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Triple-A Jacksonville celebrates public domain

Marlins' affiliate Jumbo Shrimp set to host theme night free-for-all
@BensBiz
February 23, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE.

Plan a trip to see MiLB's newest ballparks

Three years ago six new Minor League ballparks debuted
@BensBiz
January 26, 2024

Several Minor League ballparks are currently under construction, and even more are in the planning stages. Nonetheless, 2024 will mark the third straight season in which no new facilities open their doors. But lest we forget: A mere three years ago, a whopping six Minor League ballparks debuted for the

Marlins tab Balkovec for player development

Trailblazer, former Tarpons skipper hired as farm system director
January 16, 2024

MIAMI -- Rachel Balkovec has agreed to become the Marlins' director of player development, Miami announced on Tuesday, a week after the news broke. Balkovec's hiring was made official in conjunction with the hiring of Gabe Kapler as the assistant general manager, Vinesh Kanthan as the director of baseball operations

Johnston leads Marlins' Organization All-Stars

First baseman's 20-20 season among top Miami performances
@brendan_samson
November 29, 2023

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Miami Marlins.

Ben's Biz eats: Best of the South

A taste of Biloxi, Birmingham, Montgomery and Pensacola
@BensBiz
November 17, 2023

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Ben's Biz: Title winners ranked for '23

Based on how long it had been since they last won a crown
@BensBiz
October 27, 2023

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Jupiter hammers down first FSL championship

Pitching, small ball complete turnaround by Marlins affiliate
@EvanKDesai
September 20, 2023

It took a first-year manager to steer the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Marlins' Single-A affiliate, to their first Florida State League championship. After going 35-31 in both the first and second halves of the season, Nelson Prada's Hammerheads were a model of consistency in the East Division this season. And Jupiter

Hammerheads blank Blue Jays, clinch 2023 playoffs

Jupiter to take on Palm Beach in FSL East series Sept. 12-15
September 6, 2023

Jupiter is heading back to the Florida State League playoffs after a 5-0 victory over Dunedin on Tuesday night. The first-place Hammerheads (66-61) clinched the second-half of the FSL's East Division with the win, setting the stage for the team's first postseason appearance since 2012. Jupiter will take on Palm

Meyer flashes otherworldly repertoire for Jupiter

Second-ranked Marlins prospect spins 3 scoreless in Single-A debut
@EvanKDesai
August 19, 2023

Next up in the Marlins' pitching pipeline: Noble Meyer. The 2023 first-round Draft pick (No. 10 overall) took the mound for the first time with Single-A Jupiter on Saturday in a 5-4 win at Clover Park, and flashed a repertoire that showcased why he was the first prep arm off

Who needs hits? Jupiter's Lewis steals 5 bases

Marlins prospect's feat only done 8 times in Minors since 2005
@JesseABorek
August 16, 2023

At first, it looks like a misprint. Five steals on zero hits? How can that be? What Ian Lewis accomplished for Single-A Jupiter on Wednesday night was so rare it’s been done just once in AL/NL history dating back to 1901. (The lone big leaguer to pull off the five-steal,

Copa de la Diversión transforms ballpark fare

Sugar Land, Beloit among clubs taking local flavor to next level
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 6, 2023

Each month, MiLB.com spotlights a particular aspect of Copa de la Diversión, Minor League Baseball's Hispanic fan engagement initiative sponsored by Nationwide, the program's official insurance partner. After focusing on the new on-field identities for 2023 and some of the clubs' community connections, this edition dives into the ballpark food

Grizzlies, Jumbo Shrimp honor Negro Leagues

Fresno and Jacksonville don alternate identities, salute rich history
@RobTnova24
June 18, 2023

For the second consecutive year, the Fresno Grizzlies transformed into the Fresno Tigers to pay tribute to the 1946 West Coast Negro League baseball team on Friday night at Chukchansi Park. Since scant visual representation of the Fresno Tigers has survived, the club donned newly reimagined Tigers uniforms as part

With mom's support, Morissette hits for cycle

Marlins prospect becomes 2nd Blue Wahoo to achieve mark in '23
June 14, 2023

With his mother in the stands for the first time in his professional career, Marlins No. 20 prospect Cody Morissette hit for the cycle in Double-A Pensacola's 12-9 victory over Mississippi on Tuesday night. "Definitely a really, really cool experience for me and my family," Morissette told MLB.com of his

The best of the Marlins' Minor League ballparks

From Jupiter to Jacksonville, affiliates packed with enthusiasm
@JesseABorek
May 29, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we

Jumbo night: Triple play, 20 runs and ... a wedding?

