As the instructional league wraps up this weekend and the Arizona Fall league in full swing, I thought it would be a perfect time for some prospect rankings: the Miami Marlins Top 30.
Luis Davila and I have spent a large amount of our time at minor league ballparks this season. Whether it was Jupiter, Jacksonville, or even the back fields for rookie ball, Swings and Mishes was watching Marlins prospects any chance we could.
From the MLB draft through the trade deadline, Miami completely overhauled the system with impressive talent at all positions. Prep Starting Pitchers, elite lefty bats, and even multiple NCAA champions. This is a farm system that’s darn near elite, and it’s just scratching the surface of what it can be. So, come see what we think about the best prospects through our eyes. You may disagree, and that’s ok, because prospect ranking will never be gospel.
These are the Swings and Mishes Top 30 Marlins prospects:
Sixto Sanchez (SP)
21 years old / 6’0 185lbs.
2019 (A+/AA) – 20 G / 114.0 IP / 2.76 ERA / 1.07 WHIP / 103:21 K/BB / 1.66 BB/9
ETA – Opening Day 2020
Sixto was the headliner of a trade package including catcher Jorge Alfaro and Minor League pitcher Will Stewart in the J.T. Realmuto deal with the Phillies. Questions about his ace potential arose from his shorter 6’0” frame and injury concerns. The Marlins took it slow with Sanchez upon acquiring him after his season ending elbow inflammation in 2018. He made his organizational debut on May 3rd. Now, with a stockier and stronger frame, and staying healthy all season (114 IP), Sánchez has begun to address those concerns. Reaching 100 mph and sitting in the upper 90s with relative ease, complemented by two above average and potentially plus secondaries in his slider and changeup, he has created a devastating repertoire. His ability to throw all his pitches for strikes on a consistent basis prevents hitters from singling out his fastball and keeps them off balance. Sixto must be on the 40-man roster for 2020, as he is Rule-5 eligible. He could be part of the Marlins rotation very soon. (LD)
Sixto Ks his first batter of the night pic.twitter.com/MjdKR5GWPJ
— Luis Davila🌴 (@luisrdavi) August 10, 2019
Jazz Chisholm (SS)
21 years old / 5’11” 181lbs.
2019 (AA) – 112 G / .220/.321/.441 / 21 HR / 54 RBI / 57 R / 16 SB / 52:147 BB/K
ETA- September 2020
The Marlins giving up Zac Gallen for Jazz Chisholm at the 2019 deadline is not a knock on Gallen. Chisholm has a very exciting profile. There is no doubt he can stick at shortstop at the major league level. At the plate, he offers great power despite having a smaller frame. He led all MiLB shortstops in homers with 21 this season. While he struck out quite a bit in 2019, his performance improved as the season continued. He sees the ball well at the plate and is not afraid to take his base. He is also a good baserunner, stealing 16 bases in 2019. Jazz is a true 5-tool player on the rise. (LD)
— Ian Smith (@FlaSmitty) September 18, 2019
Jesus Sanchez (OF)
21 years old / 6’2 212lbs.
2019 (AA/AAA) – 113 G / .260/.325/.398 / 13 HR / 14 2B / 63 RBI / 49 R / 39:100 BB/K
ETA – July 2020
In the final minutes of this year’s trade deadline, Miami made a surprising move sending relief pitchers Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards to Tampa Bay for relief pitcher Ryne Stanek and consensus Top 100 prospect 21-year-old, Jesus Sanchez. A big 6’3, Sánchez is a pure-hitting lefty. He has a solid .296 batting average during his minor league career with the 105 or more hits each of the past three seasons. He’s done that while being one of the youngest players at each level he’s played. According to fangraphs, upper-level pitching has found a way to beat the #48 prospect in all of baseball by abusing him inside. If he makes some slight adjustments, we could possibly see 20+ HR every year with the raw power just waiting to be tapped into. The 21-year-old got his first taste of AAA in 2019, and it isn’t too far-fetched to see him roaming the outfield in Marlins Park in 2020 with a strong Spring Training. (IS)
JJ Bleday (OF)
21 years old / 6’3 211lbs.
2019 (A+) – 38 G / .257/.311/.379 / 8 2B / 3 HR / 19 RBI / 11:29 BB/K
ETA – Opening Day 2021
Miami went into the 2019 draft looking for an advanced bat, and that’s exactly what they found in NCAA champion JJ Bleday from Vanderbilt. The Hit-Over-Power seemed to go out the window this year with an NCAA leading 25 HRs in 55 Games. The Marlins challenged Bleday with a first assignment of High-A Jupiter in 2019, which produced up-and-down results, but he was never at the point of being overwhelmed. 2020 could be a massive year for the 4th overall pick due to his elite plate discipline, plus hit tool, and playing in loaded outfield. (IS)
— Ian Smith (@FlaSmitty) July 21, 2019
Edward Cabrera (SP)
21 years old / 6’4 180lbs
2019 (A+/AA) – 19 G / 96.1 IP / 2.23 ERA / 0.99 WHIP / 116:31 K/BB / .189 Opp. AVG.
