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Florida general manager Admin Beinfest paid a rare visit to First Horizon Park last week to get a first-hand look at the talent in which the Marlins invested millions of dollars last year.


Before he rejoined the struggling big-league club, Beinfest was given hope for the future.


Sean West was in complete command for five innings Monday. Aaron Thompson pitched smartly and effectively Tuesday. Ryan Tucker continued to be erratic Wednesday in falling to 0-4 before Chris Volstad, the first of the Marlins' four first-round picks in '05, turned in another stellar outing Thursday.


Beinfest left town before Daniel Barone's two-hit, 10-strikeout gem Friday night, but he didn't leave disappointed. The Grasshoppers' 19-year-olds showed him, for the most part, what the Marlins want to see from their young pitching prospects.


"The No. 1 thing for me is strikes," Beinfest said. "To establish the ability to throw strikes consistently with a variety of pitches early in your career can really set you up for success later on. We put such a heavy emphasis on first-pitch strikes and getting ahead in the count. We're such a pitching-heavy organization that it's something we pride ourselves in.


"Other than that, you look at mound presence. If a guy has a bad outing, how does he bounce back? Mental preparation. How do they go about their work every day? Are they physically taking care of themselves? Different things go into it. And performance does count."


The Hoppers as a staff are doing an excellent job throwing strikes and staying ahead in counts. Barone fell behind 2-1 in the count only once before issuing a seventh-inning walk that spoiled his perfect game Friday.


Greensboro's pitchers had walked 117 and struck out 332 entering Saturday's game against Kannapolis, a nice ratio.


Beinfest also came away impressed with the hitting ability of first baseman Gaby Sanchez (.340, 13 home runs, 37 RBIs entering the weekend) and outfielder Kris Harvey, a second-round pick in '05 who broke out of an 0-for-37 slump with four home runs in the first three games of the Hoppers' current homestand.


Sanchez has shown excellent power, plate discipline and pitch recognition in the South Atlantic League and could find himself moving out, and up, soon. Beinfest said the organization has discussed the promotion possibility.


"It appears Gaby may have things in hand here," he said. "We'll see."

Jump Gaby to double A... :thumbup

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Naa, Gaby is still only in Jupiter. If history is any indication, the Fish like to put their guys in Carolina (at least) before getting the call. Gaby will get a September callup I think, but definitely not before.


(not to mention he's not on the 40 man roster, so they might decline and just wait)

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