Walk-off loss drops Fish to 3-7
Marlins backup catcher Chad Wallach comes out of Sunday’s game looking like the goat, but the rest of the lineup was culpable, too. Braves right-hander Sean Newcomb retired 14 straight batters during the middle innings despite lacking in swing-and-miss stuff. They missed several opportunities to build a lead.
Next stop: a three-game series at the MLB-worst Cincinnati Reds beginning Tuesday night.
Minor league scoreboard
- Triple-A: Round Rock 9, New Orleans 6 (F/10)
- Double-A: Jackson 1, Jacksonville 2; Jackson 2, Jacksonville 0
- High-A: Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 3
- Low-A: Kane County 4, Clinton 3
Straily debuts with O’s, breaks silence
Journeyman Dan Straily landed with his sixth MLB franchise this weekend, inking a modest one-year deal with the Orioles. Given their dearth of experienced pitching, he’s expected to ease in to their starting rotation.
Addressing local media for the first time on Saturday, Straily admitted that he was blindsided by the Marlins’ decision to release him two weeks ago.
“I thought I was being called in to be told what game I was starting to begin the season,” he says, according to Joe Trezza of MLB.com. “I’m glad that chapter is over.”
The emergence of capable young starters squeezed Straily out of Miami’s short-term plans. More than anything, though, his dismissal was financially motivated; releasing the right-hander prior to Opening Day saved the Marlins about $3.79 million of his initial $5 million salary.
Anyway, Straily made his 2019 debut on Sunday against the Yankees. Here’s a recap:
Dan Straily making his Orioles debut, working as a reliever pic.twitter.com/2sqQG6jU53— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 7, 2019
1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K for Straily in his Baltimore debut. Expected to move into their rotation later this month.— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) April 7, 2019
Sánchez, Neidert, Devers recognized for “best tools”
It’s a few days old, but still worth bringing to your attention...Baseball America (subscription required and recommended) opened the new Minor League Baseball season by identifying players across all of the affiliated levels who excel at particular skills. Seven different Marlins prospects are included.
Sixto Sánchez, Nick Neidert and José Devers crack the MiLB top five for their fastball, control and infield defense, respectively. Sánchez (control), Jorge Guzman (fastball), Víctor Víctor Mesa (speed), Monte Harrison (defensive outfielder) and Will Banfield (defensive catcher) earned honorable mentions.
Keep in mind that Sandy Alcantara, Jorge Alfaro and Pablo López have ascended to the Marlins active roster after making it on the 2018 edition of the list.
- Past and present Marlins players came to the defense of Derek Dietrich, who pimped a home run against Chris Archer on Sunday (which led to a benches-clearing brawl later in the game):
Stop spreading this stupidity the only response is to make a better pitch and get him out. Hurt feelings are not a reason to trust to injure another players in https://t.co/mbeM2vsVMO— Preston Wilson (@PrestonWilson44) April 7, 2019
Pitchers wanna stomp around the mound after strikeouts like they own the field but when a guy gets a hold of one and wants to admire it that same pitcher gets upset. Hitting is hard, and it’s okay to stand and watch for a sec when you get one this good https://t.co/Ykog94ylxS— Sean Reynolds (@sean___reynolds) April 8, 2019
- Old Gator and Brian Rowland both like what they’ve seen from Jorge Alfaro so far
- A new weekly feature from our own Christian Cevallos takes you through the top Marlins highlights of the past week
- The Wichita Business Journal has the latest renderings of the state-of-the-art Triple-A ballpark currently under construction. Marlins prospects will begin playing there in 2020 as the affiliate moves from New Orleans to Wichita.
- With the 2019 MLB Draft two months away, Hector Rodriguez profiles shortstop CJ Abrams, a potential target for the Marlins at the No. 4 spot