Category: Greensboro Grasshoppers

2017 Minor League Player Of The Year – Brian Miller

Mark Prior, Jason Marquis, Jayson Nix, Brian Jordan. These names make up an esteemed class of MLB draftees who have made a profound impact on the game after they were selected with the last pick of the first round of their respective drafts. After being drafted in that same slot last season, outfielder Brian Miller took a huge leap towards joining that group.

Reading up on Brian Miller’s background you might learn that after going undrafted he made the North Carolina Tarheels as a true walk on. However, as Miller tells us, it wasn’t exactly like that.

“It was actually a little different than a typical walk on situation. I ended up doing a workout for one of the assistant coaches at Carolina in the early summer, then they offered me,” Miller explained. “They added me to their class as a late addition because they were going to lose a lot of high school commits to the MLB draft. So I was technically a preferred walk on. I didn’t have to do a tryout during the year or any of that stuff to “make” the team.”

Despite not having to go through a formal try out though, Miller still had to prove himself worthy of cracking one of the nation’s best baseball programs. That would happen a little later that summer when he was amongst nearly 50 players trying to crack a 25-man roster.

“We had like 44 guys on the team in the fall, and had to cut it down to 35 by the end of the fall,” Miller said. “The whole fall felt like my actual tryout.”

Miller made the team as the Tarheels’ starting center fielder and proceeded to hit .288/.375/.326 as a freshman. He stole 10 bags in 12 attempts and was second on the team in K/BB% with a lowly 0.84 marker (16/19). A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Miller often spent time on the other side of the fence at Boshamer Stadium, dreaming of pulling on the Carolina blue and white. Now, that dream was a pleasant reality, even if not in the way Miller envisioned it.

“North Carolina was everything I could’ve asked for as a baseball program and school as a whole,” Miller said. “I’ve been a huge UNC fan since I was very little so it was definitely a dream come true being able to go there. Growing up going to games and being around campus a lot I sort of formed my own image about what it would be like to go there, but then when I actually fulfilled that dream I realized the experience was a lot different than I had expected… in a good way!”

After his solid rookie campaign, Miller took his talents to the Coastal Plain League where he placed second in BA (.389) and led the league in OBP (.476) via its most hits (77) and also racked up a league-most 38 steals. He parlayed that to his sophomore year at UNC, where he absolutely exploded, hitting .345/.440/.469. His batting average ranked amongst the top 15 in the ACC, his 21 steals (in 26 chances) ranked fourth in the conference and his 56 runs scored ranked 10th. The 19-year-old continued to exhibit excellent plate vision, posting a 0.85 K/BB, a nearly identical mark to that of his rookie year and in almost 100 more ABs. During that breakout year, Miller started to become acclimated with the close-knit fabric that binds that UNC Baseball program together. According to Miller, it was a major catalyst in his success.

“There’s a huge feeling of comfort at UNC knowing that you’re a part of such a tradition of winning and excellence on and off the court/field. I think all of my teammates and peers would agree with that feeling. I can say very confidently that if I hadn’t played ball at UNC I would be no where near the player I am today,” Miller said. “The knowledge, resources, and facilities that we have access to helped me grow tremendously as a player in all areas of my game.”

After a .327/.369/.387 showcase in the 2016 Cape Cod League, Miller’s comfortability and compatibility with the UNC program continued to show true in his junior season last year when he hit .343/.422/.502. The biggest addition to his game here was a surplus of power as he slammed seven homers after managing just two in his first two seasons at the collegiate level. Once again, the emphatically patient Miller walked more than he struck out (38/35 BB/K), and he continued to be a menace on the basepaths where he added another 24 steals in 30 chances. He appeared on multiple ACC leaderboards including BA (11th), total bases (136, 9th), steals (2nd), hits (93, 2nd) and runs (61, 5th). All of it came in 271 ABs, most in the league. Miller was a key contributor to the Tarheels’ 23-7 record, their division title and their #11 ranking in the nation. Indeed, Miller and the rest of his UNC teammates did big things that year, but if you ask any of them, including Brian, they will tell you they weren’t the least bit surprised in themselves. According to Miller, the team is accustomed to success and counts on it day in and day out. According to Miller, this attitude had a profound impact on his career.

“The ideology surrounding the program is just to win and compete,” Miller said. “We expect to win and once I was surrounded by other players and coaches that embodied that mindset it really helped me improve as a baseball player.”

Enter Draft day 2017. Miller, by way of his five-tool type junior year, entered projected to go off the board in the second round only to hear the Marlins, with their competitive balance pick, call his name in the first round, 36th overall. Yes, the same Brian Miller that went unrecruited out of high school had become a first round draft pick. However, while he admits it was exciting hearing his name get called so early in the draft, Miller says his draft stock wasn’t really a concern while he was playing for UNC. Instead, Miller had his sights set on making his friends and family proud.

“Getting picked in the first round was pretty cool, but it’s not really a goal I had all along because I just wanted to play for a team that valued me and gave me a chance to succeed,” Miller said. “There are a lot of very very good baseball players that didn’t get picked that high and will have great careers. Your junior year there’s so much noise out there about you as a player or where you might get picked. I was very blessed to have great friends and family around me that helped me tune all of that out and just play as hard as I could for my school.”

Upon being selected, the Marlins forwent sending Miller to short season Batavia and instead sent him to full season A in Greensboro. This was music to Miller’s ears as it was a short 80 mile trek from his home in Greensboro and an even shorter 50 mile hike from Chapel Hill, meaning he would continue to be surrounded by his friends and family and could keep reaping the benefits of his college coaches’ expertise.

“Being close to home was such a blessing,” Miller said. “Having my parents and other family/friends at a lot of games was a really cool environment to start my career in.”

Feeding off the in-person support of his family and friends, Miller, despite being over a year younger than the average South Atlantic League player, started his big league career by slashing .322/.385/.416. He tore up the basepaths, stealing 21 bags in 27 attempts and scored 42 runs, quickly solidifying himself as the Grasshoppers’ leadoff hitter. Though he admits there was a noticeable leap in the opposition’s skill level that he had to adjust accordingly, Miller credits the successful start to his big league career to the time he spent facing some of baseball’s top rising stars in the ACC such as fellow 2017 first rounder Brendan McKay (Tampa Bay) and 2016 second rounder Connor Jones (St Louis) and picking the brains of his star rotational teammates, Astros’ 2017 first rounder Jacob Bukauskas who owned a 3.06 K/BB at UNC and Cardinals’ 2016 third rounder Zac Gallen who posted a 3.67 K/BB in Tarheel blue.

“The competition level was definitely a step up from college ball but I think the ACC helped prepare me for mostly everything I faced this past season in Greensboro,” Miller said. “I wasn’t really familiar with many pitchers or players in the SAL, so it took a little bit of time to adjust to how different teams and pitchers like to throw. There are some really good players in the SAL and it was fun being able to compete against them all for a few months.”

A contact-or-bust singles swinger, Miller uses his plus-plus jets to collect extra bases. He exhibits fantastic plate vision and patience via a knowledge of the strike zone well beyond his years, allowing him to work at least deep and usually favorable counts. Miller’s swing is one of the quickest in Miami’s system. Using his excellent vision, he is able to wait out the break of a pitch and follow it all the way to the back of the glove. When he engages, Miller’s swing flashes through the zone straight and narrow. His split stance allows him to step both in and out to his contact point and allows him to barrel up virtually any pitch on either side of the zone. All of that sounds and is great. But if you ask Miller himself, his mechanics are so soundly second-nature that he isn’t concerned with them. Instead, he approaches his at-bats with a very simple, refined attitude.

“My approach is pretty simple in the box. I just try to be on time and hit a ball hard up the middle of the field. I think always staying to the middle of the field puts me in a good position to succeed because it helps me hit any pitch at any location in the strike zone,” Miller said. “Also, when I mishit a ball I have a good chance of beating it out with my speed because the middle guys have to move the most and sometimes make far throws on the run.”

Where Miller wants to do the most of his offensive damage and where he believes he can disrupt the game most advantageously is on the bathpaths.

“When I’m on the bases I’m always trying to steal,” Miller said. “I always want the defense to be on their toes and feel pressured, which can also help my teammate in the box get a better pitch to hit if the pitcher and catcher is concerned with throwing me out.”

Miller uses that same speed to cover ridiculous ground in the outfield, making him one of the best range defenders in the system, rivaling the likes of teammate Aaron Knapp and former/future teammate Corey Bird. If the Marlins’ current system is rich with one thing it’s speedy, top of the order outfielders. However, due to left-handedness, his pre-pro pedigree and his untenable patience and the fantastic beginning to his career, Miller may have the highest leg up on all of them. While the recently turned 22-year-old only competed in 57 games worth of affiliated action last year and while he will have to prove that he can endure a full season’s worth of games, due to his coming virtually out of nowhere, turning into a first round draft pick, skipping short season ball and becoming one of the Greensboro Grasshoppers’ most valuable players, Brian Miller earns our Minor League Player of the Year Award. We expect this will be the first of many times you hear his name this coming year. He should start the season in Greensboro (after a possible spring training invite) but with continued success, could move up to A+ Jupiter by the midseason mark.


Prospect Of The Month, May 2017: James Nelson

Woah, it’s Nelly! Not only is it befittingly his Twitter handle, it’s the exact phrase the South Atlantic League, its scouts, the Marlins’ organization and anyone who follows it are exclaiming regarding James Nelson’s season to date. One look at the stats including his absolutely unprecedented month of May, it’s easy to see why.

Monthly Stats
Seasonal Stats
34/10 K/BB
45/17 K/BB
5/1 SB/CS
5/1 SB/CS


Nelson was born on October 18, 1997 in Rex, GA and attended Redan High School in nearby Stone Mountain. Other than the budding Nelson, Redan is famous for producing MLB talents such as Wally Joyner and Brandon Phillips. As Nelson relates to, Redan is a place that is very proud of that past and their long-tenured heritage and Raiders players, including Nelson, coaches and parents quickly learn that. Rahter than just being part of for four years, they are part of a brotherhood forever.

“Baseball tradition at Redan is probably the best I’ve ever been a part of,” Nelson said. “It was all about winning and being a part of a family.”

After his graduation in 2015, Nelson was selected by the Red Sox in the 18th round of that year’s Draft. However, Nelson forwent signing with Boston to attend junior college in Cisco, Texas in an attempt to raise his draft stock.

“Going to Junior college was probably the biggest and best decision I could’ve made to be honest,” Nelson said. “I don’t think I got enough exposure in high school as far as seeing the pitchers I did.”

Despite his great high school tenure, Nelson only hit four total home runs in his junior and senior seasons. In his one year at Cisco, a bulked up Nelson hit 17. After going off the board 531st overall a year prior, some scouts had Nelson going off the board as early as round 12. The Marlins selected Nelson with the 443rd overall pick in round 15 thus making his decision to attend Cisco a success. This time, Nelson forwent the rest of his college career to sign a pro contract at the age of 19, another big choice and another one he and his family does not regret.

“Baseball is what I loved to do and I believed I was ready to take on the next level,” Nelson said. “My family was proud. Everyone thinks it was a great decision and I get all the support I need.”

Upon his arrival in the professional ranks last season, Nelson supported evidence that he was indeed ready to make the jump. In 43 games in the Gulf Coast League, he hit .284/.344/.364. His BA ranked 15th in the league and his OBP ranked 20th. Among his impressive countable stats were 24 RBI and a 7/3 SB/CS. Despite appearing at the plate just 162 times, the Marlins were impressed enough to promote Nelson to full season ball at the ripe age of 19, 2 1/2 years younger than the average Sally League player. After a bit of a feeling out process in his first eight games in April when he hit .207/.324/.345, Nelson absolutely exploded in May, responding and rewarding the Marlins’ vote of confidence by becoming one of the best hitters in the league and a sure-fire choice for the upcoming All-Star Game. His ridiculous month of May consisted of a .372/.425/.540 slash line along with 8 doubles, a triple, 3 homers, 17 RBI and a 5/1 SB/CS. Overall this season, Nelson’s .338 BA ranks third in the Sally, his .404 OBP ranks fourth and his .500 SLG ranks ninth. He ends the month of May riding a 17-game hitting streak.

So how has this teenager with just a year’s worth of college experience and 43 games worth of pro experience under his belt, responded so well to playing against the best competition that he ever has gone up against while being under the pressure and microscope that goes along with being regarded as the club’s 10th best prospect and how will he keep it up over the course of a 140 game season, three times as many games as he’s ever played in in a single year? Simple: he won’t change a thing and most importantly, he will not get too far ahead of himself. Because after all, whatever level you’re at and wherever you are or aren’t ranked within the organization, the game remains the same.

“It’s baseball, man. I’m just taking it day by day, making sure I’m staying healthy and staying on top of my game,” Nelson said. “I just take it one at bat at a time. If I don’t get it done one at bat, just get it done the next, and also keeping my routine I’ve been doing is a major deal as well. It’s all about playing baseball, it’s the same game, just with better competition. The biggest thing is focus, if you don’t focus you won’t succeed how you want to.”

If there was a knock on Nelson’s offensive game from his days in the GCL it was his production against lefties which he hit at just a .231/.286/.269 clip. This season, again, against much more advanced competition, he has remedied that by hitting southpaws at a .388/.492/.694 pace. Once again, Nelson credits what he believes is the end-all, be all, vision. After that, it has been his ability to stay inside the ball a lot more consistently that has made the difference.

