Earlier, the Marlins placed RHP Edinson Volquez on the 10-day DL with left-knee tendinitis, and called up RHP Chris O’Grady to the parent club from New Orleans.
The Marlins also signed 2017 draft choices RHP Colton Hock (fourth round), RHP Taylor Braley (sixth round), LHP Dakota Bennett (11th round), C Jan Mercado (13th round), RHP Matt Givin (20th round), and C J.D. Osborne (22nd round). Today’s activity has Miami with their first 26 draft picks under contract.
RHP’s Alberto Guerrero and Miguel De Los Santos were sent from the Batavia Muckdogs to the GCL Marlins.
32nd round pick SS Elliott Barzilli was assigned to the GCL Marlins.
Pacific Coast League
New Orleans Baby Cakes 5, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2
The Cakes (33-54) won the first game of their four-game set with the Oklahoma City Dodgers (48-38), with 6,101 on hand at Shrine on Airline in Metairie, Louisiana. Adam Conley (3-3, 5.68) struck out eight in seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He earned a 64 GameScore, getting 70-of-102 pitches into the strike zone.
Hunter Cervenka struck out one, and Brian Ellington struck out two for his fourth save of the season. Neither pitcher allowed a baserunner in his respective inning of action.
Moises Sierra (10) hit a leadoff homer in the second to open the scoring, then, after a Cal Towey single, Chad Hinshaw followed with a double and K.C. Serna knocked them both in with a triple. Serna scored two batters later on Conley’s perfect sacrifice bunt. The Cakes added a run in the third on another Hinshaw double.
Oklahoma City chipped away with a Drew Maggi (5) homer in the fourth and a Willie Calhoun RBI-double in the sixth, but that’s as close as it would get. Sierra added a single to his homer, while Towey and Tomas Telis each finished with a pair of singles.
Elsewhere in the PCL
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (38-46)
Game four of Jacksonville’s five-game series with the Montgomery Biscuits (44-40) was postponed until tomorrow due to rain. It will be played as part of a seven-inning doubleheader, and I have tickets. I’ll be the guy wearing the vintage J-Suns hat.
Elsewhere in the SL
Jackson Generals 9, Birmingham Barons 6
Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Tennessee Smokies 1
Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Biloxi Shuckers 1
Mississippi Braves 11, Mobile BayBears 3
Florida State League
Jupiter Hammerheads 1, St. Lucie Mets 3
St. Lucie defeated the Hammerheads for just the second time in seven tries against Jupiter this season, 3-1 in front of 3,364 at Roger Dean Stadium. Undoubtedly, there were a fair share of rubberneckers who were in-house simply because Tim Tebow was playing.
James Needy (2-2, 1.52) took the loss but continues to pitch well, with six whiffs over 6 2⁄3 innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks, posting a 58 GameScore and plating 63-of-97 pitches. Jorgan Cavanerio gave up a run in 2 1⁄3 innings of relief.
The game was locked at zero through four innings, when the Mets scored a run in the top of the fifth on a John Mora double play ball. St. Lucie added a run in the sixth on Peter Alonso’s RBI-single.
Dustin Geiger hit an RBI-groundout in the bottom of the frame, but the Mets came back to score another one, on consecutive eighth-inning doubles by Jhoan Arena and Peter Alonso.
John Silviano was the only Hammerhead to finish the game with more than one hit, with a pair of triples. Mason Davis, Angel Reyes, Boo Vazquez, Stone Garrett, Brian Schales, and Gunner Pollman all got a single each.
Elsewhere in the FSL
Dunedin Blue Jays 12, Clearwater Threshers 2
Bradenton Marauders 6, Tampa Yankees 5
Charlotte Stone Crabs 8, Florida Fire Frogs 2 (suspended, rain, 3)
Lakeland Flying Tigers 9, Daytona Tortugas 3
Fort Myers 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5
South Atlantic League
Greensboro Grasshoppers 8, Lakewood Blue Claws 5
The Greensboro Grasshoppers (44-38) topped the Lakewood Blue Claws (46-40), 8-5 in front of 5,685 at First National Bank Field.
Kolton Mahoney allowed five runs in five innings, but only one earned. He collected seven strikeouts and allowed seven hit with one walk. Michael Mertz (4-1, 2.03) earned the victory, striking out four three innings, giving up one hit. Miguel Del Pozo earned his first save with the team, striking out three in the ninth.
