Behind Enemy Lines: Jacksonville Suns

Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines

The Lookouts began a five game series at home against the Jacksonville Suns yesterday, falling 3-1. Let’s take a look Behind Enemy Lines for a little more information on Chattanooga’s current opponent.

Team, Record (Affiliate): Jacksonville Suns, 26-30 (Miami Marlins)

Dates, Start Times and Pitching Match Ups:

Sunday, June 5th 5:15 EST, DJ Baxendale, Loss (5-6) vs Chris Mazza, Win (2-1)

Monday, June 6th 7:15 EST Ryan Eades (R, 2-2, 4.93) vs Jake Esch (R, 6-4, 4.29)

Tuesday, June 7th 7:15 EST David Hurlbut (L, 3-3, 4.53) vs Austin Brice (R, 3-4, 2.02)

Wednesday, June 8th 7:15 EST Aaron Slegers (R, 2-4, 3.84) vs Matt Tomshaw (L, 1-1, 1.80)

Thursday, June 9th 11:15 EST Kohl Stewart (R, 0-0, 21.60) vs Patrick Johnson (R, 2-1, 4.14)


Suns Team Leaders:

AVG RF Moises Sierra (.323) W SP Jake Esch (6)
R CF Yefri Perez (32) SV RP Tyler Kinley (5)
HR RF Moises Sierra (7) SO SP Austin Brice (51)
RBI LF Austin Dean (36) ERA SP Austin Brice (2.02)
SB CF Yefri Perez (33) WHIP     SP Austin Brice (1.06)


Top Prospects (per MLBPipeline):

LHP Jarlin Garcia, Rank – #3 in system

2016 stats – 1-3, 4.54 ERA, 39.2 IP (9GS), 38 H, 11 BB, 27 K, .253 BAA, 1.24 WHIP

Despite being just 23 years old, Jarlin Garcia is a veteran of the Marlins farm system, having signed as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2010. Garcia had an up and down intro to professional baseball, but finally found some consistency with Class High A Jupiter last year, going 3-5 with a 3.06 ERA in 18 starts and earning a spot in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Garcia is a 6-foot-2 left-hander with a clean delivery and easy velocity in the low-to-mid 90s. The fastball rates at 65 on the scouting scale (out of 80) and stands out as his best pitch, with his curveball (50), slider (45) and changeup (50) all rating out as average offerings. MLB Pipeline lists his as projected as a future No. 4 starter that could get to the big leagues this season. As of now, the Lookouts don’t have to worry about him as he is on the disabled list with left triceps strain issues.

OF Austin Dean, Rank – #6 in system

2016 stats – .260 AVG, 52H-200AB, 28 R, 36 RBI, 10 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 25 BB, 44 K, .343 OBP

Austin Dean passed up enrollment at the University of Texas to sign with the Marlins in 2012 after they selected him in the 2012 draft. The decision paid off quickly as he was a Class A South Atlantic League All-Star in his first pro season, and an all-star again last season in the Florida State League where he finished second in doubles (32) and fourth in hits (139) through 136 games. He uses his strength and quick swing to produce line-drives and work line-to-line rather than swing for the fences often, leading to high career doubles numbers, though he does have six homeruns through 54 games this season. While he was drafted as an infielder, he has since transitioned to the outfield, covering ground well and showing enough arm strength to profile as a big league left fielder. Dean went 0-for-5 in the series opener yesterday, but don’t expect the natural hitter to go so quietly through the next four games.

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