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Earning Their Stripes: 7/26/21

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

Lewin Díaz doubles home two runs for Triple-A Jacksonville in Sunday’s win Photo by @AndreeaCardani/Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Baseball America released a fully updated Top 100 MLB prospects list on Monday, incorporating 2021 draft picks. Here’s how the rankings of Marlins players changed from the previous version of the list:

More on Eder from JJ Cooper:

You can find a number of scouts who view Eder as the better prospect [than Max Meyer]...He’s managed to eliminate some of the inconsistency and control issues that he showed at Vanderbilt. Now he’s a three-pitch lefty with a 92-95 mph fastball, plus slider and promising changeup.

The only ranking I strongly disagree with is Cabrera. He might very well be the best overall prospect in the organization in the aftermath of Sixto’s season-ending shoulder surgery. Cabrera worked 5 23 scoreless innings against Triple-A competition on Saturday. In nine starts this season across three minor league levels, the tall right-hander has pitched to a 2.66 ERA and 1.03 WHIP with 51 K in 40.2 IP.

It’s unclear how far Bleday is below the cut-off. Assuming he is among the next 25 or so names under consideration, I think that’s fair. Simply gotta perform better at the plate.

Marlins minor league affiliates went 3-1 on Sunday and Monday:

  • Nashville 2, Jacksonville 5
  • Pensacola 4, Montgomery 11
  • Beloit 4, Cedar Rapids 0
  • Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 1 (Suspended/5)
  • FCL Marlins 5, FCL Cardinals 1 (Suspended/4)
  • DSL Marlins 7, DSL Rays1 3 (F/10)

Triple-A Jacksonville (38-32)

Rule 5 draft pick Paul Campbell is closing in on a return to The Show. His 80-game PED suspension expires in the middle of next week. Expect one more rehab outing with the Shrimp between now and then. Stretching out to 82 pitches indicates that the Marlins may give him another shot in their starting rotation, depending on how soon Trevor Rogers recovers from his back spasms.

Brian Miller has hits in 19 of his 21 July games, moving his 2021 season stats into the same neighborhood as 2019 (though he was in Double-A back then).

Lewin Díaz has 38 runs batted in during his 46 Triple-A games.

Double-A Pensacola (37-35)

Left-hander Will Stewart leads all levels of Minor League Baseball with 21 hit by pitches—nearly 7% of all batters he faces get plunked. His overall run prevention has been adequate, but that’s obviously discouraging.

Great .265/.400/.469 Double-A slash line for JD Osborne.

High-A Beloit (31-41)

Connor Scott snapped his three-week home run drought and Jake Walters retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced.

Low-A Jupiter (35-35)

Including Sunday’s start, Matt Givin has allowed only three runs in his last 21 13 innings pitched.

After nearly one month on the development list, Lázaro Alonso has had three games to shake off the rust. He should be going back to Pensacola—where he belongs—in the near future.

Nasim Nuñez didn’t play on Sunday after suffering an apparent foot/ankle injury the day before, Joe Frisaro of Man On Second Baseball reports. As of this writing, he’s still on Jupiter’s active roster.

Eury Pérez won Low-A Southeast Pitcher of the Week honors after setting a new career-high with nine strikeouts on Saturday.

The Hammerheads haven’t lost since July 17.

FCL Marlins (7-10)

José Salas got another hit Monday morning before the FCL game was suspended due to rain. That actually lowered his season OPS from 1.011 to 1.010. He has played in all but one of the team’s games this summer.

After grounding out to lead off the contest, Osiris Johnson was removed in the bottom of the first. Hopefully nothing injury-related.

DSL Marlins (7-4)

Four-hit game for Jhonny Melenciano from the No. 9 spot in the lineup! Melenciano entered Monday with only five total hits this season.

2021 Marlins MiLB Leaders (entering July 26)