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Earning Their Stripes: 7/18/21

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


Marlins minor league affiliates went 2-2 on Sunday:

  • Jacksonville 3, Durham 6
  • Chattanooga 3, Pensacola 1
  • Quad Cities 4, Beloit 5
  • Jupiter 8, Fort Myers 2

Triple-A Jacksonville (33-31)

Gifted pitching prospect Edward Cabrera drew a tough matchup in his Triple-A debut. Don’t read too much into these results—Cabrera would have pitched much deeper into the game if not for a lengthy rain delay. But that’s no excuse for his poor control (only threw 55% of his pitches for strikes).

Likewise, the rehabbing Brian Anderson was removed prematurely as a precaution following the fourth-inning delay. BA has struck out five times in his eight plate appearances with the Shrimp. He’s expected to remain here for two or three more games this coming week before rejoining the big league club.

Lewin Díaz suffered a potential back/oblique injury when taking a big swing in the top of the sixth. Díaz has started the vast majority of Jacksonville’s games at first base this season and he was in the midst of an offensive hot streak with six home runs over the past two series.

Double-A Pensacola (36-30)

One step forward, two steps back for JJ Bleday. Even during this underwhelming season for him, it’s rare for the former top draft pick to fail to reach base safely when coming to the plate five times in a game.

After years of being developed as a starter, right-hander Alberto Guerrero has adapted very well to a relief role in Pensacola. He hasn’t allowed any runs since June 23. Keep in mind that Guerrero will be Rule 5 draft-eligible this winter.

High-A Beloit (29-37)

Adopt A Minor Leaguer has started a “Burritos for Beloit” fundraiser to distribute Chipotle gift cards to all members of the Marlins’ Beloit affiliate and their opponent at an upcoming game. Please help them reach their $1,200 goal!

Apparently the 23rd time was the charm: Griffin Conine finally punched his ticket to Double-A, Aram Leighton reports. Minor League Baseball’s home run leader demonstrated power to all fields during his 2 12 months in the High-A Central. He even recorded two outfield assists in this game.

Kole Enright and Cody Mincey both made their Marlins organizational debuts. Mincey, 29, is the oldest player to appear for the Snappers in 2021. One would assume that he’ll follow Conine to Pensacola in the near future.

Low-A Jupiter (30-35)

This has been the best stretch of run production for the Hammerheads all season. They’ve scored four-plus runs in nine of the last 10 games (and that includes some shortened doubleheader games). On Sunday, every member of the starting lineup reached base safely at least once.

Look for Davis Bradshaw to—at least partially—fill the Conine void in Beloit. The former 11th-round draft pick is fully healthy again and showing the hitting prowess that once made him an intriguing prospect during his first pro campaign in 2018. One of his hits in this contest had an exit velocity of 101.5 miles per hour, according to Statcast.

2021 Marlins MiLB Leaders (entering July 19)