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Updated: 2017-05-24T11:06:48-04:00


Christian Yelich exits Tuesday’s win with injury



Another day, another injury.

Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich left Tuesday’s win against the Athletics with a “right hip flexor injury” and is day-to-day, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.

It’s the latest injury for the Marlins, who are already without shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, third baseman Martin Prado and utilityman Miguel Rojas. And that list doesn’t include the numerous injuries to Miami’s pitching staff.

While it doesn’t seem Yelich will be sidelined for an extended amount of time, losing the star outfielder would present another obstacle in a season during which the Marlins have consistently struggled. Yelich is hitting .256/.323/.381 with six home runs and 21 RBIs.

With owner Jeffrey Loria in talks to sell the franchise, Yelich seems to be one of the core pieces the team could build around. He has been plagued by injuries in the past but when healthy has proven to be one of the National League’s best outfielders.

Fish Farm Report: May 23rd


Miami’s minor league affiliates went 1-2 on Tuesday night, in Florida, Colorado, and New Jersey. Triple-A Pacific Coast League New Orleans Baby Cakes 7, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 2 The Baby Cakes (16-29) scored three runs in the first inning on a Tomas Telis RBI-single, a Destin Hood sacrifice fly, and a Sky Sox throwing error. It was all they needed on Tuesday night in a 7-2 win over the Sky Sox (25-16). 3,892 were on hand to witness Stephen Fife (3-2, 4.15) whiff six Sox in as many innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. He earned a 58 GameScore (twice that of opposing starter Brandon Woodruff (5-3, 3.40)). Odrisamer Despaigne earned a three inning save, striking out three and allowing only two baserunners. Peter Mooney went three-for-four, drawing a walk, scoring twice, and raising his batting average for the season to a slightly less embarrassing .169. Steve Lombardozzi, Telis, and Matt Juengel also collected multiple base hits. Destin Hood hit his team-leading ninth homer of the season, a solo shot in the fifth. Double-A Southern League Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (19-26) The Jumbo Shrimp took a well-deserved day off after playing 40 times in 41 days. More on them below. Advanced-A Florida State League Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Tampa Yankees 3 The Jupiter Hammerheads (17-28) and 361 fans welcomed the Tampa Yankees (23-23) to Roger Dean Stadium, losing the second game of the three-game series, 3-1. Jorgan Cavanerio (0-2, 2.04) took the loss despite allowing just one earned run on five hits and a walk in five innings. He did allow two unearned, and struck out two for a 45 GameScore. Cavanerio got 41-of-65 pitches over the zone. He was bettered by compatriot Zack Littell (5-1, 2.14), who went seven frames and allowed one run on a walk and six hits, striking out eight Hammerheads. Offensively, batters one-through four went a collective one-for-14, compared with the bottom five, who went five-for-18. Brad Haynal collected two singles and is now hitting .307 this seaosn. Brian Schales added his second round tripper for the only run of the day for Jupiter. Single-A South Atlantic League Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Lakewood Blueclaws 3, 10 innings For the second game in a row, the Grasshoppers (25-19) dropped an extra inning affair by a 3-2 score to the Lakewood Blueclaws (26-19), with 3,470 present at FirstEnergy Park. Dustin Beggs pitched a quality start for no-decision, earning a 66 GameScore with six whiffs in seven innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and zero walks, with 61-of-83 pitches in the strikezone. Boo Vazquez reached base four times, with two singles, a double, and a walk. James Nelson and Walker Olis each collected two singles and a walk, and Eric Gutierrez also reached base twice, on two singles. Michael Mertz (2-1, 1.77) took the loss despite striking out three in the ninth inning, when he allowed a Edgar Cabral double followed by a Luke Williams sacrifice bunt. Nelson was charged with a throwing error on the winning run. Minor Leaguers of the Day Peter Mooney reached base four times for the Baby Cakes, with three hits and a walk. Dustin Beggs threw seven innings and allowed zero walks with five hits for a no-decision. He struck out six. Prospect Watch #1 Braxton Garrett #2 Tyler Kolek #3 Brian Anderson #4 Jarlin Garcia #5 Dillon Peters #6 Isael Soto #7 Thomas Jones #8 Stone Garrett: 1-for-4, one double, two strikeouts, .181 for Jupiter. #9 Drew Steckenrider #10 James Nelson: 2-for-4, one walk, .345 for Greensboro. #11 Edward Cabrera #12 J.T. Riddle #13 Austin Dean #14 Cody Poteet #15 Albert Guaimaro #16 Jordan Holloway #17 Jeff Brigham #18 Sam Perez #19 Tayron Guerrero #20 Roy Morales #21 Sean Reynolds #22 Remey Reed #23 Brett Lilek #24 Andy Beltre #25 Humberto Mejia #26 Justin Twine: 0-for-4, one strikeout, .157 for Greensboro. #27 John Norwood #28 Joe Gunkel #29 Yefri Perez #30 Destin Hood: 1-for-3, one home run, two RBI, one strikeout, .245 for New Orleans. Transactions RHP Drew Steckenrider was called up to pitch for Miami from the Baby Ca[...]