“All about the focus,” Nelson said “From last year to this year, I think my middle-oppo approach has gotten a lot better and I am actually driving the ball to right field and I think that was a big advantage against lefties, especially this season”

Nelson has accomplished all of these offensive accolades over the past two years while also learning how to play a new position, third base, where the Marlins believe his growing frame, plus power and strong arm will be better suited in the long run. While learning the hot corner has been and will continue to be a process for Nelson, he doesn’t mind; as long as he’s on the diamond.

“I took the news [of the switch] great. If they see me playing there in the future then I’d be happy to be there,” Nelson said. “Any way I could help the team. I love shortstop, but as long as I am on the field, I’d play catcher.”

Nelson’s at-bats are a sight to behold. After the 6’2″ specimen stares down his opposition from a straight vertical stance, he times his swing with a front leg trigger that is less reminiscent of a batter and more so of a pitcher. From there, there’s only one word to describe him: explosive. Stretching his arms all the way back for as much power as possible while somehow maintaining extremely good balance and very rarely, if ever, falling off to either side of the plate, Nelson’s bat is barely recognizable as it whips through the zone with uppercut action. After exhibiting some of the best bat speed within the organization, he stays through the ball with two hands on the bat and two eyes down all the way and looks the ball off the barrel, keeping him from pulling off. Mechanically, everything looks close to perfect for the still-maturing Nelson, making him a near lock to become a 20+ home run hitter. While on base which Nelson has been a ton this season, he has more than above average speed, especially for a guy his size. Add to that the ability make great reads and you have the acumen of a 20+ base stealer. As a GCLer in 2015, he stole seven bags and was caught three times. In less games this year, he has already swiped five while being caught just once.

If there has been one consistently below-average area of Nelson’s offensive game throughout his career it’s been his ability to walk, common for any power-first hitter but not an area which Nelson is willing to go to the wolves. He has proven that by walking more in less ABs this season compared to last season and which he hopes to improve even further by advancing and utilizing his plate vision, no matter the situation.

“The biggest thing is not wasting at bats, bearing down and getting the job done with runners on or not,” Nelson said. “If they are gonna give me a walk, I gotta take it and not press.”

Nelson will be the first one to admit he is far from a finished product and he has work to do. However, the 19-year-old who will not even turn 20 for another two months, defines the word ‘athlete’, has a baseball IQ well beyond his years, and is already on the verge of a call-up to A+. With 20/20 club type talent, the ability to hit for both average and power and great fielding instincts, footwork and hands, he is a 5-tool type talent that could arrive in the majors as early as 2019. But for now, the extremely modest and level-headed Nelson ins’t worried about that.

“Baseball is a crazy sport man,” Nelson said. “I’m just trying to trust the process, so I’m just doing me.”

Keep doing you, James. If baseball is crazy, you’ve found the remedy.

Prospect Profiles: Colby Lusignan

If you happen to make the pilgrimage through the small Central Florida town of Sorrento, you will hardly even recognize that you were there. However, in the near future, the baseball world is sure to recognize one of the town’s 765 residents’ names. That name is Colby Lusignan.

Lusignan was born in 1992 in the unincorporated township of Sorrento, a city that houses just 765 and encompasses just 1.3 miles. Because there are no schools in Sorrento, Lusignan was forced to make an 11.2 mile, 17 minute trip down State Road 46 every day to attend high school in Eustis. Being one of few out-of-towners at Eustis High, Lusignan admits his days there were a bit of a grind, but that staying close to both his immediate family as well as his extended baseball family stregnthened both his personal relationships as well as his professional relationships.

“High school days were pretty uneventful. I was a home body andjust liked hanging with the family,” Lusignan says. “Growing up in a small town where everyone knows everyone rraly makes you try to stay on top as well as respect the people around you.”

Upon his graduation in 2011, Lusignan made the decision to attend college at Sante Fe Community College, slightly upstate in Gainesville. Two hours away from Sorrento, it was not too far from home but it was just far enough for him to get the full college experience.

“Gainesville was one of the top junior college schools in Florida, and I just felt like it was the right place to go,” Lusignan said. “It was an hour and a half from home so I felt like it was far enough and close enough at the same time to be a college kid.”

After two years of placing within the top seven in OBP, the top 10 in SLG and the top five in BB/K, a combined 73 game span in which he slashed .329/.426/.488, Lusignan was recruited to Lander College in South Carolina. Depsite being as far away from his family and as far out of his comfort zone as he had ever been, Lusignan says making the choice to attend Lander was made fairly easily.

“The decision to go to Lander really was a family oriented decision in the sense that the coaching staff and community approached the team with that mindset,” Lusignan said. “Distance and not seeing loved ones is obviously not ideal, but knowing that they supported me chasing my dream, and that they made the trip to come see games made it much easier.”

Benefiting from the close relationships he had with his coaches and teammates including the one he had with his head coach Kermit Smith whom he describes as “a second dad who had great relationships with all the guys and made you feel very at home” and labels as a the leader of an extremely positive clubhouse whose “ideology spread through the other coaches and really made the team a close-knit group”, Lusignan hit .325/.429/.591 that season with the Peach Conference’s 10th best OBP, seventh best SLG and ninth best OPS (1.020). He also slammed the third most homers in the league (10) and drove in it’s eighth most runs (41).

With an overall .328/.425/.528 career collegiate line, Lusignan declared for the MLB Draft in 2016. He spent draft day back where it all started in Sorrento surrounded by his biggest supporters, his family and his best professional influences, his Lander coaches. It is those individuals that Lusignan credits most for having heard his name called. Selected in the 28th round at number 833 overall, Lusignan is just the eigth player to be selected out of Lander University. Even though he had to sweat out a lot of nervous hours waiting for his phone to ring that weekend and even begin contemplating his situation should he go undrafted, Lusignan recalls his draft experience as a picture perfect moment.

“Draft day was pretty surreal, spending it with my family who has been there all along was great,” Lusignan said. “My coaches at Lander were awesome, they really helped me develop my offensive game, and we had a really good team while I was there. Those two things really helped me to get exposure, and I’m proud that I can say I was drafted from Lander University.”

Not only was his draft day setting perfect, the setting of the result of his selection was nearly as ideal for the easily homesick 23-year-old. Being selected by the Marlins meant that Lusignan would spend time in the Carolinas, within a stone’s throw of his Lander coaches whom he could still look to for professional support and in Florida where moral support from his family would also be within very accessible reach. Asked what he thought of being drafted by the Marlins, Lusignan said his preference would not have had it any other way.

“It was exactly the way I pictured it to happen,” Lusignan said.

After beginning his career in the Gulf Coast League last season where he hit .319/.422/.469/.894, marks that ranked fifth, fifth and seventh and third on the circuit, Lusignan made the jump to full season ball in Greensboro this year. There, he has gotten off to a .299/.357/.442 start with a BA that ranks 26th in the Sally and an SLG that ranks 22nd. Most recently, he broke a 2-21 slump by going 5-5 with two doubles and three RBI. The five hits were the most Lusignan has recorded in a single game at any level he’s played at. In order to keep his current pace, Lusignan is learning to pace himself and let his body adjust to the rigors of, for the first time, playing 1,260+ innings in 150 days.

“I was fortunate enough to break camp with a full season club, and it will definitely be the most taxing year of ball on my body to date,” Lusignan said. “I’ve really been making sure to stretch and foam roll, and make sure to get enough sleep. Just overall body maintenance is something I think is super important to making it through a full season.”

Lusignan is a massive physical presence who menaces opposing pitchers as he stares them down from his 6’4″, 230 stature. He is growing into potentially plus plus power potential that scouts rank at a ceiling of 70 on the 20-80 scale. He owns a mechanically sound approach in which he maintains his looseness well and utilizes a big front foot timing trigger by which he transfers his weight all the way through the ball. Partnered with rotational energy from his back foot pivot and active hips, Lusignan gets the most out of his extra large frame.

Due to his size, Lusignan’s swing looks effortless and fluid but the deception in that is revealed when he makes contact and the ball absolutely flies off his bat. During his collegiate days, his power numbers ticked up with each passing year until he was ultimately hitting a homer once in every 15 ABs. Of course as he adjusts to much more staunch competition that figure will given and has already given way to a heightened K rate. In 77 ABs, Lusignan has struck out 25 times. However, with a 1.45 career NCAA K/BB and a 1.75 K/BB last year in the GCL, Lusignan shows the potential to be much more than an all-or-nothing power bat. With a great baseball IQ, he also exhibits the knowledge of what it will take for him to become an all-around offensive threat.

“I think that really sticking to my approach, and looking for what I want to hit will help to boost my walks, as well as tap into my power potential,” Lusignan said. “Staying within myself, not pressing and trying to make something happen will allow me to recognize pitches, as well as take a free smooth swing at pitches I think I can drive out of the yard.”

A look at Lusignan’s hit chart from the last two years will reveal that through excellent plate vision, good bat speed and the ability to fully extend his long arms, he distributes the ball evenly to all fields and can turn any pitch in the strike zone into a hit. Even though said strike zone is large due to Lusignan’s extra large frame and straight up and down stance, he covers the plate magnificently and selects swings just as well, making him a contact-first hitter with budding prodigal power.

If he can maintain the same plate discipline as he realizes his power potential, there’s nothing against Lusignan becoming a 20+ homer/20+ double hitter at first base, currently a very thin position for the Marlins’ organization. For those reasons, the 24-year-old Lusignan is a candidate to fast track through the rest of his minor league career and contribute to the Marlins by 2019. Not too  shabby for a small town kid with a dream.

2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers Season Preview


2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers Season Preview

2015 Team Stats

69 HR/302 XBH
1203 IP, 3.40 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

Projected Lineup

LF Kyle Barrett
RF Dalton Wheat
CF Stone Garrett
DH Isael Soto
2B Justin Twine
C Korey Dunbar
3B J.J. Gould
SS Giovanny Alfonzo

The 2016 regular season wasn’t exactly a great time for Stone Garrett. On top of hitting just .213/.265/.371 on the field, the first baseman got into a bit of a pickle off the field when he had his finger cut nearly off by former teammate, Josh Naylor during the enactment of a practical joke. But Garrett refused to end his 2016 calendar year in baseball like that. At the end of the MiLB season, he accepted an invitation to join the Sydney Bluesox of the Australian Baseball League. There, he has produced numbers much more becoming of an organizational top five prospect, hitting .258/.302/.430. It is that brand of baseball Garrett will hope to continue playing and build upon when he comes back to America. There, in upstate North Carolina, he will join fellow returnees from 2016 such as Kyle Barrett, Isael Soto, Cody Poteet, Tyler Kolek and Justin Jacome as well as newcomers to full season affiliated ball Dalton Wheat, J.J. Gould and Brett Lilek in making up new head coach Todd Pratt’s 2017 Opening Day lineup for the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Coming off a .297/.352/.581 season in Batavia, a year which saw him become the all-around best bat in the New York Penn League by way of a .933 OPS, the Marlins had very high hopes for Garrett in his first year in full season ball in 2015. Despite suffering an injury right at the end of the 2015 short season that caused him to cease baseball activities for that entire offseason and caused him to miss the first 16 games of 2016, Garrett was still able to come back and hit .244/.303/.450 in his first 35 games with the Hoppers. Then, following Greensboro’s June 1 game in Lexington, Garrett was injured in a freak accident by his then teammate, roommate and fellow top 10 organizational prospect Josh Naylor during a prank that according to Marlins’ president of baseball operations, Mike Hill, “went a little too far.” The injury was a near severing of the thumb on Garrett’s dominant right hand that required corrective surgery. He would miss a full month’s worth of action.

Garrett was well enough to return Greensboro on August 16 after a very short three game stint in the Gulf Coast League, but with the strength still very gradually returning to both of his injured hands, especially his more recently gimpy dominant right hand, Garrett was pretty much on an extended rehab assignment and it showed. Over the final 17 games of the Grasshoppers’ season, Garrett hit just .152/.188/.212 with a 24/3 K/BB.

As skimpy as those numbers look, Garrett did show some light at the end of the long tunnel he has traveled down with the injury bug attached to him at the end of the MiLB season, going 7 for 31 in his final nine games including his only homer his second half and first in over a month on August 30. In his tenure with the Sydney Bluesox in Australia this year, that light has gotten much brighter and it would appear as though Garrett is finally back near 100% headed into 2017. This is evidenced by a .258/.301/.445 slash line along with seven homers, most in the ABL, the fact that he at one point had 13 game hit streak and the fact that he has hit in 31 of his 39 games played. The strikeouts have continued to pile up for Garrett as he owns a 44/7 K/BB in Australia and while he is a power hitting free swinger, this is the area of his game he will need to temper if he hopes to succeed in the upper minors. Garrett can do this by improving his plate vision including doing a better job picking up pitches out of the opposition’s hand and not committing too early to a swing. Garrett has good mechanics which he worked on diligently as he came into the pros but right now, he is still all hands and arms. He stays back on the ball wall as he stands near the very back of the box, advantageous for a fly ball hitter, but he needs to work on getting his lower half more involved in his follow through and acquire the ability to transfer his weight from his back leg as he strides through the ball via active hips. If he does so and does not need to rely so much on his upper half, his true power potential which is still being realized by way of Garrett still growing into his already a 6’2″ 195 pound frame at age 21 will come to fruition much sooner. Should that occur, Garrett could turn into one of the better extra base hitting prospects in the league.

