifice fly and on a Rafael Rincones RBI-single, but that was how it ended.

Elkin Alcala (3-0, 0.63) earned the win for the Marlins, allowing one unearned run in four innings of work. Winston Mora pitched three hitless innings of relief, and Anderson Vera earned his first save of the season.

Elsewhere in the DSL

Astros Blue 5, Royals 1
D-backs1 6, Orioles 0
Dodgers2 4, Rays2 3 (8)
Rays2 7, Dodgers2 6 (7)
Phillies White 4, D-backs2 2
Astros Blue 9, Royals 3 (7)
Braves 2, Athletics 0 (7)
Braves 3, Athletics 0 (7)
Twins 3, Cardinals 0 (7)
Twins 8, Cardinals 5 (7)
Cubs1 9, Indians 0
Phillies White 6, D-backs2 0 (7)
Giants 5, Mariners 3
Rangers1 24, Indians/Brewers 4
Mets1 13, Nationals 9
D-backs1 5, Orioles 4 (7)
Reds 5, Padres 3
Angels 4, Phillies Red 3
Pirates 9, Astros Orange 8
Rangers2 4, Brewers 2
Dodgers1 4, Rays1 3
Mets2 6, Rojos 4
Cubs2 9, Tigers 6
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 1
Rockies 13, Yankees 5

Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day

Pitching: James Buckelew dropped his advanced-A ERA to 0.95, and allowed just two hits and zero walks in six innings against the Flying Tigers. He struck out five and earned no-decision.

Hitting: Tyler Curtis had his best game as a professional, collecting two singles, a triple, two runs and two RBI for the Muckdogs in their 5-4 win over the Spikes.

Luis Pintor went three-for-three with a double and a grand slam for the Hoppers. He collected five RBI in total.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch (dynamic tracker)

#1 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly: went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two whiffs, and is at .318 for the Grasshoppers.

#2 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20:

#3 Dillon Peters @dillypickz

#4 Mike Kickham @MikeKickham4

#5 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01 went 2-for-5 with a run, a two-run homer, and a .261 average this season.

#6 Braxton Lee @Brax_Lee went 0-for-4 with a walk, a run, and two strikeouts, and is hitting .332 in the Southern League this season.

#7 Trevor Richards @trvrchrds

#8 Brian Miller @B_Millz05 went 1-for-5 with a run, two RBI, a strikeout, and a .258 average for the season so far with Greensboro.

#9 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3 went 2-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout, and a .320 average.

#10 Kyle Barrett @kbarrett_4 went 1-for-5 with a strikeout and is at .286 with Jacksonville.

#11 Boo Vazquez went 1-for-3 and is hitting .364 since joining the Hammerheads.

#12 Michael King

#13 Sam Perez @SCPerez_

#14 Jeff Brigham @Jbrigs34

#15 Sean Reynolds @Sean___Reynolds went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and an RBI, and is at .313 for GCL.

#16 Cody Poteet @PoTweet_34

#17 Matt Tomshaw @MatthewJTomshaw

#18 Albert Guaimaro @AlbertGuaimaro3 was 1-for-5, one strikeout, .182 for GCL.

#19 John Norwood @Norwood_10

#20 Brian Schales @BrianSchales went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and is at .262 for Jupiter.

#21 Riley Mahan @RizzMahan

#22 Dustin Beggs @dbizzzzle struck out six in five innings, allowing four earned runs on four walks and four hits. Three of them were home runs.

#23 Eliezer Rodriguez

#24 Demetrius Sims @_D1Sims

#25 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7 pitched one inning for the Shrimp, and allowed one hit with one strikeout. He’s at 4.05 for the Jumbo Shrimp.

#26 Mason Davis @_Maeday20 went 3-for-4 and is at .316 for Jupiter.

#27 Shao-pin Ho

#28 Ethan Clark @ethanclark22

#29 Trevor Rogers @T_Raw1691

#30 Joseph Dunand @Joedunand


This Independence Day will feature the DSL Marlins hosting the DSL Braves starting at 10:30AM.

At 4:05, an undetermined pitcher will take the hill for the Hoppers in the opener of their three-game road series with the Hagerstown Suns (47-34).

The Baby Cakes will start a three-game home series against the Omaha Storm Chasers (38-44) starting tonight at 7PM.

At 7:05PM, Trevor Richards (1-0, 3.48) will make his third SL start for the Jumbo Shrimp. They’ll be visiting the Montgomery Biscuits (42-39) in game one of a five-game series.

The Fire Frogs (30-47) will host Ben Meyer (1-0, 0.90) and the Hammerheads in game one of a three-game set.

Also at 7:05PM, the Muckdogs will open a three-game round robin series with the Auburn Doubledays (3-11). Alejandro Mateo (0-0, 3.27) will take the hill for Batavia.


Edinson Volquez turned 34 yesterday, and is the fourth oldest player on the parent club. He’ll start Wednesday night.

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