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Hammerheads Win Ninth Straight, Muckdogs and GCL Marlins Win

Fish Farm Report: August 1st

The Shrimp activated RHP Clayton Mortensen from the seven-day DL.

Triple-A

Pacific Coast League

New Orleans Baby Cakes 0, Sacramento RiverCats 6

The RiverCats (47-62) defeated the Baby Cakes (40-69), 6-0 in front of 5,503 at Raley Field. It was New Orleans’ eighth loss in a row.

William Cuevas (1-4, 4.50) started and lost, surrendering four earned runs in as many innings on five hits and two walks. He struck out a pair.

Brandon Barnes led New Orleans’ offense with a single and a double.

Double-A

Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1, Biloxi Shuckers 3

Dillon Peters (2-2, 2.35) started and lost, giving up two earned runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out seven Shuckers (53-54) over six innings with 1,864 in attendance at MGM Park.

Andy Beltre came on and allowed a hit and a walk for a run in two innings, striking out two. John Norwood hit an RBI-single for Jacksonville (48-60).

High-A

Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2

The Hammerheads (56-49) scored a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Flying Tigers (45-55).

The Tigers took an early lead, scoring on a Blaise Salter RBI-groundout and a Josh Lester sacrifice fly in the first inning. Jupiter scored on a Boo Vazquez RBI-single in the fourth, a Arvicent Perez passed ball in the seventh, and a Stone Garrett walkoff RBI-single in the ninth.

Vazquez finished with two singles, and Pablo Lopez pitched seven innings, getting no-decision and surrendering two earned runs on five hits and a walk, striking out two. Ryan Beckman (3-1, 1.11) earned the victory, striking out three in two shutout innings.

Jupiter Hammerheads 5, Lakeland Flying Tigers 1

The Hammerheads (57-49) won their ninth game in a row in the bottom half of the doubleheader, defeating the Flying Tigers, 5-1 with 1,299 at Roger Dean Stadium.

James Buckelew gave up one unearned run in four innings, on three hits and two walks while striking out one. Jordan Cavanerio (4-2, 2.70) earned the victory with two hitless innings of relief. Marcus Crescentini struck out the side in the seventh.

Colby Lusignan hit a double and a homer for two RBI, Stone Garrett hit a single and a double, and Mason Davis hit an RBI-double against the Tigers (45-56).

Single-A

South Atlantic League

Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Lakewood Blue Claws 11

The Hoppers (56-48) were trounced by Lakewood (56-52) with 3,679 in attendance at First National Bank Field.

Brandon Miller (0-1, 5.40) lost despite a “quality start,” allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits and zero walks in six innings, striking out five. Chad Smith surrendered six runs in 1 23 innings of relief.

Short-A

New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 4, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2

The Muckdogs (14-26) defeated the Scrappers (25-16) in front of 3,383 at Eastwood Field.

Sean Guenther struck out four in four shutout innings, giving up three hits. Edward Cabrera (1-3, 6.31) struck out two in an inning of work for the win. Vincenzo Aiello whiffed a pair in two perfect innings for his first save.

Rookie

Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 8, GCL Astros 3

The Marlins (15-15) hosted and beat the Astros (16-13), 8-3 at Roger Dean Stadium.

Alberto Guerrero (1-1, 1.83) earned the win despite giving up three earned runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, with four strikeouts. Dylan Cyphert, Blake Anderson, and Doug Donmarski pitched four combined shutout innings in relief, striking out four batters and giving up just one hit.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Marlins 2, Astros Blue 3

The Astros Blue (26-21) defeated the Marlins (25-23) by a 3-2 final on Tuesday morning.

Daniel Paulino hit a double and a pair of singles to lead the Marlins. Juan Borges (1-1, 2.03) took the loss despite striking out four in two innings. He allowed one run on two hits and two walks.

Fish Stripes Top 30 Prospect Watch

#1 Trevor Rogers

#2 Braxton Garrett

#3 Brian Anderson

#4 Dillon Peters started and lost for Jacksonville, pitching six innings and striking out seven. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. He has a 2.35 ERA.

#5 Tyler Kolek

#6 Merandy Gonzalez

#7 Brian Miller led off for Greensboro and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts to lower his average to .315.

#8 Brayan Hernandez

#9 James Nelson batted third for the Hoppers and went 0-for-4 to drop to .298.

#10 Drew Steckenrider pitched an inning for the Marlins and allowed one hit while striking out two. He’s tracking at a 3.18 ERA.

#11 Jeff Brigham

#12 Cody Poteet

#13 Colton Hock

#14 Thomas Jones led off for Batavia and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts to drop to .191.

#15 Joe Dunand

#16 Riley Mahan

#17 Ryan Lillie

#18 Sam Perez

#19 Trevor Richards

#20 Brandon Miller started for Greensboro and lost, allowing three runs on six hits and zero walks in six innings. Only one of the runs was earned, and he struck out five. His ERA sits at 5.40.

#21 Edward Cabrera won for the Muckdogs in relief, pitching a perfect inning and striking out two to lower his ERA to 6.31.

#22 Sean Reynolds batted fifth for GCL and went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk and two strikeouts. He lowered his average to .259 for the season.

#23 Pablo Lopez started game one for Jupiter and pitched seven innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two. He’s at 2.77 for the season.

#24 Ricardo Cespedes

#25 Isael Soto

#26 John Norwood batted cleanup for the Shrimp and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a whiff to drop to .278.

#27 Austin Dean batted second for Jacksonville and went 1-for-4 with a run to drop to .298.

#28 Ynmanol Marinez

#29 Albert Guaimaro batted second for GCL and went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a double. He’s hitting .217.

#30 Stone Garrett batted fifth in both games for the Hammerheads and went 3-for-7 with a run, a double, two RBI and a strikeout to raise his average to .208.

Fish Stripes 10

The top 10 players (by user vote) not already represented in the “official” Top 30 prospects:

#1 Merandy Gonzalez

#2 Ben Meyer

#3 Braxton Lee led off for the Shrimp and struck out twice in four at bats to drop to .314.

#4 Ethan Clark

#5 Bryce Howe

#6 Mike Kickham

#7 Michael King

#8 Cameron Baranek batted third for GCL and went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts to drop to .261 for the season.

#9 Boo Vazquez batted sixth for Jupiter and went 2-for-4 with an RBI to raise his average to .311.

#10 Shao-Pin Ho

Later

At 10:00AM, the GCL Marlins will host the GCL Nationals (19-9).

At 10:30AM, the DSL Marlins and the DSL Dodgers1 (30-17) will play a seven-inning doubleheader.

The Grasshoppers will host the BlueClaws at noon. Kolton Mahoney (3-4, 3.48) will get the start.

At 7:05PM, the Muckdogs will take on the Williamsport Crosscutters (22-17). Alejandro Mateo (1-1, 3.16) will start.

Joe Gunkel (3-6, 4.56) will start for the Jumbo Shrimp against the Shuckers at 7:35PM.

Birthdays

Elkin Alcala turns 20 today with the DSL Marlins, Evan Beal with the Jupiter Hammerheads turns 24, and Kenny Koplove of the Muckdogs also turns 24.

Minor League History

(courtesy of milb.com)

The Tennessee Smokies Tyler Colvin collected hits in 11 straight at bats on this date in 2009.

Vote in the poll below if you think a player is too low or too high. It currently runs 238 Marlins deep, and is updated at least daily as players enter or leave the system. Players who are no longer considered “prospects” are not included.