If Garrett comes back to the minors at the level he is playing the Australia, he likely won’t be with Greensboro long. It is what he does after that that will be telling of his level of maturation and status as a prospect. While this is far from a make it or break it season for the 21-year-old Garrett, it is a barometer for how far he could potentially go as a prospect. Should Garrett clean up his patience and get his legs more involved in his power hitting approach, Garrett, who can play all three outfield positions but projects best as a speedy corner guy due to an average arm, should get a look in the upper minors as a 22-year-old next season.

4Kyle Barrett is a 23-year-old Marlins’ 15th round pick from 2015 out of the University of Kentucky where he enjoyed a .324/.386/.391 collegiate career and wound up 22nd on UK’s all time hits list with 174. He began his career in short season Batavia upon being drafted in June but just four games into his pro career, he was placed on the 60 day DL with an injury. Despite missing an entire season, he re-started in full season ball last year with the Hoppers last season. Due to lingering effects from the injury, Barrett got off to a slow start in 2016, hitting just .167/.225/.181 in his first 22 games, but as he got healthier, he began to show his true potential. From May 29 to June 19, Barrett hit safely in 16 of 22 games and went from the aforementioned .167/.225/.181 slash line to a .277/.311/.297 line. Going straight from playing in 50 games a year to playing in 101, Barrett ended the season with an impressive .282, second on the team with a respectable .333 OBP and .345 SLG. He also added 17 steals, another second-best total among Hoppers. The plus speed outfielder also had a very good year defensively, recording outs in 161 of 165 total chances by way of a 1.78 range factor. He committed just three errors while seeing time at all three outfield positions.

Barrett attributes his success last season to staying calm in the face of frustration, not trying to do too much too fast and letting the game come to him.

“I didn’t have the success I wanted the whole season due to the injury,” Barrett said. “It took me some time to get my timing, but I just trusted in the process and balls started finding holes.”

Barrett, who reached base safely in 81% of his games in college and followed it up by reaching in 70% of his games in his first full season in pro ball, is a speedy kid with a quickly developing top of the order catalyst type skill set and even a bit of hidden power underneath his small 5’1″”, 185 pound frame. Where he succeeds at getting on base more often than not is with his extremely quick bat speed and ability to shorten up and fight off tough pitches from his simple straight through line drive approach. What he needs to improve in order to put himself on pace to become a complete lead off or two hole bat is the rate at which he walks. (8.1% in college and just 6.4% last year). Heading into 2017, Barrett says he is making this a priority.

“I intend to get my walks up by having deeper at bats and having a more select zone and approach at the plate,” Barrett said.

Like every ballplayer, Barrett hopes his success last year in the face of adversity will allow him to crack some national top prospect lists, but if he doesn’t, he is completely fine with flying under the radar.

“The new list comes out pretty soon so I hope I am on it. If not, nothing changes,” Barrett said. “I’ll stick to my approach and do my best to prove people wrong.”

Like Garrett, Barrett should be another guy who is a fast graduate to Jupiter within the first half of the season. It is there, playing at a level whose average player is his exact age, that the 23-year-old will prove exactly where he is as a prospect. If he is indeed left off of nationally recognized lists this year, don’t be surprised if you see his name surface next season when he enters the upper minors in Jacksonville.

Isael SotoIsael Soto is a Marlins’ 2014 international signee out of the Dominican Republic. He broke into the league in his signing year by flashing prodigious power, dropping a .426 SLG on the Gulf Coast League as an 18-year-old before breaking into stateside ball in 2015. However, after just 17 games, he became yet another guy who is setting up to be a 2017 Grasshopper and the third of three players covered so far that fell victim to a lengthy injury. On May 3, the Hoppers placed Soto on the DL with a meniscus injury in his left knee that would cost him almost four months. What is worse for the power hitting lefty is that it was the knee of his front foot his plant leg. He spent the rest of that season on a rehab assignment in the GCL and in single A short season Batavia.

Soto returned to the Hoppers in 2016 after an offseason worth of conditioning and was able to post a .247/.320/.399 line with nine homers, tied for most in Greensboro while avoiding serious injury, but he still couldn’t avoid the injury bug altogether. An injury to a troubled achilles tendon first cost him nine days in April then another seven in June. This time, the injury was in his back right plant leg. While the numbers Soto posted were decent enough for a 19-year-old, few of them were becoming of a top six organizational top prospect which he entered that season as, especially not his 115/43 K/BB, even for a pure power free swinger. While some of that can be blamed on the time he missed, it is more so a product of his mechanics. From a straight up and down stance in the box, Soto uses a slight front foot timing trigger — and that’s where the inclusion of his lower half in his swing ends. He has a solid uppercut power swing which he can shorten up on and which he pulls the trigger on with extremely quick bat speed. However, keeping his hips and waste stationary and not exploding through his swing at all but rather relying completely on his arms, he wastes the most powerful part of his 6’0″, 180 pound (and still growing) frame. Soto has the ability to completely clobber straight stuff but not stepping into the ball leads to him struggling mightily against anything that bends or curves, especially towards the outer half of the zone where he is a prime victim to get caught reaching across his body. Soto especially struggles against same side pitchers. This past year, he only hit lefties at a .209/.278/.313 with a 44/11 K/BB.

That’s the bad news. The good news for Soto is that he is still just 20 years old with just 192 games under his belt, games in which, though mixed with some struggles and proof that he needs to rectify his mechanics, he has shown flashes of becoming a 25-30 home run threat, especially against righties (.262/.336/.434, 7 HR, 71/32 K/BB in 2016). Similar to his offense, Soto is still very raw in the field as well. However, he has also shown the ability to hold down right field with good speed and a solid accurate arm that produces throws that carry very well. Like his antics at the plate, he has offset it by making some pretty bad errors but again, the talent it there; it just needs to be perfected.

In what was his first season in pro ball after he missed essentially a full season (minus 29 games), Soto put the building blocks in place for a breakout year in 2017. Though he fell out of the organization’s top prospect rankings, if Soto, who’s die is not cast and can still be groomed, can manage to stay healthy, get his big lower half more involved in his swing by driving off his foot through the ball with active hips into his already solid power swing, improve his plate vision especially against lefties and continue to make strides toward playing consistent defense, he could wind up in Jupiter to end the year and break back into the Marlins’ top 30 next season. Right now, I put a healthy Soto’s ceiling at a platooning righty mashing corner outfielder with an average glove and a plus arm.

Dalton WheatAs I wrote a few months ago when the Marlins signed him out of the unaffiliated independent ball ranks, Dalton Wheat comes to the Fish as one of the organization’s most intriguing prospects in more ways than one. The 23-year-old out of Wichita, Kansas comes to affiliated ball after a roller coaster two year process which saw him go from the high of finishing off a .353/.435/.531, 149 RBI, 105 SB collegiate career to the low of somehow not being selected in that year’s MLB Draft which led him to contemplate his possible life after baseball only to return to the peak of becoming the best player in all of the indy leagues. After posting a .335/.414/.403 slash line in 67 games with the Kansas City T-Bones, Wheat finally comes to the professional ranks as a Marlin.

It is safe to say that things just keep getting brighter for Wheat after he endured quite the storm that nearly forced him out of baseball altogether just a year previous, making him the embodiment of the agage, “the dawn is darkest just before the dawn”. Through everything that has happened off the field though, one thing has remained constant: Wheat’s more than solid play on the field. Despite the aforementioned setbacks, Wheat continued to show up to the park with the same positive attitude and the same great work ethic. These are just a few of the things Wheat has stuck to that made him a standout collegiate player and a spectacular semi-pro and that he hopes make him an effective pro.

Among other things that Wheat has stuck to with his “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mindset are the “batting” gloves he dons at the plate. An avid outdoorsman in the offseason, Wheat has had a pair of old work gloves somewhere in his truck for as long as he can remember. One day before one of his practices at Butler College, the school he broke into collegiate baseball with, a teammate came to Wheat in need of a pair of batting gloves. Wheat obliged and hit bare-handed that day only to develop a blister on one of his hands. In order to protect it from getting worse, Wheat grabbed a pair of gloves fit more for a lumberjack than a baseball player and threw them on. He’s been wearing them at the plate ever since and will continue the tradition as a Grasshopper.

“I liked the way they made me feel like I didn’t have to over grip the bat so I’ve been using them ever since,” Wheat told me two months ago. “I plan on continuing to wear them unless I’m told otherwise.”

Moving to more traditional matters, we look at Wheat’s approach and skillset. A complete hitter all throughout college and the independent leagues, he boasts a lot of above average assets but his best tools are his plate discipline that allowed him to post a .414 OBP as a T-Bone preceded by a combined .435 OBP in college and his speed which has allotted him a combined 114 steals in 135 total chances (84%). There is very little wrong with Wheat’s mechanics and approach. The 6’2″ Wheat protects a big strike zone by exhibiting great vision and patience and strong hands needed to fight off pitches inside where opposing righties traditionally like to try to jam lefties. Despite his size, Wheat yields a power swing in favor of a straight through line drive hack with snappy bat speed. From there, he lets his legs and plus plus speed do the rest in turning would-be singles into extra base hits. An aggressive baserunner with great instincts, Wheat, though he was limited to just 12 attempts last season with the T-Bones, is a 30+ stolen base threat. All of this spells out a more than solid top of the order OBP machine with fantastic run creating prowess.

Wheat’s speed continues to serve him in the field where, paired with his good arm strength, he has the ability to play all three outfield positions. He makes good reads off the bat and makes accurate throws more often than not. Wheat has played right field most regularly and due to the fact that his throws from the corner are more frequently on line and show better carry than his throws from center, that is probably where his future will be.

Scouts are placing Wheat’s professional ceiling at a fourth outfielder but should he learn how to drop down bunts for hits and develop a bit more power which are the only two things pretty much non-existent from his game right now, the 23-year-old Wheat, who is still growing into a already large athletic frame, could become a complete lefty hitting top of the order threat. For those reasons, Wheat, whose signing was barely covered this offseason and who will probably be another quick graduate to A+ which is where I and others had him starting his pro career, is one of my top organizational picks to burst onto the scene with a great season (as long as he successfully adjust to a new level of competition, which he had no problem doing going from college to the independent circuit) and force the baseball world to notice his arrival. At this time next season, I foresee there will be a lot more written about Wheat than just a few blurbs in the deep dark corners of the baseball affiliated internet.

J.J. GouldJ.J. Gould is a Marlins’ 24th round draft pick from last season out of Jacksonville University whom he joined after spending his freshman year at Florida State. As a Jacksonville Dolphin, Gould enjoyed a .303/.403/.473, 12 HR, 62 RBI, 108/55 K/BB two year career before turning pro in 2016. Between 53 games with the Muckdogs and a short 11 game stint with the Grasshoppers at the end of the year, Gould’s pro career got of to a great start in the power department. After posting team high totals in slugging, .407, homers, 6, and doubles, 15, Gould wrapped his year up by smacking three more homers in 39 ABs with Greensboro. Still growing into a 6’0″ 195 pound frame, Gould, who just recently began to tap into his power potential when he went from three homers and 12 XBH in his junior year to nine homers and 28 XBH in his senior year two seasons ago before translating that success to the pros this year, definitely has room to grow into even more plus power ability.

Gould shows fantastic potential for a fit and muscley doubles first power threat but he is plate prescence is still very raw. Often a strikeout victim even in college, his patience and vision need to be groomed at least to the point that he isn’t striking out three more times than he walks if he plans to succeed as an every day bat. If Gould can improve that area of his game, his good mechanics which include him striding through his lofty swing fluidly and transferring his weight from back to front very well from a low stance and an even 6’0″ frame which diminishes his strike zone, he will become a solid middle of the order hitter with the abiliy to extend innings and help turn lineups over.

Defensively, Gould can play short, second and third. He shows good reflexes and a good first step toward the ball off the bat which allowed him to post a 2.47 range factor last year. A part time pitcher in high school, Gould’s arm was clocked as high as 82 MPH from the mound. With maturation into his body, that velo has grown to right around the 87 MPH mark. After spending his 2015 collegiate season at shortstop where he contriubted 128 assists and was involved in 32 of the Dolphins’ 50 double plays, Gould spent most of his 2016 season at the hot corner where he contributed 61 assists in 94 total chances and a solid 2.47 range factor. Considering that in half as many games at short he contributed more errors last year (8 Es at SS vs 5 at 3B), it would appear as though Gould is more comfortable making throws directly across the diamond. That and his power potential make him a better fit at third and that is where he will probably live out his future.

Projected Rotation

1. Cody Poteet
2. Tyler Kolek
3. Brett Lilek
4. Justin Jacome

Cody Poteet is a Marlins’ fourth rounder from 2015 out of UCLA where he enjoyed a 3.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 2.25 K/BB three year career, including a 2.45 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 2.27 K/BB junior year which earned him his draft stock in the first five rounds and the 190th best prospect in the 2015 draft, according to BaseballAmerica. Upon his arrival in the pros, Poteet would unfortunately become another 2016 Hoppers’ returnee that would fall victim to a serious injury. At the ripe age of 20 just 12.2 innings into his Marlins’ career, Poteet was placed on the 60 day DL thereby ending his season. It was thought at the time that, like most other players who suffer such an injury at such an early stage of their career, that Poteet’s development would be seriously hampered.

