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Marlins Minor League Recap 5/7/18

A nice roster in New Orleans, and a heck of a debut for a Grasshopper.

Greensboro outfielder Thomas Jones
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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.

Triple-A: New Orleans Baby Cakes (@cakesbaseball)

Record last week: 5-1

Season record: 15-15


The Baby Cakes had an outstanding week, which should come as no surprise when you look at their roster. They are packed with solid pitching prospects and/or pitchers who have recent pitched with the Marlins. Additionally, JT Riddle has been added as an anchor to the infield.

Magneuris Sierra has continued to hit well, and has been hitting .300 over his last 10 games. He looks confident at the plate, and could be a candidate for a call up sometime this season, particularly if an injury hits the Marlins, or if Lewis Brinson doesn’t heat up.

JT Riddle has come off the DL and has helped the with Cakes recent success. Since being activated on April 24th, Riddle has hit .405 with a dinger and 9 RBI in ten games.

Veteran third baseman Eric Campbell has also hit .405 over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

Sandy Alcántara had a nice bounce back performance this week, going 7 innings while giving up only 1 run while striking out 5.

Adam Conley had another excellent outing, going 8 innings while giving up only 2 runs.

Trevor Richards has had two solid outings since being sent down, including his first win of the season.

Zac Gallen tossed 7 shut out innings, while Ben Meyer also continues to impress.

Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)

Record last week: 1-5

Season record: 12-17


The Shrimp had a bad week, however, a few of the team’s highest rated prospects (particularly Monte Harrison) continued to do well.

Monte Harrison went 10-for-26 (.385 BA) this week with another home run to continue his red hot hitting. We could definitely be looking at a promotion to New Orleans for the Marlins No. 1 minor leaguer.

Pablo Lopez, tossed another five shutout innings this week.

Nick Neidert, had another solid outing, allowing only two runs in seven innings.

Isan Diaz has cooled off and is now 2 for his last 28 at bats (.071 BA).

Single-A (Advanced): Jupiter Hammerheads (@GoHammerheads)

Record last week: 3-4

Season record: 21-10


The Hammerheads have come back down to Earth, but still have the best record in the Florida State League. This is largely due to the three best hitting prospects on team (Joe Dunand, Brian Miller and Riley Mahan) reverting to the mean, so to speak, and having average weeks at the plate. Stone Garrett has been ice cold, hitting .083 over his last 10 games.

Jorge Guzman, the biggest piece of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, had control issues in his second appearance of the season, walking 4 and giving up 3 hits in three innings of work this week.

Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)

Record last week: 2-5

Season record: 15-14


Lipscomb product Brady Puckett continue to shine as the staff ace. Puckett had a hard luck loss this week after giving up only one run in 7 23 innings while walking 1 and striking out 7.

Remarkably, Puckett has only walked 4 batters all season in 39 23 innings, while striking out 37. No surprise then that his WHIP is only 1.06 this season.

RHP Brady Puckett
Photo by Greensboro News & Record

Thomas Jones, a 20-year-old third round pick in the 2016 draft, started his season on May 2nd and has had an immediate impact. In 24 at bats he has 8 hits and FOUR home runs, seven RBI and a stolen base. If the outfielder can keep up anything like this pace, he is sure to move up in the system this year.