Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes highlights from Baseball America’s updated Top 30 prospects list.
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- Wednesday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: C Austin Allen (Jacksonville) was outstanding in his return from a hand injury, driving in all three Jumbo Shrimp runs and working well with the pitching staff (only two runs allowed). RHP Jacob Miller made his return to the Jupiter starting rotation (3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K). In the second game of the Hammerheads doubleheader, RHP José Salvador exited with an apparent injury after facing only one batter. OF José Gerardo took over the FCL Marlins team RBI lead with his 26th, 27th and 28th of the season. He’s still striking out in 42.2% of his plate appearances, though.
- Josh Bell became the first player in Marlins history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game (it was also Bell’s first time ever doing it in the pros). A.J. Puk touched 99 miles per hour for the first time this season and Tanner Scott showed no signs of fatigue despite working for the third consecutive day. Miami’s .722 winning percentage in one-run games continues to be the best in the league.
- Wednesdays have been the most prosperous day of the week for the 2023 Marlins (h/t Loud Marlins Fan). They have a 13-5 record in such games.
- Fish On First’s Cincinnati correspondent Grant Kiefer was busy. Read all of his features and recaps from the Reds series in our At The Ballpark section.
- NL Wild Card race updates: the Phillies won, while the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Giants and Padres lost. The Marlins hold the third Wild Card spot by 0.5 games.
- Elsewhere around the majors, Michael Lorenzen threw a no-hitter against the Nationals. It took him 124 pitches to complete it, the highest single-game total for any pitcher this MLB season.
- Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:35 p.m. ET) and Low-A Jupiter (6:30 p.m. ET) are at home, while Double-A Pensacola (doubleheader beginning at 5:15 p.m. ET), DSL Marlins (11:00 a.m. ET) and DSL Miami (10:00 a.m. ET) are on the road.
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- Baseball America updated their Marlins Top 30 prospects list. OF Victor Mesa Jr. (ranked 4th) and OF/INF Dane Myers (10th) were big risers after entering the season unranked. Each of the Marlins’ top six picks in the 2023 MLB Draft are 18th or higher as is seventh-rounder LHP Justin Storm. The strangest inclusion would have to be RHP Jhon Cabral (ranked 27th). As young as he is, it’s difficult to imagine a major league future of any kind for somebody with such severe control issues (29.2 BB% in the FCL this season) and very little strikeout ability to offset it (3.1 K%). The most notable exclusions are LHP Patrick Monteverde and 1B Troy Johnston. FOF Super Subscribers can see the full list here.
- Happy 20th birthday to RHP Jacob Miller. Including Wednesday’s start, Miller has a 4.45 earned run average through 54 2/3 minor league innings, mostly at the Low-A level. He hasn’t been getting quite as much swing-and-miss as the Marlins probably envisioned.
- On this day 30 years ago, Bob Natal’s walk-off triple pushed the Marlins past the Cubs in 15 innings.
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