Marlins shut out Washington Nationals
Jose Ureña finally received his first home win of 2018, plenty of run support, and yesterday he pitched his best game of the season. Ureña allowed one hit over six innings with five strikeouts. With the help of the Adam Conley, Brad Ziegler and Drew Steckenrider, the Marlins held the Washington Nationals to two hits.
The Marlins scored their first run in the second inning as Ureña helped himself out with an RBI single. Martín Prado kept the ball rolling with an RBI of his own in the third inning, but the Marlins did most of their damage in the fifth inning when Brian Anderson, J.T. Realmuto and Prado came across to score.
With yesterday’s victory, the Marlins split the series with the Nationals and secured their second win in a row.
Marlins players to monitor
Sources indicate the Marlins and Nationals remain in discussions in a trade for JT Realmuto. Execs from both teams together in Miami. Nats are now willing to part with Victor Robles for JT as @JonHeyman & @JoeFrisaro noted. (1/2)— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 28, 2018
While the Marlins and Nationals were battling it out on the field, the front offices for each team were involved in potential trade talks for All-Star catcher Realmuto. This isn’t the first time both teams have engaged in talks for Realmuto, but it is however the furthest talks have progressed. The Marlins are seeking a package centered around Washington’s top two prospects, Víctor Robles and Carter Kieboom.
A lot still has to happen as both teams try to come to an understanding. In Ely’s opinion, the Marlins are in a strong position to seek an overpay.
Brad Ziegler is another player who should be on the move, according to Jon Heyman. The Red Sox, Indians and Astros are potential landing spots for Ziegler. Since June 1, Ziegler’s been one of baseball best relief pitcher, having only allowed three runs over his last 29 innings.
MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand spoke with a talent evaluator who had doubts about the Marlins moving any of their controllable relievers.
“It will take a huge package to pry them away,” he said specifically about Kyle Barraclough and Adam Conley. “I don’t see a scenario where they move those guys.”
Rogers, Pompey have “hoppin’ fun” in Greensboro
Left-hander Trevor Rogers and outfielder Tristan Pompey are demonstrating what made them early-round draft picks in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The teammates with Low-A Greensboro were both featured on Baseball America’s latest prospects hot sheet.
On Sunday, Rogers carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. His luck has evened out and he’s emerging as the top southpaw in the entire Marlins system.
BA praises Pompey’s “strong knowledge of the strike zone” for a scalding .630 on-base percentage and .412 OBP overall since debuting as a pro in late June.
One more Fish in Cooperstown
Before Trevor Hoffman was entering games in the ninth inning to AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells,” he was a member of Florida Marlins in their inaugural year. Hoffman pitched in 28 games for the ‘93 team and recorded his first two major league saves.
Hoffman joins Tim Raines, Iván Rodríguez, Mike Piazza and Andre Dawson as the only members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who played regular season games for the Marlins.
JDF16 MVP of the game update
With his performance yesterday Ureña earned his first JDF16 MVP of the game joining Starlin Castro and J.T. Realmuto. As the season continues. we’ll be monitoring the JDF16 MVP of the game recipients here on Fish Stripes.