Jacksonville pulls out all the stops in action-packed victory
@Steph_Sheehan
May 27, 2023

A lot of things happened at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game on Saturday. It started with a triple play to escape a jam in the first inning and ended with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate hitting two grand slams and putting up 20 runs in a home game for the first

Danas, Mesas get in some extra bonding time

Two sets of prospects mark National Brother's Day differently
@Steph_Sheehan
May 24, 2023

For the Dana brothers, playing for the Tri-City Dust Devils is something of a family tradition. And for the Mesa brothers, taking the field for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos was a treat they'd like to repeat. But in both cases, being in pro ball in the same organization as their

The Road to The Show™: Marlins’ Berry

Miami's No. 3 prospect building toward breakout in first full season
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 23, 2023

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Marlins prospect Jacob Berry. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. In his first professional action, the game hasn’t come

What's in an apostrophe? For Pensacola, everything

Call 'em Blue Wahoo's Tuesday as club embraces incorrect grammar
@JesseABorek
May 15, 2023

Baseball, at its core, is a game dependent on accuracy. A fielder aims to throw the ball on the mark, a baserunner seeks every angle possible to motor around the bags and a manager can be zen-like in the quest to tab a hot bat off the bench or remove

Everything looking a-O 11 K's for Pérez

Top Marlins prospect racks up season high for Blue Wahoos
@benweinrib
May 3, 2023

If a season-high 11 strikeouts in five innings is any indication, Eury Pérez looks like he's ready to leave Double-A behind. The Marlins' top prospect -- No. 11 overall, according to MLB Pipeline -- allowed one run on two hits and a walk as Pensacola topped Mississippi, 2-1, on Tuesday.

Mullet magic: Pérez dominates for Pensacola

Top Marlins prospect racks up 17 swings-and-misses in 5 IP
@Steph_Sheehan
April 20, 2023

In his last outing, Double-A Pensacola's Eury Pérez faced a heavyweight Biloxi lineup featuring fellow Top 100 prospect Jackson Chourio and scuffled. He had no such trouble carving his way through the Birmingham lineup on Thursday. Donning a bright green Pensacola Mullets jersey, the Marlins’ top prospect was nearly untouchable

Chourio vs. Eury: An epic battle of top prospects

Top Brewers, Marlins prospects square off three times at Double-A
@Jacob_Resnick
April 15, 2023

In a battle of über-prospects in the Double-A Southern League on Friday, the edge went to … both of them? There was considerable hype surrounding the matchup of Marlins right-hander Eury Pérez and Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio -- each the top-ranked prospect in their respective organization -- and it lived

‘Pok-Ta-Pok’ identity honors indigenous culture

Pensacola brings the past forward to expand Copa de la Diversión
@Gerard_Gilberto
March 23, 2023

There will be a new version of the old ball game coming to the Southern League in 2023. No, not the one with pitch timers and pickoff limits. This is a much, much older ball game. One that dates back nearly 4,000 years. The game is Pok-Ta-Pok, and it’s coming

Pérez, Fulton flash potent stuff for Marlins

Premier crop of hurlers, shortstops headline Miami’s future
@JesseABorek
November 18, 2022

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Miami Marlins.

The Road to The Show™: Marlins’ Pérez

No. 9 overall prospect follows breakout with growth, dominance
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 18, 2022

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Marlins prospect Eury Pérez. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The turning point for the Marlins’ latest rebuild will

Snappers to Sky Carp: Beloit fans stick with team 

Pat and Ken Arndt reflect on Pohlman Field's intimacy, accessibility
@BensBiz
August 31, 2022

BELOIT, Wisconsin -- 2021 marked the end of the line for Pohlman Field, home of Beloit, Wisconsin’s Midwest League team since 1982. During that farewell campaign, the High-A Miami affiliate, then known as the Snappers, had seven full-season ticket holders. Not 700, 70 or even 17. Just seven. Pat and