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Miami's hurlin' Hawaiian has thrilling debut

Yamamoto goes 7 scoreless vs. Cards with family cheering him on
@JoeFrisaro
June 13, 2019

MIAMI -- A day ago, Jordan Yamamoto was on the Double-A Jacksonville team bus ready to head to Birmingham, Ala., to face the Barons. Those plans changed when the Marlins called, and the 23-year-old was informed he would be heading to Miami to face the Cardinals on Wednesday night at

Urena (back) heads to IL; Yamamoto gets call 

@JoeFrisaro
June 11, 2019

MIAMI -- Another player acquired from the Brewers in the Christian Yelich trade will be joining the Marlins. Right-hander Jordan Yamamoto, ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 17 prospect, will be recalled from Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday and will start the series finale against the Cardinals at Marlins Park.

Marlins ace Smith placed on injured list

Kinley called up from Triple-A New Orleans; Nunez close to signing
@JoeFrisaro
June 7, 2019

MIAMI -- The Marlins' rotation, the strength of the squad, will be without one of its main cogs for at least 10 days. The club announced Friday that it is placing left-handed starter Caleb Smith on the 10-day injured list with left hip inflammation. In a corresponding move, Miami called

Marlins continue collegiate trend on Day 3

Miami takes only eight prep players of its 41 picks
@JoeFrisaro
June 5, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- A focus on college players and position players known for putting the ball in play were two of the overriding themes for the Marlins in the three-day 2019 MLB Draft that concluded on Wednesday with rounds 11-40. From the fourth overall pick, Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday, to their

Marlins net ‘high-contact’ bats on Day 2 

@JoeFrisaro
June 4, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- An organizational philosophy for the Marlins took shape on Tuesday in Day 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft. • Draft Tracker The Marlins continue to stockpile college players, and more specifically hitters with track records of putting the ball in play. It appears to be an obvious trait,

Marlins get their prize in JJ Bleday at No. 4

@JoeFrisaro
June 3, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Marlins took a major step forward in addressing their power shortage. With the fourth overall pick on Monday in the 2019 MLB Draft, the home-run starved organization selected Vanderbilt University outfielder JJ Bleday, who paced all NCAA Division 1 players with 26 home runs in the regular

Who might Marlins draft at 4?

@JoeFrisaro
June 3, 2019

MIAMI -- Infusing as much pitching depth as possible into the system was the first phase of the Marlins’ building plan, and there are plenty of quality arms up and down the organization. Step Two is prioritizing position players, and Miami is set up nicely to add impact hitters in

Jeter taking hands-on approach to Draft 

Marlins taking long look at college bats Bleday, Vaughn
@JoeFrisaro
May 29, 2019

MIAMI -- Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter, along with other team officials, recently attended the Southeastern Conference Tournament to evaluate Vanderbilt University outfielder JJ Bleday. A few days later, Jeter traveled to the West Coast, to get a close look at California first baseman Andrew Vaughn. Popular opinion is

Marlins prospect Harrison to Minor League IL

@JoeFrisaro
May 28, 2019

MIAMI -- Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison, trending towards his first big league callup, suffered an injury setback while playing at Triple-A New Orleans. Harrison, who hasn’t played since Saturday, is being placed on the 10-day Minor League injured list with a hamstring strain. Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami’s

When can we expect Gallen to make his debut?

@JoeFrisaro
May 17, 2019

MIAMI -- As the Marlins get a look at three of their promising young starters in the weekend series against the Mets at Marlins Park, the organization also will be paying close attention to its Triple-A New Orleans squad, which will be taking on the Iowa Cubs on the road.

Miami making its mark on international market

Latin American signings highlight organization's focus
@JoeFrisaro
May 9, 2019

CHICAGO -- In October, the Marlins made a big splash on the international market by signing Cuban outfield prospects and brothers, Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. Being more of a presence internationally is an organizational priority, and the Marlins are aggressively working towards infusing more prospects from Latin

Steckenrider (elbow) to IL; Quijada recalled

Reliever dealing with inflammation; prospect back for 2nd stint
@JoeFrisaro
May 9, 2019

CHICAGO -- The Marlins placed hard-throwing right-hander Drew Steckenrider, a late-inning fixture in their bullpen, on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation (retroactive to Tuesday). Miami recalled left-hander José Quijada from Triple-A New Orleans as the corresponding roster move. Steckenrider last appeared in Monday's 6-5 win over the

Prospect Ramirez tearing up Triple-A

Outfielder putting himself in position for potential call-up
@JoeFrisaro
May 5, 2019

