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Jake Marisnick belts grand slams in back-to-back innings

      While the Marlins were losing their ninth straight on Thursday, Jake Marisnick was unleashing up in the Florida panhandle, belting two grand slams in back-to-back innings for Double A Jacksonville. This qualifies as reason for hope for the punchless Marlins.

       Not that Marisnick, one of the organization's top prospects, is regarded as a big power guy. He's averaged about one homer for every 41 at bats so far in his minor league career. But it's a sign of promise for the Marlins, who are banking on Marisnick and others to turn the franchise around in years to come.

       As for clubbing grand slams in back-to-back innings, it's happened six times in the majors, most recently by Josh Willingham in 2009 when "Hammer" was with Washington. Nobody tops Fernando Tatis, though. Tatis connected on two grand slams in the same inning for the Cardinals in a 1999 game. 

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Henry

Go Marlins! Win the championship!

Poo Poo Platter

At least we have some hope with Yelich, Ozuna, Marisnick and co. We don't have much pitching depth, but Fernadez is going to be a stud.

With all of the OF depth in the organization, you just know that Stanton will more then likely be traded in the offseason for at least one top infield and pitching prospect.

JUAN YANES

WHILE MR REDMOND PREPARE THE LINE UP BATTING ORDER FOR MARLINS THEY NEVER WILL HAVE ENOUGT SCORE RUNS TO HELP A PITCHER TO WIN A GAME. BECAUSE HE UNKNOWN THE FUNDAMENTALS NECESSARY IN HOW TO PUT A PLAYER IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND HOW TO CHANGE A PLAYER FOR ANOTHER AS A PINCH HITTER, NOTICE THAT HE ONLY PUT PINCH HITTER FOR THE PITCHER, BUT NEVER OR SELDON FOR A PLAYER, NEVER ALSO MAKE A DOUBLE SWITCH.

JUAN YANES

ALSO NOTICE THE BIG AMOUNT OF DOUBLE PLAYS MARLINS CONCEDE TO THE ADVERSARY, IT IS CONSEQUENCE OF BAD LINE-UP BATTING ORDER.

Flav C.

I'll take the opportunity that this article is talking about a minor league player and give my humble review of the Class A+ Jupiter Hammerheads.
During my off days, I went to 6 of the Hammerheads games: 2 at Palm Beach and the whole 4-games series against Daytona, in Jupiter. It is important to mention the resilience of this bunch: They went 8-16 in April, but turned things around in May where their record is now 20-8.
Pitching:
Nicolino is what scouts mentioned and then some. When his 4 pitches are working, it is very hard to the opposing team muster anything. Excellent control of his fastball and deceiving changeup. If he continues this path, he will be the natural # 2 in the Marlins rotation.
I saw DeSclafani for the 3rd time and again, he delivered, going 6 innings with 6 SOs, 1 BB and 1 ER. He still has issues with his slider, his delivery is not very clean and I would assume becomes more hittable, but overall, he can be a good # 4 or # 5. Also, guess I was lucky enough to see Heaney on his first appearance of the season. I didn’t know he was slated to pitch against Daytona, I thought Esch was going to take the mound. Heaney was simply masterful, everything worked perfectly. Let’s see if he can give continuity to that.
Josh Hedges (JJ’s look alike) did pretty well in Greensboro last season and continues his strong path to the major leagues. Amazing how he reminds me of JJ, in every aspect: not only physically, but also the way he delivers his fastball and slider. He’s been pitching long relieve of late. Maybe it is a hint of what the Marlins’ plans for him.
The other guy that is dominant out of the bullpen is Nick Wittgren. Great fastball and very good curveball. He’s been close to unhittable so far this season and I can see him being called up by mid to late season to join the Jacksonville team.
Lineup:
I’ll focus on two guys: Brent Keys is the engine of this team. All he does is “hit”. Great plate discipline, rarely strikes out and takes lots of BBs. But what the stats don’t show is his amazing speed to cover ground on the outfield and strong and precise arm. I’d dare to say he is a much better left-fielder than Yelich, however he doesn’t have the pop that Yelich does while batting. But this kid is something really special. He is the prototype lead-off hitter, always on-base.
Galloway is one of the fastest guys I’ve seen on base lately. He can steal bases so easily, it is not even funny. He hits for average and has very good pop. He reminds me a lot of Elsbury of the Red Sox. It will be interesting to see what they will do with another outfielder.
This is it for now. I’ll talk about other guys later on.

jason

If the marlins have the first pick in the draft next year they could draft carlos rodon a lefty from north Carolina throwing 98mph. Rodon and Fernandez would make a great 1-2. With Rodon the marlins would be back.

boozer

Yeah, and Rodon would demand a nice, hefty signing bonus, too. Uh, oh!

Flav C.

Nicolino, another night of 5 IP, 6 SOs, no runs.

Not too shabby.

Marlin Fan

Lucas , Brown, and Mathis . Cishek gets three Lefties out in a row .

Stan M

Great stuff, Flav. I didn't know a thing about Wittgren so will watch from now on. You already know what I think of Keys. Sounds like he would be perfect for confines of Marlin ballpark. Everyone was talking about the potential on our AA team. It's great that there is even more below, in fact, probably even more actual prospects. Did you see Headley? By the stats, his first two stats were great. I've noticed that another well thought of prospect, Solarzano has started to hit in low A ball.

Flav C.

Stan, you were spot on as far as Keys. That was a big and unexpected steal for the Marlins. The kid was drafted in the 17th round.

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