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Earning Their Stripes: Week 20, Part II

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

Outfielder Víctor Mesa Jr. smiles during a game with the Low-A Jupiter Hammerheads Photo courtesy of @GoHammerheads/Twitter

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The Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos, High-A Beloit Snappers, Low-A Jupiter Hammerheads and FCL Marlins have completed their 2021 seasons.

Marlins minor league affiliates went a combined 5-6 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • Triple-A—Jacksonville 3, Norfolk 4 (F/10); Jacksonville 11, Norfolk 4; Jacksonville 6, Norfolk 2
  • Double-A—all Pensacola vs. Rocket City games canceled (COVID-related contract tracing)
  • High-A—Beloit 8, Lake County 3; Beloit 0, Lake County 4; Beloit 5, Lake County 3
  • Low-A—Jupiter 3, St. Lucie 4 (F/8); Jupiter 4, St. Lucie 7
  • U.S. Rookie—FCL Mets 4, FCL Marlins 3
  • D.R. Rookie—DSL Marlins 8, DSL Red Sox Red 1; DSL Athletics 2, DSL Marlins 1

Triple-A Jacksonville (68-52)

Friday’s starting pitcher RHP Jason Alexander: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher LHP Braxton Garrett: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Sunday’s starting pitcher RHP Bryan Mitchell: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Fish Stripes favorite Bryson Brigman returned to action on Friday after a brief bout with right shoulder inflammation. He started each of the last three games at designated hitter.

One of the worst-performing hitters in the Marlins organization in August, Joe Dunand has completely flipped the script this month (.286/.357/.531, 3 HR, 11 RBI in 15 G). Join us in wishing Joe a happy 26th birthday!

Even though they’re out of championship contention, the Shrimp still have two series remaining on the schedule against Memphis (Cardinals affiliate) and Gwinnett (Braves).

Double-A Pensacola (57-54)

The Blue Wahoos missed out on nine total games—all on the road—due to their opponents’ COVID-related issues. It stinks, but there’s nobody to blame.

Unless Griffin Conine receives a promotion to Triple-A, he’ll fall short of the minor league home run title.

Season wrap-up social media post from Jeff Lindgren:

High-A Beloit (55-65)

Friday’s starting pitcher RHP Bryan Hoeing: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Eury Pérez: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Sunday’s starting pitcher RHP George Soriano: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

I have come around to the idea that Troy Johnston should receive Marlins Minor League Player of the Year honors:

After allowing only two home runs in 15 Low-A starts, Eury Pérez was more vulnerable to the long ball during High-A Central competition (5 HR in 5 GS). Regardless, like Johnston, he should be in line for the organization’s top individual honor (on the pitching side). Good to see Baseball America finally recognize him as a Top 100 overall prospect.

Connor Scott quietly led all Marlins minor leaguers with 80 runs scored.

Low-A Jupiter (61-56)

Saturday’s bulk guy RHP Jesse Bergin: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Sunday’s bulk guy RHP Evan Fitterer: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The Hammerheads and St. Lucie Mets battled for the Low-A Southeast East division crown all the way until the final day of the season. The ‘Heads seemingly had an edge with rehabbing Jordan Holloway taking the mound on regular rest. However, he was lacking his typical wipeout stuff—his fastball velocity only peaked at 95 miles per hour during his lone ineffective inning.

To summarize Osiris Johnson’s defensive assignments with Jupiter in 2021:

  • 22 starts at second base
  • 12 starts at center field
  • 12 starts at designated hitter
  • 8 starts at left field
  • 6 starts at right field
  • 5 starts at third base

He did not commit any errors after being converted to an outfielder, for what it’s worth.

Season wrap-up social media posts from Víctor Mesa Jr., Federico Polanco and Keegan Fish:

FCL Marlins (27-28)

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Yaqui Rivera: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

The oft-injured Jorge Caballero put up stellar numbers when available (.338/.455/.565 in 55 PA).

Despite a nauseating .132 batting average, Joe Mack rated as a decent hitter overall (86 wRC+) thanks to drawing walks in more than one-quarter of his plate appearances.

DSL Marlins (18-29)

Friday’s starting pitcher RHP Kendry Montesino: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Saturday’s starting pitcher RHP Stiven Almanzar: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

The D.R. kids will play on through October 2.

2021 Marlins MiLB Leaders (entering September 20)