The Marlins did not play yesterday, but I'm sure you knew that. However, many of the team's minor league affiliates did, and all of the important stats can be found here.
Triple-A: New Orleans 7, El Paso 6
Double-A: Jacksonville 3, Birmingham 1
High-A: Palm Beach vs. Jupiter cancelled (rain)
Low-A: Peoria 1, Clinton 3
Dominican Summer League: DSL Marlins 4, DSL Athletics 2
A Prado IL Stint? Long Overdue.
Although Martin Prado is a well-respected veteran presence and leader in Miami’s clubhouse, he has averaged 45 games per season over the past two years and has been getting paid more than almost everyone else (I’m looking at you, Chen). The good news this season is that he has already appeared in 51 games in 2019. The bad? The 35 year-old is primed for another trip to the IL after leaving the game with right hamstring tightness on Wednesday.
Depth for Days
The Marlins kept their starting rotation intact for longer than any other Major League team this season, lasting until game 65 when Elieser Hernandez replaced Caleb Smith on Tuesday. Jordan Yamamoto then stood in for José Ureña on Wednesday, showcasing the impressive depth that the Marlins have acquired when it comes to starting pitching, a stark contrast to years past.
With about 6 weeks remaining until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st, the Hot Stove season is starting to heat up. After a steady dismantling over the past two calendar years to replenish the farm system, the Marlins have little in the way of trade chips that might draw the interest of "buyers", although the likes of Sergio Romo and Starlin Castro may return a mid-level prospect or two.
Consistent ABs Key for Cooper
The very first trade that the new ownership group made with the Yankees in late 2017 often gets forgotten due the higher profile trades that took place just a few weeks later, but it delivered us with Caleb Smith and Garrett Cooper, who is experiencing his first extended spell in the majors, and is going from strength to strength. Cooper has hit .340 over his last 25 games, and is also 2-for-2 with two home runs and eight RBIs with the bases loaded (CLUTCH).
State of The Farm
We know that the Marlins started to build the foundation for future success with pitchers and athletic players who play up the middle of the field. In the Draft last week, the Marlins primarily selected impact bats, no matter which position they played. With a re-shuffle of MLB Pipeline's Top Prospect lists due in the coming weeks, how does Miami's farm system stack up now?
The Fish are back at it tonight against the Pirates for a three-game set, starting with Trevor Richards (3-6, 3.31 ERA) against Steven Brault (2-1, 5.05 ERA) at 7:10 ET.