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Earning Their Stripes: 7/17/21

Here’s what happened in the Marlins organization on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Marlins minor league affiliates went 1-5 on Saturday:

  • Jacksonville 5, Durham 9
  • Chattanooga 3, Pensacola 2
  • Quad Cities 9, Beloit 5
  • Jupiter 5, Fort Myers 7
  • FCL Astros 10, FCL Marlins 1 (F/7)
  • DSL Marlins 4, DSL Athletics 3

Triple-A Jacksonville (33-30)

Another quiet night at the plate for Brian Anderson, but he took a step forward in his rehab assignment by playing five innings of defense at third base. The Marlins expect him to be activated from the 60-day injured list as soon as he’s eligible next week.

After losing most of the first half of his season to a thumb injury, Joe Dunand blasted his first home run at the Triple-A level.

Double-A Pensacola (37-28)

Zach McCambley rebounded from his mediocre Blue Wahoos debut with a quality start against Chattanooga. Overall, called strikes and whiffs accounted for 29.1% of his pitches.

McCambley was in line to earn the win. However, Dylan Bice blew a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth by allowing a home run to Lookouts left fielder TJ Hopkins.

High-A Beloit (28-37)

Víctor Víctor Mesa rode the bench on Saturday. Despite his advanced age for this level and the Marlins’ big investment in him, Mesa will have to settle for less-than-everyday playing time until Griffin Conine gets the bump up to Double-A. Conine’s 22nd home run—a two-run shot to left—keeps him atop the MiLB leaderboard in that category.

Between the four errors, wild pitch, passed ball and hit by pitch, it was a sloppy performance by the Snappers. The team has lost six in a row and 11 out of 13.

Low-A Jupiter (29-35)

Eury Pérez was inefficient, needing 69 pitches to complete three frames. His fastball velocity was in its normal range, averaging slightly above 94 miles per hour.

Davis Bradshaw has been racking up hits over the last week-plus while alternating between the corner outfield spots.

Rookie FCL Marlins (6-7)

Kendry Montesino retired only one of the seven batters he faced, which more than doubled his earned run average.

A full-time outfielder since beginning his professional career, Diowill Burgos has now started three times at first base in the FCL. The position change is a moot point if he continues to slug below .300.

Rookie DSL Marlins (3-2)

In his 34th career game, catcher Derek Vegas recorded his first extra-base hits, both line drive doubles.

It was a rough morning for opposing backstop Matheus Lelis—he allowed four stolen bases and committed two throwing errors before being replaced in the top of the sixth.

2021 Marlins MiLB Leaders (entering July 17)