However, last year in his first year in full season ball and in the first action he’d seen in nearly a full calendar year against the best competition he’s ever faced, Poteet was not only able to prove those beliefs invalid, he was able to place himself among the Marlins’ top 13 organizational prospects by having a standout season. Throwing exclusively as a starter, Poteet posted a 2.91 ERA, fifth best in the South Atlantic League among qualifiers. This came by way of a .240 BAA, 11th best in the Sally and an 8.13 K/9, good enough for 15th best among the 34 qualfying starters.

The area that Poteet struggled in and which led to him posting the Sally’s 14th highest 1.30 WHIP was limiting walks. His 2.41 K/BB ranked 22nd among the same 34 qualifiers and his 3.38 BB/9 were 13th highest. Poteet has great command of his solid four pitch arsenal when he is going well but he needs to develop more control over it as he moves through the minors to complete his game. This is the biggest of few areas of concern for the 22-year-old.

Poteet’s repertoir consists of low-mid 90s heat that possesses good late run to the corners and good bite when low in the zone, where it usually lives but can get him in trouble when he misses up or out over the plate. Poteet’s best pitch is a power slider that sits in the 83-85 MPH range and which shows great late bend away from hitters. If he hits the right arm slot, the pitch has the ability to make the opposition look silly fishing out of the zone. Poteet keeps hitters guessing by throwing in a low 80s curve which he has the ability to spin in well with hard bite and not much arc, making the slightly above average pitch a good compliment to the slider which he keeps on the outer half. Again though, when the release point is off, it can cost him. If Poteet hopes to stick as a starter, his changeup, currently a work in progress and a mid 80s offering, will need to improve in order to become a piggybacking pitch to the fastball. He began to throw the pitch much more frequently last year since developing it late in his college career. At times, it showed flashes of the capibility to become a plus offering with good deep fade. If Poteet can develop the consistent arm speed and gain more of a feel for it as he moves up in the minor league ranks, it will be a perfect early and equal count partner pitch for his faster heat and slower curve and slider.

Poteet’s delivery mechanics before release are pleasure to watch. Slow and methodical through most of his rocker step wind-up, he explodes through his downhill release with great snappy force, making him extremely difficult for hitters to time. On the downside, the powerful release is where his control problems stem from due to his tendency to overhrow, leading to the aformentioned issues with his release points and arm speed. It is getting this in check and keeping it in check as he grows into his body and possibly more velo that will be the trick for the 22-year-old. If he can, his ceiling is pretty high: 3-5 starter. If not, his floor is still that of a solid back end reliever. Due to his success last year, Poteet is another guy who should be on the move quickly if he plays the same game to begin 2016.

Tyler KolekTyler Kolek is the Marlins’ top overall prospect from last year who slips to number two this year after the drafting of Braxton Garrett and a lot of struggles in 2015 before missing the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. A high schooler in 2014, Kolek surged up draft boards by throwing consistently over 100 MPH, making him one of the best velo guys in MLB Draft history, according to After a short stint in the GCL, Kolek joined the Hoppers in 2015 to a lot of buzz but delivered very little desired results. His velo dropped from the triple digits he showed before being drafted down to the mid 90s making his fastball which can flash good downward action but is usually straight as an arrow much more hittable. Compounding the situation was the fact that neither of Kolek’s breaking pitches, his slider or his change, showed much in the way of being any more than mediocre with control of his entire arsenal absolutely putrid. This led to an ugly 81/61 K/BB or a 4.0% K/BB%, fourth worst in the Sally and a tenth highest 4.56 ERA by way of a fourth highest 4.87 FIP.

In 2015, Kolek dropped his velo from his 100+ in his pre-draft days where he threw 100+ to 94 MPH. This probably came at the request of his pro coaches who likely suggested he was too max effort all the time. That same reason compounded by an apparently irresponsible high school coach who didn’t instruct him otherwise is likely what led to discomfort and ineffectiveness in 2015 and what led to him undergoing TJ at the young age of 20. A quote from Dr. James Andrews, the world renowned quintessential expert of Tommy John, points out the carelessness of coaches at the entry levels in a quote to DriveLine Baseball by saying the following:

“It used to be that we didn’t see these injuries until they got into high-level professional baseball. But now, the majority of the injuries are either freshmen in college, or even some young kid in ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th grade in high school. These young kids are developing their bodies so quickly, and their ligament … isn’t strong enough to keep up with their body, and they’re tearing it.”

Dan Jennings, who was the Marlins’ GM when Kolek was drafted and likely one of the big reasons for Kolek being instructed not to go 100% all the time, was quoted in the same article as saying:

“You get these specialized regimens where you build large muscle groups, but not the small muscles around the rotator and UCL. The large muscles get developed so large that when you try to decelerate, you can get badly hurt.”

During the 2015 Grasshoppers’ season, Marlins’ scouting director Marc DelPiano made a comment that would seem to confirm the ideology of Kolek was going max effort at all times during his high school days, which led to the injury.

“I think all of it’s been just energy-related, so he’s kind of modified his energy. He’s not as high-effort, he’s more effortless in how he approaches things with his delivery and his release.”

So, now that we know where the injruy came from, can Kolek, who suffered the injury in the most crucuial stage of his body growth, can the ligament make a comeback and allow Kolek to live out his true potential as a prospect? Recent findings and the miracle of modern medicine suggests that he can. Where Tommy John used to be thought to be a kiss of death for pitchers, it currently holds an MLB success rate of 78% according to the Hardball Times. This means that near 80% of those who underwent the surgery were able to come back to pitch in at least one major league game. That survey was done in 2015 and the number was steadily rising. In Kolek’s case, even though a return to the mound will be very exciting and he will want to do everything he can to make up for lost time, he needs to keep things in perspective. Still just 21, there is plenty of time for him to succeed in this league and that is the wisdom that needs to be imparted on him by his coaches. It will be a new way of life for a pitcher that went full bore for four full years in high school but it is an attitude which he needs to grow accustomed to if he wants to succeed in this league. During that time, Kolek needs to develop secondary stuff to compliment his 70/80 fastball. If he can do so, he has a potential ceiling of a future ace. At the very least, a healthy Kolek has the floor of a very effective fiery closer. As a second overall draft pick, the Marlins are going to take it easy with Kolek and give him every chance to succeed. For this reason, I expect Kolek to spend most of 2017 repeating low A where he will try to complete his arsenal before a potential call to Jupiter to end the year.

Brett Lilek is the Marlins’ second round draft choice from 2015 out of the Arizona State University. There, Lilek enjoyed a fantastic collegiate career, tossing to the tune of a 3.05 ERA via a 1.22 WHIP. Lilek struggled slightly with control in his college career, leading to a 4.33 BB/9 including a 4.69 mark in his draft year which is likely what kept the standout lefty from being selected even sooner than 50th overall. However, Lilek was able to iron out those issues in his pro debut season in Batavia, posting a 43/7 K/BB and a 3.34 ERA in his first 11 games and 35 IP. On June 24, 2015, Lilek was one of three pitchers to contribute to a Muckdogs’ combined perfect game, the first in the club’s storied 76 year history. Lilek credits his success in Batavia in perfecting his logistics and thereby nailing down his control and getting his walk totals in check to his pitching coach, Brendan Sagara.

“One thing I did to channel my walks was refine my mechanics and I believe working with Sags really helped me,” Lilek said. “He helped me understand the mechanics from the bottom up and make adjustments when needed.”

With a great debut season under his belt by way of both physical and mental improvement, Lilek entered 2016 as the fifth best organizational prospect according to BaseballAmerica and looked primed to place himself on the fast track to the majors. So when he came out and tossed to the tune of very uncharacteristic numbers including a 5.06 ERA and a 16/16 K/BB in his first seven games and 16 IP, it was obvious something wasn’t quite right. On June 4, it was revealed what that something was. On that date, the Grasshoppers placed Lilek on the DL with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. He would not return for the remainder of the year. The only mound Lilek saw for the rest of the year was in extended spring training in Jupiter. As dim as that may sound, Lilek praised the positive attitude of his fellow rehabbing teammates and laments it as a huge stepping stone to healing quicker.

“While in Jupiter, it really was just everyone wanting to see one another overcome their injury and have success,” Lilek said. “Every rehab person obviously doesn’t want to be there; they want to be playing the game that we all love so dearly so really taking advantage of your time there and making the most of it really helped propel myself into the offseason.”

Lilek’s return to the mound at NewBridge Bank Park and the Sally League will come this year when he returns to North Carolina for what he hopes to be his first real look in full season ball. However, he hasn’t been waiting until then to get back on the horse. Fortunately, able to avoid surgery, Lilek has stayed as active as possible putting in all the work necessary to come back stronger than ever.

“This offseason, I trained four times a week and through accordingly to the program that was provided by the Marlins,” Lilek said. “I believe following those guidelines have put me in a great place to perform during spring training to my highest potential.”

But the amount of hours and work Lilek has put in in order to ensure a healthy comeback hasn’t only been limited to following that training regiment. After getting the go-ahead to resume on-field workouts by the Marlins, Lilek promptly flew overseas to the Dominican Republic where he has been working out individually under the watchful eye of the Marlins’ staff. Lilek touts the time he has spent in the Dominican, which has been accompanied by some fantastic climate conditions that have allowed him to get the most out of each day, as a great catalyst for getting back to and even past the 100% he was at in 2015.

“I’m down in the Dominican refining my game, working one on one with the coaches and taking full advantage of the beautiful weather that I have been blessed with during my stay.” Lilek said. “I truly believe that this time down here has helped me become stronger, and more ready for the season and spring training that is ahead of me.”

Considering he was able to avoid going under the knife and since has not wasted a single hour of any day this offseason, thus putting in all the work and then some needed to get back to the mound healthier than ever, Lilek is a great candidate to take the next step this season. Before the injury, Lilek was already 6’4″, 220 with a fantastic downhill fluid, repeatable delivery from a deceptive arm angle. His arsenal included a 94-95 MPH heater, an already plus slide piece especially for his level of development which he threw with very controlled arm speed and sweeping action to the corners that got in well on the hands of righties allowing him to use it as either a setup pitch or an out pitch and a good mix-in which also flashed plus with good fade. He had great control over all three of his pitches and, with improved command, was setting up to realize his ceiling as a back end starter and realize it quickly. If Lilek can come back completely rebuilt physically and with another year of growing into his frame in the past which could spell even more power and a rise in velo, not only could he place himself back on the same track to fulfill his potential, he could raise his stock even further. Wherever Lilek’s future lies, one thing is for sure: at just 22, he has handled the harsh reality of a season ending injury in just his second year as a pro with maturity well beyond his years and gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to get back to playing the game he admires and respects. For those reasons, Lilek is an extremely easy guy to root for. This may be the start but trust me, if things play out advantageously and his health holds up, this won’t be the last time we hear the name Brett Lilek mentioned in the same sentence as great accomplishments this season.

Projected Team Stats

75 HR/385 XBH
1,190 IP, 3.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

Monthly Roundup: July 2016

New Orleans Zephyrs

7/1/2016 @ Colorado Springs
L 7-13

Robert Andino, SS: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Austin Nola, 2B-3B: 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R
Xavier Scruggs, LF: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
Kendry Flores, SP: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Chris Reed, RP: 2 IP, H, R (0 ER), BB, K

7/2/2016 @ Colorado Springs
L 6-8

Xavier Scruggs, LF: 2-5, HR (8), 2 RBI, 2 R
Adrian Nieto, C: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Kenny Wilson, CF: 2-4, 2 R, BB, 2 SB (22, 23)
Dylan Axelrod, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K

7/3/2016 @ Colorado Springs
W 12-8

Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 4-5, 2 HR (9, 10), 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, K
Isaac Galloway, RF: 2-4, RBI, 3 R, BB, SB (22)
Kenny Wilson, CF: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB (24)
Robert Andino, SS: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB
Tomas Telis, C: 2-3, 3 R, 2 BB
Jeremie Guthrie, SP: 5 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Craig Breslow, RP: 3 IP, H, 3 K

7/4/2016 vs Round Rock
W 3-2

Destin Hood, LF: 1-3, HR (13), 2 RBI, R
Matt Juengel, DH: 1-3, HR (5), RBI, R, K
Robert Andino, SS: 2-4, SB (6)
Chris Narveson, SP: 6 IP, H, BB, 5 K
Cody Ege, RP: 2 IP, SV (5), H, BB

7/5/2016 vs Round Rock
L 0-8

Elliot Soto, 2B: 2-3, BB, K
Isaac Galloway, RF: 1-3, 2B, BB
Kenny Wilson, CF: 1-4, K
Asher Wojchiechowski, SP: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R (6 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
Greg Nappo, RP: 4.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 K
Raudel Lazo, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