ETA – September 2020
Along with Sixto Sánchez, Cabrera flashes some of the highest pitching upside the Marlins organization has seen since the late, great José Fernández. Being a hard thrower has never been an issue for Cabrera, but entering the 2019 season with refined mechanics and a developing feel for his changeup, he has completely boosted his profile. He can reach 99 mph with his fastball and regularly sits around 96. His curveball has sharp movement and he can locate it for strikes as well as use it as a wipeout pitch. His changeup is a work in progress. His armside movement has not been an issue for the pitch, but Cabrera throws it as hard as 92mph which results in a lack of separation from his fastball. However, when he throws it at lower velocities, the pitch can be considered above average. Now throwing strikes more consistently than ever, the 21-year-old has broken out and is on the fast track to the majors. (LD)
3 pitch K for Edward Cabrera. 99mph fastball followed by a nasty 84mph breaking ball 😱 pic.twitter.com/SYmZPpOEQD
— Luis Davila🌴 (@luisrdavi) July 14, 2019
Monte Harrison (OF)
24 years old / 6’4 220lbs
2019 (AAA) – 58 G / .270/.351/.441 / 8 2B / 9 HR / 24 RBI / 23 SB / 25:73 BB/K
ETA – May 2020
Monte Harrison has the tools of a superstar. While questions on his ability to make consistent contact were left pretty unanswered due to an injury shortened 2019 season, there are no questions with the rest of his game. In 58 games in AAA, his strikeout rate did decrease by 7% from his 2018 season in AA, and he was able to hit for a respectable average. A three-sport athlete in high school, Monte uses his raw strength and athleticism on both sides of his game. At the plate, “light tower power” defines his game. On the bases, he flies and presents a big headache for pitchers and catchers alike. In the outfield, he defends well and his cannon of an arm allows him to play right field, if need be, but he fits well in centerfield. (LD)
Trevor Rogers (SP)
21 years old / 6’6 185lbs.
2019 (A+/AA) – 23 G / 136.1 IP / 2.90 ERA / 1.14 WHIP / 33:150 BB/K
ETA – Opening Day 2021
One of the most impressive pitchers I saw live this season was Trevor Rogers. The prototype left-handed starter, standing a towering 6’6 with a frame to grow, Rogers led the entire farm system with 150Ks while pitching in Jupiter and Jacksonville. Coming off a lackluster 2018 in A-Ball, Rogers dug deep into his bag of pitches this year and used the whole plate. With a fastball currently sitting 91-93, with potential for added velocity, he has 2-3 offspeed pitches that flash plus, with his curveball being the best swing and miss pitch. The 21-year-old’s delivery does seem to limit him at times, with pitches being left over the plate and curveballs that stay up. This offseason will be huge for Rogers to continue to develop his secondary pitches to see what type of ceiling this former first round pick has going forward. (IS)
Nick Neidert (SP)
22 years old / 6’2 206lbs.
2019 – 13 G / 54.0 IP / 4.67 ERA / 1.55 WHIP / 27:46 BB/K
ETA – Opening Day 2020
Coming into Spring Training of 2019, Nick Neidert was poised to make waves and push to see the MLB this season, but his body had other ideas. He was placed on the IL with knee tendinitis after just 3 rough starts in April. A player who pitches to tempo and with plus control, knee issues were a clear indication of why the struggles were there. The 22-year-old is currently taking his 60 grade changeup and control to Arizona Fall league, where he looks to continue to get back to his productive ways of last year and compete for a rotation spot in Miami in 2020. (IS)
Braxton Garrett (SP)
22 years old / 6’3 190lbs.
2019 (A+) – 21 G / 106.2 IP / 3.74 ERA / 1.27 WHIP / 40:119 BB/K
ETA – June/July 2021
What a wonderful sight it was to see Braxton Garrett healthy and pitching this season after getting Tommy John surgery just 15 innings into his pro career in 2017. Displaying the filthy 12-to-6 curveball that made him a 1st round pick and a fast that sat 91-93 throughout the year, Brax struck out 119 batters in 106.2 innings. The most impressive part Garrett’s 2019 season is that he did it in High-A Jupiter and even finished the year with a start in Jacksonville. After being a part of a “super rotation” with the Hammerheads and being named Team MVP, Garrett looks spend 2020 with the same hype behind the rotation in AA that should include other Top 10 prospects on our list Edward Cabrera and Trevor Rogers. (IS)
Kameron Misner (OF)
21 years old / 6’4 220lbs
2019 (GCL/A) – 42 G / .270/.388/.362 / 9 2B / 2 HR / 24 RBI / 11 SB / 30:42 BB/K
ETA – September 2021
Miami has went into the past two drafts with emphasis on elite athletes, and they might have found a special one in Kameron Misner. A 2019 Competitive balance pick, the Missouri product offers potentially 70 grade raw power with the ability to stick at CF. At 6’4”, Misner covers ground with ease and takes good routes. You add in 55+ grade speed and arm and you see all the makings of an MLB outfielder. At the plate, the 21-year-old has a great recognition of the strike zone and has an improving hit tool, as shown in his first taste of pro ball (.388 OBP, 126 wRc+). I’d fully expect Misner to spend a good amount of 2020 in a loaded Jupiter OF, but he’s definitely a candidate for the fast track. (IS)
Jorge Guzman (SP)
23 years old / 6’2 182lbs.
