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Earning Their Stripes: Week 16, Part II

Here’s what happened in the Marlins organization on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Pensacola Blue Wahoos

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Marlins minor league affiliates went a combined 7-8 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • Triple-A—Jacksonville 0, Durham 3 (F/7); Jacksonville 2, Durham 4; Jacksonville 8, Durham 6
  • Double-A—Biloxi 4, Pensacola 1; Biloxi 2, Pensacola 3; Biloxi 1, Pensacola 9
  • High-A—Peoria 2, Beloit 8; Peoria 5, Beloit 4; Peoria 6, Beloit 4 (F/12)
  • Low-A—Lakeland 5, Jupiter 7; Lakeland 3, Jupiter 6; Lakeland 9, Jupiter 4
  • U.S. Rookie—FCL Marlins 4, FCL Mets 7; FCL Astros 5, FCL Marlins 3; FCL Astros 7, FCL Marlins 6 (F/8)
  • D.R. Rookie—damn rain

Triple-A Jacksonville (53-43)

Friday’s starting pitcher LHP Shawn Morimando: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Pablo López (rehab): 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Sunday’s starting pitcher LHP Daniel Castano: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR

Outside of a hit by pitch, López made easy work of the Durham Bulls lineup. He’ll make at least one more—probably two more—rehab starts before being activated from the injured list.

Acquired in last month’s John Curtiss trade, catcher Payton Henry walloped his first home run as a member of the Marlins organization. Lewin Díaz went yard against rehabbing major leaguer Pete Fairbanks, leapfrogging Bryson Brigman for the team lead in total bases. I wouldn’t mind seeing both of them in the big leagues.

Nick Fortes is showing remarkable bat-to-ball skills since joining the Jumbo Shrimp. Only seven strikeouts in 82 plate appearances! He’s been especially effective when coming to the plate with runners on base.

Double-A Pensacola (49-47)

Friday’s starting pitcher LHP Will Stewart: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Jeff Lindgren: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Sunday’s starting pitcher LHP Antonio Velez: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

There’s no comparison between them as prospects, but Griffin Conine’s 2021 is the most awe-inspiring power-hitting season from any Marlins minor leaguer since Giancarlo Stanton in 2008. Conine is up to 34 dingers while competing at the High-A and Double-A levels for the first time in his career. On a per-plate-appearance basis, he’s actually going deep more frequently since his promotion.

This year’s Minor League Baseball home run crown is a two-man race between Conine and MJ Melendez of the Royals organization (31).

Jerar Encarnación exited Sunday’s game early after being hit by a pitch on his left hand. Stayed tuned for updates.

Relievers Matt Pobereyko and Jefry Yan have combined to allow just one earned run in their 14 appearances for the Blue Wahoos.

High-A Beloit (45-51)

Friday’s starting pitcher RHP Bryan Hoeing: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Eury Pérez: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Sunday’s starting pitcher RHP George Soriano: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR


Pérez lowered his MLB lifetime earned run average to 1.48 through 16 starts. He retired Peoria’s final 10 batters in order.

Kameron Misner has reached base safely in every August game.

Maybe the hot-hitting Víctor Víctor Mesa can finesse his way back up to Pensacola if Encarnación’s injury is significant. He earns a shoutout from me for elevating some would-be ground balls into line drives over the weekend.

Low-A Jupiter (48-45)

Friday’s starting pitcher RHP Jesús E. Sánchez: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Chris Mokma: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Sunday’s starting pitcher RHP Gabe Bierman: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Among the oldest players in Miami’s 2021 draft class, Bennett Hostetler has hit the ground running. He owns a .333/.371/.421 slash line through 15 Low-A games, including a 1.002 OPS during the Lakeland series.

I would not be surprised to see him get a cup of coffee with Beloit in September.

Mokma ranks second in the Low-A Southeast league with 76 13 innings pitched...but he has also allowed by far the most home runs (17). For entertainment purposes only, check out his home/road splits.

FCL Marlins (16-19)

Friday’s starting pitcher LHP Pat Monteverde: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 K

Saturday’s Game 1 bulk pitcher RHP Luis Vizcaino (completing previously suspended game): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Saturday’s Game 2 starting pitcher RHP Mario Doble: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Kahlil Watson has reached base safely in 13 of his first 25 plate appearances. Seems good!

DSL Marlins (11-12)

The theme of August has been inclement weather. The DSL Marlins are scheduled to play five games this upcoming week, for what it’s worth.

2021 Marlins MiLB Leaders (entering August 23)