MIAMI -- For Harold Ramirez, it’s a matter of when. The 24-year-old outfield prospect is tearing it up at Triple-A New Orleans, and the Marlins are certainly taking notice. What the organization is waiting to decide is when is the right time to promote Ramirez to the big leagues, where

Toussaint celebrates Miami homecoming with 'W'

@cdenicola13
May 4, 2019

MIAMI -- As Braves right-hander Touki Toussaint stood inside the visitors' clubhouse at Marlins Park on Friday afternoon, he allowed himself time to take in his surroundings. During his sophomore and junior years at Coral Springs Christian Academy, Toussaint made the 36-plus-mile trek every other day to Miami's Little Havana

Sixto Sanchez's debut pushed back by rain

@JoeFrisaro
May 2, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nearly three months since being traded to the Marlins organization, right-hander Sixto Sanchez was more than ready to make his season debut Thursday for Class A Advanced Jupiter. But the elements had other ideas. After a nearly 50-minute rain delay, the Hammerheads’ game against Bradenton at Roger

Brinson sent to Triple-A to boost development

MRI reveals bone bruise for Walker; prospect Sanchez takes next step
@JoeFrisaro
April 30, 2019

MIAMI -- Throughout his struggles as a rookie in 2018 and for the first month of this year, the Marlins had shown patience with outfielder Lewis Brinson. But on Tuesday, the organization decided the 24-year-old’s development would be best served with a return to the Minor Leagues. The Marlins optioned

Sanchez's Double-A debut plan still formulating

Cooper begins rehab assignment; Walker sits with hammy tightness
@JoeFrisaro
April 26, 2019

PHILADELPHIA -- Exactly when Marlins’ No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez makes his Double-A debut remains subject to change. What is definitive is the 20-year-old right-hander is scheduled to pitch in an extended spring game on Saturday at noon. But after that, the organization still hasn’t finalized anything. Tentatively, the plan

Harrison making an impact in Triple-A

Marlins encouraged by prospect's development; Berti brings speed to utility role
@JoeFrisaro
April 21, 2019

MIAMI -- Marlins outfield prospect Monte Harrison has always been able to hit for power. It’s simply a matter of cutting down his strikeouts and making more consistent contact that will determine when the 23-year-old will get his first big league callup. In a small sample size of 10 games,

Sixto sighting: RHP prepares for Double-A debut

@JoeFrisaro
April 18, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- With little fanfare on a back field Thursday morning, Marlins top prospect Sixto Sanchez took a giant step forward in getting ready to make his Double-A debut. The 20-year-old right-hander, ranked No. 26 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 list, threw two scoreless innings in an intrasquad scrimmage

Sixto set to join Jumbo Shrimp

Marlins' top prospect scheduled to make Double-A debut in May
@JoeFrisaro
April 14, 2019

MIAMI -- Before making his Double-A debut, the Marlins intend to have top prospect Sixto Sanchez throw one more bullpen session. By reworking his schedule, the right-hander is now tentatively set to join the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp rotation and start on May 2 at Mississippi. Initially, Sanchez was lined up

What drought? Dean keys Marlins' power show

@JoeFrisaro
April 13, 2019

MIAMI -- Producing any runs, let alone belting home runs, has been hard to come by for the Marlins. But in the third inning on Saturday night, a bunch of pent-up offensive frustration was unleashed against a right-hander who had entered the game sporting a 0.75 ERA. Brian Anderson, Neil

Dean recalled from Triple-A; O'Brien optioned

@JoeFrisaro
April 12, 2019

MIAMI -- Ranked last in the National League in runs scored, the Marlins on Friday decided to shuffle up their roster a bit. The club recalled Austin Dean from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned Peter O’Brien to Triple-A. Dean, ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami’s No. 26 prospect, will get

These 5 prospects might decide NL East race

@AnthonyDiComo
April 11, 2019

Pete Alonso is bashing tape-measure home runs almost nightly in New York. Victor Robles is wreaking havoc in Washington. In Atlanta and Miami, Kyle Wright and Sandy Alcantara are grooving. Rookies rule in the NL East, with some of the game’s top prospects finally getting regular chances to contribute. And

Sixto slated for Double-A debut on April 26

@JoeFrisaro
April 7, 2019

ATLANTA -- Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp fans may want to circle the date. On April 26, Marlins top prospect Sixto Sanchez, a hard-throwing right-hander, is targeted to make his debut with the club. Sanchez, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 27 overall prospect, is fine physically. But the Marlins

Starting spots for Marlins' Top 30 prospects

@JimCallisMLB
April 3, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Marlins' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an