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Earning Their Stripes: June 9, 2021

Weird Tales from the minors.

One afternoon contest preceded the Marlins evening game against the Rockies, while three contests were played alongside it.

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2B Eddy Alvarez (JAX) activated from the temporarily inactive list

LHP Eric Stout assigned to Jacksonville

1B J.D. Osborne assigned to Pensacola from Jacksonville

1B Lewin Díaz was recalled to from Pensacola to join Miami


Marlins placed LHP Daniel Castano on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder impingement.

Marlins recalled LHP Braxton Garrett from Jacksonville.

The Jumbo Shrimp placed RHP Brett Eibner on the 7-day injured list.

RHP Jose Mesa Jr. was assigned to the Jumbo Shrimp from the Blue Wahoos.

LHP Sean Guenther got promoted from Pensacola to Jacksonville.

RHPs Tyler Mitzel & Josh Roberson promoted from Beloit to Pensacola.

RHP Justin Evans promoted from Jupiter to Beloit.

RHP Joey Steele assigned from Beloit to Jupiter.

LHP Andrew Nardi promoted to Beloit from Jupiter.

RHP Justin Sterner promoted to Beloit from Jupiter.

RHP Edgar Sanchez promoted to Jupiter from GCL.


Marlins recalled LHP Daniel Castano from Jacksonville.

Marlins optioned CF Lewis Brinson to Jacksonville.

RHP Tanner Andrews (PNS) placed on the seven day IL.


The Jumbo Shrimp sent RHP Edward Cabrera to the Hammerheads for rehabilitation.

Miami outrighted SS Luis Marte to Jacksonville.


The Marlins sent RHP Jordan Holloway on a rehab assignment to Jacksonville.

Miami selected the contract of RHP Zach Thompson from the Shrimp.


Miami places RHP Elieser Hernandez on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain.

CF Lewis Brinson recalled from Jacksonville to the Marlins.

OF Zack Kone assigned to Beloit from Jacksonville.


OF Monte Harrison (JAX) placed on the seven-day IL.

SS Galli Cribbs Jr. assigned to Jacksonville. Recently signed, Texas native Cribbs has hit .203 across parts of six minor league seasons.

OF Lewis Brinson optioned to Jacksonville.

RHP Elieser Hernandez activated from the 60-day injured list.

SS Luis Marte designated for assignment.

Marlins traded RHP Tyler Jones to the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels 3

The Sharks at Miami’s Low-A level only managed to collect three hits in their midday victory against Fort Myers at a closed-to-the-public Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.

Despite the dearth of offensive pop, Chris Mokma pitched a Quality Start for no decision. He got 59-of-94 pitches over the plate, allowing two runs on five hits and walk over six innings. Mokma whiffed three. Reliever Joey Steele pitched a perfect seventh, and Eli Villalobos (1-0, 2.00) struck out three over two innings.

Mokma allowed the pair of runs in the fourth inning on a Yunior Severino triple, and the Hammerheads couldn’t get on the board against Mussels starter Louie Varland. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out 11 and allowed only two hits and two walks.

Jupiter finally got on the board in the seventh, when Osiris Johnson crossed the plate on a wild pitch. In the top of the ninth, a fielding error by 3B Federico Polanco allowed Fort Myers to score a third run for a 3-1 lead going into the last of the inning.

Mussels reliever Bradley Hanner opened the frame by walking Victor Mesa Jr., Cameron Barstad, and Polanco. Johnson followed with a two-run single, and Nasim Nuñez drew a bases-loaded walk-off walk. After the contest, both teams sit at 17-15. The Hammerheads sit in second, two games behind the Low-A Southeast East Division leading St. Lucie Mets.

Aside from Johnson’s hit, only Nuñez and Polanco collected base hits in the game, all three singles. Today’s game, starring Hammerheads starter Dax Fulton (1-0, 5.40), will kick off at 6:30 PM.


Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3, Norfolk Tides 9

The Tides rode an eight-run fifth inning to improve to 12-18, dropping the Shrimp to 19-13. It was the second game of a six-game series, in front of a crowd of 3,159 at 121 Financial Ballpark.