Marlins Morning News: Lineup shakeup does the trick


Bour blasts 12th bomb; plus, trade speculation already in full swing Marlins News Looking to shake his team out of a funk, Don Mattingly shook up the lineup first. Giancarlo Stanton batted second for just the second time in his career. It worked as the Marlins put up seven runs in the first three innings and went on to beat the A’s 11-9. Justin Bour had a monster night, going 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored, two RBI and his 12th home run. I just hope he gets to face A’s reliever Ryan Dull tomorrow. A Bour vs. Dull matchup would be the very definition of…uninteresting? I used a thesaurus. Prior to the game the Marlins placed David Phelps on the bereavement list and called up Drew Steckenrider from Triple-A New Orleans to take his spot on the roster. As you might imagine, Steckenrider was in a glass case of emotion in anticipation of his major league debut. You may have heard the Fish are struggling, having lost 20 of their past 25 entering Tuesday night and with the second-worst record in baseball. (If you haven’t heard, well here’s a recap of the past week.) As we just passed the quarter mark of the season, Sun-Sentinel beat writer Tim Healey offered his “state of the team” and a summary of the season thus far. The Ringer also interviewed him about Giancarlo Stanton’s future with the team. While things could still turn around, it’s only natural to think about who would bring the best return in a trade. Fire sale talks have begun. Scouts agree and are saying management should “blow it up”. Another SB Nation blog, Minor League Ball, concurs. In the meantime, Don Mattingly is on pace to break the all-time record for ejections in a season. Remember, it’s a long season. Things could turn around. In the event they don’t, at least you’ll have Jack McKeon’s baseball tales of yore to entertain you. Around the League The Rockies became the first NL team to the 30-win mark, beating Philadelphia 8-2. Rookie German Marquez threw his third consecutive gem and has only given up two runs in his last 19 IP. Lance McCullers and the Houston Astros were already in the 30-win club, and they answered the Rockies. McCullers extended his scoreless streak to 22 IP in a 6-2 win over the Tigers. Commissioner Rob Manfred was also in town and talked about an expansion team in Mexico. Kyle Schwarber hit a 470-foot HR, the longest of his career in the regular season, leading the Cubs to a 4-1 victory over the Giants. The Dodgers outfield might be in need of some practice calling for the ball. Joc Pederson left the game against the Cardinals after an ugly collision with Yasiel Puig. Pederson had collided earlier in the game with Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers would walk off in the 13th after a double by Logan Forsythe, fresh off the DL. At the quarter pole, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick asks if each team has answered it’s most intriguing pre-season question. Yankees rookie sensation and MLB home run leader Aaron Judge got his own cheering section at Yankee stadium, and he’s also revealed an odd superstition he has. Rain delay, schmain-delay: the Cubs and Brewers turned inclement weather into an excuse for a dance party over the weekend. [...]

