Miami Marlins pitching prospect Robert Dugger threw 10 strikeouts in seven scoreless innings in a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp victory on Tuesday evening.
It would appear another Miami Marlins pitching prospect is making a case to move up the team’s minor league system. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp starter Robert Dugger recorded a career-best 10 strikeouts and pitched seven scoreless innings in 3-1 win over Birmingham on Tuesday.
The win for Dugger was his fourth in five starts and gives the organization another arm to consider for the future of this franchise.
"Per Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com, Dugger “Struck out seven consecutive batters at one point in the outing and ultimately allowed three hits and two walks while throwing 63 of his season-high 107 pitches for strikes.”"
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The Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A affiliate of the Marlins, have had success with their rotation this year. Pablo Lopez breezed through Double-A before being sent to New Orleans and Triple-A and ultimately the Major League roster.
Nick Neidert, the Marlins No. 3 prospect, has been as dominant as any pitcher in the minor league system and could be in line to win the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year award.
Dugger’s recent success could make the Marling think long and hard how they want to assemble their pitching staffs at both Jacksonville and New Orleans next season. Both Neidert and the 23-year-old from Tucson, AZ have been one of the bright spots for Randy Ready and the Jumbo Shrimp this season. Jacksonville is 23-33 in the second half of the Southern League season and 51-73 overall.
Dugger came over to the Marlins in a deal with the Seattle Mariners that sent popular second baseman Dee Gordon out west. Coincidentally, Neidert was the centerpiece of that deal. Miami also acquired Christopher Torres as well.
"Per Marco LaNave of the Jumbo Shrimp public relations department, “After Dugger (6-5) struck out the first three batters of the game in the top of the first inning, the Jumbo Shrimp (23-33 second half, 51-73 overall) took the lead in the bottom of the first inning against Barons left-hander Bernardo Flores (2-5). Right fielder Monte Harrison reached on a one-out infielder single, left fielder Brian Miller singled to right field for the first of his game-high three hits, and shortstop Joe Dunand hit a two-out, two-run double down the left-field line.”"
With 24 games remaining in the Southern League season, Dugger and Neidert could still make a strong case to start next season in New Orleans and potentially join the Marlins parent club at some point in 2019.