The latest on Marlins top prospects

May 19th, 2022

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Meyer placed on Minor League IL (May 19)
Marlins right-handed pitching prospect Max Meyer, MLB Pipeline's No. 31 overall prospect, was placed on the Minor League seven-day injured list with ulnar nerve irritation. The club does not expect Meyer, whose IL move was retroactive to May 18, to miss much time.

The ulnar nerve controls nearly all of the small muscles in the hand, sending sensory information to help move one's shoulders, arms and hands. Although it begins at the armpit, it doesn’t perform a function until it enters the forearm so one can:

• Bend and straighten the pinky and ring fingers.
• Grip and hold items.
• Perform fine motor tasks like writing with a pen, buttoning a shirt or turning pages in a magazine.

This might explain Meyer's uncharacteristic results of late. After opening his Triple-A season with a 1.72 ERA (31 1/3 IP, 6 ER) through six starts, he surrendered 14 runs in just 8 1/3 innings over his next two. That included Tuesday's career-low-tying 3 1/3 frames against Durham. Full story »

Encarnación homers in first two Triple-A games (May 18)
Jerar Encarnación is off to a blistering start since being promoted to Triple-A.

Miami's No. 22 prospect has gone 5-for-8 with two home runs in two games for the Jumbo Shrimp.

In his most recent performance, the 24-year-old went 3-for-4 with a blast to left field in the ninth. The homer provided the lone run in Jacksonville's 7-1 loss to Durham.

The right fielder has four homers in his last six overall games. He was tied for sixth in long balls in the Southern League with eight, just two off the pace set by Rocket City's Trey Cabbage before moving up to Triple-A. -- Ethan Sands

Encarnacion homers in Triple-A debut (May 17)
MIAMI -- Marlins prospect Jerar Encarnacion's comeback campaign received yet another boost, as he went 2-for-4 with two extra-base hits in his Triple-A debut during an 8-4 loss to Durham.

After striking out in his first at-bat, Encarnacion doubled to center and knocked a two-run homer to right as the cleanup hitter in a Jacksonville lineup that also featured outfielders JJ Bleday (MLB Pipeline's No. 67 overall prospect) and Peyton Burdick (Miami's No. 10 prospect).

The organization had seen enough so far in 2022 to promote Encarnacion, who slashed .358/.426/.583 with three doubles and eight home runs in 31 games for Double-A Pensacola. He ranked second in the Southern League in batting average, hits (43) and runs scored (26). Full story »

Ng gives update on Meyer (May 16)
With Jesús Luzardo landing on the 15-day injured list and Elieser Hernandez trying to settle down on the mound, Marlins fans have begun more insistently asking when right-hander Max Meyer will debut. Ahead of the series opener between the Marlins and Nationals at loanDepot park, general manager Kim Ng answered questions about MLB Pipeline's No. 33 overall prospect.

"We think he's got a very bright future ahead of him," Ng said. "When you zoom out a little bit, Max has got [147 1/3] innings in professional baseball. And so when we look at this, we just want these guys when they come up to be as prepared as they can, given the circumstances, to get big league hitters out. And that's the goal that we have in mind for Max right now."

The 23-year-old had been dominant through six starts at Triple-A Jacksonville this season (1.72 ERA) until a hiccup (5 IP/6 ER) last week. Full story »

Pérez collects nine strikeouts across 5 1/3 innings (May 13)
No. 4 prospect Eury Pérez was locked in a pitchers’ duel with top Angels prospect Sam Bachman in Double-A Pensacola’s 4-2 win, and he more than held his own, fanning nine batters across 5 1/3 innings of two-hit, two-run ball.

The 19-year-old retired the first 10 batters he faced before two straight batters reached on a fielding error and a single to put two on with one out. He escaped the jam and struck out the side in the fifth before being charged with two earned runs after a walk, a double and a single in the sixth. Pérez fired 54 of his 74 pitches for strikes and walked just one batter. The righty has fanned a Southern League-best 45 batters in 28 innings this season and has held opposing hitters to a .200 average. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Encarnacion homers in three-hit day in Double-A (May 12)
Jerar Encarnacion has been on an absolute tear to start the season.