7/6/2016 vs Round Rock
W 9-3

Matt Juengel, 3B: 3-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBI
Robert Andino, SS: 2-5, HR (10), RBI, 2 R
Elliot Soto, 2B: 3-5, 3 R
Destin Hood, LF: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, K
Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Kendry Flores, SP: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Brian Ellington, RP: IP, H, 3 K

7/7/2016 @ Nashville
W 1-0

Peter Mooney, 2B: 1-4, RBI, K
Tomas Teis, C: 1-3
Isaac Galloway, RF: 1-3, BB, K, SB (23)
Adrian Nieto, DH: 1-2, R, BB, K
Jose Urena, SP: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 6 K
Bullpen: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K

7/8/2016 @ Nashville
W/6 5-1

Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 3-3, 2 HR (11, 12), 4 RBI, 2 R
Kenny Wilson, CF: 3-3
Garret Weber, DH: 1-2, R
Dylan Axelrod: 6 IP, CG, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K

7/9/2016 @ Nashville
W 8-6

Robert Andino, SS: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 K
Austin Nola, 2B: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, K
Destin Hood, LF: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, K
Matt Juengel, 3B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, K
Peter Mooney, DH: 1-3, 2 RBI, R, BB, K
Jeremie Guthrie, SP: 5 IP, 12 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 K
Brian Ellington, RP: IP, SV (2), BB, 3 K

7/10/2016 @ Nashville
L 2-8

Isaac Galloway, RF: 1-4, HR (6), RBI, R, K
Garret Weber, DH: 2-4, 3B, R, 2 K
Destin Hood, LF: 2-4, 2B
Asher Wojchiechowski, SP: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, K
Raudel Lazo, RP: 2 IP, H

7/14/2016 vs Fresno
L 2-6

Matt Juengel, 3B: 1-4, HR (6), RBI, R
Pedro Ciriaco, SS: 2-4, 2B, K
Kenny Wilson, CF: 1-2, 2B, R, BB, SB (25)
Austin Nola, 2B: 1-4, RBI, K
Jose Urena, SP: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Kendry Flores, RP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K

7/15/2016 vs Fresno
W 9-5

Robert Andino, SS: 3-5, 2 HR (11, 12), 3 RBI, 3 R
Xavier Scruggs, LF: 1-4, HR (13), RBI, 2 R
Austin Nola, 2B: 3-5, R
Destin Hood, DH: 2-5, 2 RBI, R, K
Tomas Telis, 1B: 2-4, 2 RBI
Jarred Cosart, SP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

7/16/2016 vs Fresno
W 5-1

Matt Juengel, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R, K
Adrian Nieto, C: 2-3, RBI, R, K
Robert Andino, SS: 2-4, RBI, K
Destin Hood, LF: 1-3, R, BB
Tomas Telis, DH: 1-4, RBI
Justin Nicolino, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 K
Cory Luebke/Raudel Lazo, RP: IP, K

7/17/2016 vs Sacramento
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/19

7/19/2016 vs Sacramento

Game 1
L/7 0-1

Team: 1-21, 5 K
Dylan Axelrod, SP: 4 IP, H, BB, K

Game 2
W/7 3-0

Austin Nola, 3B: 1-3, HR (5), RBI, R
Destin Hood, RF: 2-2, 2 2B, BB
Pedro Ciriaco, SS: 1-3, R
Adrian Nieto, C: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI
Kendry Flores, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K
Jo-Jo Reyes, RP: 2 IP, SV (4), H, BB, 2 K

7/20/2016 vs Sacramento
L 4-10

Carlos Corporan, C: 2-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, R, K
Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 2-4, 2B, R, K
Robert Andino, SS: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
Isaac Galloway, CF: 2-4, R, 2 K
Dee Gordon, 2B (rehab): 1-4, R
Jarred Cosart, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 6 R (3 ER), BB, 2 K

7/21/2016 vs Sacramento
L 4-5

Tomas Telis, C: 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 K
Kenny Wilson, CF: 2-4, R, K
Robert Andino, SS: 2-4, R, BB, 2 K
Dee Gordon, 2B (rehab): 1-4, RBI, BB, 2 SB (1, 2)
Justin Nicolino, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 K
Bullpen: 4 IP, H, 4 BB, 5 K

7/22/2016 @ Oklahoma City
L 5-8

Carlos Corporan, C: 1-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, R, K
Destin Hood, RF: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, SB (8)
Xavier Scruggs, LF-1B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K
Jeremie Guthrie, SP: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 5 BB, K

7/23/2016 @ Oklahoma City
L 3-4

Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 2-4, HR (14), RBI, R
Robert Andino, SS: 2-4, 2B, 2B
Dee Gordon, 2B (rehab): 1-4, 2B, R, K
Isaac Galloway, CF: 2-4, HR (7), RBI, R
Dylan Axelrod, SP: 2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K
Greg Nappo, RP: 4 IP, 4 H, 9 K
Chris Reed, RP: 2 IP, 2 K

7/24/2016 @ Oklahoma City
L 3-5

Dee Gordon, 2B (rehab): 2-5, 3B, R, K
Carlos Corporan, C: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, K
Austin Nola, SS: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
Kendry Flores, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 3 K

7/25/2016 @ Oklahoma City
W 9-3

Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 1-4, HR (15), 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K
Tomas Telis, C: 4-5, RBI, R
Dee Gordon, 2B (rehab): 2-5, 2 R, K
Robert Andino, LF: 2-5, 2 R
Matt Juengel, 3B: 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Cole Figueroa: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Chris Narveson, SP: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 K

7/26/2016 vs Iowa
W 9-5

Tomas Telis, 1B: 2-3, HR (4), 4 RBI, 2 R, BB
Matt Juengel, 3B: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Destin Hood, RF: 2-5, 2B, 2 K
Robert Andino, LF: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
Dee Gordon, 2B (rehab): 2-5, RBI, 2 R, K, SB (3)
Carlos Corporan, C: 2-3, BB, K
Isaac Galloway, CF: 2-3, 2B, R, BB, K
Justin Nicolino, SP: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 4 K
Jo-Jo Reyes, RP: 2.2 IP, 3 K
Brian Ellington, RP: IP, 2 H, 3 K

7/27/2016 vs Iowa
L 2-8

Kenny Wilson, CF: 2-3, R, BB
Destin Hood, LF: 1-4, RBI, BB, K
Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 0-1, R, 3 BB, K, SB (2)
Jeremie Guthrie, SP: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K
Asher Wojciechowski, RP: 2 IP, H, 2 K

7/28/2016 vs Iowa
W 7-1

Destin Hood, LF: 3-5, HR (14), RBI, 2 R, K, SB (9)
Cole Figueroa, RF: 1-2, 3B, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB
Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB
Isaac Galloway, CF: 1-3, 2B, R, K
Dylan Axelrod, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Greg Nappo, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K

7/29/2016 vs Iowa
W 7-5

Xavier Scruggs, LF-1B: 2-4, HR (16), 2B, 4 RBI, R, K
Matt Juengel, 3B: 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Austin Nola, SS: 1-3, 2 RBI, R, K, SB (1)
Isaac Galloway, CF-RF: 2-4, R, 2 K, 2 SB (27, 28)
Kendry Flores, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Jo-Jo Reyes, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

7/30/2016 vs Nashville
L 0-2

Destin Hood, RF: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 K
Matt Juengel, DH: 2-4
Justin Bour, 1B (rehab): 1-4
Pedro Ciriaco, 2B: 1-4, K
Chris Narveson, SP: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

7/31/2016 vs Nashville
L 2-6

Isaac Galloway, CF: 1-2, HR (8), RBI, R, BB, K
Destin Hood, LF: 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
Xavier Scruggs, 1B: 1-3, R, BB
Austin Nola, 2B: 1-3
Justin Nicolino, SP: 6 IP, 10 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB
Drew Steckenrider, RP: 2 IP, BB, 3 K


Jackonville Suns

7/1/2016 vs Tennessee
L 3-5

Austin Dean, LF: 2-5, HR (9), 2B, RBI, 2 R
Peter Mooney, SS: 2-4, 2B
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 2-5, R, K
Chris Curley, 1B: 2-5, 2B, 2 K
Cam Maron, C: 2-4, K
Eric Jokisch, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 5 K
Drew Steckenrider, RP: 2.2 IP, BB, 3 K

7/2/2016 vs Tennessee
W 7-2

Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 2-3, HR (1), 2B, RBI, 2 K, BB
Alex Glenn, CF: 2-3, HR (1), 4 RBI, R, BB, K
Austin Dean, LF: 1-2, RBI, 2 R, BB
Peter Mooney, SS: 1-3, RBI, BB, K
Matt Tomshaw, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K

7/3/2016 vs Tennessee
W 9-2

Alex Glenn, LF: 4-5, HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R
J.T. Riddle, SS: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 R
Peter Mooney, 2B: 1-2, 2 RBI, R, BB
Garret Weber, 1B: 1-4, 3B, 2 R, BB
Jake Esch, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
Austin Brice, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, K

7/4/2016 @ Biloxi
L 1-5

Francisco Arcia, C: 2-3
J.T. Riddle, SS: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 K
Alex Glenn, RF: 1-4, R, K
Hunter Adkins, SP: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 3 K

7/5/2016 @ Biloxi
W 4-1

Yefri Perez, CF: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K
Francisco Arcia, C: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
J.T. Riddle, SS: 1-4, R, BB
Peter Mooney, 2B: 1-3, R, BB
Patrick Johnson, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K
Bullpen: 3 IP, H, 3 K

7/6/2016 @ Biloxi
W 3-1

Ronnie Mitchell, LF-RF: 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, R
J.T. Riddle, SS: 2-4, R
Cam Maron, C: 1-2, BB
Matt Tracy, SP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K
Bullpen: 4.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

7/7/2016 @ Biloxi
W 9-1

Yefri Perez, CF: 3-5, R
James Roberts, 2B: 2-5, R
J.T. Riddle, SS: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, K
Moises Sierra, RF: 2-4, 2 RBI, 3 R, K
Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 K
Ronnie Mitchell, LF: 2-4, 2 RBI, R, BB
Francisco Arcia, C: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K
Matt Tomshaw, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 6 K
Sean Donatello, RP: 2 IP, H

7/8/2016 @ Biloxi
W 4-2

J.T. Riddle, SS: 4-5, RBI, 2 R, BB
Moises Sierra, RF: 2-4, BB, 2 K
Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4, R, BB, K
Chris Curley, 1B: 1-4, 2 RBI, 3 K
Jake Esch, SP: 7 IP, 6 H, BB, 3 K

7/9/2016 @ Birmingham
L 8-9

Alex Glenn, RF-CF: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Brian Anderson, 3B: 3-5, HR (2), 4 RBI, R, K
J.T. Riddle, SS: 1-3, 2B, R
Yefri Perez, CF-2B: 2-4, R, BB, K
Ronnie Mitchell, LF: 1-4, BB, K
Hunter Adkins, SP: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

7/10/2016 @ Birmingham
L 4-7

Alex Glenn, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Austin Dean, DH: 3-5, RBI, R, K
Moises Sierra, CF: 2-4, RBI, R, BB, K
Yefri Perez, SS: 0-2, 3 BB, SB (39)
Cam Maron, C: 2-4
Patrick Johnson, SP: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), K
Tyler Higgins/Cory Luebke, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, K

7/11/2016 @ Birmingham
W 11-8

Austin Dean, LF: 3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R
Moises Sierra, CF: 2-4, 2B, R, BB, K
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 3 K
Peter Mooney, SS: 2-5, 2 R, K
Chris Curley, 1B: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, K
Cam Maron, C: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
Matt Tracy, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), BB, 4 K

7/12/2016 @ Birmingham
W 1-0

Chris Curley, 1B: 1-2, HR (4), RBI, R, BB, K
Alex Glenn, RF: 1-3, K
Matt Tomshaw, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K
Bullpen: 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

7/13/2016 @ Birmingham
W 6-5

Moises Sierra, RF: 3-5, HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (5)
Austin Dean, DH: 2-4, 3B, 2 R, BB
Alex Glenn, CF: 1-5, 2B, 2 K
Chris Curley, 1B: 2-5, 2 RBI, K
Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4, 2 R, BB
Cam Maron, C: 2-5
Jake Esch, SP: 5 IP, 5 H,2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Cory Luebke, RP: 2 IP,3 H, 2 K

7/14/2016 vs Pensacola
L 0-9

Alex Glenn, CF: 2-3, BB
Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4
Hunter Adkins, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 7 K

7/15/2016 vs Pensacola
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/17

7/16/2016 vs Pensacola
L 2-5

Cam Maron, C: 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI, R, BB, K
Moises Sierra, RF: 1-4, 3B, 2 K
Francisco Arcia, 1B: 2-4, 2B, R, K
Alex Glenn, CF: 1-4, 2B, 2 K
Matt Tracy, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 K
Austin Brice, RP: 2 IP, K

7/17/2016 vs Pensacola

Game 1
W/7 1-0

Alex Glenn, CF: 2-3, 2B
Austin Dean, LF: 1-2, R, BB, K
Peter Mooney, SS: 1-3, 2 K
Chris Curley, 1B: 1-3, K
Patrick Johnson, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Game 2
L/10 6-7

Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 3-5, R
Moises Sierra, CF: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Peter Mooney, SS: 2-5, 2B, K
Cam Maron, C: 1-4, BB, K
Matt Tomshaw, SP: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K

7/18/2016 vs Pensacola
W 3-2

Chris Curley, 1B: 1-3, HR (5), 2 RBI, R
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 2-3, 2B, BB
Garret Weber, 2B: 2-3, 2B, R, K
Chris Curley, 1B: 1-3, 2 RBI, R
Austin Dean, LF: 1-4, RBI
Jake Esch, SP: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K

7/20/2016 @ Mobile
W 4-3

Moises Sierra, RF: 2-3, 2B, R
Alex Glenn, CF: 2-4, RBI, R, K
Francisco Arcia, C: 2-4, 2 RBI
Hunter Adkins, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K

7/21/2016 @ Mobile
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/23

7/22/2016 @ Mobile
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/24

7/23/2016 @ Mobile

Game 1
L/7 5-6

Chris Curley, PH: 1-1, HR (6), 2 RBI, R
Cam Maron, C: 2-2, 2B, RBI, R, BB
Moises Sierra, RF: 2-4, R, K, SB (6)
Garret Weber, 1B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Brian Anderson, 3B: 1-2, R, 2 BB
Peter Mooney, SS: 1-3, R
Matt Tracy, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R (1 ER), BB, K

Game 2
L/7 1-3

Ronnie Mitchell, LF-RF: 1-2, 2B, R, BB, K
Alex Glenn, CF: 1-2, RBI
Team: 3-23, RBI, R, BB, 9 K
Patrick Johnson, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K

7/24/2016 @ Mobile

Game 1
L/7 1-6

Moises Sierra, RF: 2-3, RBI
Chris Curley, 1B: 1-3, K
Garret Weber, 1B: 1-3
Peter Mooney, SS: 1-3, R
Jake Esch, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K

Game 2
L/7 1-4

Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-3, 2B
Chris Curley, 1B: 2-3, 2B, R, K
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 1-4, 2B, K
Austin Dean, LF: 1-4, K
Matt Tomshaw, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R (2 ER), 5 K

7/26/2016 vs Jackson
W 8-3

Austin Dean, LF: 2-4, HR (10), 3 RBI, 2 R
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Garret Weber, DH: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, K
Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4, R, K
Peter Mooney, SS: 1-3, RBI, BB
Hunter Adkins, SP: 4 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, K
Patrick Johnson, RP: 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K

7/27/2016 vs Jackson
L/7 1-6

Garret Weber, 2B: 2-2, RBI, BB
J.T. Riddle, DH: 2-3
Brian Anderson, 3B: 1-2, R
Chris Curley, 1B: 1-3, K
Chris Mazza, SP: 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K

7/28/2016 vs Jackson
L 3-6

Chris Curley, 1B: 1-3, HR (7), 2 RBI, R, BB, K
J.T. Riddle, SS: 2-4, RNI
Austin Dean, LF: 1-4, K
Alex Glenn, CF: 1-4, R
Matt Tracy, SP: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
Sean Donatello, RP: 2 IP, H

7/29/2016 vs Jackson
L 1-11

Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 1-4, 2B, R
Brian Anderson, 3B: 2-4
J.T. Riddle, SS: 1-3, RBI, K
Garret Weber, DH: 1-3
Jake Esch, SP: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, K

7/30/2016 vs Jackson
W 4-1

Sharif Othman, C: 3-3, 3B, R
Alex Glenn, CF: 3-4, RBI, R, K
J.T. Riddle, SS: 2-4, RBI
Peter Mooney, 2B: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, K
Hunter Adkins, SP: 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K
Travis Ballew, RP: 2 IP, BB, K

7/31/2016 vs Biloxi
W 5-3

Alex Glenn, CF: 2-4, HR (3), 3 RBI, R
J.T. Riddle, SS: 2-4, HR (3), RBI, R
Ronnie Mitchell, RF: 1-3, HR (3), RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, K, SB (1)
Chris Mazza, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 K


Jupiter Hammerheads

7/1/2016 @ Ft. Myers
L 4-7

Taylor Ard, 1B: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, K
Arturo Rodriguez, C: 2-4, 2 RBI
Rehiner Cordova, SS: 1-4, RBI, R
John Norwood, RF: 1-5, 2B, RBI, K
Jorgan Cavanerio, SP: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, K
Ben Holmes, RP: 3.1 IP, 5 H, ER, K

7/2/2016 @ Ft. Myers
L 1-10

Jeremias Pineda, CF: 2-3, BB
John Norwood, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
Rehiner Cordova, SS: 1-3, R
Michael Mader, SP: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K

7/3/2016 @ Ft. Myers
L 0-3

Brian Schales, 2B: 2-4, K
Rehiner Cordova, SS: 1-2, BB, K
Avery Romero, 3B: 2-4, 2B
Luis Castillo, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 8 K

7/4/2016 vs Palm Beach
L 4-5

John Norwood, RF: 1-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, R, K
Taylor Ard, 1B: 1-3, 2B, BB
Avery Romero, 3B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, K
Chris Hoo, C: 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 K
Jeremias Pineda, CF: 0-4, BB, R, 2 K, 2 SB (3, 4)
Dillon Peters, SP: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K

7/5/2016 vs Palm Beach
W 4-1

Chris Hoo, C: 1-3, HR (1), RBI, R, BB, K
Brad Haynal, 1B: 3-4, RBI, R, SB (2)
Jeremias Pineda, CF: 2-4, K, SB (5)
John Norwood, RF: 2-4, R, 2 K
James Roberts, SS: 1-3, RBI
Jeff Brigham, SP: 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K

7/6/2016 vs Palm Beach
W 4-0

James Roberts, SS: 2-3, HR (1), 3 RBI, R, BB
Brad Haynal, DH: 1-3, RBI
Avery Romero, 3B/Brian Schales, 2B: 1-3
Jeremias Pineda, CF/Junior Sosa, LF: 1-4, R
Scott Squier, SP: 5 IP, H, 2 BB, K
Bullpen: 4 IP, H, K

7/7/2016 @ vs St Lucie
L 5-8

Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 2-4, 3B, RBI, R, K
Arturo Rodriguez, C: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
John Norwood, DH: 2-4, RBI, R, K
Brian Schales, 2B: 1-3, RBI, BB
Brad Haynal, 1B: 1-4, 2B, R
Cory Luebke, SP: IP, 2 K
James Buckelew, RP: 4 IP, BB, 2 K

7/8/2016 vs Tampa
W 4-0

Avery Romero, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R
Rony Cabrera, SS: 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI, K
Chris Hoo, C: 1-3 RBI
Junior Sosa, RF: 2-4, K, SB (2)
Michael Mader, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 6 K
Andy Beltre, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K

7/9/2016 vs Tampa
W 3-2

Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Jeremias Pineda, LF: 4-5, 3 R
Junior Sosa, RF: 3-5, BB
Brad Haynal, DH: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
Chris Hoo, C: 1-3, BB
Jarred Cosart, SP (rehab): 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K
Ben Holmes, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 3 K

7/10/2016 vs Tampa
W 4-2

Jeremias Pineda, CF: 2-4, R, SB (6)
Junior Sosa, RF: 1-2, R, BB, 2 SB (3, 4)
Brian Schales, 2B: 1-4, RBI
Rony Cabrera, SS: 1-3, BB, K
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 0-2, RBI, R, 2 BB, K
Luis Castillo, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 K
Jeff Brigham, RP: 4 IP, SV (1), 3 BB, 7 K

7/11/2016 vs Tampa
W 5-3

Brad Haynal, 1B: 2-3, 2 RBI, K
Dexter Kjerstad, DH: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
John Norwood, RF: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, K
Avery Romero, 3B: 1-4, 2B, K
Rehiner Cordova, 2B: 1-3, 2 R, BB
Dillon Peters, SP: 5.1 IP, 8 H, ER, 7 K

7/13/2016 @ Brevard County
L/13 3-4

Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 3-5, HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, K
Rodrigo Vigil, C: 2-6, 2B, RBI, BB
John Norwood, RF: 2-6, R, BB, 3 K
Jeremias Pineda, DH: 1-6, 2 BB, K, 2 SB (7, 8)
Jorgan Cavanerio, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 5 K
Andy Beltre, RP: 2 IP, 4 K
Esmerling De La Rosa/Jose Adames, RP: 2 IP, H, K

7/14/2016 @ Brevard County
W 3-1

Brad Haynal, 1B: 1-2, RBI, 2 BB
Rony Cabrera, SS: 1-2, RBI, BB
John Norwood, RF: 1-4, R, K
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 1-4, R
Michael Mader, SP: 7 IP, 7 H, R, 6 K
Ben Holmes, RP: 2 IP, SV (1), H

7/15/2016 @ Brevard County
L 3-4

John Norwood, RF: 3-4, R, SB (10)
Rony Cabrera, SS: 2-4, R, K
Avery Romero, 3B: 1-3, RBI
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 1-4, HR (10), RBI, R, 2 K
Junior Sosa, DH: 1-3, R, BB, K
Luis Castillo, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

7/16/2016 @ Brevard County
W 3-1

John Norwood, RF: 2-4, 3B, R
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 2-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Brad Haynal, DH: 1-3, RBI, R, BB, K
Jeff Brigham SP: 5 IP, 5 H, R (0 ER), BB, 4 K
Bullpen: 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K

7/17/2016 @ Daytona
W 3-0

Chris Hoo, C: 1-3, HR (2), RBI, R
Avery Romero, 3B: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Junior Sosa, DH: 2-4, RBI, K
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 1-4, R, 3 K
Dillon Peters, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
Bullpen: 2 IP, K

7/18/2016 @ Daytona
L 5-11

John Norwood, DH: 4-5, 2B, RBI, R, K
Taylor Ard, PH-LF: 1-2, RBI, K
Avery Romero, 3B: 1-2, R, BB, SB (1)
Rony Cabrera, SS: 2-5, 2 K
Brian Schales, 2B: 1-4, RBI
Jorgan Cavanerio, SP: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB
James Buckelew, RP: 3.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K

7/19/2016 @ Daytona
L/11 2-3

Dexter Kjerstad, DH: 2-5, 2B, 2 K
Avery Romero, 3B/Taylor Ard, 1B: 2-5, RBI, K
Rony Cabera, SS: 1-4, BB, K
Michael Mader, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Ben Holmes, RP: 3 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

7/20/2016 @ Daytona
W 5-1

John Norwood, RF: 2-3, R, BB, SB (11)
Rodrigo Vigil, C: 3-4, 2B, RBI
Avery Romero, 3B: 2-4, RBI, R, BB, K
Taylor Ard, 1B: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, K
Rony Cabrera, SS: 1-4, 2 RBI, R
Luis Castillo, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 7 K

7/21/2016 vs Dunedin
W 1-0

Brian Schales, 2B: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Chris Hoo, C/John Norwood, RF: 1-3
Taylor Ard, 1B: 1-3, K
Jeff Brigham, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, BB, 10 K
Scott Squier, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K

7/22/2016 vs Dunedin
W 9-3

Junior Sosa, LF: 4-5, 4 RBI, R
John Norwood, RF: 1-4, 2 RBI, K
Justin Bohn 3B: 2-4, 3B, R
Brian Schales, 2B: 2-3, 3 R, BB
Jeremias Pineda, CF: 4-4, RBI, 3 R, BB
Dillon Peters, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 5 K

7/23/2016 vs Dunedin
W 10-0

Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 1-4, HR (11), 2 RBI, R, BB, K
Taylor Ard, 1B: 2-4, HR (10), 3 RBI, R
Rony Cabrera, SS: 2-4, 2 RBI, R, K
Junior Sosa, CF: 2-5, R, 2 K
Brad Haynal, DH: 1-4, RBI, 2 R, BB
Brian Schales, 2B: 1-3, RBI, R, BB, K
Jorgan Cavanerio, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 5 K
Bullpen: 4 IP, H, 6 K

7/24/2016 vs Dunedin
W 5-0

Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 1-3, HR (12), 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K, SB (6)
Junior Sosa, CF: 2-4, 2B< RBI, K
Taylor Ard, DH: 1-4, RBI
Chris Hoo, C: 1-2, 2 R, BB
Michael Mader, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Bullpen: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K

7/26/2016 vs Charlotte
W 3-1

Brad Haynal, DH: 1-2, HR (2), 2 RBI, R
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 2-4, H, K, SB (8)
Taylor Ard, 1B: 2-3, 2B, R
Junior Sosa, CF: 1-4, RBI
Luis Castillo, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 6 K
Scott Squier, RP: 2.2 IP, 4 K

7/27/2016 vs Charlotte
L 3-8

Junior Sosa, CF: 2-3, R, BB
John Norwood, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, K
Taylor Ard, DH: 1-3, RBI, 2 K
Brad Haynal, 1B: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
Justin Bohn, SS: 1-3, RBI
Jeff Brigham, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K

7/28/2016 vs Charlotte
W 3-0

Justin Bohn, 3B: 3-3, RBI, R, SB (4)
Dexter Kjerstad, LF: 2-4, 2 K
Rony Cabrera, SS: 2-4, 2B, R
Jeremias Pineda, CF: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
Dillon Peters, SP: 6.1 IP, 4 H, BB, 4 K

7/29/2016 @ Dunedin
L 2-3

Taylor Ard, 1B: 2-3, HR (11), 2 RBI, R, K
Rodrigo Vigil, C/Brian Schales, 2B: 1-3
Jorgan Cavanerio, SP: 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 K

