Down On The Farm Miami Marlins Daily Report (4/10/14)
By Ehsan Kassim
Mar 1, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Andrew Heaney (70) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
The Miami Marlins have a promising farm system and it would be a shame for Marlin Maniac not to cover that. For that reason, we have made it a goal to start getting you guys a daily farm reports, much like we did last season.
Last night, the Marlins had their big time pitching prospects in Andrew Heaney (Jax AA) and Adam Conley (NO AAA) pitching. Both performed well in their starts.
Oklahoma City RedHawks (6-2) @ New Orleans Zephyrs (1-7)
Jake Marisnick, CF: 1-for-4
Justin Bour, 1B: 3-for-4, 2B (4), R
Adam Conley, SP: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO
Carter Capps, RP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, BS (1)
The Zephyrs dropped their seventh game of the season, despite a strong start for pitching prospect Adam Conley. He did not fare too well in his first start of the season, but this start is a turn in the right direction for Conley.
On the hitting side, Jake Marisnick collected one hit in four at bats for the Zephyrs and his season slash line of .207/.303/.310 is discouraging for Marlins fans, as he was extremely hot during Spring Training.
Jacksonville Suns (3-4) @ Birmingham Barons (2-5)
Alfredo Silverio, RF: 2-for-5, 2B (1), 2 R, SO
J.T. Realmuto, C: 1-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R, SO
Andrew Heaney, SP: 6.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 8 SO
Heaney delivered a brilliant start in his second go-around of the season. There was some concerns about Heaney only getting three strikeouts in 5 innings of work in his first start. He quickly dismissed any notion of concern with his 8-strikeout performance on Thursday night.
Silverio continues to work his way back from his injuries sustained from his car crash from two years ago. If he can put up the numbers like he did with the Dodgers organization pre-injury, the Marlins could have another interesting fourth outfielder option for the future.
High Class A:
St. Lucie Mets (3-4) @ Jupiter Hammerheads (2-5)
Terrence Dayleg, SS: 3-for-4, 2B (3), RBI
Austin Barnes, C: 0-for-4
Josh Hodges, SP: 4.0 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 9 ER, BB, 3 SO, 1 HRA
The Hammerheads got absolutely manhandled by the Mets in this one, as they jumped all over starting pitcher Josh Hodges. It’s always amazing to see a starting pitcher give up up 13 hits and 10 runs in a single game, but that’s exactly what Hodges did in this one. In two starts this season, Hodges has allowed 14 runs on 18 hits.
Despite a hitless game, catcher Austin Barnes is slashing .320/.346/.480 on the season. With Barnes reaching as Double-A last season, he has an outside chance to take over the role as the “future catcher” of the Marlins down the road. Barnes can also play second base.
Low Class A:
Greensboro Grasshoppers (4-4) @ Delmarva Shoebirds (4-4)
Avery Romero, 2B: 4-for-5
Austin Dean, LF: 3-for-5, R, SO
Ryan Newell, SP: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 SO
Avery Romero has gotten off to a very hot start for the 2014 season, hopefully earning him a quick prediction to High-A Jupiter. So far on the season, Romero has a .414/.469/.586 slash line with just one strikeout and three walks on the season. Romero is on a trajectory to be in the discussion for a roster spot on the Marlins as early as late 2015 or early 2016.
His first start of the season didn’t go so well, but Newell had a strong bounceback second start, mainly behind his first double digit strikeout game of the season. The righty posted a 2.09 ERA in short season ball last season and has continued to impress early on in 2014.