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Our Noticias: Caleb Smith goes to 11, Marlins lose on walk-off, Monte moving up prospect ranks

Plus, updates on prospects, the TV deal, and a stealthily good relief season in the works.

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The Marlins lost on a Kris Bryant walk-off home run in the ninth inning Tuesday evening in Chicago, but let’s not lose sight of the small victories. Caleb Smith struck out a career-high 11 batters over 6.2 innings and allowed just two runs.

As Smith’s ascension continues, Fish Stripes would like you to know he’s in elite company. Scroll down in that last thread a bit and see we’re also bringing you some very appropriate merchandise, although last night’s performance may require some edits.

Smith isn’t the only Marlins pitcher in the midst of a breakout, Pablo López is also showing signs. If you look under the hood at his ERA estimators (2.80 FIP, 3.68 xFIP, 3.64 SIERA) as well as his strikeout-minus-walk percentage (19.2 K-BB%), I would argue that breakout has already begun, and good luck just hasn’t caught up to him yet.

Fox Sports sale

Fox Sports Sun has new owners, Wells Dusenbury of the Sun-Sentinel examines whether that transition will affect the ongoing TV rights negotiations between the team and the network. Fangraphs looked at the sale from a national perspective, and the news isn’t good for baseball fans.

Unfortunately, the Marlins still aren’t hitting:

Accordingly, we have your latest updates on the race for the no. 1 pick in 2020’s amateur draft.

Walk-off links:

A new Fish in the ranks: Monte Harrison enters MLB Pipeline’s top-100 prospects.

Austin Dean is getting some run at first base.

Our Earning their Stripes podcast’s sixth episode is out for more on the farm.

But we know him: ESPN’s Sam Miller says Nick Anderson is baseball’s best reliever you’ve never heard of.

Honorary bat doctor: Dr. Reshma Mahtani has dedicated her career to fighting breast cancer in the Miami area and has been named Honorary Bat-Girl for the May 14 game vs. the Rays where she will be recognized and throw out the first pitch.

Former Marlin Derek Dietrich is a blue-collar renaissance man. He should probably get back to focusing on hitting though.

Up next:

José Ureña (1-5, 5.45 ERA) toes the rubber against the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks (1-4, 3.93 ERA) tonight at 8:05 p.m. EST.