The Blue Claws cracked the seal on the scoreboard in the second, on a David Martinelli RBI-single, but Greensboro answered in the third on a James Nelson RBI-groundout. Lakewood took a commanding lead in the fifth inning, scoring on a Juan Luis (2) solo homer and a Darick Hall (16) three-run shot.
The Hoppers trimmed the lead to three runs in the sixth, with Colby Lusignan’s ninth homer of the season to make the score 5-2. They batted around in the eighth, with Luis Pintor opening and closing the inning with an out. Between that, Aaron Knapp drew a walk, Brian Miller clubbed a double, Corey Bird hit an RBI-single, Miller scored on a wild pitch, Nelson drew a walk, Lusignan hit an RBI-double, Dalton Wheat hit a two-RBI-single, Justin Twine hit into a fielder’s choice, and Jarrett Rindfleisch hit an RBI-single.
Miller finished with two singles, a walk, a run, and a double. Bird collected two singles, and Lusignan had a pair of RBI on a double and a homer. Knapp was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and his 22nd stolen base of the campaign.
Elsewhere in the SAL
Hickory Crawdads 8, Delmarva Shorebirds 2
West Virginia Power 3, Rome Braves 2 (15)
Asheville Tourists 7, Augusta GreenJackets 2
Charleston RiverDogs 7, Columbia Fireflies 1
Lexington Legends 5, Greenville Drive 2 (8)
Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Hagerstown Suns 5 (7)
New York-Penn League
Batavia Muckdogs 7, West Virginia Black Bears 4
The Black Bears (11-7) were surprised with 1,953 present at Monongalia County Ballpark by the Muckdogs (8-10), who orchestrated a 7-4 road win.
Sam Perez (1-0, 1.71) finally earned a win in his fourth try, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four.
Batavia scored first when Thomas Jones scored from third on a throwing error by the opposing catcher, then followed with a Jhonny Santos RBI-single and a Tyler Curtis RBI-single. The Black Bears came back with a pair of runs on a Chris Sharpe single in the second inning to make it 3-2 Muckdogs.
In the fifth, Batavia scored runs on a Santos double, a Ben Fisher double, and a Harrison White bases loaded walk to make it 6-2. West Virginia whittled away at the lead with a run each over the next two innings, on a solo homer by Raul Siri (1) in the sixth and a Jose Barraza RBI-double in the seventh. Batavia came back with an insurance run in the eighth on a Thomas Jones bunt-infield-home-run (aided by two defensive errors on the play).
Samuel Castro hit three singles and stole his fourth base of the year. Santos had two doubles, while Jones and Fisher had a single and a double each,
Elsewhere in the NYPL
Lowell Spinners 11, Connecticut Tigers 4
Staten Island Yankees 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 3
State College Spikes 6, Auburn Doubledays 1
Vermont Lake Monsters 1, Hudson Valley Renegades 0 (15)
Williamsport Crosscutters 7, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3
Tri-City Valleycats 2, Aberdeen Ironbirds 1
Gulf Coast League
GCL Marlins 10, GCL Astros 1
The rookie-level Marlins (6-4) blitzed the GCL Astros (4-6) by a 10-1 final early in the afternoon at Osceola County Stadium. Cody Poteet gave up one hit and zero walks in four innings of work, striking out two. Miguel De Los Santos (1-0, 2.89) earned the win, allowing one hit in 3 2⁄3 innings with two strikeouts, and Bryce Howe threw 1 1⁄3 innings of shutout ball, also striking out two.
The Marlins came out hot. Demetrius Sims reached on a fielding error to lead off the first. It was a harbinger of things to come for the Astros, who committed five errors in total for the game. After Justin Cohen popped out and Isaac Galloway whiffed, Trenton Hill drew a walk, Michael Hernandez reached on an error while Sims crossed the plate, Sean Reynolds hit a two-RBI-single, Denis Karas reached on an error, and Michael Donadio reached on another error while Reynolds and Karas scored for a 5-0 Marlins lead.
The Astros avoided getting shutout with a run in the third, on an Alfredo Angarita RBI-groundout. The Marlins added three more runs in the fourth to make it 8-1, on an Elliott Barzilli homer (1), a Hill RBI-double, and a Hernandez RBI-single. They also scored in the sixth on a Hill sacrifice fly in the sixth and a Barzilli RBI-double in the seventh.
