Fish Farm Report: Strong Miami Marlins Depth Pitching Highlighted by Jupiter Victory

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 3: Nicky Lopez #1 of the Kansas City Royals was among those who stayed after their game with the Cleveland Indians for fireworks at Kauffman Stadium on July 3, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 3: Nicky Lopez #1 of the Kansas City Royals was among those who stayed after their game with the Cleveland Indians for fireworks at Kauffman Stadium on July 3, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Reed Hoffmann/Getty Images) /

As the All Star break continues, the Miami Marlins feeder system played in five contests on Tuesday.

In Miami Marlins transactional news, first baseman Matt Snyder was sent from the triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes down to the rookie-level GCL Marlins on a rehab gig. First baseman Micah Brown and RHP Humberto Mejia were placed on the seven-day IL by the advanced-A Jupiter Hammerheads. They also activated outfielder Tristan Pompey and welcomed RHP Tyler Jones from the Clinton LumberKings from middle-A ball. RHP Tayron Guerrero also joined the club on a rehab assignment.

The LumberKings released RHP Bryce Howe. He had been with the organization since getting chosen in the 18th round out of Oral Roberts University in 2017. He’s split his playing career between the bottom three levels of the Marlins continental farm system, striking out 89 in 99 1/3 innings and holding batters to a 2.81 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.

In the Dominican Summer League, outfielder Richard Roman and twin brother Ricardo Roman were signed and reported to the DSL Marlins (according to MILB.COM). Richard instantly went two-for-four in his first action.

Florida State League (High-A)

Jupiter Hammerheads 2, St. Lucie Mets 3

The Mets scored runs in the second and in the third inning to take a quick 2-0 lead off Hammerheads starter Will Stewart. Stewart then settled down and took home no decision over seven innings of four-hit ball.

In the first game of a scheduled seven-inning doubleheader, the Hammerheads came back to score a run in the fourth on a Demetrius Sims RBI-single. In the sixth, they tied it on a Lazaro Alonso ground out to eventually force extra innings. In the top to the eighth, reliever Sean Guenther (3-1, 2.08) allowed the runner at second to score, and the Hammerheads had no answer in the bottom of the inning.

Jupiter Hammerheads 5, St. Lucie Mets 0

Four Jupiter pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout against the Mets in the second game of their twin-bill. 518 witnessed the pair of games at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Alberto Guerrero pitched an inning and allowed only a walk. Alex Vesia (1-0, 2.89) struck out four and gave up a pair of hits in three innings. C.J. Carter allowed three baserunners but held the Mets off the board in the fifth, and Jeff Lindgren whiffed four in the final two innings.

Offensively, the Sharks were led by a two-for-two performance by Demetrius Sims. Sims hit a double and a home run, also drawing a walk. Victor Victor Mesa had a pair of base-hits as well. Sims opened the scoring with a solo shot in the second inning, followed by a Jhonny Santos solo shot to double the lead. Mesa scored a run on a St. Lucie error, and Sims knocked in Nick Fortes with a fifth inning double.

New York-Penn League (Short-Season-A)

Batavia Muckdogs 5, State College Spikes 7

The Muckdogs couldn’t hold a three-run eighth-inning lead, as the Spikes scored five in the bottom of that inning to take the win.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Nic Ready hit his second double of the game to score Dalvy Rosario to get the Dogs on the board. Jack Strunc followed with a two-run shot for the lead. After giving up a run in the bottom of the inning, Brayan Hernandez clobbered his second moon-shot of the season to score Dustin Skelton and take a 5-2 lead that would hold until the fateful eighth.

Julio Frias struck out five in as many innings, allowing just one earned run in his no-decision. Edison Suriel (1-1, 2.79) was saddled with the loss after giving up four runs in 1 2/3 innings. To be fair, only one of those runs was earned.

Gulf Coast League (Rookie Level)

GCL Marlins 13, GCL Astros 9

The Astros actually outhit the Marlins in this contest, nine-to-eight, but the Marlins had them where they counted. They took advantage of 12 walks issued by Astro pitching.

Omar Lebron forced in Victor Mesa Jr. with a walk in the first inning. In the second, Mesa hit a two-run double, followed by a Galloway RBI-single, a Tevin Mitchell bases-loaded HBP, and a Zachary Owings two-run single to make it 7-0 early. Mitchell then scored on a wild pitch. Mitchell went on to cross the plate on a muffed play a second time in the fourth, scoring on a passed ball. In the fifth, Lebron hit a two-run double then scored on an Owings sac fly. Ronal Reynoso scored Mitchell for a third time with an eighth-inning double.

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Dominican Summer League (Rookie Level)

DSL Marlins 5, DSL Braves 7

In the DSL, the Marlins jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the second, then failed to hold a 5-4 eighth-inning lead in an eventual 7-5 loss to the Braves.

Cristhian Rodriguez scored Anthony Felipe on a second-inning double, and scored himself on a fielding error. Richard Roman added an RBI-single to score Yoelvis Sanchez, and Jonathan Chinchilla crossed the plate on a Jandel Paulino single before the inning was over. Sanchez later scored Felipe on an eighth-inning single.

Luis Lopez held the Braves to one run over four innings. He gave way to Luis Tejada, who allowed three runs in his inning. Henry Valencia (1-2, 1.80) gave up three unearned runs for the loss.

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