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CDTShareTweetShareShareChicago Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 13Nelson VelazquezJared Ravich/MiLB.comIowa CubsThe Iowa Cubs split a doubleheader with the Oklahoma City Dodgers Jon Niese Jersey , losing the first one 3-0 and coming back to take the second game, 2-1.Matt Swarmer started game one and took the loss after allowing three runs in the third inning, including a two-run home run to Will Smith. Swarmer’s final line was three runs on five hits over four innings. He walked three and struck out two. Swarmer also singled to lead off the third inning. It was his first career hit.Iowa only had three hits, all singles, in game one. Both Dixon Machado and Johnny Field went 1 for 2 with a walk.The game two start went to Colin Rea, and the Iowa native got his first win as a Cub. Rea pitched six innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits. He walked three and struck out five. Rea also hit a batter.Rowan Wick threw the top of the seventh inning and got the save, but not without some drama. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Wick allowed a double and then loaded the bases on consecutive walks. But he then struck out the next batter to end the game. Wick had two strikeouts in the inning.First baseman Trent Giambrone hit a solo home run in the third inning, his third of the young season already. Giambrone was 2 for 3. Donnie Dewees singled with two out in the bottom of the sixth to drive in what proved to be the winning run. Dewees went 1 for 2 with a walk.Tennessee SmokiesThe Tennessee Smokies were lorded over by the Birmingham Barons (White Sox), 4-2.Starter Zach Hedges allowed one run on three hits over four innings. Hedges struck out two and did not walk anyone, although he did hit one batter.Scott Effross relieved Hedges and took the loss when he allowed one run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh. The final line on Effross was three runs on five hits over three innings. Effross struck out two and walked one.First baseman P.J. Higgins connected for his second home run of the season win the fourth inning with the bases empty. The blast gave the Smokies a temporary 2-1 lead. Higgins went 2 for 4.Shortstop Nico Hoerner went 1 for 3 with an RBI double in the first inning and a walk.Myrtle Beach PelicansThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans were plucked by the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Astros) Edinson Volquez Jersey , 6-4.Javier Assad started and took the loss. Assad pitched four innings and allowed two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out five.The Pelicans only had one hit over the first 8.2 innings of this game, but they rallied for four runs and three hits once they were down to their final out. The big blow was a two-run double by first baseman Luke Reynolds. Reynolds was 1 for 5 and also scored the fourth run of the inning on an error.Highlights:South Bend CubsThe South Bend Cubs hammered the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays), 6-0.Riley Thompson started and collected his first win of the season with five scoreless frames. Thompson allowed four hits. He struck out five and walked one.Jeffrey Passantino threw the next three innings and Riley McCauley pitched the ninth to finish the shutout.It was a big day for right fielder Nelson Velazquez, who went 3 for 4 with a double. Velazquez scored twice and had one run batted in.First baseman Tyler Durna was 2 for 4 with a two-run double in the bottom of the third.Highlights:Here’s an interview with Riley Thompson. Is it time for the valuable utility player to take ownership of a single position?"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 Analysis2019 Marlins Season Preview2019 Marlins Season Preview: Miguel RojasIs it time for the valuable utility player to take ownership of a single position? ESTShareTweetShareShare2019 Marlins Season Preview: Miguel RojasVia Marlins/TwitterPrior to the 2015 campaign, the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers executed a trade that was centered around second baseman DeeGordon coming to Little Havana. Gordon made an immediate impact on Miami; there’s no denying that he was as electrifying as advertised and a fan favorite. That being said, I have a question for you...Since 2017, Dee Gordon has a higher Wins Above Replacement (WAR) than MiguelRojas. True or false? False. The distinction belongs to the current Marlins infielder. Rojas has a collective WAR of 4.5, while Gordon has contributed 3.7 in that span between Miami and Seattle.Producing value on par with an average everyday player, there is a strong case to be made that Miguel Rojas should serve as the 2019 Marlins starting shortstop.How did he get here? Traded from Dodgers to Marlins on December 11, 2014.2018 MLB Stats: .252/.297/.346, 11 HR Kendall Graveman Jersey , 6 SB, and 53 RBI in 153 G2019 ZiPS Projection: .260/.307/.355, 7 HR, 4 SB, and 45 RBI in 150 GThe 30 year-old Rojas—Happy belated birthday!—matured through the Rays, Reds, and Dodgers farm systems as a glove-first player. He’s been a standout defender in the majors with 35 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) since debuting in 2014, with his 2018 campaign yielding a +14 DRS across 1B, 2B, 3B, and SS. As a comparison Jose Canseco Jersey , old friend Adeiny Hechavarria has 23 DRS in the same span of time.To put it plainly, Rojas is good to great with the glove.The hope for him in 2019? That he can develop that kind of proficiency at the plate. We saw Rojas take positive strides last season. His soft contact percentage decreased from almost 28% in 2017 to 20% in 2018. Putting the bat on the ball with authority led to more homers (11 easily set a new career high). He also showed better gap-power production and turned what used to be harmless grounders into solid singles to the outfield.Rojas began elevating the ball with a noticeably different swing plane. Using Statcast data, we can illustrate how he consistently had a positive launch angle, unlike in 2017. Rojas in 2017 vs. Rojas in 2018He generally stepped-up with men on base (.733 OPS) and in scoring position (.738 OPS). On the other hand, the Venezuelan veteran would occasionally fall back into bad habits at inopportune times, hammering pitches straight into the dirt and grounding into an NL-leading 23 double plays.Miggy Ro’s aggression paid off in power production, but his walk rate and on-base percentage dipped from the previous campaign. That negated some of his progress and should make him consider searching for a better balance in 2019. Spring competition for the Marlins shortstop job is a tight one, as explained in the JT Riddle preview released on Wednesday. But it’s a win-win for Fish fans—they have two solid candidates, leaving the loser of that battle as an over-qualified backup. Regardless, both Rojas and Riddle figure to get significant reps while the more tantalizing shortstops in the organization continue to refine their skills in the minors.

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