Previewing the Jamestown Jammers

The Jamestown Jammers, New York-Penn League affiliate of the Florida Marlins, finished last season in fifth place in the Pinckney Division with a 34-42 record.  They will not be making a trip to Dodd Stadium this season, but they will play a three game series against the Connecticut Tigers in Jamestown August 10-12.

The Jamestown pitching staff could be headlined this season by Bryan Berglund, a 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher who became the first Swedish citizen ever drafted when the Marlins selected him in the second round of last year’s draft.  Baseball America says his arsenal includes a 90-92 mph fastball and two quality secondary pitches, a changeup with late movement and a slider.  If he is not assigned to Jamestown, Berglund will begin his professional career with the Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Another player who projects to be a big part of the Jamestown pitching staff is power right-hander Josh Hodges.  Hodges has a hulking 6-foot-7 and 235 pound frame and Baseball America says his fastball’s velocity sits between 92 and 94 miles per hour.  He figures to begin the season in Jamestown’s starting rotation.

Outfielder Brent Keys projects to hit near the top of Jamestown’s batting order.  He does not have much power, but he demonstrated good leadoff tools during his time with the GCL Marlins last season, posting a .395 on-base percentage and stealing 13 bases.

Left-handed pitcher Jared Eskew figures to move up to Jamestown this season after an excellent campaign in the Gulf Coast League in 2009.  Eskew pitched 48.1 innings for the GCL Marlins last season, posting a 2.23 ERA and a 4.40 strikeout to walk ratio.

Marquise Cooper, the Marlins’ third round draft pick in 2009, struggled in his professional debut last season, hitting only .193 in 40 games with the GCL Marlins.  According to Lisa Winston, formerly of MLB.com, Cooper is an excellent athlete with huge upside.  He could be pushed to Jamestown this season, but a repeat assignment to the Gulf Coast League seems more likely.

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