Luke Jarvis was the 25th round selection of the Miami Marlins in the 2018 June Draft. A 5’10”, 191 lb. middle infielder out of Auburn University, Jarvis was born on December 7th, 1994.
For those of you who weren’t sitting there with a notebook during the draft this year, I’ll tell you that was the 747th overall choice off the board. Although players that are drafted that late aren’t very highly touted, traditionally, it isn’t unprecedented for them to find their way to the major leagues. Four have done it in the past, most recently by Casey Sadler for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2010) and most successfully by Juan Eichelberger for the San Francisco Giants (1971).
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Jarvis played a season of junior college ball for Saddleback College in 2014, hitting .267/.323/.302 in 25 games. In 2017 and 2018, he manned shortstop and second base for the Auburn Tigers. As a senior, he slashed .253/.319/.367 in 60 games. After Miami spent their pick on him, he signed for a $1,000 bonus.
Jarvis was assigned to the Batavia Muckdogs on June 28th, and has since appeared in 42 games, slashing .213/.279/.326, with two home runs and 11 RBI. He has stolen six bases in nine attempts, and drawn 11 walks while striking out 34 times in 151 plate appearances.
Jarvis has manned shortstop in 10 games, and has a .933 fielding percentage after making two errors in 30 total chances. At second base he’s better, with four errors in 136 chances for a .971 fielding percentage. He has four multi-hit games this season, including last night, when he was three-for-four with two doubles, a triple, and an RBI.
Considering the other talent in the Miami Marlins system, Jarvis will probably begin next season with the Muckdogs again, if he’s retained, with an outside shot at getting to the Greensboro Grasshoppers before the short-season begins in June. He should graduate and appear with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in 2021, with a chance to break camp with the Marlins in 2022.
Other Top Miami Marlins Minor League Performances from Monday
Sean Reynolds (BAT)
Reynolds had the best night in the Miami Marlins system, as the Batavia Muckdogs topped the State College Spikes, 11-6. Reynolds manned first base and batted fourth, going three-for-five with two home runs and four RBI. Reynolds is hitting just .192, and leads the NYPL with an incredible 120 strikeouts, but he also leads the junior A circuit with 15 round-trippers. He leads each of those categories by a considerable margin. Second place for those stats are 91 strikeouts and nine home runs, respectively.
Ethan Clark (GSO)
Ethan Clark started and earned no-decision for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Lakewood BlueClaws. Clark whiffed eight in six innings, earning a Quality Start and allowing only one run, earned. He surrendered four hits and four walks, finishing with a 65 GameScore and getting 54-of-87 over the plate.
Dustin Beggs (JAX)
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp dropped their matchup with the Chattanooga Lookouts, 4-1 on Monday night. Beggs was the starter, and absorbed the loss despite pitching a Quality Start. He lasted six innings and struck out six, allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits and four walks. He got 69-of-101 pitches over the plate, and put up a 52 GameScore to outduel opposing starter Casey Crosby, who racked up a 47.
Bryce Howe (BAT)
Bryce Howe came on in relief of Jordan Holloway for the Muckdogs, and pitched the third through the fifth innings. He earned the win, the only one of the night for the Marlins’ system, and struck out five while surrendering a run on four hits and zero walks.
Matt Brooks (BAT)
Brooks batted eighth and played DH for Batavia. His fifth inning two-run shot gave the Muckdogs a 10-1 lead.
Cristhian Adames (NO)
Adames batted in the third spot in the order for the New Orleans Baby Cakes in their 5-1 loss to the Round Rock Express. He opened the scoring in the first inning with a home run to left-center field, his seventh of the season for the triple-A club. He later drew a walk.
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Jose Roeder (JUP)
Roeder’s night didn’t start very good, allowing five runs (four earned) in his first two innings of work in a 6-0 loss to the Clearwater Threshers. After that, though, he settled down, and at one point retired 15 batters in a row. He earned the loss, surrendering eight hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings. He put 52-of-83 pitches in the strike zone.
Nick Fortes (BAT)
Fortes manned the backstop and batted sixth for the Muckdogs, and went two-for-three with two runs and an RBI.
Osiris Johnson (GSO)
Johnson batted third in the order for the Hoppers, and clobbered his second round-tripper of the season in the seventh inning, a solo home run and Greensboro’s only run of the day.
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