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Morning Jam: Heaney “likely headed to Jamestown”

July 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, we’ve heard it a lot. And I’ve read it a lot. So with the Miami Marlins first round pick Andrew Heaney (No. 9) finally signing, I decided to do some research and see what the folks down in South Florida are talking about.

“Likely headed to Jamestown”

• In the Miami Herald, Clark Spencer wrapped up the late push for Heaney. He says he’s likely to be assigned to Jamestown.

• Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post says the Marlins see him “as a top-of-the-rotation starter.” Capozzi says he’ll report to Jupiter before mentioning a certain city here.

• Over at the Sun-Sentinel, Juan C. Rodriguez has some quick notes about the signing. Basically the same as the previous two articles, but again “likely” and “Jamestown”.

• And where it was reported first, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com has a video and a lengthy article about the rookie lefthander.

When?

Should be a while still for Heaney. After being evaluated, then Miami will decide where to send him. Again, it’s likely Jamestown, but not definitely Jamestown. Should be at least two weeks.

On the field

Jammers won their sixth in a row yesterday by a score of 6-5. It’s now 9 of 12. So after starting 3-9, they went 9-3. They host the Tri-City ValleyCats for three starting tonight. Staff ace Helpi Reyes (1-0, 2.84) is on the mound.

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Jammers win 6th in a row

July 13, 2012 Leave a comment

And we’re still going streaking. Make that six in a row as the Jammers finished off the sweep of the Vermont Lake Monsters, holding on to win 6-5 after nearly blowing a 6-1 lead heading into the ninth.

But, Nick Wittgren came on — allowed a double and walk in a shaky ninth — to get the final out. It was Wittgren’s seventh save of the year despite not being his usual self. The walk was the first one he’s issued in the 2012 season after 12 innings.

Jamestown has inched all the way to .500 after a 3-9 start and are only 2.5 games out of the wild card. Granted, it’s only 24 games into the season, but considering where the Jammers were just two weeks ago, they are certainly alive and well in 2012 after a grim start. They’ll continue the homestand with a three-game set with Tri-City tomorrow night. The ValleyCats own the best record in the NYPL at 18-7.

The good: Another good all-around effort from the offense but a big two-out rally in the sixth won the game for the Jammers. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Juengel grounded into a home-to-first double play that appeared to kill the inning. But, Anthony Gomez lined a single that scored two runs and was followed by Flynn’s double that plated Gomez.

Jamestown tacked on in the seventh and eighth and looked to be in control until Jake Esch fell apart in the ninth. Hard to fault Esch. It was his fourth inning of work (Jamestown has 10 guys in the bullpen) and righthander ran out of gas. He’s been utterly fantastic for the club this year, though.

The bad: Jose Behar went hitless and is down to .191. The catching position is turning into a disaster offensively.

What does it all mean: Well folks, the Jammers aren’t nearly as bad as we thought. One week into the season, I was convinced they could hit, but didn’t have the rotation to compete. Then a week later, I was convinced they couldn’t do much of anything. Another week, OK, they can pitch, but simply can’t hit. Well this was another game where they found ways to score.

So, I think they can contend. These next two weeks will still say a lot, though. Tri-City is an excellent team and then it’s Batavia, Mahoning Valley and Auburn, the three best teams in the Pinckney Division. It’s not neccessarily now-or-never, but it’s an important stretch as I outlined earlier in the week. Regardless, 3-0 is a nice way to start it.

Marlins News

The Miami Marlins signed first round pick Andrew Heaney earlier today. The No. 9 overall pick will report to Jupiter and after the team judges where he is at physically, they’ll assign him somewhere. But, according to this Marlins beat writer, it’s “likely Jamestown.”