The big news today was the promotion of Zac Gallen to the Miami Marlins.
Four recently drafted right-handed pitchers reported to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League. Sixth round-pick M.D. Johnson, ninth-rounder Evan Brabrand, 24th-round pick Jeff Lindgren, and 30th-round choice Joey Steele all joined the Muckdogs less than a week into the short season.
Aside from Gallen, nine other players in the Miami Marlins feeder system were moved up a level on Thursday. From the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League to the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes in the Pacific Coast League, LHP Jeff Kinley and RHP Robert Dugger moved up a step. Kinley and Dugger are ranked as the Marlins numbers 22 and 25 prospects, respectively.
LHP Jeff Brigham made the trek back to the Baby Cakes from the Marlins, and similarly last-named shortstop Bryson Brigman went south from Jacksonville to Jupiter. Brigman, who came over to the Miami Marlins in the Cameron Maybin trade, is the Marlins 24th ranked prospect.
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RHP Cam Baird was sent to Clinton from Jupiter, and 6’8″ first baseman Sean Reynolds rejoined the NYPL after leading the league last season in homers, RBI, walks, and strikeouts. Reynolds, who boasts remarkable power, has struck out 278 times in his last 144 minor league games between the LumberKings and the Muckdogs. His 145 strikeouts this season, in only 68 games, is 62 more than the second place strikeout victim in the circuit.
The only player released from contract in today’s flurry of activity was LHP Elvis Araujo. The 6’7″, 275 lb. fireballer was picked up by the Miami Marlins through free agency just prior to 2019 Spring Training. In 19 appearances for the Jumbo Shrimp, he struck out 25 and walked 15 in 17 2/3 innings. He was 2-1 with a 7.64 ERA.
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