On a rare off-day for the Miami Marlins, their minor league system was in full swing. There were nine moves below the major league level for them over the last two days.
O’Brien, a first baseman originally out of Hialeah, FL, was acquired by the Miami Marlins from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash on June 1st. In 43 games with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, he slashed .215/.345/.514 with 28 walks, 13 homers and 31 RBI. He was promoted to the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Tuesday, and collected a pinch-hit single in his first triple-A plate appearance with Miami.
Lillie, a 6′ right-handed pitcher from Murieta, CA, has racked up a 6-9 record with a 3.16 ERA over 29 minor league appearances, latest as a Jupiter Hammerhead. On July 13th, he was placed on the seven-day disabled list. Today, he started a rehab assignment for the GCL Marlins. He took the 8-6 loss to the GCL Cardinals, allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings. He also struck out six batters. He’s been in the system since getting drafted in the fifth round in 2017.
Aiello, a 28th round pick from last year, has pitched to a 2.81 ERA, a .183 OPP BA, and a 0.90 WHIP in 57 2/3 innings. He’s also struck out 71 and walked only 14, converting 12-of-13 save opportunities. The Hammerheads placed him on the seven-day disabled list earlier today.
Lemond, a 25-year-old right-hander from Houston, TX, was signed by the Marlins to a minor league deal just before the start of the 2018 season. He’s appeared in 24 games across three levels of minor league ball this year, going 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA, 32 K’s in 34 innings, and a 1.24 WHIP. Jupiter activated him from the seven-day disabled list today.
Miami’s current #15 prospect, Torres is a 20-year-old shortstop out of the Dominican Republic. He joined the Miami Marlins organization on December 7th last year, along with Robert Dugger and Nick Neidert for Dee Gordon. Torres had a late start to the season, but in seven games with the Batavia Muckdogs slashed .348/.429/.609. The Marlins promoted him to the Greensboro Grasshoppers today.
Lara, a second baseman, was placed on the seven-day DL by the Grasshoppers today, retroactive to yesterday. In 68 games this year, he’s slashing .214/.272/.336 with four homers and 23 RBI.
Braley, Miami’s sixth round pick in 2017, has put up a 4-5 record with a 4.46 ERA in 13 starts this season, mostly with Greensboro. Laid up on the DL for the last 40 days, he was sent to the GCL Marlins for a rehab assignment yesterday. Braley pitched two perfect innings in his start, as the baby Fish pulled out a 7-2 win over the GCL Mets.
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Lilek, a left-handed starting pitcher, has been laid up with several left arm problems over his minor-league career. Miami’s second round pick in 2015, He hasn’t pitched since May 31st, 2016, and has only thrown 52 innings over 19 games. He’s struck out 57 with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP. Yesterday, for the GCL Marlins, he earned a victory by pitching a scoreless third inning, striking out one and allowing one hit. Lilek was ranked as Miami’s #11 prospect in 2016.
Hoover is a 6’4″, 240 lb. right-hander from Tennessee. Miami’s 32nd round selection in 2016, he pitched 11 innings for the Batavia Muckdogs after his selection, and hasn’t pitched since. That is, until yesterday. Hoover pitched the fourth inning of the game that Braley started and Lilek won, and held the lead with a scoreless frame. He struck out one and surrendered a single hit.
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