Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: May 28th:
Triple-A: Round Rock Express (28-24) @ New Orleans Zephyrs (24-27)
Matt Downs, SS: 1-for-3, HR (4), R, RBI, BB
Jake Smolinski, LF: 1-for-4
Brian Flynn, SP: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO, HR
Chris Hatcher, RP: 1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, SO, HR
Downs hit his fourth home run of the season in a Zephyrs loss, as the team only collected five hits on the evening and dropped their second straight ball game. Smolinski picked up another hit in the game and his line for the season now sits at .295/.341/.462. The Marlins acquired Smolinski in a deal that sent Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen to Washington and Emilio Bonifacio to Miami.
Another trade acquisition played well for the Z’s in this one as well. Left hander Brian Flynn has continued to pitch well in 2013 despite his 4.04 ERA in seven starts in Triple-A. Flynn has a decent shot to see action with the Marlins by the end of this season.
Jacksonville Suns (26-22) @ Pensacola Blue Wahoos (17-32)
Christian Yelich, LF: 0-for-2, 2 BB
Logan Morrison, 1B: 0-for-3, BB, SO
Jay Jackson, SP: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO
Edgar Olmos, RP: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 SO
After a really hot start to the season, Marlins top hitting prospect Christian Yelich has run into a brick wall of sorts. He is 0 for his last 18 with eight strikeouts and just two walks in that span. Yelich is still only hitting .156 against lefties in 2013 and his total slash line has fallen to .266/.338/.540 for the season. This should just be a normal adjustment period for Yelich and he should be able to snap out of it soon enough. Nothing to be alarmed about, but it does make a strong case Yelich needs a bit more seasoning in Double-A.
Logan Morrison continued his comeback to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday with the Suns. Although he went hitless, it is still encouraging to see him making his way back to the Marlins. The team hopes to have LoMo back in the fold by June 10th.
The Suns have dropped a season high five straight games.
High Class A:
Jupiter Hammerheads (26-23) vs. St. Lucie Mets (28-20)
Rained out, Rescheduled for 5/29
Low Class A:
Greensboro Grasshoppers (22-28) vs. West Virginia (28-24)
Yordy Cabrera, 3B: 3-for-4, HR (5), 2B (9), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SO
Jesus Solorzano, RF: 2-for-4, RBI, BB
Austin Brice, RP: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO
Matt Milroy, SP: 4.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
The Marlins consolation prize for signing closer Heath Bell and putting up with his rollercoaster 2013 season was prospect Yordy Cabrera. Cabrera has been up-and-down in 2013 and seems to be falling further from his second round pick prospect status. Although he picked up three hits on the day, Yordy’s batting average for the season sits at just .230.
Austin Brice pitched out of the bullpen with the hope that he could better control his command. That did not work out too well, as he still walked five hitters in his two innings of work. Due to the Grasshoppers huge offensive breakout, Brice was credited with a win, despite the lackluster performance.