Each week, Fish Stripes will be recapping the past week’s performances throughout the Marlins minor league system. Highlighting the players who either had an outstanding week, or one they would like to put behind them.
All stats updated entering June 17.
Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes (3-3, 38-32 overall)
Uncharacteristically, the New Orleans Baby Cakes were forced to rely on their offense for the second straight week. Their pitching staff gave up a combined 32 runs through their five games (35 runs total).
Thankfully, the Baby Cakes offense was able to carry the load. They averaged 5.8 runs/game. If the pitching staff was more effective this past week, the Baby Cakes could have potentially been victorious in all of their games.
Disappointing Player: Dustin Beggs
A former 2016 draft selection, Dustin Beggs was pounded in his first start this past week. He was chased by the Sacramento River Cats after five innings of work, responsible for allowing seven hits, six runs, three home runs and pair of walks.
Beggs rebounded with a quality start on Saturday, but he’s generally been the weak link in the New Orleans starting rotation.
Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (5-2, 29-40 overall)
Finally, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp were able to play with consistency this past week. Both the Jumbo Shrimp’s offense and pitching staff clicked simultaneously, which hasn’t been seen all season long.
The pitching staff surrendered an average of just 1.4 runs/game. Along with their offense averaging 3.1 runs/game on the week, the Jumbo Shrimp move forward with some momentum.
Outstanding Player: Sixto Sánchez
Sánchez had one of his best start of the season against the Birmingham Barons, solidifying his status as the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins farm system.
The 20-year-old pitched six scoreless innings, and surrendered just five hits and a single walk, while setting down four batters on strikes.
The Marlins have been extremely cautious about Sánchez’s workload so far this season. He is responding very well to it through seven starts with the Jumbo Shrimp. A promotion to the Baby Cakes by season’s end cannot be ruled out.
High-A Jupiter Hammerheads (2-1, 21-41 overall)
That’s a wrap on the 2019 All-Star Game. The South won (of course), 2-0! pic.twitter.com/EPvVhU2ZM4— Jupiter Hammerheads (@GoHammerheads) June 16, 2019
The Jupiter Hammerheads were limited to just three games this past week thanks to the All-Star break.
However, they were able to cap off the first half of the season with a pair of wins. The Hammerheads offense produced a combined 11 runs in their two victories this past week.
Meanwhile, Jupiter’s pitching staff held their opponents to just two runs in each of their final two games on the week.
Outstanding Player: Edward Cabrera
Cabrera continues to display why he climbed up to No. 6 on our updated Marlins prospects list. The 21-year-old pitched 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings and surrendered three hits in his start against the Palm Beach Cardinals.
Following this start, Cabrera now ranks fifth in ERA and strikeouts throughout the entire FSL.
Low-A Clinton LumberKings (3-4, 33-36 overall)
While this past week started off with the LumberKings winning three of their four games, it ended on a three-game losing streak.
Their offense deserves the blame for the disappointing end to the first half of the season. They averaged just one run per game.
Disappointing Player: Sean Reynolds
The massive first baseman has been extremely inconsistent in 2019. Reynolds entered the Midwest League All-Star break in the midst of a slump.
Reynolds hit just 2-for-24 (.083 BA) last week and struck out an embarrassing 19 times. His 145 strikeouts through 68 games this season currently leads all of Minor League Baseball. Hopefully the time off will help clear his mind and get him back on track.
The Batavia Muckdogs began their season with just a pair of games this past week (plus one postponement). The season began with outstanding pitching, as the Muckdogs held the Auburn Doubledays scoreless. But, their pitching staff was then pounded for nine runs the following night.
Outstanding Player: Remey Reed
A sixth-round selection by the Marlins in 2016, Remey Reed was outstanding in his first start of the season. Reed went five scoreless innings and gave up just a single hit and a walk. Reed also struck out six batters.
Hopefully, this start is just the beginning of great things; it ought to be considering that the 24-year-old has a significant edge in experience compared to his competition.