New Orleans Zephyrs (18-20) @ Fresno Grizzlies (22-19)
Gorkys Hernandez, CF: 0-for-5, 3 SO
Bryan Petersen, RF: 0-for-4, 3 SO, BB
Brad Hand, SP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 3 BB
A.J. Battisto, RP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Hand continues to be an interesting player in the Marlins organization. While he has the stuff to strike hitters out, his lack of control often leads to a high amount of walks and hits for the opponents. Hand has not been consistent in the minors in getting hitters out and has had the same issues in his limited work in the majors. He at this point is a fringe prospect that will be organizational depth at best.
The Marlins top two hitters in their lineup combined to go for 0-for-9 with 8 strikeouts on Thursday. Not the best recipe for a victory.
Jacksonville Suns (22-15) @ Mobile Bay Bears (19-21)
Christian Yelich, LF: 3-for-4, HR (6), 2B (9), BB, 3 R
J.T. Realmuto, C: 1-for-3, RBI
Adam Conley, SP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Michael Brady, RP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
In his previous two games, Marlins top hitting prospect Christian Yelich is 6-for-10 with three home runs, two doubles, and has scored five runs. Yelich continues to prove to the Marlins that he is ready for a shot in the majors. The Marlins however, are playing it smart and will wait till the cutoff date for super two players.
Adam Conley has recovered from a rough start to the season, as he lowered his season ERA to 4.62. Conley still has a lot of work to get back to where the Marlins expected him to be this season.
High Class A:
Jupiter Hammerheads (20-19) @ Tampa Yankees (15-23)
Brent Keys, LF: 4-for-4, HR (1), BB, 2 R, RBI
Austin Barnes, DH: 1-for-4, HR (2), 1 RBI, 2 R
Anthony DeSclafani, SP: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Jordan Conley, RP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 SO
Outfield prospect Brent Keys had himself a day on Thursday. Keys hit his first home run of the season and reached base five times of the Hammerheads. Keys now owns a slash line of .346/.424/.423 in the 2013 season. Austin Barnes also hit his second home run of the season and is off to a fast start.
The Marlins acquired DeSclafani from the Blue Jays in their fire sale trade this past winter. Anthony has pitched really well in 2013, but ran into trouble by allowing too many base runners in this game. Let’s see how he responds in his next game.
The Hammerheads swept the Yankees and outscored them 31-15. Quite an impressive series from the Marlins High-A ballclub.
Low Class A:
Greensboro Grasshoppers (16-22) vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (16-23)
Cameron Flynn, LF: 3-for-4, 2 R
Yordy Cabrera, 3B: 1-for-5, 2B (6), 2 RBI
Ramon Del Orbe, SP: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO
Miguel Fermin, RP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
The Grasshoppers were able to pick up 14 hits in this game, but could not put enough runs on the board, or keep enough off the board to pick up a victory in this game. Their pitching struggled, though only half the runs they allowed were earned runs.
Yordy Cabrera picked up a double in this one and his slash line now sits at .234/.301/.380. Cabrera was acquired from the Oakland Athletics as part of a three-way deal that sent Heath Bell to Arizona.