Miami Marlins: Jordan Yamamoto Shines in Return to Jacksonville

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11: A general view of Miami Marlins Stadium during a Pool C game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic between the United States and the Dominican Republic on March 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 11: A general view of Miami Marlins Stadium during a Pool C game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic between the United States and the Dominican Republic on March 11, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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On an off day for the Miami Marlins, the top five levels of their minor league system played a total of seven games. They combined to go 3-4, and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp lost both halves of their doubleheader.

The Shrimp dropped the first game of the two by a 4-3 margin to the Mississippi Braves. Jordan Yamamoto, who had been on a rehab assignment for most of August, started game two.

It was a masterful performance. Six innings of no-hit, no-walk work. The only blemish for Yamamoto was a third-inning plunking of Ray-Patrick Diddier. Diddier made it to second on a passed ball, but no further.

Yamamoto struck out nine and faced just one over the minimum, racking up an 85 GameScore in his third start at the double-A level. It wasn’t the highest GameScore he’s posted this season. On June 20th, he finished with an 86 after whiffing 13 for the Jupiter Hammerheads over seven scoreless two-hit innings.

Yamamoto had started three games for the GCL Marlins through his rehab assignment, giving up five hits over 11 innings while striking out 15. Before that, he had a 4-1 record for the Jupiter Hammerheads, with a 1.55 ERA over 40 2/3 innings.

Yamamoto was part of the bounty the Miami Marlins received when they parted ways with Christian Yelich. They also got Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison, and Isan Diaz. Yamamoto was the lowest rated of the four at the time, but has shown that he may have the highest ceiling of the bunch.

Other Top Minor League Performances from Friday

Peter O’Brien (NO)

O’Brien did what he does best for the New Orleans Baby Cakes, slapping his 10th homer for them in just over a month at the triple-A level. He has 23 home runs between the Jumbo Shrimp and the Cakes since the Marlins traded for him on June 1st. He batted fourth in today’s game, adding a double and a walk to his round-tripper.

Peyton Culbertson (BAT)

Culbertson started in game two of the Batavia Muckdogs doubleheader against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He earned no-decision, but struck out seven in four innings of two-hit shutout ball.

Ryan Lillie (JUP)

Ryan Lillie started for the Jupiter Hammerheads in their 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Clearwater Threshers. He lasted six innings and struck out four batters, allowing one earned run on seven hits and a walk. He earned a 61 GameScore and got 60-of-89 pitches over the plate.

Isael Soto (GSO)

Soto batted fourth for the Greensboro Grasshoppers in their 11-3 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws. He was two-for-four with a home run, two RBI, and a run scored.

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John Norwood (JAX)

Norwood sat for the first game of Jacksonville’s double header, then batted sixth in game two. He grounded out in the second, hit a solo home run to lead off the fifth, and drew a walk and scored in the seventh.

Brian Miller (JAX)

Miller led off for the Jumbo Shrimp, and was one-for-two with a walk and his 19th stolen base in game one. In game two, he went one-for-three with another walk and an RBI.

Jorgan Cavanerio (JUP)

Cavanerio earned the victory in relief for the Sharks. He struck out three over two scoreless innings, and pushed his record to 6-2 for the season.

Nestor Bautista (GSO)

Bautista pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the Grasshoppers, striking out four BlueClaws.

Elkin Alcala (BAT)

Alcala relieved Culbertson in game two for Batavia. He whiffed three over two one-hit innings.

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