The Miami Marlins were busy on Thursday, making roster moves to their minor league farm system that directly affect the Jacksonville Suns, their Double-A affiliate in the Southern League.
According to Roger Hoover of the Suns media department, Infielder J.T. Riddle has been transferred from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. Riddle has played in 101 games for the Suns this season, hitting .278 with three homers and 51 RBI, and recently had a 25-game hitting streak from June 23 to August 6. This is the second call-up to the Triple-A level in Riddle’s career and the first in 2016.
Riddle has been part of an infield that has had solid production for the Suns in the second half of the season.
It was also announced that right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Chaffee has been transferred from Triple-A New Orleans to Jacksonville. Chaffee with the Zephyrs made one appearance, allowing four runs in two and two-thirds innings on Tuesday in Salt Lake City. Chaffee has made 26 relief appearances for the Suns this season, going 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 38 innings pitched to go along with two saves.
In potentially the most important news of the day concerning the team, left-handed pitcher Jarlin Garcia has returned from his rehab assignment from the GCL Marlins, reinstated from Jacksonville’s disabled list and optioned to High-A Jupiter.
It has been some time since Garcia has been in a Suns uniform, as he has been dealing with a triceps strain. He was originally placed on the disabled list on May 30.
Garcia made three rehab starts for the GCL Marlins, now allowing any runs during his four innings of work. Garcia had been 1-3 with a 4.54 ERA in nine starts with the Suns before he was placed on the disabled list. He is considered the Marlins No. 3 minor league prospect and the second overall pitching prospect behind right-hander Tyler Kolek.