Marlins Draft Recap: 2007


The most important thing about 2007 is that the Marlins got Giancarlo Stanton. In this Marlins Draft Recap series, I will break down the last 10 drafts for the Miami Marlins and look at the best and worst picks as we get ready for the 2017 MLB Draft. In 2007, the Marlins picked up one of their franchise cornerstones, but also missed on their first round pick. Here’s how it all went down. First Round: 3B Matt Dominguez (Pick #12) - Chatsworth High School (CA) Grade: C- Stats with Marlins: 17 Games, 48 PA, .244 AVG, .625 OPS, 0 HR, 2 RBI Where he is now: Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox Triple-A) 2017 Stats: 35 Games, 133 PA, .220 AVG, .613 OPS, 4 HR, 20 RBI After struggling in the minors for a few years, Dominguez finally appeared in the big leagues with the Marlins as a September call-up in 2011. After hitting .244 in 17 games, the third baseman started the 2012 season in Triple-A, but was eventually traded to the Astros in July for Carlos Lee. Dominguez was better with Houston, and had a little more than two productive big league seasons there. He even hit .241 with 21 home runs in 152 games in 2013. But after a rough end to 2014, Dominguez was placed on waivers, and has only appeared in five major league games since then. Who they should have drafted: OF Jason Heyward (Pick #14) Second Round: OF Giancarlo Stanton (Pick #76) - Notre Dame High School (CA) Grade: A Stats with Marlins: 870 Games, 3612 PA, .266 AVG, .894 OPS, 219 HR, 570 RBI 2017 Stats: 43 Games, 184 PA, .261 AVG, .859 OPS, 11 HR, 30 RBI Giancarlo Stanton was obviously by far the best Marlins 2007 draft pick, and has been one of the franchise’s best picks in the last 10 years. Stanton, despite some issues with injuries and strikeouts, continues to produce at the plate for the Marlins. No matter how you may feel about his production or his contract, the franchise put full confidence in Stanton in the form of a 13-year, $325 million contract. Who they could have drafted: 1B Freddie Freeman (Pick #78) Third Round: C Jameson Smith (Pick #106) - Fresno City College Grade: F After struggling at Clemson during his freshman year, Jameson Smith transferred to Fresno City College and had a dominant sophomore season. He hit .380 with nine home runs and a 1.111 OPS in his only season there before heading for the draft. The Marlins, who were looking for the catcher of the future, drafted Smith in the third round hoping his community college production could translate to the pros. However, Smith never made it past Single-A, hitting only .233 with a .651 OPS in 458 plate appearances during three minor league seasons. Who they should have drafted: RHP Matt Harvey (Pick #118) Best Value Pick: RHP Steve Cishek (Round 5, Pick #166) - Carson-Newman College (TN) Grade: A Stats with Marlins: 284 Appearances, 289.2 IP, 2.86 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 94 SV, 9.7 K/9 Where he is now: Seattle Mariners 2017 MLB Stats: 3 Appearances, 1.2 IP, 16.20 ERA, 2 K After having minor league success, Steve Cishek first appeared in the majors in 2010, but only for three games. However, he was back in the majors in 2011 and pitched to a 2.63 ERA in 45 appearances. Because of the promising 2011, Cishek was given the closer role in 2012, and he picked up 91 saves over the next three-and-a-half seasons. The Marlins were not in contention during the final season of Cishek’s contract in 2015, so they traded him to the Cardinals at the deadline for current set-up man Kyle Barraclough. The Marlins were able to get Cishek’s best stuff for almost four seasons and then trade him for a younger arm to replace him. Surprisingly, the Marlins handled the Steve Cishek situation perfectly, and the moves they made actually helped the team. It sometimes feels weird when that happens. [...]

Fish Farm Report: May 22nd


Miami’s minor league affiliates split their four games on Monday. Triple-A Pacific Coast League New Orleans Baby Cakes 5, Las Vegas 51s 1 3,742 were on hand at Shrine on Airline to witness the Baby Cakes (15-29) overcome a slow start and defeat the 51s (19-26) by a 5-1 final score. Chris O’Grady opened with five shutout two-hit innings, whiffing two and earning no-decision. He earned a 68 GameScore with 46-of-69 pitches in the strikezone. He was matched by opposing starter Wilfredo Boscan, who earned a 70 GameScore over six shutout four-hit innings, striking out four. Nobody got on the board until the bottom of the seventh, when Nick Noonan hit a two-out RBI-single. Noonan scored soon after on a fielding error for a 2-0 Cakes lead. Ramon Cabrera added three runs in the eighth inning with his second round tripper of the campaign. Las Vegas’ Brandon Nimmo prevented a Baby Cakes’ shutout with a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, but the game was called early due to torrential rain. Double-A Southern League Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5, Mississippi Braves 2 In today’s early game, the Jumbo Shrimp (19-26) hosted the Mississippi Braves (22-23) with 4,770 in the house at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, and left them smiling with their fourth consecutive victory. K.C. Serna (1) started things out with a bang, leading off the Shrimp half of the first with a deep fly over the left center field fence. Taylor Ard (5) added a two-run shot in the fourth with what turned out to be the game winner. Yefri Perez scored on a Brian Anderson sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Alex Glenn scored an insurance run on a wild pitch in the eighth. Chris Mazza (1-2, 3.43) earned his first win of the season, going 5 2⁄3 innings and striking out five while allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk. James Buckelew held the fort, allowing just a single over 1 1⁄3 innings, and Hunter Adkins earned a two-inning save, getting six flawless outs and striking out two. Yefri Perez collected a pair of singles for the game, raising his average to .169. Nobody else on the team had more than one hit. Advanced-A Florida State League Jupiter Hammerheads 3, Tampa Yankees 4 Jupiter (17-27) hosted the Tampa Yankees (22-23) in front of 312 at Roger Dean Stadium, and came up short, 4-3. Trevor Richards (4-4, 2.85) started and took the loss, allowing four earned runs and striking out six over six innings. He got 60-of-91 pitches into the zone, and finished with a 46 GameScore. Angel Reyes collected a pair of singles, and Dustin Geiger made it close in the eighth inning with a two run homer. John Silviano and Brad Haynal each collected a double. Single-A South Atlantic League Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Lakewood Blue Claws 3, 10 innings 3,094 were present to see the Blue Claws (25-19) defeat the Grasshoppers (25-18), 3-2 in 10 innings at FirstEnergy Park. Jordan Holloway started for the Hoppers, getting a 47 GameScore by getting 50-of-79 pitches into the zone. He earned no-decision, allowing seven hits and a walk over five innings. He also struck five batters out. L.J. Brewster struck out two in a pair of perfect innings of relief. Offensively, the Grasshoppers could only collect two safe hits. A double by James Nelson, and a triple by Justin Twine. Despite their lack of success at the plate, Greensboro squeezed two runs out of their two hits. The game ended in the bottom of the 10th when Riley MacEachern (2-2, 4.97) allowed a Darick Hall walkoff RBI-single, scoring former top prospect Mickey Moniak. Minor Leaguers of the Day Chris O’Grady had electric stuff through his five shutout two-hit innings for the Baby Cakes. He earned a 68 GameScore, and in a fair world would have earned a positive decision. New Orleans’ catcher Ramon Cabrera went two-for-four with a run and three RBI. Prospect Watch #1 Braxton Garrett #2 Tyler Kolek #3 Brian Anderson: 0-for-3 one strikeout, one RBI for New Orleans. #4 Jarlin Garcia[...]

