Offishial news, 8/16/23: Alfaro returns; why Arraez was overlooked

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a call for your Josh Bell questions.

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  • Tuesday’s Marlins MiLB Notes: C Paul McIntosh was reassigned from Jacksonville to Pensacola. The Jumbo Shrimp piled on 11 runs without him, including OF/1B Jerar Encarnación‘s 23rd home run of the season. The Jupiter Hammerheads rallied for six runs in the top of the ninth in their win. 1B Brock Vradenburg had the first three-hit game of his professional career, while INF Ian Lewis stuffed the box score (2-for-4, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 SB). LHP Keyner Benitez (DSL Miami) threw up zeroes for the third time in his last five starts (5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K).
  • McIntosh was reassigned because the Marlins reunited with Jorge Alfaro on a minor league deal. The 30-year-old Alfaro played with the Red Sox and Rockies earlier this season. He’ll be reporting to Jacksonville shortly.
  • With his 30th home run of the season on Tuesday, Jorge Soler is on pace to join Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sheffield as the only players in Marlins history to reach 40. The direction of this one was notable—it traveled closer to the right field line than any of the previous 29.
  • NL Wild Card race updates: the Diamondbacks, Giants and Padres won, while the Cubs, Phillies and Reds lost. The Marlins hold the third Wild Card spot by one game.
  • Elsewhere around the majors, Rays ace Shane McClanahan is scheduled to undergo his second Tommy John surgery, which will likely sideline him through the end of the 2024 season. On the milder side, Ozzie Albies (left hamstring strain) has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Albies had played in each of the Braves’ first 117 games. Miguel Cabrera hit his 509th career home run.
  • The Marlins have a 49.0% chance to win their series finale against the Astros, per FanGraphs. Triple-A Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET), High-A Beloit (7:30 p.m. ET) and Low-A Jupiter (2:10 p.m. ET) are at home, while Double-A Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET) is on the road.
  • Fish Unfiltered will be interviewing Josh Bell for a new podcast episode. Feel free to contact Kevin Barral or comment below with any specific questions/topics for the recently acquired Marlins first baseman.
  • After placing them third midway through the 2021 season, MLB Pipeline has dropped the Marlins down to 24th in their updated farm system rankings. Pipeline was slow to recognize the system’s vulnerabilities, in my opinion, but they’ve now remedied that.
  • Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer explores why so much of the baseball industry overlooked Luis Arraez at every step of his professional journey, and whether his success will help contact-oriented prospects get more respect moving forward.
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2 responses to “Offishial news, 8/16/23: Alfaro returns; why Arraez was overlooked”

  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).”

    Ely, to respond to your message from last week (I’m quite late, so the article with my post in it ended up getting buried into the second page, maybe third page), I dont have access to the edit button, and the reply function doesn’t have the formatting options.

    Just figured I’d clear some things up.

    1. Thanks, I’ll keep investigating.

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