On day three of no Miami Marlins activity during the 2018 All Star break, their minor league system remained in full swing.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers sent Tyler Kolek to the GCL Marlins for a rehab assignment. Kolek was initially the Miami Marlins first round selection back in 2014, with the second overall choice. After signing for a $6 million bonus, Kolek has been less than impressive. He had missed all but five games over the last three seasons before today’s inning for the rookie instructional outfit in Jupiter. He walked one and allowed one hit in the first.
Jordan Yamamoto was placed on the seven-day DL. Considered the “throw in,” as the only unranked prospect gained in the Christian Yelich deal, he’s been anything but an afterthought in his nine starts this season. He’s struck out 61 in 51 2/3 innings, with a 0.97 WHIP, a .202 opposing batting average, and a 1.92 ERA between the Jupiter Hammerheads and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
Joe Gunkel was reactivated from the seven-day DL. Claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers in April, 2017, Gunkel was 6-10 for the Jumbo Shrimp last season, with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. This year with the New Orleans Baby Cakes, he’s 0-1 in 11 appearances, with 27 K’s in 38 frames. He’s also dropped his WHIP to a 1.21 mark.
Jumbo Diaz was activated from the seven-day DL. He had spent a month on the list, and just finished up a two-game, three inning rehab stint with the GCL Marlins. He struck out four and didn’t allow any runs. Diaz has appeared in the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds and the Tampa Bay Rays. He was returned today to New Orleans.
Jameson McGrane was promoted to the Jupiter Hammerheads from Greensboro. Making quick work of the Miami Marlins system would be a bit of an understatement for McGrane. He signed a free agent deal with the Marlins a month ago today, then spent four days with the GCL Marlins, three weeks with the Batavia Muckdogs, and four days with the Grasshoppers. The rush job may have a bit to do with his advanced age (he’s 26) and a bit to do with his strikeout ratio (12 in 8 1/3 innings).
Chad Wallach was placed on the seven-day DL. He’s slashing .229/.330/.365 in 30 games for the Baby Cakes.
Jose Pena was assigned from the Baby Cakes to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. In five games with New Orleans, he’s allowed just 0.96 WHIP and a .107 batting average while allowing just one earned run in 8 1/3 innings. So yeah, not sure why they sent this guy down.
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Zech Lemond was sent from the Hammerheads to the GCL Marlins on a rehab assignment. He’s spent the last three weeks on the DL. Prior to that, he was 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA between the Shrimp and the Hammerheads, with 29 strikeouts in 31 innings. In today’s refresher, he gave up a run on two hits in one inning of work.
Steven Farnworth was assigned to the Grasshoppers from Jupiter. He had allowed a .333 opposing average in 19 2/3 innings with the Hammerheads, and a 4.58 ERA with just 11 strikeouts.
Travis Neubeck was placed on the seven-day DL. Miami’s seventh round pick in 2015, Neubeck has a career 5-13 record and a 4.09 ERA. This season, he’s 2-2 with a 1.30 over 27 2/3 innings split between the Hoppers and the Hammerheads. He’s also striking out a lot more batters, with 32 in 27 2/3 innings.
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