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liny195 23.05.2019 08:39

Reviewing what we saw in the Dominican
 
Summer League http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey , Gulf Coast League and Batavia in 2018."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins Prospects and Draft CoverageThings We Love to SeeThings We Love to See Season Recap: Marlins RookiesReviewing what we saw in the Dominican Summer League, Gulf Coast League and Batavia in 2018.Venezuela who was in his 2nd season with the Marlins in 2018. Palacios had an absolutely tremendous year in the Dominican, so much so that he was named the Co-Pitcher of The Year in the Dominican Summer League this season. Palacios was 8-0 in 15 appearances this year (four starts) with a 0.85 ERA, 1.79 FIP (fielding independent pitching) and an 8.76 K/9 (his BB/9 was just 0.57). Itís hard to know too much about Palacios because of how far away he is, both in his development and geographically, but his numbers the past two years are very promising for his development going forward. Thereís a good chance Palacios ends up state side in 2019, and thatís when weíll know more about what kind of stuff he has and just how good he can be. Heís one of the more intriguing international prospects the Marlins have right now. Under the Radar Guy: Davis Bradshaw, OF (Batavia Muckdogs)-Bradshaw was the Marlins 11th round pick out of Meridian Community College in Mississippi this season and absolutely tore the cover off the ball across two levels in the Marlins system. Bradshaw is more of a project than the four guys we talked about earlier so thereís a reason he didnít move as quickly as them, but he actually had better numbers in the GCL than any of them. In 27 games (106 PA), Bradshaw slashed .376/.453/.484 with a 9.4 BB% and an very impressive 12.3 K%, he also added four doubles, 13 RBI and 15 stolen bases. 15 stolen bases in 27 games is absolutely absurd, no matter what level youíre playing at. Bradshaw continued his torrid pace when promoted to Batavia, with a .324/.368/.352 slash line adding 6 RBI and 5 stolen bases in just 19 games. He didnít spend a lot of time in Batavia so I expect him to start there to begin the season, but donít be surprised if he moves up to the higher levels of the system if he continues to hit the way he did in 2018. Guy That Let Us Down: Brayan Hernandez, OF (Batavia Muckdogs)-Hernandez was the headliner in the David Phelps trade with the Mariners at the time of the trade, but with Pablo Lopezís emergence and Hernandezís struggles this season, heís taken a back seat in the deal. Hernandezís hitting isnít his headline tool, but he really had a tough time at the plate this season slashing only .215/.282/.342 with only 3 HR, 18 RBI Chad Pinder Jersey , and 55 K in 52 games. He was one of the top prospects in the 2014 class so obviously Hernandez has the tools, itís just going to be about whether he can tap into them going forward. Batavia can be a really tough place for young guys to play in (insert link to article here), and while Iím not blaming Hernandezís struggles on that completely, it very well could have something to do with it. Hopefully a fresh start in 2019 and a possible change of scenery will get things going back in a positive direction for Hernandez. These are only a snapshot of the things that we loved to see from Marlins rookies this past season, and there will be plenty more as we continue to follow their development going forward. There will be lots to follow in 2019, and based on their performance in 2018, a lot to look forward to. Itís an exciting time in the Marlins organization, and it all starts at the bottom with the youngest guys that are making an impact. Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesThe Chicago Cubs will host the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise the contest, with Baseball Tonight beginning at 7 p.m.This matchup will be a battle of southpawsbetween the Cubs' Jon Lester and the Rockies' Kyle Freeland, per Kyle Newman of theDenver Post. Lester is 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 149 strikeouts in 181.2 innings, while Freeland is 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 202.1 innings.Lester has induced an inordinate amount of soft contact throughout his career, and this year is no exception: Per FanGraphs, hishard-hit rate is just 31.9 percent. He gives up just1.19 home runs per nine innings.The crafty 34-year-old has five pitches in his repertoire: a four-seam fastball, cutter, sinker, changeupand curveball.Freeland is an extreme ground-ball pitcher who induces them at a 46.0 percent rate, per FanGraphs. Like Lester, he doesn't get hit too hard (31.6 percent) or give up many home runs (0.76 per nine innings).The 25-year-old strikes out batters at a 20.5 percent clip. He throws a four-seam fastball, cutter, sinker http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-khris-davis-jersey , changeup and slider. Of note, he would be pitching on three days' rest, as Freeland started (and won) on Friday against the Washington Nationals after six innings of two-run ball. Lester has an extra day of rest, having made his last appearance Thursday (six scoreless innings versus the Pittsburgh Pirates).The two men faced off at Wrigley once this season, with the Cubs winning 3-2. Lester went 5.2 innings with two runs (neither earned), five punchouts and three walks, while Freeland tossed seven frames of three-run ball with five strikeouts.It could have been worse for both sides. Lester struck out Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta with the bases loaded in the fifth to wiggle out of a jam, and Freeland limited the damage to one run in the sixth after a leadoff triple from Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.The lineups will be a little different this time around. Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu (15 home runs, 62 RBI, .278 batting average in 127 games) did not play, nor did Colorado outfielder David Dahl (16 home runs, 48 RBI, .276 batting average in 76 games).For the Cubs, second baseman Daniel Murphy (six home runs, 13 RBI, .299 batting average in 34 games with Chicago) was still a member of the Washington Nationals at the time.Freeland arguably had a better year than Lester, but the latter has started 21 postseason games and been part of three World Series champions. He also more than held his own en route to an All-Star season. The starting pitching matchup looks like a slight edge toward the Cubs simply because Lester has an extra day of rest.The Cubs would seem to have four other advantages, though.First, they are home, where they've gone 51-31 this season. Chicago has the added benefit of staying put Blake Treinen Jersey , as the Cubs have been in town since starting a regular-season closing homestand on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the Rockies are going to be in three time zones in three days as they go from Denver to Los Angeles to Chicago. Colorado closed the regular season with a win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday before losing in the NL West tiebreaker Monday. Now it has to turn around in 24 hours and play a game in Chicago Tuesday.Colorado is respectable on the road (44-38) but that travel schedule may be tough to overcome.Second, as Newman noted, the Cubs will call on left-hander Cole Hamels if needed. The veteran has been fantastic for Chicago this year, going 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. That's a big trump card in favor of the Cubs.Third, the Cubs bullpen has performed far better than the Rockies' this year, with Chicago's relievers sporting a 3.34 ERA (second-best in MLB) and the Rockies finishing with a 4.63 (26th).Lastly, Chicago simply has more postseason experience, having made the NLCS in 2015 and 2017 and winning the World Series in 2016. Granted, not every member of the team has been with the Cubs through that entire stretch, but some newer members of the team have played in October (Murphy for the Mets and Washington Nationals, for instance).Colorado played in the NL Wild Card Game last year (losing 11-8 to the Arizona Diamondbacks) after missing the postseason every year since 2010.The infamous Wrigley Field wind, which can blow home runs out at a record pace or keep towering fly balls in the outfield based on the direction, shouldn't be a factor Tuesday. Per Windfinder, the wind should be blowing anywhere from a harmless three to six mph, with game temperatures at around 59 degrees.Ultimately, this looks like a Cubs victory, but look for Freeland to keep Chicago at bay into the middle innings. Expect Chicago to pull away late in a low-scoring win.Prediction: Cubs 5, Rockies 2


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