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Marlins Minor League Review: 6/25/18

Zac Gallen shining in Triple-A; Miller and Dunand earn promotions to Double-A.

Photo courtesy of @cakesbaseball/Twitter

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

Record over the last ten games: 6-4

Season record: 36-39


With the José Ureña going to the disabled list with shoulder impingement, and Caleb Smith leaving Sunday’s game with shoulder tightness, it is quite possible we will be seeing one or more call-ups from the Baby Cakes staff.

Om terms of experience, Jarlin García might make sense, and he has given up only one run in his last two starts for New Orleans, but the Marlins want to limit his workload this year, so he might not be the ideal choice.

Dillon Peters has been erratic since being sent down, and just pitched on Sunday, so he may not be getting the call, either.

Ben Meyer was up recently, but was only used out of the pen for the Fish.

Highly regarded pitching prospect Pablo López is only three starts into his triple-A season, so he is unlikely to get the call.

That leaves two of the most anticipated minor league arms as prime candidates: Zac Gallen and Sandy Alcántara. Alcántara, the Marlins’ top-ranked pitching prospect, has been very consistent this season and sports an ERA of 3.71 and WHIP of 1.27 in triple-A this season. He did see time in the bigs last September for the Cardinals. This would be Gallen’s MLB debut, should he get the call. He has a 3.13 season ERA, with 72 Ks in 74.2 innings. It seems like time see one of the Marlins prime hurlers in the bigs. I’m quite excited at the possibility of seeing one of them this month, and I’m sure many Fish fans are as well.

Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)

Record over the last ten games: 4-6

Season record: 29-42


Help arrived for the Shrimp offense this past week. Joe Dunand and Brian Miller got the call last week to double-A. Not only do these two prospects, ranked 16th and 10th, respectively deserve the promotion, but they should provide needed lineup support for Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz, and John Norwood. Nothing much to report so far in terms of Dunand or Miller since their arrival in Jacksonville, but we will keep you posted.

On the mound, Nick Neidert, who headed up the return in the Dee Gordon deal, has been dealing. He has a 3.16 ERA in double-A this season, with a 2.85 ERA over his last ten games with 67 strikeouts in 53.2 innings. He could be looking at a promotion should some of the aforementioned arms in New Orleans get called up to Miami.

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

Record over the last ten games: 5-5

Season record: 42-31


One player of note to talk about with Jupiter this week: right-hander Jordan Yamamoto. It’s hard not to get pumped about how the pitcher acquired from Milwaukee has done since joining the Marlins organization. Just read this excerpt from Luke Halpin about this latest start:

Jordan Yamamoto was dominant for the Hammerheads. Yamamoto pitched seven innings, allowing only two hits and setting a Hammerheads franchise record with 13 strikeouts. He did not allow his first hit until the 5th inning. More impressive was his control. He threw a total of 89 pitches with 64 of them being strikes. Over his last three starts, the Hawaiian native has allowed just two runs in 16 innings while striking out 22 and walking just three. In his five starts this season, the Hammerheads are 4-1.

Exciting indeed, and following Yamomoto on Twitter is also highly recommended.

Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)

Record over the last ten games: 7-3

Season record: 36-36


The Hoppers had their season-long five game winning streak snapped on Sunday, in a 4-2 loss to Kannapolis.

This success can be attributed at least in part to 18-year-old Dominican prospect Jose Devers, who has hit .394 in his last ten games to go along with two doubles and a triple for an OPS of .927. Exciting stuff from this young hitter.

Vincenzo Aiello has not given up a run in the last 19.1 innings in relief this season, and has become a backbone of the Greensboro bullpen.

Class A Short-Season: Batavia Muckdogs (@BataviaMuckdogs)

Record last week: 3-5

Season record: 3-5


Jerar Encarnacion has been the best hitter so far for the Muckdogs. In eight games, the twenty-year old has 10 RBI while hitting .514 with an OPS of 1.226,

The biggest names in terms of prospects at Batavia are both former Mariners: shortstop Christopher Torres (No. 15 prospect) from the Gordon trade and right fielder Brayan Hernandez (No. 18 prospect) acquired in the David Phelps deal.

Nothing much from those two in the short season thus far, but we will report on them as their production increases.

Gulf Coast League: GCL Marlins

Record last week: 3-3

Season record: 3-3

Important step for 2017 12th-rounder Josh Roberson: