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Marlins Weekly Minor League Report: 7/23/18

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Will Isan Diaz be on the road to Miami this season?

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

Record over the last ten games: 4-6

Season record: 46-53

Notables:

The big news this week was the call up of Isan Diaz from double-A after being on fire in Jacksonville and being named the Southern League Player of the Week.

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His batting average escalated to .245 with 10 homers and 42 RBI for the season after a very slow start, including .314/.429/.714 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in the ten games before his call up. The big picture part of this story is that the Marlins could easily move Starlin Castro by the deadline, which could lead to Diaz being catapulted to the majors by the end of the year.

Zac Gallen had a bounce back outing this past week to get his first win since May 15th (a nine-start span) with a six-inning outing while giving up 1 run on 3 hits while fanning 7. This served as quite the bounce back from giving up 9 runs in his last start prior to the PCL All-Star Game.

Magneuris Sierra continues to have a solid season for the Cakes. The speedy lefty keeps slashing his way to occasional extra-base hits, but his profile is as a singles hitter with gap power and speed; something along the lines of a less powerful Lewis Brinson.

Double-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (@jaxshrimp)

Record over the last ten games: 4-6

Season record: 38-58

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The Shrimp entered Saturday on a five-game losing streak, and lost Isan Diaz to New Orleans meaning. Surely something good must have been going on this week?

Meanwhile, RHP Nick Neidert, continues be efficient and work deep into games, tossing back to back 7 inning starts. He has clearly been Jacksonville’s best pitcher this year, and it’s worth noting that his season numbers are still a remarkable 2.91 ERA with a WHIP of 1.14 with only 23 walks in 105.1 innings to go along with 110 strikeouts.

Monte Harrison has had 5 multiple hit games in his last ten, to lead to him hitting .318 over that span.

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Jordan Yamamoto has had three straight starts where he went at least 5 innings and gave up only 2 runs, so adjusting to double-A is going smoothly as well.

Brian Miller has continued to do well after his call-up and has hit .333 in his last ten games.

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

Record over the last ten games: 6-4

Season record: 52-45

Notables:

Jorge Guzman flashed his 100+ mph fastball in the MLB Futures Game and has also been shown quite a bit of promise with his swing-and-miss stuff in Jupiter so far. He is striking out over a batter an inning, but still walking people over the rate of 4 batters per game. It’s a process, and Guzman is still only 22 and remains their third ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline.

Single-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers (@GSOHoppers)

Record over the last ten games: 4-6

Season record: 47-49

Notables:

Colton Hock has now been put, rightly so, into the Hoppers rotation and now has two starts under his belt. Hock tossed four-plus innings in these starts, while giving up 6 hits and 2 runs in each of these starts for the polished pitcher out of Stanford.

Trevor Rogers seems to have settled in nicely, and has had four straight solid starts with an ERA of 3.60 over this period with 6 walks and 22 strikeouts over 20 innings.

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Coming soon....the low minors, GCL and Rookie ball with a focus on the Marlins’ 2018 draft class!