Starter Luís Madero only gave up three hits over 4 13 innings, but also walked three and allowed five runs (four earned). He struck out four while putting 55-of-91 in the strike zone. José Mesa Jr. fared poorly in relief, giving up another four runs on six hits and a pair of walks in 1 23 innings. Sean Guenther, recently promoted from Pensacola, struck out four over three shutout innings, allowing three hits and walking nobody.

Deven Marrero clubbed a pair of home runs and collected all three RBI in the game for Jacksonville. Eddy Alvarez also hit safely twice, both singles. The only other player on the Shrimp roster to collect a hit was Chad Wallach, with a single.

Jordan Holloway (0-0, 3.86) will start tonight’s contest, scheduled for a 7:05 PM start time.


Beloit Snappers 2, Cedar Rapids Kernels 8

With a crowd of just 270 on hand at Pohlman Field, the hosting Beloit Snappers dropped to 16-16 for the season, as the Kernels improved to 14-18.

Connor Scott had a pair of singles, and Ynmanol Marinez hit a home run, but that was all the Beloit offense could gather on a grim day at the plate. The Snappers struck out 21 times in total, and registered batted ball outs only four times through the first eight innings.

Zach King (1-5, 6.00) started and lost, getting 52-of-92 pitches over the plate. He allowed five runs on five hits over 4 23 innings, walking three and striking out one batter. Newly-promoted Justin Sterner whiffed three in two innings of relief.

The Kernels struck early and often, scoring in five different innings in their victory. Beloit scored their first run while With a crowd of just 270 on hand at Pohlman Field, the hosting Beloit Snappers dropped to 16-15 for the season, as the Kernels improved to 14-18.

Connor Scott had a pair of singles, and Ynmanol Marinez hit a home run, but that was all the Beloit offense could gather on a grim day at the plate. The Snappers struck out 21 times in total.

Marinez got the Snappers on the board in the third. Trailing 2-0, he hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot. Trailing 5-1 in the fourth, Griffin Conine drove home Connor Scott for Beloit’s other run. Alberto Guerrero (1-2, 6.57) will start tonight’s game starting at 7:35 PM.


Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 16

The Wahoos dropped to 19-13 while the Lookouts improved to 18-13 in a blowout at AT&T Field with 1,486 in the house.

Pensacola pitching gave up a total of 20 hits and two walks while striking out seven. Starter Jeff Lindgren (2-3, 3.69) was charged with the loss, allowing three runs through five innings on eight hits. Zack Leban (1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 SO), Josh Roberson (0.2 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO) and Tyler Stevens (1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 SO) were also touched in the defeat.

J.J. Bleday (4) and Nick Lovullo (1) each went deep for Jacksonville. The Shrimp will get a chance for revenge tonight starting at 7:05 PM, with Will Stewart (1-2, 3.96 ERA) on the hill.

Checking in with the Marlins Top 30 Prospects

  1. Sixto Sánchez
  2. J.J. Bleday (PNS) 1-for-4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .684 OPS
  3. Max Meyer
  4. Edward Cabrera
  5. Lewin Díaz
  6. Jesús Sánchez (JAX) 0-for-4, 2 SO, 1.051 OPS
  7. Braxton Garrett (MIA) 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 6.43 ERA, 43-of-77 strikes.
  8. José Devers
  9. Dax Fulton
  10. Nick Neidert
  11. Victor Mesa Jr. (JUP) 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, .730 OPS
  12. Peyton Burdick (PNS) 0-for-4, 1 BB, 3 SO, .781 OPS
  13. Nasim Nunez (JUP) 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SO, 3 SB, .626 OPS
  14. Monte Harrison
  15. Kameron Misner (BEL) 0-for-4, 3 SO, .666 OPS
  16. Connor Scott (BEL) 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 SO, .765 OPS
  17. Kyle Nicolas
  18. Griffin Conine (BEL) 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 SO, .870 OPS
  19. Jose Salas
  20. Yiddi Cappe
  21. Jerar Encarnación (PNS) 1-for-4, 1 SO, .753 OPS
  22. Jordan Holloway
  23. Zach McCambley
  24. Jake Eder
  25. Eury Perez
  26. Evan Fitterer
  27. Paul Campbell
  28. Will Banfield (BEL) 0-for-4, 4 SO
  29. Jorge Guzmán
  30. Osiris Johnson (JUP) 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, .469 OPS