Mar 15, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Rafael Furcal (15) sits in the dugout during the game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Furcal started his rehab stint with the Jupiter Hammerheads on Monday, the team hopes for him to be returning to the lineup very soon. The Marlins affiliates went 2-2 on the day, with the Zephyrs and Hammerheads offenses exploding for big games.
New Orleans Zephyrs (3-9) @ Oklahoma City RedHawks (8-4)
Rob Brantly, C: 5-for-5, 2 2B (3), 2 R, 5 RBI
Mark Canha, 3B: 2-for-5, 3B (1), 2 R, 2 RBI
Jake Marisnick, CF: 1-for-4, 2B (2), R, RBI, BB, SO
Bryan Evans, SP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HRA
Hopefully Monday night is a sign of things to come for Marlins catcher Rob Brantly. He showed off the hit tool that had the Marlins tout him as the catcher of the future, right after he was acquired from the Tigers. The 5-hit performance raised his season average to .314.
The Zephyrs totaled 14 hits, with six of those going for extra bases. The team also walked seven times compared to striking out just three times. This all lead to an offensive explosion of 14 runs, after scoring only 25 over the first 11 games of the season.
Jacksonville Suns (3-8) @ Chattanooga Lookouts (4-7)
Joe Benson, RF: 2-for-4, 2B (4)
Austin Nola, SS: 2-for-5, RBI
Anthony DeSclafani, SP: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 5 SO; 1-for-2, 2B (1), R
DeSclafani was not at his sharpest on Monday, surrendering 3 runs on 9 hits, but he was able to rack up five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Anthony lowered his ERA 3.79 for the year. DeSclafani also collected a double and scored a run. He may not be the most talented of the Marlins pitching prospects, but could make the quickest impact in the majors.
Joe Benson has hit very well in the minors this season. If he can continue to do so going forward, he has a decent chance to crack the Marlins roster, especially if Reed Johnson continues to struggle at the plate.
High Class A:
Jupiter Hammerheads (5-6) @ St. Lucie Mets (6-5)
Rafael Furcal, 2B: 1-for-1, R, 2 BB
Viosergy Rosa, 1B: 3-for-5, R, 4 RBI
Trevor Williams, SP: 6.0 IP, 10 H, ER, BB, 3 SO
Williams labored through his 6 innings of work, allowing 11 men to reach base and striking out just three. He did however post an impressive 7-1 groundball to flyball ratio. The Marlins second round pick from a year ago hopes to make a quick trip through the Marlins system.
Furcal, playing in his first rehab game, had an impressive day at the plate, reaching each of his thee plate appearances and scoring a run. Furcal will spend the rest of the week with the Hammerheads, then eventually making a trip to Double-A.
Low Class A:
Greensboro Grasshoppers (7-5) @ Lakewood BlueClaws (3-8)
Justin Bohn, SS: 2-for-5, 2 R, SO
Felix Munoz, 1B: 2-for-3, BB, RBI
Avery Romero, 2B: 1-for-4, R, 3 SO; Error (1)
Jarlin Garcia, SP: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 HRA
Despite his worst start of the young season, sleeper prospect Jarlin Garcia continues to impress. Garcia walked a season high 3 hitters and allowed his first home run of the season. Garcia has now pitched 15 innings on the season, racking up 17 strikeouts and walking just 4 hitters.
Romero had a tough game, striking out three times and committing his first error on the season. Despite the rough game, Romero is still hitting over .400 for the year.