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 over the last ten games: 5-5
Season record: 29-34
The Cakes have overcome a seven-game losing streak, and are starting to turn things around.
The only ranked position player currently on the Cakes, Magneuris Sierra, continues to mash. In his last ten, Sierra has a .341 average, .413 OBP and a gawdy 1.047 OPS thanks to two homers, four doubles and a triple.
Sandy Alcántara, the Cakes’ top-rated pitching prospect, had a rough outing on Saturday, giving up 5 runs in only 5 2⁄3 innings which are the most runs he has given up in his last ten.
Zac Gallen didn’t fare much better on Friday, having given up 4 runs in 5 innings.
Eric Campbell is red hot again. The 31-year-old third baseman is hitting .400 over his last 10 games, including 15 RBI while striking out only twice in this span. Campbell could be called up later this season, particularly should any of the current Marlins infielders be traded away, which is likely.
Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)
Record over the last ten games: 4-6
Season record: 25-36
The Shrimp come into the week on a four game losing skid, but for Marlins fans, the big news is that Isan Diaz is raking!
Another game, another homer. Watch @Marlins farmhand & Shrimp infielder Peter O'Brien homer for the SIXTH straight game. call by : @Roger_Hoover #JustGettinStarted. @SLeagueBaseball pic.twitter.com/6OboLXQt1p— Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@JaxShrimp) June 12, 2018
Diaz was named the Southern League Player of the Week while hitting .565. When we last looked at the top-ranked infield prospect in the system, Diaz was still hitting below .200. Since 5/30, Diaz is hitting .455 to raise his average to .240 to go along with a .365 season OBP and 5 home runs. Diaz seems to be showing some of the ability that landed him the 2016 Brewers organizational MVP.
On June 1st, the Fish got Peter O’Brien from the Dodgers for cash. He now has 8 hits as a Jumbo Shrimp...and 7 of those hits are home runs, including 6 straight games with a long ball to tie the Southern League record. With Tulsa (Dodgers affiliate) this season, he had 7 home runs out of his 15 hits this season, giving him 15 home runs for the season, and only 24 hits. The down side to this freakish statistic is that he is only batting .153 for the season with 51 strikeouts.
Marlins top prospect Monte Harrison continues his all-or-nothing season, with 17 Ks in his last 32 at-bats while hitting .125 with an OBP of .200. In short, he still needs plenty of seasoning in the minors.
Both O’Brien and Harrison were in the middle of Monday’s crazy comeback.
Single-A (Advanced): Jupiter Hammerheads (@GoHammerheads)
Record over the last ten games: 4-6
Season record: 37-25
Well, it happened: the Hammerheads have fallen out of first place. They’ve come down to Earth while the Palm Beach Cardinals have won 9 out of their last ten.
Jordan Yamamoto continues to do well, tossing 5 shutout innings against Lakewood last week, while fanning six in the process, and things are looking up for the pieces the Fish received in the Yelich trade.
Brian Miller still is extremely consistent at the plate with a .322 average, though has room to improve his game, as he has only walked 13 times this season and only has 11 extra base hits in 233 at bats.
2017 Organizational Player of the Year James Nelson is 6 for his first 18 at-bats since coming off the disabled list (meniscus surgery).
Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)
Record last week: 6-4
Season record: 29-31
2017 first round pick Trevor Rogers has shown flashes, but in Greensboro overall, he’s had a rough four starts in Single-A. The organization assigned him to short-season Batavia, presumably for the rest of the season. The Muckdogs begin their regular season this weekend.
Batters hit .351 against Rogers, and he also had an ERA of 8.78 and WHIP of 1.88.
Colton Hock, the Marlins 24th-ranked prospect, has not given up a run in the past month as a key bullpen arm for the team, spanning 15 1⁄3 innings. In that time, Hock’s earned run average improved from 4.50 to 2.75.