Miami Marlins Farm Report: Bleday and Misner Make Debuts

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: A detailed photo of the Rawlings baseball glove of Derek Dietrich
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: A detailed photo of the Rawlings baseball glove of Derek Dietrich /

J.J. Bleday has already played two minor league for the Miami Marlins.

J.J. Bleday‘s signing has been highly anticipated since the Miami Marlins chose him with the fourth overall selection in the 2019 MLB Amateur Entry Draft in early June. In his first two games, he’s three-for-eight with three singles and two strikeouts. In addition to that very well publicized roster move, Jon Berti joined the New Orleans Baby Cakes on a rehab assignment. The Cakes also placed Austin Dean on the seven-day injured list and activated Isaac Galloway.

The Jupiter Hammerheads released outfielder Angel Reyes. The 24-year-old Reyes, a right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder, had been with the Miami Marlins system for eight seasons, and was hitting .243/296/.374 in 36 games this season for the Hammerheads. Outfielder Jorge Caballero was promoted to the Batavia Muckdogs from the GCL Marlins, and competitive balance pick Kameron Misner joined the GCL Marlins.

Of the six games scheduled for Sunday, five were played. The Dominican Summer League doesn’t play Sundays, and the Baby Cakes were rained out of their contest versus the Round Rock Express. Of those five that were actually played, Marlins affiliates posted a 3-2 record.

Double-A Southern League

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 10, Chattanooga Lookouts 5

With 2,648 on hand at AT&T Field, the Jumbo Shrimp topped the Lookouts to complete a four-game sweep. The series would see the Shrimp outscore the Cincinnati Reds affiliate 37-to-13 over four games.

In today’s win, the Shrimp outhit the Lookouts 14-to-11, as all nine starters collected at least one base hit. Five players finished with two hits each.

Bryson Brigman opened the scoring in the first inning with his first of two doubles, driving home Brian Miller. Brigman scored soon after on a fielding error.

The Lookouts scored a run each in the bottom of the first and the second to tie it up. In the third, Corey Bird drove home two with his third home run of the season.   In the fifth, J.C. Millan sent Joe Dunand home with a single, and Anfernee Seymour drove home four runs on one hit with a grand slam, his first home of the season. It turned out to be the eventual game-winning hit. Millan added an RBI-double in the sixth.

Daniel Castano (3-1, 4.43) earned a win by striking out seven in six innings. He finished with a Quality Start by getting 64-of-104 pitches over the plate and allowing three earned runs (and one unearned) on seven hits and a walk. McKenzie Mills struck out four and earned a nine-out save, his second of the season.

After ending the first half of the season with a 29-41 record, and fourth place in the five-team SL Southern Division, the crustaceans are 18-11 in the second half, one game behind the Biloxi Shuckers for the division lead.

Jacksonville will host Biloxi for a five-game set starting tonight at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.

High-A Florida State League

Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2

The Hammerheads won the battle and the war against Palm Beach, losing the opener then winning the second and third game in the series. There were 392 in the house at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, despite the venue playing home to both clubs.

Trevor Rogers (5-7, 2.53) got the win, striking out six in seven innings and placing 62-of-89 in the strike zone. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. Alex Vesia got the save with two perfect innings of work, striking one batter out.

Nick Fortes opened the scoring in the first inning, driving Victor Victor Mesa home with a ground out. James Nelson then scored Bleday with a sacrifice fly. Mesa drove home Harrison Dinicola with the eventual game-winner in the second inning. Nelson scored Fortes in the fifth with a double.

Mesa and Bleday had two hits apiece to lead the Sharks offense. After posting an FSL-worst 21-42 in the first half, Jupiter is 16-16 in the second. Unfortunately, that’s only good enough for fifth in the tough six-team FSL Southern Division. Later today, they’ll open a four game road-set against the Charlotte Stone Crabs with a doubleheader.

Middle-A Midwest League

Clinton LumberKings 2, Lansing Lugnuts 4

After going 33-36 in the first half, the LumberKings have paced the MWL Western Division with a 20-9 record. They suffered a rare loss on Sunday afternoon, dropping a 4-2 decision to Lansing in front of 3,609 at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Remey Reed earned no decision despite striking out seven and allowing only one unearned run over five innings. He walked one and gave up five hits while getting 57-of-88 over the plate. Raul Brito (3-2, 5.54) took the loss, giving up three runs in one inning. Cam Baird struck out three over two shutout innings.

The Kings managed just five hits against the Toronto Blue Jays affiliate, but no player collected multiple hits. Thomas Jones, Connor Scott, and Marcos Rivera‘s hits were doubles.

Peyton Burdick opened the scoring in the first, driving Christopher Torres home with a sacrifice fly. Clinton doubled their lead in the second when Jones doubled Will Banfield home.

After splitting the first two games of their three game set, the two clubs will play the rubber game tonight.

Low-A New York-Penn League

Batavia Muckdogs 4, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5

With 817 in the attendance at Dwyer Stadium, the Muckdogs were Scrapped, 5-4 by Mahoning Valley in the second game of a three-game series. The rubber game will play out this morning at 11:05AM EDT.

The Cleveland Indians affiliate spotted Batavia a two run lead in the first inning. Nic Ready knocked in J.D. Orr with a single, then Andrew Turner scored Dalvy Rosario on a groundout. Unfortunately for the Dogs, Mahoning Valley scored twice each in the third and the fifth to take the lead, and added the eventual game-winner in the sixth.

Kobie Taylor scored on an error for the Muckdogs in the eighth, and Jack Strunc drove home Rosario with an HBP, but the rally died on the vine there. Leudy Martinez struck out three in four innings for no decision, and got 37-of-69 in the zone. Edison Suriel whiffed four in two shutout innings of relief.

Orr led the Muckdogs with a pair of singles. Rosario, Ready, Ronal Reynoso and Andrew Turner each hit safely once. At 22-14, Batavia still leads the NYPL Pinckney Division by 2.5 games.

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Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League

GCL Marlins 3, GCL Nationals 2

The baby Marlins won over the GCL Nationals by a 3-2 final despite only collecting four hits. Edgar Sanchez (1-1, 2.76) earned the win after giving up one hit, one walk, and no runs over five innings. Matt Givin saved his first of the season after surrendering two runs on four hits and a pair of walks in four frames.

Lorenzo Hampton knocked in Victor Mesa Jr. to open the scoring in the third. Ynmanol Marinez and Omar Lebron hit consecutive RBI-doubles in the sixth to take a 3-0 lead. the Marlins hung on despite a ninth-inning rally that fell just short for the Nats.

The 13-10 Marlins remain one game behind the GCL Mets in the GCL Eastern Division. They’ll face them in today’s game at noon.

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