THE HAMMERHEADS …… JUPITER’S BOYS OF SUMMER
By Brian Weidenbacher
If you would like to spend a day, or night, watching great baseball, I strongly urge you to take a drive up to Jupiter and catch a Jupiter Hammerheads game at Roger Dean Stadium. Set in a beautiful, spacious stadium that captures the essence of minor league baseball, the Jupiter-based Hammerheads are the Florida State League’s affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The talent is plentiful, and the games are exciting ….. young, enthusiastic athletes hoping for that celebrated day when they get called up to “the Show”. Hopes, dreams, and heart, along with talent, will hopefully get them to that next level. It all starts in the minor leagues for these “boys of summer”.
As we sat behind home plate on a beautiful Saturday evening with my belly full of Louisiana crawfish, I thought about how lucky these talented kids were to be playing the great game of baseball, and getting paid to do it.
After missing the playoffs last season with a dismal 68-69 record, this 2014 version of the Hammerheads promises fans a different scenario. This season’s team begins the year with an abundance of prospects. The most significant name to watch is third baseman Colin Moran, the top pick of the Miami Marlins from 2013. The sixth overall player chosen in last year’s draft out of the University of North Carolina, Moran has all the tools to be with the parent team in 2015. Moran batted .299 last season with Greensboro, and was quickly called up to Jupiter after that stellar campaign. He’s a base hit away from joining the Marlins. He’ll have to prove himself to the Marlins’ front office, but that seems to be a mere formality.
Outfielders Jesus Solorzano and Viosergy Rosa patrol two of the outfield spots for the Hammerheads. Solorzano, Miami’s 11th best prospect according to MLB.com stole 33 bases last season for Greensboro. He was only caught four times. Rosa, also with Greensboro last season, slammed 23 home runs, the second most dingers among all Miami minor leaguers.
Pitcher Colby Suggs returns to the Hammerheads after spending part of 2013 with the Marlins. His fastball is clocked between 94-96 MPH, and can lift it to 98 MPH when needed. Trevor Williams, a second round pick in the 2013 draft by Miami out of Arizona State adds depth to a strong pitching staff. Former major league catcher Brian Schneider takes over as the manager of the Hammerheads. A 13-year veteran, Schneider knows the intricacies that help bring out additional talent to an already talented player. The team has a very a great schedule that runs through August, including “promotional” game nights that create excitement and fun for the entire family. For information about the Jupiter Hammerheads, and the “Great 8” promotional games on the schedule, just call 561-775-1818, or visit the website at www.RogerDeanStadium.com. Hammerheads baseball …….