Of the 93 Miami Marlins minor league players who got into a game on Friday, None earned a higher fangraphs.com fantasy score than Dustin Beggs.
The Miami Marlins system went 5-3 across all levels, with the Jupiter Hammerheads earning a doubleheader sweep against the Daytona Tortugas. In the first game, delayed over two hours due to rain, Beggs earned a 74 GameScore in a 7-1 victory. He struck out seven and pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits and no walks. Beggs got 62-of-97 pitches in the strike zone.
A 6’3″, 180 lb. right-hander from Colorado Springs, Beggs was Miami’s 16th round pick in the 2016 draft out of the University of Kentucky. According to the draft report at baseballamerica.com, Beggs lacks a real plus-pitch, instead relying on a solid mix of four fringy-average offerings. BA goes on to say:
"It’s Beggs’ ability to work inside as well as away from hitters that has added to his effectiveness. In the past, Beggs worked away but his improved two-seam fastball has given him the comfort to bust hitters inside, making his slider to righties and changeup to lefties more effective."
Beggs joined the Miami Marlins system soon after his selection for a $10,000 signing bonus. In 17 appearances, mostly with the Batavia Muckdogs, he posted a 5.34 ERA, a .336 oppBA, and a 1.53 WHIP. Clearly some work was needed.
In 2017, Beggs benefited from remaining the entire season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, leading the team with 149 1/3 innings and with 107 strikeouts. He took 26 starts in the rotation, going 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP, and a .265 oppBA.
Since getting promoted to Jupiter on June 27th, Beggs has started seven times and gone 2-2 with a 2.01 ERA, with a .202 oppBA and a 0.87 WHIP. Six of his seven starts have been Quality Starts.
Other top performances from Friday
Tristan Pompey (JUP)
In the first game of the Hammerheads doubleheader, Pompey went three-for-four with a double and two runs. In game two, Pompey went two-for-three with a walk, a run, a stolen base, and an RBI. In his first four games at the high-A level, Pompey is hitting .615.
James Nelson (JUP)
Nelson batted cleanup for Jupiter in the first game of their doubleheader sweep of the Tortugas. He started the twin-bill by going two-for-four with a double, a run, and three RBI. In the night cap, batting third, he went two-for-four with another double and one RBI.
Robert Dugger (JAX)
Dugger started and earned no-decision in the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5-4 10-inning win against the Mississippi Braves. In seven innings of work, Dugger struck out five and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk. Dugger earned a 61 GameScore and got 56-of-81 pitches in the strikezone.
Zac Gallen (NO)
Gallen failed to nail down his 10th Quality Start of the season, striking out eight Iowa Cubs in a 4-2 home loss on Friday. Gallen earned a 44 GameScore, allowing five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Of the four runs Gallen allowed, half were unearned.
Walner Espinal (GCL)
Batting eighth in the order for the GCL Marlins, Espinal went two-for-three with a single and a two-run homer. He also drew a walk, making him three-for-four on the day in getting to base. The Marlins delivered a 6-0 shutout to the GCL Astros.
Leudy Martinez (DSL)
Martinez pushed his record to 6-0 for the season, striking out three and allowing zero earned runs in four relief innings. The DSL Marlins topped the DSL Dodgers Robinson, 6-4. Martinez did allow three unearned runs, on five hits and a walk.
Josh Roberson (GCL)
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Roberson started GCL’s shutout win over the Astros, and held them to one hit and one walk in five innings of work. He struck out two and earned a GameScore of 68, dropping his ERA to 1.39 in 32 1/3 innings this season.
Zech Lemond (JUP)
Lemond didn’t start for the Hammerheads, coming into the second game of the twin killing as a reliever. In two perfect innings, Lemond struck out four and earned his second win of the season while lowering his ERA to 0.47. 15 of Lemond’s 18 pitches were over the plate.
Luke Jarvis (BAT)
In the Batavia Muckdogs 5-3 loss to the Auburn Doubledays, Jarvis hit his first ever professional home run, a two-run shot.
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