Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a well-deserved prospect promotion.
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- Monday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: OF Griffin Conine has been promoted from Pensacola to Jacksonville, according to Aram Leighton of Just Baseball. Conine had been stuck at Double-A for parts of three seasons, becoming the all-time Blue Wahoos home run leader in the process. He gradually raised his wRC+ there from 86 in 2021 to 103 in 2022 to 126 this season, coinciding with a reduction in his strikeout rate (47.4% to 36.9% to 34.0%). Swing-and-miss issues still hinder the 26-year-old’s long-term outlook, but now he’s just one call away from The Show. Meanwhile in the Florida Complex League, the FCL Marlins erupted for 12 runs, led by INF/C Carmine Lane.
- Eury Pérez excelled in his first trip through the Reds lineup, but it was a very different story the next time through. His inability to throw his secondary pitches in the zone allowed hitters to sit on his fastball. He threw 78 pitches overall, tied for his second-fewest in any MLB start. The leash should be a little longer for his next outing (projected to be Sunday vs. Yankees).
- Jazz Chisholm Jr. put his hamstring cramp behind him by homering as a pinch-hitter. Chisholm has barely played in recent months due to various injuries, but here’s some small sample size fun: since returning from his initial IL stint (turf toe) on June 27, he’s slashing .359/.405/.769(!!!) with a 214 wRC+. Alas, that’s only 12 games. Across the board, his 2023 rate stats are comparable or better than his career numbers. Just gotta stay on the field.
- Elsewhere around the majors, the Angels remain winless since the All-Star break after allowing the Giants to rally for six runs in the top of the ninth. The Rangers expect a six-week absence for Josh Jung after he suffered a broken left thumb in Sunday’s game against Miami. Spencer Strider had one of the worst starts of his career in a Braves loss to the Pirates (2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). The Orioles suspended their television play-by-play announcer, Kevin Brown, for simply reflecting on how much the franchise struggled to compete with the rival Rays while rebuilding. In the event that Brown leaves the O’s altogether, he’d be a welcome addition to Marlins broadcasts, in my opinion.
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- The Marlins have a 58.4% chance to win their next game against the Reds, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:35 p.m. ET), Low-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET), DSL Marlins (10:00 a.m. ET) and DSL Miami (11:00 a.m. ET) are at home, while Double-A Pensacola (7:15 p.m. ET) and FCL Marlins (doubleheader beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET) are on the road.
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- Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald calls out Chisholm, Jorge Soler and A.J. Puk as the Marlins players who need to step up most to halt this midseason collapse.
- Super Subscriber Paolo Torres is running a fantasy football league this NFL season and encourages Marlins fans to join him.
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