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Batavia Pitches Combined Four-Hitter, Meyer Strikes Out Eight

Fish Farm Report for August 9th

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Miami signed LHP Carlos Diaz to a minor league deal, and sent him to the GCL Marlins.

The Shrimp sent RHP Patrick Johnson to the GCL Marlins on a rehab assignment.

The GCL Marlins also placed RHP Brandon Boone on the 60-day DL.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 2, Albuquerque Isotopes 5

The Isotopes orchestrated a 5-2, come-from-behind win over the Baby Cakes in front of 4,965 at Shrine on Airline.

Tom Koehler was solid in his start, striking out seven and allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk. Victor Payano pitched a scoreless seventh. Tayron Guerrero (0-2, 9.45) lost by surrendering four earned runs in 1 23 innings, on three hits and two walks. He struck out two.

The Baby Cakes (45-71), who were going for their sixth win in a row, took an early lead on a Chris Parmelee (6) two-run homer in the first inning. The score remained until Ryan McMahon hit an RBI-single for the Isotopes in the fifth. Albuquerque (58-59) scored four times in the top of the ninth on a Noel Cuevas RBI-single and a Cristhian Adames bases-loaded-triple.

Brandon Barnes led the Cakes offense with a pair of singles.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (52-62)

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1 (suspended, rain, 6)

Jupiter (58-54) and Charlotte (54-58) played to a 1-1 tie into the top of the seventh inning before getting halted by rain on Wednesday. Ben Meyer pitched six innings for the Sharks, striking out eight and allowing one earned run on four singles and a walk. Colby Lusignan hit an RBI-double, and Corey Bird hit a double and scored a run with 714 in the house at Charlotte Sports Park.

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 1, Hickory Crawdads 8

The Crawdads (53-63) outhit the Hoppers, 19-to-10 in an 8-1 nine-inning win with 1,625 present at L.P. Frans Stadium.

Michael King (9-7, 3.25) surrendered five runs in four innings, on 12 hits and two walks before getting lifted for Michael Mertz, who allowed four hits and a walk in 2 13 innings, for three runs. Jared Lakind pitched 1 13 scoreless innings, but allowed three hits.

Rony Cabrera hit a single and a double, while Jarett Rindfleisch, Brian Miller, and Trenton Hill each hit a pair of singles. Rindfleisch collected the only Greensboro (60-52) RBI for the game.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 5, Vermont Lake Monsters 0

Three Batavia (17-30) pitchers combined to shut out Vermont on four hits on Wednesday evening, with 1,867 present at Centennial Field.

Alejandro Mateo (2-1, 2.57) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings, Travis Neubeck struck two out in a perfect relief inning, and Brett Wheatley walked two and whiffed two in two hitless innings.

In the third inning, Terry Bennett hit a two-RBI triple to start the scoring. The difference remained two runs until the seventh, when Marcos Rivera (3) hit a two run homer and Thomas Jones later crossed the plate on a Branden Kelliher wild pitch.

Bennett added a single to his triple, Lazaro Alonso and Mathew Brooks hit doubles, and every player but one finished with at least one hit as the Muckdogs outhit the Monsters (26-23), 9-to-4.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 3, GCL Cardinals 12

Patrick Johnson (0-1, 27.00) got one out in his start, and took the loss to the Cardinals (18-18) by allowing one run on one hit and one walk. Evan Estes struck out five in two frames, and Elkin Alcala whiffed one in 2 23 perfect innings at Roger Dean Stadium early Wednesday afternoon.

Yeral Encarnación hit a single and a double, Justin Cohen hit two singles, and J.D. Osborne and Denis Karas each finished with a single to comprise all of the junior Marlins (17-20) hits for the day.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson went 1-for-4 to drop to .321 for the Cakes. He batted fourth.

#4 Dillon Peters

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Merandy Gonzalez

#7 Brian Miller led off for Greensboro and went 2-for-5 with a run and a whiff, improving to .313.

#8 Brayan Hernandez

#9 James Nelson

#10 Drew Steckenrider

#11 Jeff Brigham

#12 Cody Poteet

#13 Colton Hock

#14 Thomas Jones batted second for Batavia and went 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs, and a strikeout to improve to .205.

#15 Joe Dunand

#16 Riley Mahan

#17 Ryan Lillie

#18 Sam Perez

#19 Trevor Richards

#20 Brandon Miller

#21 Edward Cabrera

#22 Sean Reynolds

#23 Pablo Lopez

#24 Ricardo Cespedes

#25 Isael Soto

#26 John Norwood

#27 Austin Dean

#28 Ynmanol Marinez

#29 Albert Guaimaro batted cleanup for GCL and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run to drop to .232.

#30 Stone Garrett

Fish Stripes 20

The top 20 players (by user vote) not already represented in the “official” Top 30 prospects:

#1 Braxton Lee

#2 Ben Meyer struck out eight in six innings, earning a 71 GameScore for Jupiter by allowing one walk and four hits for one earned run.

#3 Bryce Howe

#4 Michael King started and lost for Greensboro, allowing 12 hits and a walk over four innings for five runs. He struck out two and increased his ERA to 3.25.

#5 Ethan Clark

#6 Mike Kickham

#7 Kyle Keller

#8 Boo Vazquez batted fifth for the Hammerheads and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop to .286.

#9 Shao-pin Ho

#10 Colby Lusignan went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk, and an RBI to improve to .391 batting third for Jupiter.

#11 Gerardo Nunez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout to drop to .311 batting ninth for GCL.

#12 Jeff Kinley

#13 Ben Holmes

#14 Chris Mazza

#15 Tayron Guerrero earned the loss for New Orleans, allowing four earned runs in 1 23 innings on three hits and two walks. His ERA ballooned to 9.45. He struck out two.

#16 Matt Givin

#17 Karl Craigie pitched 1 23 innings and allowed two runs (one earned on three hits and a walk, striking out three and raising his ERA to 7.36.

#18 Sean Guenther

#19 Cameron Baranek went 0-for-4 with a strikeout to drop to .243 batting third for GCL.

#20 Harrison White

Later

10:30AM - The DSL Rays1 (18-35) host the DSL Marlins (28-25).

Noon - The GCL Mets (12-23) host the GCL Marlins (17-20).

4:30PM - Jupiter will host a pair of games against the Florida Fire Frogs (39-68). Cody Poteet (3-4, 3.70) and James Buckelew (1-3, 2.03) will start for the Hammerheads.

7:05PM - The Kannapolis Intimidators (58-55) will host the Grasshoppers (60-52). Greensboro’s starter hasn’t yet been publicized.

7:05PM - Ryan Lillie (0-3, 3.20) will start for the Muckdogs opposite the Vermont Lake Monsters.

7:05PM - The Jumbo Shrimp will host the Mississippi Braves (46-67). Chris Mazza (2-7, 2.97) will start.

8:00PM - The Baby Cakes will host the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Birthdays

Miami’s 2015 second round pick Brett Lilek turns 24 today. Originally from Hazel Crest, Illinois, the lefty starter hasn’t appeared since the last day of May, 2016. In parts of two minor league seasons between Batavia and Greensboro, he’s 1-3 with a 3.88 ERA, a 1.41 WHIP, and 56 whiffs in 51 innings.

Minor League History

Courtesy of MILB.COM:

On this date in 1974 - At age 14, shortstop Jorge Lebron made history when he took the field for Auburn (Philles), becoming the youngest professional baseball player ever. After three games, Lebron returned to Puerto Rico to finish junior high school.

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