The No. 22 prospect clobbered a homer and added two singles in Double-A Pensacola’s 9-8 win over Rocket City, which gave him hits in seven straight at-bats dating back to May 11 (until he grounded out in the sixth) while upping his on-base streak to 12 games.

After racking up seven total bases in his previous game on a homer and three singles, the 24-year-old followed it up with another dinger -- an absolute moonshot to left-center on the first pitch he saw in the fifth -- and two more base knocks to center in the Blue Wahoos’ win. In 29 games this year, Encarnacion is batting a Southern League-best .366 with a 1.045 OPS, 17 RBIs, 13 walks and eight homers, already halfway to his career-high mark of 16 he set in 135 games in 2019. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Watson homers, reaches four times for Jupiter (May 10)
After registering just two hits in his first 23 at-bats this month, baseball's No. 24 overall prospect Kahlil Watson busted out with a three-hit night featuring his sixth homer of the season.

Watson kicked off his big showing for Low-A Jupiter with that homer, a two-run blast to right field in the bottom of the first inning. Following a walk in the second, the infielder singled to center in the third and then added a double to left in the fifth. The performance marked Watson's first three-hit game since Aug. 30 of last year and the second of his career.

The top Marlins prospect is batting .260/.308/.521 through 24 games with the Hammerheads so far this season. After being taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2021 Draft, Watson played nine games with the Rookie-level FCL Marlins last year, batting .394/.524/.606. -- Tyler Maun

Cabrera deals at Triple-A Jacksonville (May 8)
Edward Cabrera, ranked as MLB Pipeline's No. 32 overall prospect, tossed five scoreless innings in his second start for the Jumbo Shrimp. He struck out six batters and walked one, scattering three hits and a walk.

After starting the year on the injured list, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect has fared well in his first two Triple-A starts. In Jacksonville's 6-3 win over Memphis, the 24-year-old tossed 48 of his 76 pitches for strikes and worked around a two-on, two-out situation in the first frame to keep the Redbirds off the board. He retired 12 of the final 14 batters he faced across his last four innings of work, and he sports a 1.38 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 13 innings in three starts. -- Christina De Nicola

McCambley cruises for Double-A Pensacola (May 7)
Right-hander Zach McCambley, ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 15 prospect, struck out a season-high eight batters and gave up just one run over six innings for the Blue Wahoos. He permitted two hits and walked one. -- Christina De Nicola

Hoeing makes Triple-A debut (May 7)
Right-hander Bryan Hoeing struck out seven batters across seven innings in his first start with Triple-A Jacksonville. The Marlins' No. 30 prospect allowed four runs on four hits and walked three batters. -- Christina De Nicola

Bleday blasts 2 homers to extend hot streak (May 6)
It was perhaps the best day of baseball in JJ Bleday’s professional career.

It started with Triple-A Jacksonville’s first game of a doubleheader against Memphis on May 6 at AutoZone Park. Bleday, the Marlins’ No. 6 prospect, drew walks in the first and third innings before reaching on an error by Memphis first baseman Luken Baker in the fifth. In his fourth plate appearance, the 24-year-old outfielder hit a towering home run just over the right-field wall to cap the Jumbo Shrimp’s 7-3 win.

And Bleday's night was just getting started. He continued where he left off by leading off the second inning of the second game with another booming home run to right field. He later walked and singled before doubling to center in the ninth. His sixth-inning flyout in the 10-6 win was his only out made in nine plate appearances on the day. Full story »

Hoeing promoted to Triple-A Jacksonville (May 3)
Right-hander Bryan Hoeing, Miami's No. 30 prospect, was transferred to the Jumbo Shrimp after posting a 0.35 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in four starts for Double-A Pensacola. -- Christina De Nicola