7/30/2016 @ Dunedin
L 3-9

Brad Haynal, DH: 1-4, HR (3), 2 RBI, R, 3 K
Avery Romero, 3B: 1-3, 2B, RBI, R, BB, K
Michael Mader, SP: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 2 K

7/31/2016 @ Dunedin
L 5-6

John Norwood, RF: 1-4, HR (8), 3 RBI, R, 2 K
Taylor Ard, DH: 2-2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
Brad Haynal, 1B: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
Scott Squier, SP: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, K
Ben Holmes, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K


Greensboro Grasshoppers

7/1/2016 @ Lakewood
W 8-4

Josh Naylor, 1B: 3-4, HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Isael Soto, RF: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, R
Casey Soltis, LF: 1-4, 2 RBI
Angel Reyes, DH: 2-5, 2 RBI, R, K
Justin Twine, 2B: 1-5, 3B, R, K
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 1-5, R, K, SB (30)
LJ Brewster, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 2 K

7/2/2016 @ Lakewood
W 9-2

Angel Reyes, DH: 2-4, HR (4), 5 RBI, R, 2 K
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, K
Roy Morales, C: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Casey Soltis, LF: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K
Zach Sullivan, CF: 1-4, 2 RBI, R, 3 K
Aaron Blanton, 3B: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, BB
Steven Farnworth, SP: 6 IP, H, ER, BB, 2 K

7/3/2016 @ Lakewood
W 4-3

Giovanny Alfonzo, SS: 2-4, R, K
Zach Sullivan, CF: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K
John Silviano, C: 1-4, 2B, K
Isael Soto, RF: 1-3, R, BB, 2 K
Justin Jacome, SP: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
Ben Meyer, RP: 4.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K
Jose Quijada, RP: 2 IP, H, 2 K

7/4/2016 vs West Virginia
W 5-2

Aaron Blanton, 3B: 2-4, HR (5), 3 RBI, R, K
Roy Morales, C: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
Isael Soto, RF: 2-4, 2B, R, K
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-4, R, K
Cody Poteet, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K

7/5/2016 vs West Virginia
W 2-1

Aaron Blanton, 3B: 2-2, 2B, RBI, BB
John Silviano, C: 1-4, 2B
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
Chuck Weaver, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Bullpen: 3 IP, BB, 3 K

7/6/2016 vs West Virginia
W 3-0

Aaron Blanton, 3B: 1-3, HR (6), 2 RBI, R, K
John Silviano, DH: 1-3, R, BB, K
Justin Twine, 2B: 1-3, RBI, R, K
Kyle Barrett, LF: 2-3
LJ Brewster, SP: 5 IP, H, BB, K
Bullpen: 4 IP, H, BB, 5 K

7/7/2016 vs Kannapolis
W 5-2

Kyle Barrett, CF: 1-3, HR (1), RBI, R
Angel Reyes, DH: 2-3, 2 2B, R, BB
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, K, SB (33)
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-3, RBI, K
Steven Farnworth, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K
Ryley MacEachern, RP: 2 IP, 2 K

7/8/2016 vs Kannapolis
W 7-4

John Silviano, C: 2-5, HR (2), 2 RBI, R, K
Kyle Barrett, LF: 2-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, R
Isael Soto, RF: 1-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, R, K
Aaron Blanton, 3B: 2-3, 2B, R, BB
Justin Twine, 2B: 2-3, 2B, BB, K
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
Justin Jacome, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, K
Ben Meyer, RP: 4 IP, H, 5 K

7/9/2016 vs Kannapolis
L/7 0-1

Team: 1-22, BB, 9 K
Cody Poteet, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K

7/10/2016 vs Kannapolis
L 2-10

Aaron Blanton, 3B/Angel Reyes, 1B: 2-4, 2B
Roy Morales, C: 2-3, R, BB
Justin Twine, 2B: 1-4, RBI, R
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 1-5, RBI, K
Chuck Weaver, SP: 3.2 IP, 12 H, 8 R (7 ER), BB, 6 K

7/12/2016 @ Greenville
L 5-6

Angel Reyes, DH: 1-5, HR (5), RBI, R, 3 K
Justin Twine, 2B: 3-3, RBI, 2 R
Aaron Blanton, 3B: 1-3, RBI, K
Zach Sullivan, CF: 1-3, RBI, BB
Isael Soto, RF: 1-4, 2B, R, K
LJ Brewster, SP: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K
Jose Quijada, RP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 K

7/13/2016 @ Greenville
L 4-6

John Silivano, C: 2-3, 2 HR (3, 4), 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K
Josh Naylor, 1B: 3-4, 2B
Isael Soto, RF: 1-4, HR (6), RBI, R, 2 K
Steven Farnworth, SP: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K
Ryley MacEachern, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K

7/14/2016 @ Greenville
L 1-3

Anfernee Seymour, SS: 2-5, 2B, R
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-4, RBI
Isael Soto, RF: 1-3, BB
Casey Soltis, LF: 2-4, 2B, K
Justin Jacome, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K
Parker Bugg, RP: 2 IP, BB, K

7/15/2016 @ Kannapolis
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/17

7/16/2016 @ Kannapolis
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/28

7/17/2016 @ Kannapolis

Game 1
L/7 2-3

Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-3, 2B, RBI, K
Roy Morales, C: 1-3, R, K
Aaron Blanton, 3B: 1-3, RBI
Angel Reyes, DH: 1-3
Cody Poteet, SP: 4.1 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 7 K

Game 2
W/7 5-4

John Silviano, C: 4-4, 2 2B, HR (5), 3 RBI, R
Justin Twine, 2B: 2-3, 2B, RBI, R
Giovanny Alfonzo, 2B-SS: 1-3, 2B, R
Zach Sullivan, CF: 1-3, 2B, K
LJ Brewster, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
Bullpen: 3 IP, 4 K

7/18/2016 @ Kannapolis
W 7-3

Isael Soto, RF: 3-4, HR (7), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Josh Naylor, 1B: 5-5, 2 2B, RBI
Kyle Barrett, LF: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Angel Reyes, 3B: 1-5, RBI, R, K
Steven Farnworth, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K

7/20/2016 vs Greenville
W 8-3

Aaron Blanton, 3B: 1-3, HR (7), 4 RBI, R, K
Casey Soltis, LF: 1-4, HR (1), RBI, R, 3 K
Josh Naylor, 1B: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
Roy Morales, C: 2-4, RBI, R
Isael Soto, RF: 1-3, 2 R, BB
Kyle Barrett, CF: 2-3, RBI, R, BB
Justin Jacome, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 BB, 5 K
Parker Bugg, RP: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, K

7/21/2016 vs Greenville
L 0-2

Kyle Barrett, LF: 1-3, BB, K
Team: 2-28, 3 BB, 11 K
Ben Meyer, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Tyler Kinley, RP: 2 IP, H, K

7/22/2016 vs Greenville
W 4-3

Giovanny Alfonzo, 2B: 2-3, HR (1), RBI, 2 R
Kyle Barrett, LF: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 2-4, 2 R
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-3, RBI
Angel Reyes, DH: 1-4, RBI
Cody Poteet, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K
Ryley MacEachern, RP: 2 IP, 2 K

7/23/2016 vs Augusta
W 6-5

Kyle Barrett, LF: 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, K
John Silviano, C: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R
Isael Soto, RF: 2-4, RBI
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-4, RBI, R
LJ Brewster, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 K
Parker Bugg, RP: IP, K

7/24/2016 vs Augusta
L 3-4

Isael Soto, RF: 3-4, HR (8), 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-4, 2B, 2 R
Roy Morales, C: 1-3, BB
Steven Farnworth, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER)
Tyler Kinley, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

7/25/2016 vs Augusta
L 1-5

Giovanny Alfonzo, 3B: 1-3, HR (2), RBI, R
Justin Jacome, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER (1 ER), BB, 2 K
Ryley MachEachern, RP: 2 IP, BB, 2 K

7/26/2016 vs Augusta
L 1-3

Zach Sullivan, CF: 2-4, HR (3), RBI, R, K
Angel Reyes, 1B: 1-3, 2B, K
Isael Soto, RF: 1-3, BB
Ben Meyer, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), BB, 4 K
Bullpen: 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 5 K

7/28/2016 @ Kannapolis

Game 1
L/7 1-2

Anfernee Seymour, SS: 1-2, 2B, K
Josh Naylor, 1B: 2-3, K
Justin Twine, 2B: 1-3, K
Cody Poteet, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K

Game 2
W/7 4-2

Justin Twine, 2B: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Josh Naylor, 1B: 1-3, RBI, R
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 1-4, 2B, R
Giovanny Alfonzo, 3B: 1-3
Trevor Richards, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
CJ Robinson, RP: 1.1 IP, SV (20), BB, K

7/29/2016 @ Kannapolis
L 4-6

Kyle Barrett, LF: 3-5, RBI, K
Giovanny Alfonzo, 3B: 3-4, RBI, R, K
Anfernee Seymour, SS: 2-5, 2 R, SB (34)
Angel Reyes, 1B: 1-4, 2 RBI, BB
Justin Twine, 2B: 1-4, 2B, R
Roy Morales, C: 1-3, BB
LJ Brewster, SP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB
Kyle Keller, RP: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 K

7/30/2016 @ Kannapolis
W 11-2

Justin Twine, 2B: 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R, K
Angel Reyes, 1B: 3-5, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Roy Morales, C: 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
Giovanny Alfonzo, 3B: 2-5, 3B, RBI, R, 2 K
Zach Sullivan, CF: 1-4, RBI, R, 2 K, SB (7)
Kyle Barrett, LF: 2-5, RBI, R, K, SB (11)
Steven Farnworth, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Marcus Crescentini, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K

7/31/2016 @ Kannapolis
L 1-2

Justin Twine, 2B: 3-4, K
Giovanny Alfonzo, SS: 3-4
Anfenree Seymour, DH: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
Justin Jacome, SP: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, K
Isaac Gil, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, K


Batavia Muckdogs

7/1/2016 @ Williamsport
L 1-3

Samuel Castro, SS: 3-4, K
J.J. Gould, 3B: 1-4, 2B, 2 K
David Gauntt, C: 2-4, 2B< 2 K
Rony Cabera, 2B: 1-3, K
Jhonny Santon, LF: 1-4, R
Jose Diaz, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 K

7/2/2016 @ Williamsport
L 1-4

Corey Bird, CF: 1-4, 2B, R, K
Jhonny Santos, RF: 1-4, 2B
Aaron Knapp, DH: 1-3, BB, 2 K
Javier Garcia, SP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Brent Wheatley, RP: 2 IP, H, R (0 ER), BB, K

7/3/2016 @ Williamsport
W 6-2

Aaron Knapp, CF: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, R
Pablo Garcia, C: 2-4, RBI, R
Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Corey Bird, DH: 2-4, RBI, R
Travis Neubeck, SP: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, K

7/4/2016 vs Brooklyn
L 1-5

Isaiah White, DH: 2-3
Team: 4-31, 11 K
Reilly Hovis, SP: 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, BB, K
Parker Bugg, RP: 2 IP, K

7/5/2016 vs Brooklyn
L 1-5

Corey Bird, CF: 2-4, R, K
Pablo Garcia, C: 1-3, 2B
Aaron Knapp, RF 1-3
Ryan McKay, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, R (0 ER), 4 BB, 2 K
Shane Sawczak, RP: 1.2 IP, H, K

7/6/2016 vs Brooklyn
W 15-2

Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 3-3, HR (1), 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB (1)
J.J. Gould, SS: 1-4, HR (1), 3 RBI, R, BB
Kris Goodman, DH: 3-4, RBI, 3 R, BB
Joseph Chavez, 2B: 2-3, 2 RBI, R
Aaron Knapp, RF: 3-5, RBI, 4 R, 2 K
Jordan Holloway, SP: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K
Bullpen: 4.1 IP, H, 6 K

7/8/2016 @ Vermont
L 1-4

Kris Goodman, 2B: 2-3, 2B
Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
Jose Diaz, SP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Sam Perez, RP: 2 IP, 2 K

7/9/2016 @ Vermont
L 3-8

J.J. Gould, 3B: 3-3, 2 2B, 2 R, BB
Jhonny Santos, RF: 1-3, 2 RBI
Isaiah White, LF: 2-4
Travis Neubeck, SP: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, K
Shane Sawczak, RP: 3 IP, H, BB

7/10/2016 @ Vermont
W 6-5

Javier Lopez, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, R, K
Aaron Knapp, RF: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, K, 4 SB (3, 4, 5, 6)
Reilly Hovis, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 7 K
Trenton Hill, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

7/11/2016 @ Williamsport
L 6-10

Corey Bird, CF: 2-5, 3 RBI, R, K
Joseph Chavez, 2B: 2-4, RBI, 2 R
Javier Lopez, 3B: 1-4, RBI, R
Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 1-4, RBI, BB
Ryan McKay, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K

7/12/2016 @ Williamsport
L 4-9

J.J. Gould, 3B: 4-5, 2B, RBI, R
Jhonny Santos, RF: 2-4, HR (2), RBI, R, K
Kris Goodman, 2B: 1-5, 2B, K
Jordan Holloway, SP: 3 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 3 K

