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: 3-7
Season record: 26-30
The Cakes have overcome a seven game losing streak, and are starting to turn things around.
The Marlins’ second-ranked position prospect, Magneuris Sierra, has been showing off lately. In his last ten games, the speedy outfielder has 12 hits (including a homer) and 7 runs to sport a .308 average and .357 OBP. Getting on base and stealing bases can be a crucial part of Sierra’s game, so the more he gets on the better. He still has to be more consistent at the plate and a key aspect of this is to move his BB/K ratio, which currently stands at 8/47 for the season.
Sandy Alcántara, the Cakes’ top-rated pitching prospect, has settled in to a fairly consistent starter. In ten starts this season, he has a 3.43 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. He has stuck out 43 in 60 1⁄3 innings, and importantly, he has started to walk fewer batters: only 5 over his last 5 starts. Unsurprisingly he has gone at least 7 innings in 4 of those 5 starts. Alcantara may be getting called up soon based on his improvement and the shakiness of several of the Marlins starters, though one would assume Trevor Richards would have the inside track based on having already cracked the big league roster earlier this season. Richards has also a 2.06 ERA in triple-A this season, and has been consistently excellent for New Orleans since being sent back down.
Tomás Telis continues to hit for a very high average in Triple-A, and though the Fish don’t need another first basman, his .351/.394/.786 is impressive, though having hit only one long ball this season is sub-optimal.
Eric Campbell has hit his first real cold streak of the season and is hitting only .156 over his last 10 games.
Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)
Record over the last ten games: 6-4
Season record: 22-31
Marlins top prospect Monte Harrison continues to strike out at a very high rate and personifies his stat line for the season: at .241 average with 7 homers and 13 RBI. A little too “all or nothing” still, but he has been a little more consistent in terms of getting base hits.
Isan Diaz is still hitting below the Mendoza line (.199), though did have a home run this past week.
Outfielder John Norwood has cut down on the strikeouts lately and is hitting .286 over his last ten games.
Single-A (Advanced): Jupiter Hammerheads (@GoHammerheads)
Record over the last ten games: 6-4
Season record: 34-20
The shining star of the Fish Farm, Jupiter has the best overall record in the Florida State League.
The organizational debut of Jordan Yamamoto highlighted the last ten days for the Hammerheads. Part of the Yelich trade, the righty has had two starts and has gone 11 2⁄3 frames, given up 8 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks and 11 K. Encouraging so far for the Mralins’ 20th ranked prospect.
Though only hitting .162 over his last ten games, Joe Dunand has continued to be productive with a homer and 7 RBIs over that time frame. His gawdy season numbers include 7 home runs and 41 RBI to date for A-Rod’s nephew.
Brian Miller continues to rake and has hit .353 with a .903 OPS and five stolen bases over his last 10 games. Miller is currently ranked 10th in the Marlins system by MLB Pipeline, and his stock should only continue to rise.
Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)
Record last week: 5-5
Season record: 25-28
The biggest news—as detailed earlier in the week—was the debut of the Marlins first round pick, LHP Trevor Rogers. Since that article, Rogers had another outing where he flashed the outstanding ability that made him such a high draft pick.
#Marlins 1st RD'er in 2017 #MLBDraft LHP Trevor Rogers. FB 90-94, free/easy, extra-projectable velo, future 93-96 guy w/ strength gains. CH 84-85 has separation/fade, showing feel; 80-82 SL to LHH w/ long sweep tilt. #JuntosMiami @fishstripes @marlinsminors pic.twitter.com/a6r9QOAaKc— Adam McInturff (@2080adam) June 2, 2018
Colton Hock, the Marlins 24th ranked prospect, has not given up a run in his past five relief outings.
Edward Cabrera has a hard luck 1-5 record, though the Dominican righty and 11th ranked prospect has had a solid season, with an ERA of 3.91 and a WHIP of 1.31. He has lacked swing-and-miss stuff so far, with only 27 K in 45 2⁄3 innings.
Micah Brown hasn’t hit for average, but does leads the Hoppers in homers with 5 (tied) and RBIs with 21.
The Cuban-born Lazaro Alonso is right behind him with 20 RBI.