The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp enter the Southern League All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.
They close the first half of the campaign with a 29-41 record, well out of the first-half playoff berth. The Miami Marlins have more on their minds, however, than wins and losses in their minor league feeder system.
The Jumbo Shrimp did finish in front of the Mobile Bay Bears (Los Angeles Angels in the final first-half standings, by a game. The division was paced by the Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers), at 41-29. This progress report focuses on the week from June 11th through 17th.
Current top prospects suiting up with the Miami Marlins Double-A club include number one prospect Sixto Sanchez, number nine Jorge Guzman, number 14 Brian Miller, number 22 Robert Dugger, number 23 Joe Dunand, number 24 Bryson Brigman, and number 30 Tommy Eveld.
Trailing their five-game series against the Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays), three-games-to-one, the Shrimp were looking to salvage one at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Bryson Brigman came through with a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th to take it, 6-5.
The Shrimp collected 15 hits, to only eight for the Biscuits. Stone Garrett collected three hits, including two doubles. Joe Dunand hit two singles and a double, John Silviano hit a single and a double, and Justin Twine hit two singles in the effort.
Sixto Sanchez started for Jacksonville, and came one out short of a Quality Start. He allowed four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. Dylan Lee pitched two perfect innings, and Tyler Stevens (2-1, 2.45) earned a six-out save, striking out three.
The Shrimp opened a five-game road series against the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox) at Regions Field. The offense racked up five hits but no runs, while Shrimp pitching held the Barons to just one hit and one run. Kolton Mahoney struck out five over six perfect innings. Brett Graves (1-4, 3.19) walked three in two innings, along with the only hit against Jacksonville.
Brigman led the Shrimp offense with two singles, and Twine hit the only extra-base hit of the day for the club, a double.
Jacksonville evened the series in game two, by a 3-1 final score behind a strong start from Jorge Guzman (3-6, 3.73). Guzman struck out four and allowed one run over six innings. Jeff Kinley whiffed four over two perfect innings, and Lee earned his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.
The Shrimp took a series lead in game three with a 3-2 victory. Both clubs totaled seven hits. Cody Poteet (4-3, 2.45) came within two outs of a complete game, striking out six over 8 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks for an in-game sub-1 WHIP. He had made it through the first eight cleanly, getting 74-of-108 offerings over the plate before allowing a walk and a single with one out in the ninth. Stevens relieved him, and earned a save despite allowing both inherited runners to score.
Santiago Chavez paced Jacksonville’s offense, going two-for-three with three RBI. Nobody collected an extra base hit for the team, and nobody drew a base-on-balls. Brian Miller, Joe Dunand, J.C. Millan, Stone Garrett, and Brigman also hit safely in the game.
Poteet was ranked as high as number 15 in the Prospect Pipeline as recently as 2017, but has since dropped off the list. Could he make a reappearance when it’s updated? Stay tuned.
Game four of the series would see the Shrimp clinch with a 5-3 victory. The Barons outhit the Shrimp, six-to-three, but somehow the Shrimp won anyway. It may be the fact that the team collected a dozen walks over nine innings.
Millan hit a double and had an RBI. Dunand and Miller each collected singles. All three of them drew a pair of walks, as did Twine and Brigman. Josh Roeder started for Jacksonville and allowed three runs in four innings. Tommy Eveld (1-0, 0.00) earned the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Daniel Castano surrendered one hit and struck out three in three relief innings, and Lee earned his seventh save, striking out two in the ninth.
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Sanchez (2-2, 3.08) tossed six shutout innings for Jacksonville in the first-half finale, striking out four and allowing five hits. McKenzie Mills, Brett Graves, and Kinley followed with perfect innings. Kinley struck out the side in the ninth for his second save. The losing pitcher of record, Matt Tomshaw (2-3, 1.85) struck out eight over six innings, giving up just an unearned run on three hits. Tomshaw played in the Miami Marlins system from 2015 through 2017.
Miller went 2-for-4 to push his average to .284, with the only RBI in the game, a two-out single to score Bird in the third inning.
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