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Mudcats in Southern League Championships

MIAMI — The Marlins’ Double-A affiliate, the Carolina Mudc
mudcat.jpgats, swept the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx in the Northern Division playoffs and will face off against the Mississippi Braves in a five-game series beginning Monday.

The Mudcats outscored West Tennessee, 22-5, and Gaby Sanchez went 5-for-12 with three RBIs in the series.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’d wait until the Double A playoffs are over before he calls anybody from the Mudcats up. And when they are, Sanchez and Cameron Maybin are very likely candidates.

So close

After starting off the season 33-36, the Marlins’ High A affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads, went right down to the wire in the second half for first place in the Florida State League’s East Division. While going 41-28 to end the year, the Hammerheads finished just a half-game out of the first place Daytona Cubs — a lead they lost during their last five games of the season.

Going into the final five contests, Jupiter actually held a half-game lead on the Cubs but had five games against them to finish off the season. The Hammerheads split the first two, but they fell in the following two games to put them at 1 1/2 out and mathematically eliminated. The Marlins’ 2003 first-round pick, Jeff Allison, was the losing pitcher in the dagger, getting rocked for seven runs (six earned) in just two innings.

Future closer?


Thumbnail image for images.jpgDon’t blame Adalberto Mendez for the Hammerheads coming up short in their quest for the playoffs. All he did was record 29 saves — tied for the FSL lead — while posting a 3.47 ERA. In 57 innings, Mendez struck out 59 batters and limited his opponents to a measley .215 batting average.

I know Mendez isn’t one of the more popular candidates for the Marlins’ closers role in 2009 if Kevin Gregg isn’t retained — that title belongs to Matt Lindstrom and Ryan Tucker. But neither of those two have impressed much in the Major Leagues, and a season like this one could make Mendez, a 26-year-old righty from the Dominican Republic, a potential candidate when Spring Training opens next year.

Mendez was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cubs in 2001 and, after five years in their system (he didn’t start until 2003), he was acquired by the Marlins for the 2008 season. It was a big bounce-back year for Mendez, who posted a 5.09 ERA last year between High A and Double A.

How they finished …

Albuquerque Isotopes: 68-75 (.476), 2nd in American South Division of Pacific Coast League; 7.5 games out of first place; 10th overall out of 16

Jupiter Hammerheads: 41-28 (.594), 2nd in East Division of FSL; .5 games out of first place; 3rd overall out of 12

Greensboro Grasshoppers: 28-40 (.412), 5th in Northern Division of South Atlantic League; 16 games out of first place; 13th overall out of 16

Jamestown Jammers: 47-29 (.618), 2nd in Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League; percentage points out of first place; 3rd overall out of 14

Gulf Coast League Marlins: 30-24 (.556), 2nd in East Division of GCL; 2.5 games out of first place; 5th overall out of 16 

New faces

Since the beginning of the September callup period, the Marlins have brought in five players from their Minor League system. Here’s a look at how they’ve done since being called up/back:

Logan Kensing: 36.00 ERA in two appearances (four runs in one full inning)

Eulogio De La Cruz: one 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout

Robert Andino: 0-for-2 through two games

Dallas McPherson: 0-for-3 with three walks through three games (one start)

Brett Carroll: 0-for-1 with three appearances 

– by Alden Gonzalez, associate reporter/MLB.com

Lots of hardware in Marlins’ farm

MIAMI — It was a good week in Florida’s Minor League system in terms of individual awards. On Thursday, Double-A Carolina’s Gaby Sanchez was named the Southern League Most Valuable Player after racking up 88 RBIs — the most for a Mudcat since 1995 — hitting .342 with runners in scoring position and hitting 17 home runs. Through Wednesday, the first baseman already had a franchise-record 41 doubles and was hitting .320 for one of the best offenses in Double A.

752609646_8d3329bb83.jpgThen, on Saturday, Class A Jupiter had an MVP of its own when first baseman Logan Morrison (pictured) got the honors for the Florida State League after leading the FSL in batting average (.334), hits (157) and doubles (37). Morrison, a 6-foot-2 lefty-hitting 21-year-old, was taken by the Marlins in the 22nd round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Last year for Greensboro, Morrison hit .267 with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs.

Triple-A Albuquerque

Isotopes drawing fans

With 13,576 on hand to see their home finale, the Isotopes totaled 593,606 fans in 71 games for the season, beating the previous high in 2005 of 582,839.

Two more for McPherson

After having just one home run in August going in, Dallas McPherson belted two more home runs on Saturday night, bringing his count up to 42 this season with just two games remaining. McPherson still leads the Minor Leagues in home runs, and Nelson Cruz — whose contract was purchased by the Rangers on Aug. 25 — is behind him with 37.

Double-A Carolina

All-Stars all over the place

Sanchez, second baseman Chris Coghlan (.298, 71 RBIs) and outfielder John Raynor (.312, 13 home runs, 49 RBIs) were all named to the Southern League Postseason All-Star Team on Thursday. The Mudcats were crowned the North Division second half champs and will begin the playoffs next week.  

Injured Marlins: Outfielder Brett Carroll (right shoulder) has been rehabbing for the Hammerheads. Over his last 10 games, the 26-year-old is hitting .184 (7-for-38). 

– Alden Gonzalez, associate reporter/MLB.com