Marlins rumors: Miami open to moving Dee Gordon



The second baseman could be dealt this summer.

A season after serving a suspension for PED use, Dee Gordon could be on the move.

The Marlins “would surely part with” their starting second baseman should they receive the opportunity, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Gordon, 29, has been unable to match the success he had when he was named an All-Star in 2015. Over 42 games this season, he’s hit .263/.319/.322 with six RBIs.

Gordon appeared in just 79 games last season after serving the suspension, which was notable because the team was pursuing one of the two National League Wild Card spots.

Given the fact that he is signed through 2020, it might be challenging to move Gordon this summer. There also might not be many teams interested.

Should the Marlins trade Gordon, Derek Dietrich or Miguel Rojas (when healthy) would likely be the favorites to start at second base. However, a deal is probably unlikely unless Gordon thrives offensively and the Marlins include cash in a deal.

Marlins rumors: Tom Koehler drawing interest



Koehler might be on the move.

After an odd series of transactions that first saw the Marlins option right-hander Tom Koehler to Triple-A New Orleans but then place him on the 10-day disabled list, owner Jeffrey Loria “isn’t going to bring [Koehler] back,” indicating a trade might be coming, according to Peter Gammons.

The Orioles, Tigers, Mariners and Red Sox are among the teams interested, according to Gammons.

Koehler, 30, has struggled with the Marlins this season, pitching to a 7.04 ERA and 6.53 FIP over 38.1 innings spanning eight starts. Koehler’s difficulties come a season after he posted a 4.33 ERA in Miami.

It would be notable should the Marlins opt to trade Koehler because they don’t have much starting pitching depth. However, it seems a rebuild might be necessary as the team prepares to be sold to a new ownership group.

Koehler has proven to be a reliable starter, likely making him an attractive piece to team’s seeking pitching depth.

NL Notes: Harper set for unprecedented ‘18 offseason



Bryce Harper might be the best player the game has to offer. However, as he readies for a potential contract extension, it’s not too early to look forward to the 2018 offseason, when Harper will be poised to become the highest-paid player in the history of Major League Baseball.

Harper is having another monster year at the dish, adding to an array of accomplishments and accolades that seems to grow every season. Oh, and he’s only 24. Put that all together, and the perfect storm is in place for an unprecedented contract extension. However, don’t rest assured that Harper is stuck in D.C. The Yankees remain the most visible suitor for the stud.

Here’s what else is happening around the National League:

Charlie Blackmon has been excellent for the Rockies thus far, thriving in the leadoff spot. In fact, Rockies manager Bud Black took that concept one step further, claiming that Blackmon is the best leadoff man in the National League. With Blackmon’s consistent hitting and potent power, Black might just be right. With his team in first in the NL West, he clearly knows a thing or two.

The Braves have had a bit of a bounce-back year so far, but their latest injury is seriously going to set them back. Freddie Freeman is expected to miss 8-10 weeks with a broken wrist. Freeman suffered the injury on May 17, when he was hit by a pitch versus the Blue Jays. With Freeman out, the Braves’ projected offensive output goes down, but the injury represents a chance for some young prospects to get a chance to move forward.

Could Mets executive Jeff Wilpon be dictating the Mets’ decisions regarding injuries? It doesn’t seem out of the question— check out this report to see if Wilpon is out of his depth.

In quite surprising fashion, the Milwaukee Brewers are alone in first in the NL Central. They’ve gotten it done at the plate, with guys like Eric Thames using the fences as targets. Miller Park always bodes well for hitters, so don’t be shocked if this squad stays on top through the All-Star Break.