Down on the Farm Report for the Miami Marlins: June 4th
New Orleans Zephyrs (28-30)
No Scheduled Game, Off Day
Mobile BayBears (31-28) @ Jacksonville Suns (30-27)
Kyle Jensen, RF: 2-for-4, 2B (11), HR (11), RBI, R
J.T. Realmuto, C: 1-for-4
Robert Morey, SP: 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 SO
Rob Waite, RP: 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB
The Suns continue to scuffle and now have lost eight of their previous 12 games. The Suns offense has been a major culprit in their losing ways of late, as the team has scored three runs or less in 10 of those 12 games. Kyle Jensen hit his Southern League leading 11th home run of the season.
High Class A:
Clearwater Threshers (31-26) @ Jupiter Hammerheads (30-28)
Austin Barnes, C: 3-for-4, R
Josh Adams, 3B: 1-for-2, HR (3), 2 RBI, R
Justin Nicolino, SP: 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 SO
Pete Andrelczyk, RP: 2.1 IP, BB, SO
Josh Adams hit a walk-off home run for the Hammerheads in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the team their 30th win of the season.
Austin Barnes had another big game for the Hammerheads, raising his slash line to .313/.388/.427 in 2013. With the struggles of J.T. Realmuto and Rob Brantly in 2013, Barnes might be seen as the future catcher for the Marlins going forward. If he continues to hit well in the Florida State League, Barnes has a chance to move up to Double-A before the end of the season.
Stanton went 0-for-3 for the second straight game, striking out once. He is 0-for-6 so far in his rehab stint, but the Marlins are more happy that he is playing. The Marlins expect he, Joe Mahoney, and Donovan Solano back by Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Low Class A:
Augusta GreenJackets (30-28) @ Greensboro Grasshoppers (27-30)
Viosergy Rosa, 1B: 1-for-3, HR (11), RBI, R
Cody Keefer, LF: 1-for-3, 2B (6), RBI
Mason Hope, SP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
Miguel Fermin, RP: 2.0 IP, H, 2 SO
Rosa hit his 11th home run of the season and Mason Hope delivered a strong start in the Grasshoppers 1-0 win on Wednesday. Hope has pitched better of late, including his last three starts. In those three starts, Hope has pitched 15 innings and allowed just one run on eight hits, striking out 11 hitters and walking just three.
My friend and prospect expert Nathaniel Stoltz was in attendance at the game and gave this scouting report on Hope:
Greensboro RHP Mason Hope 85-89, occasional cutting life. Solid-avg CB 74-76, playable CH 80-82. Good mechanics, throws downhill.
— Nathaniel Stoltz (@stoltz_baseball) June 5, 2013
He also has some videos on Hope pitching, will have those posted soon. Check out his Youtube video page for more Grasshoppers videos.