7/13/2016 @ Williamsport
L 7-8

Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 2-4, HR (2), 4 RBI, 2 R, BB, K
Pablo Garcia, C: 2-5, R
Colby Lusignan, DH: 1-4, RBI, BB, 2 K
J.J. Gould, 3B: 1-4, 2 RBI, K
Corey Bird, LF: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 R, K, 3 SB (3, 4, 5)
Jose Diaz, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, K

7/14/2016 vs Aberdeen
L 2-8

Colby Lusignan, DH: 1-3, RBI, BB, 2 K
Aaron Knapp, RF: 1-4, R, K
Javier Garcia, SP: 3 IP, 6 H, 8 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 2 K
Trenton Hill, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K

7/15/2016 vs Aberdeen
L 2-4

J.J. Gould, SS: 4-4, 2 2B, R
Aaron Knapp, CF: 1-4, RBI
Mike Garzillo, 2B: 1-3, K
Travis Neubeck, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
Alejandro Mateo, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, K

7/16/2016 vs Aberdeen
L 0-9

Javier Lopez, 3B: 2-3
Pablo Garcia, C: 1-3, 2B
Corey Bird, LF: 1-2, BB
Reilly Hovis, SP: 3.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K
Dustin Beggs, RP: 2 IP, H, BB, K

7/17/2016 @ Tri-City
L 8-9

Colby Lusignan, 1B: 1-3, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB, 2 K
Pablo Garcia, C: 2-4, R
Mike Garzillo, 2B: 2-4, 2 R, K
Aaron Knapp, RF: 2-4, RBI, R, SB (7)
Isaiah White, DH: 2-5, 2 RBI, K
Ryan McKay, SP: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Trevor Richards, RP: 3 IP, H, BB, 3 K

7/18/2016 @ Tri-City
L 3-6

J.J. Goud, 2B: 3-4, HR (2), RBI, 2 R
Samuel Castro, SS: 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 1-3, K
Jordan Holloway, SP: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

7/19/2016 @ Tri-City
W/10 6-4

Alex Jones, C: 3-4, RBI, R
J.J. Gould, 3B: 1-4, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB (1)
Kris Goodman, DH: 2-4, R, BB, K
Eric Gutierrez, 1B: 1-4, 2B, R
Jose Diaz, SP: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 6 K
Chad Smith, RP: 2 IP, 2 K
Dustin Beggs, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K

7/21/2016 vs Williamsport
L/10 0-1

Jhonny Santos, RF: 2-4, K
Corey Bird, LF: 1-4, K
Trevor Richards, SP: 4 IP, H, BB, 6 K
Travis Neubeck, RP: 3 IP, H, 4 K

7/22/2016 vs Williamsport
L 0-8

Javier Lopez, 3B: 2-4, K
Samuel Castro, 2B: 1-2, 2 BB
Eric Gutierrez, DH: 1-4, K
Reilly Hovis, SP: 3 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 K

7/24/2016 vs State College
L 6-8

Mike Garzillo, 2B: 3-3, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Alex Jones, C: 2-3, R, 2 BB
Corey Bird, LF: 1-3, 2 RBI, R, BB
Ryan McKay, SP: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB
Alejandro Mateo, RP: 2 IP, H, 2 K

7/25/2016 vs State College
PPD (rain)
Rescheduled to 7/26

7/26/2016 vs State College

Game 1
W/7 4-1

J.J. Gould, 3B: 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI
Aaron Knapp, RF: 1-1, RBI, R, 2 BB
Isaiah White, CF: 1-3, 2B, R, K
Jose Diaz, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, K
Shane Sawczak, RP: IP, 3 H, 2 K
Dustin Beggs, RP: IP

Game 2
L/7 2-8

Branden Berry, 1B: 2-3, 2B, R, BB
Alex Jones, DH: 1-3, 2B, RBI, K
Kris Goodman, LF: 1-3, BB, K
Travis Neubeck, SP: 3 iP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), BB, K

7/28/2016 @ Lowell
L/10 3-5

J.J. Gould, 3B: 1-2, R, 2 BB, K
Corey Bird, CF: 1-4
Sam Perez, SP: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER

7/29/2016 @ Lowell
W 7-5

Isaiah White, DH: 2-5, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 2 K
Jarrett Rindfleisch, C: 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, R, BB
Aaron Knapp, CF: 2-5, R, K
Mike Garzillo, 2B: 2-5, R, K, SB (1)
Branden Berry, 1B: 1-4, RBI, R, BB
Samuel Castro, SS: 1-3, RBI, BB, K
Dylan Lee, SP: 4 IP, H, BB

7/30/2016 @ Lowell
L 3-4

Branden Berry, 1B: 2-4, 2B, RBI, K
Javier Lopez, 3B: 2-3, RBI, SB (2)
Corey Bird, CF: 1-3, R, K, SB (7)
Aaron Knapp, RF: 1-4, R, 2 K, SB (10)
Ryan McKay, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K
Trenton Hill, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

7/31/2016 vs Hudson Valley
L 1-4

Eric Gutierrez, SS: 2-4, 2 2B, R, K
Corey Bird, CF: 1-3, BB
J.J. Gould, SS: 2-4
Jose Diaz, SP: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB
Reilly Hovis, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, K

Prospect Of The Month, July 2016: Kyle Barrett

Kyle Barrett

The baseball world is very familiar with the exports of the Bad News Bears, a bumbling fictional team who just can’t seem to do much of anything right. This year, in reality, a very non-fictional Kyle Barrett, although being similarly named, somewhat thanks to a .342/.405/.474 month of July, has become the polar (pun intended) opposite and is proving himself to be one of the best players in the Marlins’ minor league system this season.

Andrew Kyle Barrett, who just celebrated his 23rd birthday on August 4th, is the Marlins’ 2015 fifth rounder out of Kentucky. Prior to his collegiate days, Barrett attended high school in Douglasville, GA. After playing basketball as a freshman, he hit .485 as a junior and as a senior he hit .564 with a combined six homers and collected two combined All-America team honors. The accolades kept coming upon his graduation to the Wildcats in 2013 when he lead his entire team in batting average (.349) and OBP (.407) in his freshman season on a team which also held current Marlins’ MiLBer J.T. Riddle. His BA also placed 12th in the entire SEC, a league which held the likes of top prospects Alex Bregman, Hunter Renfroe, and Tony Kemp. After finishing that season reaching base in 19 straight games (which attributed to him reaching safely in a total of 34 of his 38 games), Barrett earned a spot playing alongside the aforementioned Bregman on the All-SEC Freshman Team. In 2014, Barrett ran his total of games reached safely in to 35 as he reached in 16 straight, all via a hit to open his sophomore year. On the whole that year, he took a bit of a step back numbers wise as the sophomore slump bit him and spelled out a .253/.354/.312 slash line. However, Barrett came back with a vengeance in summer league play in the Cape Cod league, hitting .317/.354/.358 with the Harwich Mariners. His BA ranked third on his team as did his 10 stolen bases. As the 11th best for-average bat in the league, he earned a spot in the Cape’s All-Star Game. Barrett rode that momentum in to his junior year where he enjoyed his best season to date, placing second on the team in BA (.354), third in OBP (.394) and third in slugging (.443). He showed off his blazing speed on the regular, stretching would-be singles into doubles and doubles into triples. He also added seven steals in 11 attempts. His BA ranked second on the Wildcats, his OBP and SLG both third.

With a career .324/.386/.391 slash line in college along with a 57% stolen base success rate, great defense, and plus speed on top of two great seasons in the summer leagues, Barrett attracted attention as early as the 10th round of the 2015 draft. He fell to the 15th round where the Marlins drafted him 446th overall. Minus four games with the Muckdogs at the end of 2015, Barrett is getting his first taste of pro ball this year with the Grasshoppers. And my, what a tasty morsel it is. After getting his feet wet with a .182/.243/.212 April and a .260/.309/.260 May, Barrett exploded onto the scene in June when he hit .337/.352/.372. Things only got better for the stout left hander in July when he hit .342/.405/.474. Over that two month span he reached in 32 of his 45 games via a hit and in 36 of 45 overall, spelling a .377 OBP mostly out of the lead-off spot. Over that span, his yearly BA rose from .230 to .302. He also added seven total steals in nine attempts.

Standing at a petite 5’11” and weighing just 185, Barrett cuts down on his strike zone by getting low in his straight away stance. His light load, good bat speed and slappy singles bat have allowed him to enjoy a more than decent contact rate and an ability to still barrell up balls despite committing to a swing late into the pitch, a great sign for a future leadoff man. On the contrary, Barrett is a bit too of an aggressive bat early in the count as he looks to barrell up fastballs which often leads to him failing to maintain his soft hands and instead trying to do too much and lose his balance. This is what has led to his heightened K/BB for all of his career so far. If he hopes to succeed as a top of the order man, Barrett will need to be a bit more patient early in ABs and learn to go with breaking pitches as well as he does on heaters. If he can do that, the level-headed speedy baserunner and overall heady player who isn’t afraid to take advantage of what the defense gives him as he is always a candidate to squeeze a bunt down successfully for a hit if the infield plays back and reach thanks to his plus jets, most definitely has a future as a top of the order catalyst.

On the common occasion that Barrett, who once ran a 6.77 60 yard dash, reaches base, he is a threat to steal every time. He utilizes that speed in the outfield well by making good straight reads and covering all the ground necessary and then some. He finishes off his five-tool skill set by possessing a plus arm which can make on-line throws from all three positions, though his best suited position is probably center.

With a great makeup already in a very immature career, if Barrett, who just turned 23, can receive some nurturing regarding his approach early in counts, he has more than a potential future as a fire starter in the upper levels of the minors and further. I will be watching him closely as his career progresses.

Prospect Of The Month, June 2016: Angel Reyes

Angel Reyes


Angels In the Outfield. A film based around a story about beings with other-worldly powers helping a baseball team reach a coveted title. By what he is accomplishing this season, including what he did this month, hitting .376/.398/.538, Grasshoppers’ outfielder/infielder Angel Reyes could be that story come to life.

Angel David Reyes was born on May 6, 1995 in Barcelona, Venezuela. His American baseball career began when he was inked by the Marlins as an 18-year-old in 2012 as an international signee. After two seasons in the Dominican Summer Leagues and one and a half in the Gulf Coast League in which he hit a collective .218/.305/.314, Reyes took his talents to short season Batavia as a 20-year-old. That’s where his coming out party began. For that year’s Muckdogs, Reyes averaged .265, got on base at a .311 clip and was second on the team in slugging at .470. Despite only playing in 25 games, he was also third on the team in triples and sixth on the squad in doubles and RBIs. That success followed him to his first year of full season ball this year. In the most extensive action he has seen in his career in a single season already, Reyes is playing some of the best ball of his career, currently placing third on the single A Grasshoppers in slugging (among those with at least 50 games played) at .402 (a figure which also ranks among the top 30 in the entire Sally league), third in OBP with a .339 mark and second in BA at .287. As for his countable stats, Reyes leads the Hoppers with 44 RBIs (a tote which also ranks among the top 25 in the Sally), is third in homers with five, and is tied for the lead in doubles with 19 (another top 30 total in the Sally). Though it has come at the expense of a 68-26 K/BB, Reyes has shown and continues to show the preliminary ability to become a serious threat as a pure power hitting first baseman.

Angel ReyesReyes is a sight to behold as he awaits pitches. Standing from a truly unique stance, he spreads his legs from the front of the box to the back and places all of his weight on his back leg and his front toe turned up and in. Upon engaging his swing, he transfers his weight to his front foot well by snapping quick hips through the zone. This year, vast improvements to his bat speed have been the biggest catalyst for his recent success and made anything on the inner half of the plate a pitch he can do something with. He has also shown strength beyond his size and a possible glimpse into the future by fighting off pitches on his hands and becoming a very hard guy to jam, a fantastic initial sign for the type of hitter he hopes to become. At just 21, there is definitely some more power left in him as he grows into his body which right now isn’t very striking (just 6’0″, 175). Should he bulk up and maintain the ability to disallow opposing pitchers to get in on his hands for easy outs, his pure pull hit power could make him an elite offensive threat. Areas in which Reyes needs to improve include in his hands. Far too often is he unable to maintain looseness in them leading to him committing to pitches too early, especially on the outer half due to immature plate vision. Pitchers who get ahead in the count early to him rarely have much problem as long as they hit spots on the outer half. With all of the raw talent he has, he need not try to do too much with pitches with his arms, yet just rely on his physically sound lower half to get the ball to the gaps and beyond. Along with how his body develops, much of the mystery surrounding how far Reyes can go also depends on how his mind gets on along with how he sorts out the few tweaks in his upper half including his arms (hard hands lead to his elbows flying open and his elbows winding up more horizontal than straight up and down) hands and eyes. Without much speed to speak of and being an average defensive play, it would seem that his future rides solely on what he will be able to produce at the dish. If he can work out the small kinks and get his mind right advantageously in high A, he has all of the potential to become a starting staple at first base and also has eligibility at the other corner and in the outfield, making him an easy play for his managers. I will be following him closely next year when he brings his talents to Jupiter in what would seem like a make or break season in terms of his prospect status and what exactly the Marlins have in him.