Throughout the 2018 MLB campaign, we here at Marlin Maniac strive to bring you minor league news in addition to Miami Marlins coverage.
On each side of the Miami Marlins four-day all star break (excepting J.T. Realmuto), the Fish went 3-0, and four straight overall. Their minor league system wasn’t quite as shiny. The seven levels of minor league ball went a collective 18-25. The Jupiter Hammerheads and the DSL Marlins went 4-2 each, while the rest of the clubs finished at or below .500. The New Orleans Baby Cakes were 4-4, the Batavia Muckdogs were 3-4, the Greensboro Grasshoppers were 2-3, the GCL Marlins went 1-4, and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp were 0-6. Despite their overall losing record, there were a few standouts for the Sharks, Shrimp, Dogs, Cakes, Hoppers, and baby Fish.
Statistically speaking, no player in the Miami system had a better week than @Woahitsnelly. The 2018 campaign would see James Ryan Nelson start out on the DL, then make his high-A debut with the Hammerheads in early June. Overall this season, the 20-year-old Nelson is slashing just .221/.284/.327. Miami’s #9 overall prospect, third baseman Nelson’s bat woke up this week. He went seven-for-15 with three walks, two doubles, a home run, and seven RBI. His weeks’ efforts raised his average over 40 points.
Peter R. Mooney, a Loxahatchee, FL native, is the starting shortstop for the Baby Cakes. For New Orleans this season, he’s slashing .301/.383/.398. Not a part of the Miami Marlins 40-man roster, 27-year-old Mooney is nevertheless making a push for the major leagues. In eight games this week, he was seven-for-26 with six walks, two home runs, and nine RBI. It’s a clear measure of his success that his batting average actually dropped eight points this week while he collected the second best statline in the system. One of the homers was a grand slam:
Anfernee J’Nero Seymour, a Bahamian native, was a Miami seventh-round pick in 2014. He’s since been traded to the Atlanta Braves and reacquired by the Marlins earlier this season. In 35 games back with Jupiter, the 23-year-old center fielder has slashed .286/.345/.429. In four games this week, he’s gone six-for-18 with a walk, five runs, two stolen bases, a double, a triple, a home run, and four RBI.
John-Daniel Jurgen Worner Osborne is a right-handed hitting catcher out of Ontario. The 23-year-old was the Miami Marlins 22nd round pick in 2017. This season with Batavia, he’s slashing a robust .368/.433/.539 in 21 games. Currently riding a nine-game hitting streak, Osborne collected multiple hits three times in five games through the week. He was nine-for-19 with two walks, three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI, raising his average by 35 points.
Willam Davis Bradshaw is an outfielder from Mississippi, and Miami’s 11th round pick in 2018. The lefty-batting, righty-throwing 20-year-old has appeared in 14 games this season for the GCL Marlins, slashing .340/.415/.532. In four games this week, he was seven-for-15 with a walk, four runs, two doubles, three triples, three stolen bases, and two RBI. Not bad.
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Zachary Peter Gallen is a 22-year-old right-handed starting pitcher from New Jersey. Initially a third-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016, the Miami Marlins acquired him in the Marcell Ozuna deal. As a Baby Cake this year, he’s gone 6-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 94 whiffs in 97 innings. He won both of his starts this week, allowing seven hits and one earned run over 12 innings of work, with 11 strikeouts to his credit. He’s also a worthwhile Twitter follow:
Osiris Marcel Johnson is the youngest player in the Miami Marlins domestic system, just 17-years-old out of Alameda, CA. Miami’s second round pick in 2018, the right-handed shortstop has slashed .271/.286/.373 in 14 games since joining the GCL Marlins. In five games this week, Johnson was eight-for-19 with a walk, four runs, a double, a homer, two stolen bases, and six RBI.
Jerar Luis Encarnacion is a 6’4″ right-handed right fielder from the Dominican Republic. Signed to the international complex prior to the 2016 campaign, he’s slashed .340/.356/.485 in 22 games this year with Batavia. In seven games this week, he was 10-for-31 with a walk, five runs, a double, a triple, a home run, a stolen base, and four RBI.
Riley Mahan is a 22-year-old lefty-batting, right-throwing second baseman from Ohio. Miami’s third round selection in 2017, he’s slashed .238/.306/329 in 75 games for the Hammerheads this year. In six games this week, he went seven-for-23 with two walks, four runs, two doubles, and five RBI.
Christopher Angel Torres is a 5’11”, switch-hitting shortstop from the Dominican Republic. The Miami Marlins got him in the Dee Gordon trade with the Seattle Mariners. He’s only appeared in seven games this season between the GCL Marlins and the Muckdogs. In five games this week, he went six-for-17 with three walks, six runs, one double, one triple, one home run, and four RBI.
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