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Triple-A Albuquerque (20-19, Pacific Coast League)

Just like it was last season, all the Marlins' good young talent is at the big league level. This changed last week with Brett Carroll getting the promotion from AA Carolina. In just 29 at bats he has opened the eyes of scouts as he has torched the PCL to a tune of .414/.433/1.000 with 4 homeruns. The 'Topes have a bunch of veterans who are hitting the ball pretty hard too. 1995 1st round pick (Pirates) Chad Hermansen is pacing the team with a .331/.405/.511 line with 4 homeruns too. Val Pascucci is having a resurgence of sorts as he has 11 homeruns to go with his .283/.376/.600. Robert Andino's prospect star continues to dim as he is hitting just .250/.265/.330 and has committed 8 errors already. There isn't much in terms of pitching prospects down in New Mexico. Aussie Paul Mildren hasn't been too bad with a 3-3 record and a 4.43 era, to go with a 1.34 whip. Newcomer Justin Miller has been nasty out of the bullpen as he has given up just 2 earned runs in 12 innings of work. He has struck out 20 while walking just 4.

Double-A Carolina (16-24; Southern League)

Just looking at positional prospects, there are a few few fringy guys trying to make a name for themselves out in Zebulon. Former Mets prospect Grant Psomas has been struggling with his BA but the rest of his line is solid (.250/.340/.456). Lee Mitchell is having a breakout season with 7 homers to go with a .307/.381/.547 line, but keep an eye on his 43 strikeouts. After an excellent April where he hit .302/.392/.524, Jai Miller has followed that up with a.128/.268/.255 line in May and has already struck out 19 times this month. 25 year old Dante Brinkley continues to put up big numbers with his .329/.396/.565 in 85 at bats since his call-up from Jupiter. Catching prospect Brett Hayes has enjoyed his time in Carolina so far with 2 homeruns in just 24 at bats. Rick Vanden Hurk looks like he may be the Marlins best pitching prospect at the moment as he has dominated the Southern League with a 1.88era in 24 innings and a 0.92whip. Gaby Hernandez has been hot and cold this season at Carolina with a 4.26era in 44.1ip and a 1.22 whip. Jesus Delgado's velocity has come back since his right latissimus strain that placed him on the DL a few weeks ago. Keep an eye on reliever Jarrett Santos. His 2.25era is great, but that 1.70whip suggests he is skating on thin ice.

High-A Jupiter (16-23; Florida State League)

Huge seasons by older players in the SALLY are always something to be wary of. You don't want to ignore them totally but you shouldn't put too much stock into them. First it was Brad McCann, and now it's Gaby Sanchez who has come crashing back to reality in the FSL (.243/.329/.346). Kris Harvey (.198/.283/.267) has made some in the organization think a move back to mound might be beneficial to him. At Clemson, he threw mid 90s heat and could possibly turn things around like former Marlins prospect Chris Resop did. Former Oregon State Beaver, Andy Jenkins (.293/.324/.384) has been one of the lone bright spots on the Hammerheads offense, although we would like to see that slugging percentage get in the mid 4s. After struggling last season, J.T. Restko's FSL campaign has been much improved (.272/.345/400). So much for that awesome rotation up in Jupiter. They lost Sean West to a torn labrum before the season even began. Brett Sinkbeil landed on the DL after 2 starts with elbow tendonitis. Aaron Thompson has pitched well at times, but in 44.1 innings he has a 4.06era and a 1.30whip. Ryan Tucker is having his share of struggles too, with a 5.88era in 33.2 innings. He has walked 16 while striking out just 22. Marlins #1 prospect Chris Volstad has looked like anything but as he is 3-3 with a 5.70era and a 1.57whip in 42.2 innings pitched. Currently on the DL, Jacob Marceaux has pitched very well since going to the bullpen (1.59era, 11.1ip, 0.88whip).

Low-A Greensboro (15-14; South Atlantic League)

Touted as a sleeper despite a .231/.307/.333 line as a Grasshopper last year, Greg Burns has proven us right so far with a .313/.405/.411 line in 112 at bats so far. 9th round pick John Raynor has been a revelation of sorts, hitting .342/.473/.513 but remember he is 23 years old and is in the same maturity mold as Gaby Sanchez and Brad McCann were. He's got great CF skills with some solid pop and should garner a promotion to Jupiter very soon. Chris Coghlan is having a fine year at .290/384/.478 line. Scott Cousins is off to a disappointing start to his year with a .226/.265/.349 line and spent a little over a week on the DL as well. 6'3 lefthanded Graham Taylor has been awesome this year with a 5-1 record, 2.50era, 0.78whip, and a wonderful 46k to 2bb ratio in 54 innings of work. Like most crafty finesse pitchers, his real test will be once he is promoted to Jupiter, which should be soon. If he can dominate there, he may turn into a fine prospect. Don Czyz has shown promise out of the bullpen with a 3.71era, 1.06whip, 21-3 K-BB ratio in 17 innings. 26 year old closer Blake Jones has been very impressive with a 0.51era, 0.57whip, and just 6 hits allowed in 17.2 innings. Obviously he needs to face better talent, but he should be promoted to Jupiter, or possibly Carolina fairly shortly.
 
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Don't understand moving up McCann to play on the bench, may as well stay in Jupiter. Good to see Coghlan lighting the world on fire, and I'm still worried about our not so 'Fab Five'.
 

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