Offishial news, 8/10/23: Bell’s switch-hitting milestone; Lorenzen’s no-no

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes highlights from Baseball America’s updated Top 30 prospects list.

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes highlights from Baseball America’s updated Top 30 prospects list.

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  • Regular Fish On First visitors may notice that something’s different around here. Indeed, I spent Wednesday night switching up the design template that the website uses. New font and color scheme, more navigation options, new sidebar (on desktop), etc. Still a work in progress! Please let me know how you feel about it in the comments. OK, now onto the news roundup…
  • 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.
  • I have brought the Fish Stripes concept of FanPosts to FOF. They will be published here. Submit your own Marlins articles and we’ll share them with the rest of our community. Details below.
  • 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.

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10 responses to “Offishial news, 8/10/23: Bell’s switch-hitting milestone; Lorenzen’s no-no”

  1. I think the site looks good. In fact, I like the site layout better now than it was before.

    I have a suggestion, and it doesn’t involve the site layout. Is it possible to include text formatting in comments/replies? It bothers me that I can’t italicize/bold/underline/strikeout my posts like I used to be able to on FishStripes, and it hurts because I used to use that formatting to emphasize some of my points. I’d have to put emphasized words in caps or quotations, and to me, that doesn’t look good.

    Unless I’m already able to do text formatting and I wasn’t aware of it, but there’s nowhere on the site that has any information on this.

    1. There is a way! I found those formatting options after pressing the “edit” button next to your comment and it took me to a separate page to make the changes haha. That edit button shows up for you, right?

      Still not ideal, obviously. I’ll explore how to set that up so it can used on original comments (rather than requiring an edit).

      1. Pardon my lateness, but I’m not given the option to edit my own posts, as there’s no Edit button next to my post. And as far as I know, there aren’t any formatting options when I click on the Reply button.

        Hopefully that is sufficient feedback.

  2. I like the new look. As a super subscriber+ I would like to see the BA top 30 list but the link doesn’t work.

    1. For convenience sake, I’ll just type out the list:

      1. Noble Meyer
      2. Max Meyer
      3. Thomas White
      4. Victor Mesa Jr.
      5. Xavier Edwards
      6. Dax Fulton
      7. Yiddi Cappe
      8. Kemp Alderman
      9. Nasim Nuñez
      10. Dane Myers
      11. Peyton Burdick
      12. Jordan Groshans
      13. Jacob Berry
      14. Jacob Amaya
      15. Brock Vradenburg
      16. Emmett Olson
      17. Justin Storm
      18. Andrew Lindsey
      19. Sixto Sánchez
      20. Karson Milbrandt
      21. Jacob Miller
      22. Joe Mack
      23. Antony Peguero
      24. José Gerardo
      25. Juan De La Cruz
      26. Andres Valor
      27. Jhon Cabral
      28. George Soriano
      29. Janero Miller
      30. Ian Lewis

  3. Appreciate the feedback!

  4. New website looks great. One benefit, some images did not load at all on my iPad, now they do. The new site should attract more advertisers to support the business. But keep it classy, no popups for example, as the marlins website does. A popup interupting while someone is trying to read a website is just as bad as someone running on the field interupting a game.

    1. Appreciate the feedback!

  5. Congrats on the transition to and the ongoing evolution of FOF. I like the website makeover – the clean, tiled look. I trust your work and your staff’s work will earn more attention, especially as the team makes further competitive progress and a wider following.

    1. Appreciate the feedback! And congrats on your perfect predictions for the Reds series.

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