Sky Sox home series preview vs. New Orleans

May 14, 2014 Updated: May 14, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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Former Sky Sox pitcher Chaz Roe, shown here in a spring training game on March 13, will be in town Thursday-Sunday with his New Orleans Zephyrs teammates. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


New Orleans at Sky Sox

Game times: 6:35 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 6:05 p.m. Saturday; 1:35 p.m. Sunday

What to watch: The Sky Sox continue to be big winners in the game of weather roulette. They started their most recent homestand after a cold snap and played eight games with temperatures averaging 69 degrees at first pitch. They left town and the average high was 48 degrees for five days. They return and forecasts are calling for average highs of 70 degrees over the next eight days. . New Orleans' roster features few players with significant major league experience, but includes seven of Miami's top 25 prospects, according to Baseball America. This is an unusually high number for a Triple-A squad. By comparison, the Sky Sox have four of the Rockies' top 25 prospects.

New Orleans prospects to track

Jake Marisnick, OF - The dynamic outfielder was the biggest prospect Miami landed by sending Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson (among others) to Toronto in November 2012. Marisnick struggled in April, but is batting .325 for New Orleans in May. Baseball America rates him as the No. 3 prospect in the organization.

Bryan Flynn, LHP - He excelled in the Pacific Coast League last year, posting a league-best 2.80 ERA in 138 innings with 122 strikeouts and 40 walks. The 6-foot-7 Wichita State grad is scheduled to start on Friday.

Adam Conley, LHP - The Washington State grad and No. 8 prospect moved through the lower levels in tandem with Jose Fernandez before Fernandez skyrocketed to major league stardom. But like Fernandez, Conley is dealing with an injury (elbow tendinitis), and may not appear in this series.

Zephyrs names you may know

Chaz Roe - The former first-round pick of the Rockies went 9-13 in 27 starts for the Sky Sox in 2010. ... In terms of name recognition, that's about it. To be fair, the Marlins' big-league roster doesn't register much higher in this category.

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