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5 Marlins prospects named to Florida State League All-Star roster

High-A Jupiter has been the best Marlins affiliate in 2018, and their most consistent players are getting some well-deserved recognition.

Outfielder Brian Miller leads the FSL in stolen bases this season.
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With a 33-19 record, the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads rank among the most successful teams in all of minor league baseball this season. They wouldn’t be where they are without extraordinary individual performances.

On Friday, the Florida State League revealed the 2018 roster for its All-Star Game in Tampa coming up on June 16. Five Marlins prospects made the cut with further additions still possible in case of injury or promotion:

Closer Lukas Schiraldi has more than earned his roster spot on this year’s all-star squad. The former 15th round pick has allowed just one earned run in 20 23 innings pitched and leads the Florida State league with nine saves. He has limited the opposition to just a .155 batting average against and has a WHIP of 0.87.

Outfielder Brian Miller ranks sixth in the FSL and second among outfielders with a .328 batting average. He was named an Organization All-Star following the 2017 season after a promising first season in the minors. He leads the Hammerheads in batting average, at bats and on-base-percentage. His 18 stolen bases are tops in the Florida State League.

Out of the bullpen, Dylan Lee has allowed just two runs in 24 23 innings. His five wins are tied for the most in the Florida State League and 17 appearances tied for third in the league. The former 10th round pick has a 0.97 WHIP and a .180 batting average against.

Although starter Robert Dugger has been called up to Double-A Jacksonville, he was still named to the FSL All-Star Game. The 22-year-old went 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his seven starts with Jupiter. In his final four starts with the Hammerheads, the former 18th round pick was 1-0 and allowed just two earned runs in 24 23 innings.

Behind the plate, Jarrett Rindfleisch was the final Hammerhead player selected. Through 13 games, the ninth round pick is hitting .290 in his first year at Jupiter. He has made just one error. Unfortunately, Rindfleisch had season-ending surgery and will not be making the trip to Tampa.

Miller arguably has the most major league potential of this group. He’s the 10th-ranked prospect in the Marlins farm system, according to MLB Pipeline.

Other highly regarded minor leaguers on Jupiter’s roster Jorge Guzman (No. 3) and Jordan Yamamoto (No. 20) missed the opening weeks of the regular season. Reigning Organizational Player of the Year James Nelson (No. 9) is expected to finally join the Hammerheads in the next few days after recovering from knee surgery. At close to full strength, this team is absolutely stacked.

Of the five All-Stars, Schiraldi is the oldest at age 24. All the others are younger than the FSL average, so it’s not as if they’re taking advantage of less developed competition.

Leading Jupiter in extra-base hits and runs batted in, shortstop Joe Dunand is a curious snub. Most likely, voters soured on him because of his early-May slump.

Anyway, congrats to everybody involved with the first-place Hammerheads.