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Blue Jays pound out four more homers in sweeping Marlins
Ian Harrison, Associated Press
A power surge and an unexpected pitching gem lifted the streaking Toronto Blue Jays their eighth straight win.
“I don’t see how you can do it better than that,” Gibbons said. “He definitely opened up everybody’s eyes.”
Latos set to rejoin Marlins, start Saturday
Dan Toman / MLB.com
TORONTO — The Marlins’ injury-depleted rotation is about to get a little healthier.
Right-hander Mat Latos has been cleared to rejoin the team, and he will be activated from the disabled list ahead of Saturday’s start against the Rockies, manager Dan Jennings told reporters Wednesday.
Latos, who’s been sidelined since May 23 with left knee inflammation, looked sharp in his latest rehab outing for Triple-A New Orleans, allowing three hits and striking out four in 4 1/3 innings Monday night. (Read More Here)
MLB Draft 2015: Miami Marlins add speed, outfield depth by drafting Isaiah White
Round 3: #85 Overall, OF Isaiah White, Greenfield School
It took two rounds, but the Miami Marlins have finally drafted their first right handed prospect, the 138th ranked prospect in the country, Prep speedster and center fielder Isaiah White. White, after being selected 85thoverall in the 3rd round by the Marlins, became the first player in the history of his Greenfield School in Wilson, NC to be drafted in MLB’s First-Year Player Draft. White finished his senior season at Greenfield with a .547 AVG and 3 home runs in 89 plate appearances to complement 31 stolen bases in 31 attempts.
White, who is just 18 years old, stands at 6’0 170 lbs. and can absolutely cruise on the base paths and on the grass in the outfield+, making him comparable to Miami Marlins 2014 7th round selection Anfernee Seymour – a speedy utility player currently playing with Miami’s rookie league affiliate the GCL Marlins. The clearest difference between the two is White’s raw athletic ability at the plate, using his decisively fast hands to generate more pop from his wood than the average speedster prospect. White’s developmental issues were addressed when scouts talked about his plate presence in the batter box, stating that he struggles with recognizing pitches and attempts to use his quick hands to make up for his mistake in pitch recognition – fostering subpar plate discipline. If White elects to sign with the Miami Marlins and forgo his commitment to East Carolina University, this skillset will need to be refined with a full season of developmental ball in the Gulf Coast League. The 85th selection is slotted at $698,100 – there has to be more than a good chance White will sign with the Fish. (Read More Here)
Adam Conley settles into debut during Marlins’ loss
Christiana De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
TORONTO — After throwing two straight balls to open his major-league debut,Miami Marlins left-hander Adam Conley stopped to think before his next pitch.
“I’ve been here a million times and there’s nothing to be overly excited about so much so that I can’t do my job,” Conley said. “I just started focusing on pounding the middle of the zone and letting stuff work, and that’s what I’ve done in the past to have success.”
Conley would heed his advice to pitch a perfect eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
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