Barzilli came a triple shy of the cycle in his first professional game, collecting a pair of RBI in the process. Hill and Karas each hit a single and a double.
Elsewhere in the GCL
Dominican Summer League
DSL Marlins 9, DSL Rays1 4
Yoilan Quinonez struck out three in two shutout innings in his first professional appearance, then Winston Mora went 4 1⁄3 frames, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, striking out three. Joseph Gilma was the only Marlins’ player to finish with more than one hit, with two singles and two RBI. Christoper Rodriguez hit a single and earned three RBI in the contest.
Elsewhere in the DSL
Padres 17, White Sox 3
Rockies 1, Phillies Red 0
Red Sox 3, Royals 2 (11)
Indians/Brewers 9, Astros Orange 8 (12)
Dodgers1 14, Athletics 8
Astros Blue 13, Braves 0
Mets2 3, Brewers 2
Cardinals 7, Nationals 6 (10)
Cubs1 7, Pirates 6
Tigers 7, D-backs2 5
Rangers1 13, Dodgers2 2
Giants 10, Reds 8
Rays2 3, Indians 2 (11)
Mariners 10, D-backs 3
Mets1 4, Yankees 1
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2
White Sox 4, Padres 2 (7)
Phillies Red 3, Rockies 1 (7)
Rangers2 9, Phillies White 6
Cubs2 7, Rojos 3
Royals 4, Red Sox 3 (7)
Twins 11, Angels 3
Marlins’ Minor Leaguers of the Day
Adam Conley posted an in-game WHIP of 1.000, striking out eight in seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits.
Elliott Barzilli hit a single, a double, and a homer, with two RBI in his first professional action as the GCL Marlins topped the GCL Astros, 10-1.
Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch (dynamic tracker)
#1 James Nelson @WoahitsNelly went 0-for-three with a walk, a run, an RBI, and as strikeout. He’s still hitting .314 for Greensboro.
#2 Trevor Richards @trvrchrds
#3 Braxton Lee @Brax_Lee
#4 Brian Anderson @AndersonBrian01
#5 Dillon Peters @dillypickz
#6 Mike Kickham @MikeKickham4
#7 Drew Steckenrider @asteckenrider20
#8 Boo Vazquez is hitting .368 with the Hammerheads. He went 1-for-4 today.
#9 Brian Miller @B_Millz05 went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a double. He’s at .333 for the Grasshoppers.
#10 Jeff Brigham @Jbrigs34
#11 Austin Dean @AustinDean_3
#12 Michael King
#13 Trevor Rogers
#14 Shao-pin Ho
#15 John Norwood @Norwood_10
#16 Sam Perez @SCPerez_
#17 Kyle Barrett @kbarrett_4
#18 Cameron Baranek @CameronB25
#19 Ethan Clark @ethanclark22
#20 Joe Dunand @joedunand
#21 Riley Mahan @RizzMahan
#22 Sean Reynolds @Sean___Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI, with a strikeout.
#23 Cody Poteet @PoTweet_34 pitched four innings, allowing one run on one hit while striking out two.
#24 Brian Schales @BrianSchales went 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s at .262 for Jupiter.
#25 Mason Davis @_Maeday20 went 1-for-4. He’s at .290 for Jupiter.
#26 Braxton Garrett
#27 Ben Meyer @BenMeyer28
#28 Demetrius Sims @_D1Sims went 1-for-5 with a walk, a run, a double, and two whiffs. He’s at .292 for GCL.
#29 Dustin Beggs @dbizzzzle
#30 Tayron Guerrero @TyronGuerrero7
At 10AM, the GCL Marlins will visit the GCL Nationals (6-3).
At 10:30AM, the DSL Marlins will host the DSL Royals (15-15)
Beginning at 5PM, the Baby Cakes will host a pair of games against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. New Orleans’ pitchers are yet TBD.
At 5:30PM, the Hammerheads will face the Mets in game two of their three-game series. James Buckelew (0-1, 0.95) will start for Jupiter.
Matt Tomshaw (8-4, 3.43) will take the hill in the first game of Jacksonville’s doubleheader against Oklahoma City, starting at 6:05PM.
Starting at 7PM, the Grasshoppers will play Ethan Clark (0-0, 1.93) versus the Blue Claws.
At 7:05PM, the Black Bears will host the Muckdogs in game two of their three-game series.
GCL Marlins’ pitcher Doug Domnarski turns 23 on Saturday.
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