Marlin Maniac Player of the Week: Michael Donadio
Throughout the 2018 MLB campaign, we here at Marlin Maniac strive to bring you minor league news in addition to Miami Marlins coverage.
The Miami Marlins posted a 2-4 record this week, losing the series finale to the Tampa Bay Rays, splitting a two game set against the Atlanta Braves, then losing two of the first three games in their current four game series against the Washington Nationals. The seven levels of minor league ball went a collective 21-22. The DSL and GCL Marlins went 4-2 each, and were the only affiliates to finish above .500. The New Orleans Baby Cakes and the Jupiter Hammerheads went 3-3 and the Greensboro Grasshoppers were 4-4, neither winners nor losers in the grand balance of things. Below .500 were the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (2-5), and the Batavia Muckdogs (2-4). A very nearly “average” week, as far as the won-loss record would indicate. There were standouts, and we’ll focus on 20 of them today.
The overall player of the week, Donadio raised his overall average from .271 to .305 by going 10-for-22 with two walks, three doubles, two homers, seven RBI, and a stolen base while left-fielding for the Muckdogs.
Donadio was the Miami Marlins 30th round selection in 2017 out of St. John’s University. The 23-year-old outfielder is slashing .305/.378/.475 for Batavia this year.
Currently riding an eight-game hitting streak, Montero was six-for-17 over five games this week, with two walks, two doubles, a triple, two stolen bases, and four RBI for the DSL Marlins.
Soto was nine-for-28 with five walks, six runs, six doubles, seven RBI, and a stolen base in eight contests for the Grasshoppers.
Pompey, who I wrote about on Tuesday, went 11-for-26 in seven games for the Grasshoppers. He hit his first two professional home runs, with two doubles, four RBI, four walks, two stolen bases, and four runs scored.
Twine is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, and has slashed .455/.472/.606 since joining the Jumbo Shrimp. In the last week, he’s 11-for-26 in seven contests, with two doubles, four runs, a homer, five RBI, and a stolen base.
Reynolds went six-for-21 in six contests this week for Batavia. He scored five runs, hitting a double, two homers, five RBI, four walks, and two stolen bases.
Grant is on a six-game hitting streak for the GCL Marlins, and in four games this week had two hits in each. He went eight-for-15 with two doubles, two RBI, two walks, and four stolen bases.
Rivera had three three-hit games this week for Greensboro. In total, he was 10-for-25 with a walk, two doubles, a home run, four RBI, and two stolen bases.
Currently playing for the Jumbo Shrimp, Lee played in seven contests this week. He went 12-for-31 with three walks, five runs, a double, a home run, two RBI, and a stolen base.
In six games this week for Jupiter, Alonso went four-for-20 with four walks, four runs, a double, a triple, a home run, and seven RBI.
Castano started twice this week for the Grasshoppers, and allowed no runs on 10 hits over 13 innings. He walked three and struck out 12, getting 120-of-182 pitches in the strike zone. The pair of Quality Starts lowered his ERA from 3.24 to 2.13 for the season.
Lilek, who had been out of action for over two calendar years, won two games for the GCL Marlins on consecutive days in relief. He struck out one in two innings of scoreless work. Nothing special about it except that he showed up to play. It’s nice to see the 2015 second rounder back in action.
Martinez struck out seven in three innings for the DSL Marlins, allowing one run on three hits and a walk.
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McGrane pitched in two games for the Hammerheads, striking out three in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Keller pitched in three games for the Shrimp, striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings, while allowing just one hit and one walk.
Cloyd only made one appearance this week, but in that game, he was perfect through six innings. He ended up pitching seven scoreless one-hit innings, walking nobody.
Palacios whiffed seven in 4 2/3 innings for the DSL Marlins. He allowed no runs, extending a personal 28-inning scoreless streak. Overall, he’s 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a 0.62 WHIP in 41 2/3 innings.
Mertz pitched in four games this week for Greensboro. He struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and zero walks.
Martinez earned no decision in his game for DSL, striking out six and allowing one hit in four scoreless innings.
Gallen earned the win against the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings and allowing two unearned runs on two hits and three walks.
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