Every week we will give a brief recap of each of the past week’s action for each Marlins farm affiliate, focusing on the top prospects (per MLB Pipeline) and whoever else may be making an impact or turning heads.
Beginning this season, Pipeline makes it easy for you to monitor the recent performances of those top prospects.
All stats updated through May 13.
Triple-A: New Orleans Baby Cakes (@cakesbaseball)
Record last week: 4-3
Season record: 19-18
JT Riddle has continued to burn up triple-A. In eleven games he has hit .444 with 2 HR, 14 RBI and an OPS of 1.136. The 26-year old Kentucky product is likely to be the preferred shortstop for the Marlins this year over Miguel Rojas as Riddle is more the prospect. He certainly could be called up in upcoming weeks should any injuries crop up with the big club.
Ben Meyer, who is not on the Marlins Top 30 prospect list, has exceeded expectations this season in Triple-A. He is also a good candidate for a call-up sometime this season, particularly given the uncertain status of any of their starting pitchers be it due to inexperience or injury history.
Specific to Meyer’s success this season is his increased fastball over the off season while consistently throwing strikes.
Austin Dean has been one of the few bright spots lately. He has had a tremendous April with the Jumbo Shrimp, and that hot hitting has carried over to the Pacific Coast League through the first part of May.
Chad Wallach had 4 RBI on Sunday in a Cakes win. To put that in perspective, he has only 2 RBI total in 15 career major league games.
Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)
Record last week: 2-5
Season record: 14-22
Jacksonville continues to slump, having lost 10 of their last 12 games. The chief reason is a lack of offense. The Shrimp are averaging just under 3 runs per game during this stretch.
Their biggest prospects are among the reasons for this. Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz and John Norwood have all slumped lately, hitting a combined .192 over their last ten games. (Thankfully, both Harrison and Diaz homered on Monday night.)
Single-A (Advanced): Jupiter Hammerheads (@GoHammerheads)
Record last week: 2-3
Season record: 23-13
Brian Miller has continued to shine in many aspects of the game. In his last ten he has hit .324 with 7 RBI and 5 stolen bases. With 12 stolen bases over 33 games he has shown an ability to be an offensive spark while manning center field for Jupiter.
Jorge Guzman continues to have control issues despite his 100+ mph fastball. He only gave up 1 run in 4 innings, but walked 3 more and has walked 10 batters overall in his first 11 innings of the season.
Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)
Record last week: 1-4
Season record: 16-18
Not a great stretch for Hoppers pitching prospects Colton Hock and Edward Cabrera. Hock, a RHP out of Stanford, tossed one inning on Friday and gave up 5 runs; while on Sunday, Cabrera threw four innings and gave up 6 runs on 9 hits.
Thomas Jones had one homer this past week after going deep four times the previous week. No one else really stood out at the bat this past week, and the Hoppers’ recent record reflects that.