Much like the team itself, Elieser Hernandez was looking to rebound from a rough outing his last time out. With seven strikeouts over six scoreless innings, Hernandez set the tone by delivering his best start of the season on a night when the Marlins were firing on all cylinders. Brian Anderson hit two home runs, and the first four batters in the order combined to go 10-for-19 with eight RBIs in the 9-2 win over Atlanta.
Rivera Clears Waivers
Designated for assignment earlier in the week due to the arrival of top prospect Isan Díaz, infielder Yadiel Rivera cleared waivers yesterday and has been assigned to Triple-A New Orleans. Serving as a utility/bench player, Rivera was hitting .183 over 66 plate appearances for Miami this season, and had fallen down the pecking order with the recent return of Jon Berti from the IL. Being squeezed off the 40-man roster, it’s unclear whether or not Rivera will make it back to the majors this season.
Knocking on the Door
The Marlins have six prospects on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, with pitcher Edward Cabrera currently on the outside looking in. However, the young Dominican has romped through the minors this season, posting a 2.23 ERA over 92 2⁄3 innings between High-A and Double-A along with 110 strikeouts, and could be the next Marlin to crack the list when it is updated in a few months’ time.
More Than Numbers
While he was enjoying a career year with Miami before being placed on the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain this week, Miguel Rojas means more than his stat line to the Marlins. Emerging as both a leader and mentor in the young clubhouse, Rojas is having a huge impact on the direction of this rebuild, and his outspoken commitment to the process is exactly what the franchise needs from its veterans.
The annual Players' Weekend (August 23-25) is quickly approaching, and one of the highlights is always seeing what nicknames the players choose to have on the back of their jerseys. Curtis Granderson and Lewis Brinson provide some insight behind their choices here. Admittedly, they are not the most outlandish nicknames you will see this season, but it is still great to see them have fun with the idea.
Minor League Stories
Daniel Castano, the fourth piece in the Marcell Ozuna trade, threw a complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts for the Jumbo Shrimp last night, which is right in contention for Marlins minor league start of the season. The 24 year-old lowered his Double-A ERA to 3.02 and continues to be a revelation after starting the season as a reliever for the Hammerheads.
Daniel Castano update— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) August 9, 2019
9.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 13 K (career high)
One of the best performances by any Marlins pitching prospect all season! pic.twitter.com/Kng9Vu8TvT
The four game set against the Braves continues tonight with Caleb Smith (7-5, 3.35 ERA) set to get the nod against Julio Teheran (6-7, 3.46 ERA) at 7:10pm ET.