Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: May 19th
New Orleans Zephyrs (18-23) @ Fresno Grizzlies (25-19)
Jake Smolinski, LF: 3-for-4, 2 2B (4)
Kyle Skipworth, C: 0-for-4, 2 SO
Jacob Turner, SP: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 5 SO
Jordan Smith, RP: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER
Jacob Turner enjoyed his best start of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon. He pitched seven full innings for the second consecutive start, struck out a season high five, and did not walk a batter for the third time this season. After struggling in April, Turner has pitched much better in May. In four May starts, he has allowed just eight earned runs in 27 innings. Turner has Turner has only struck out 16 hitters in that span, something he still needs to improve on. His ERA now sits at 4.47 for 2013.
Jacksonville Suns (24-16) @ Mississippi Braves (26-17)
Christian Yelich, LF: 0-for-5, 2 SO
Jake Marisnick, CF: 2-for-4, R, BB, SO
Bryan Evans, SP: 3.0 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 3 HR
Mike Ojala, RP: 2.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 SO
Yelich came back down to earth a bit on Sunday, going hitless and striking out two times. While the rest of his game seems to be MLB ready, the strikeouts should still concern the Marlins. Yelich has struck out 31 times in 108 at bats. Hopefully this is something he can self-correct before he makes it to the majors.
High Class A:
Jupiter Hammerheads (23-19) vs. Palm Beach Cardinals (17-25)
Brent Keys, LF: 0-for-3
Ryan McIntyre, RF: 1-for-4, R, SO
Justin Nicolino, SP: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 5 SO
Nick Wittgren, RP: 1.0 IP, H SV (9)
Nicolino enjoyed his best start of the 2013 season, as he pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and struck out five batters. This was the second consecutive start Justin pitched six innings and struck out five. He has 10 strikeouts in his last 12 innings after having just 15 in 40 2/3 innings prior.
Low Class A:
Greensboro Grasshoppers (17-24) vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (17-24)
This was supposed to be a Mason Hope start, which I was really looking forward to. Unfortunately rain did not allow him to take the mound. Hope will start on Monday against the Hagerstown Suns.