2019 (AA) – 25 G / 138.2 IP / 3.50 ERA / 1.20 WHIP / 71:127 BB/K / Opp. AVG .201
ETA – July 2020
Control has always been the focus for Jorge Guzman. 100+ mph fastballs and sharp sliders define his game, but what will elevate it is the further development of his changeup and his aforementioned control. His last 5 starts of 2019 are evidence of what is left to be unlocked; 1.20 ERA in 30IP with 35K and 13BBs. Many feel his future will be in the bullpen, but the Marlins will give their pitchers every opportunity to be starters. With the type of stuff he has, it’s worth every chance. (LD)
Jerar Encarnacion (OF)
21 years old / 6’4 219lbs.
2019 (A/A+) – 135 G / .276/.331/.425 / 26 2B / 16 HR / 71 RBI / 6 SB / 40:140 BB/K
ETA- September 2020
Arguably no player has helped his stock more in 2019 than Jerar Encarnacion. The 21-year-old corner outfielder has trimmed nearly 10% off of a nervously high K% last year while hitting for career high power numbers (16 HRs in 2019; previous high was 5). All 6’4 220lbs of Encarnacion is evident with his plus arm from the OF. Getting starts at all three positions plus 1B, his new found versatility was a positive this season. A mid-season All-Star for Clinton, a first promotion to High A, and now tearing the cover off the ball in Arizona Fall league, Jerar Encarnacion has started to make himself a household name and could be on a fast track to the majors. (IS)
Lewin Diaz (1B)
22 years old / 6’4 218lbs.
2019 (A+/AA) – 121 G / .270/.321/.530 / 33 2B / 27 HR / 76 RBI / 62 R / 33:91 BB/K
ETA- August 2020
Acquired at the 2019 trade deadline for a Sergio Romo and minor league pitcher Chris Vallimont, Díaz has some of the best power in the Marlins organization. After a down year in 2018, he rebounded and had a career year this season. He plays very good defense at first base. At the plate, Diaz shows great ability to make contact along with driving the ball, but it is worth noting that he is not very selective. He also showed some struggles in dealing with breaking balls low and out of the zone. He is a high upside player, however and could be in the major leagues at some point 2020. (LD)
14. Peyton Burdick (OF)
22 years old / 6’0 196lbs.
2019 (-A/A) – 69 G / .308/.388/.542 / 20 2B / 4 3B / 11 HR / 64 RBI / 7 SB / 34:72 BB/K
ETA- July 2021
Miami’s 2019 3rd Round pick has been a blessing to the organization since draft day. Built in a stocky 6’0 frame, Burdick is a treat to watch swing the bat. He’s a right-handed hitter with a quick path to the baseball and 70 grade raw power that showed a quality Hit Tool in his first taste of pro ball (.308 with 35 XBH in 69 Gs). His immediate impact to the lineup helped lead the Clinton Lumberkings to a division title and earned himself the Team MVP award presented this past week at Instructional league. The Wright State product seems to be talked about as one of the best value picks in the 2019 draft and is looking towards a spot in Marlins Park in 2021. (IS)
15. Connor Scott (OF)
19 years old / 6’4 179lbs.
2019 (A/A+) – 122 G / .248/.310/.359 / 28 2B / 5 3B / 5 HR / 23 SB / 41 RBI / 68 R
ETA- Opening Day 2022
Coming in halfway on our list is 2018 First round pick out of Plant HS, Connor Scott. A player drafted for his ceiling, the 19-year-old offers a true 70 grade speed tool and room to grow into 55+ tools across the board. 2018 seemed to come at Scott fast with questionable promotions and adjusting to the pro game, but 2019 was a different story. In 122 Games across two levels, Scott sprayed 38 XBH and 23 stolen bases showing the potential to be a quality top of the order bat if this development continues. Power seems to be the last thing that Scott is behind on, but if the 6’4 CF can tap into a power bank in 2020, he could blossom into yet another Top 100 prospect. (IS)
16. Jose Devers (SS)
19 years old / 6’0 155lbs.
2019 (A/A+) – 47 G / .322/.391/.390 / 8 2B / 2 3B / 25 R / 8 SB / 14:26 BB/K
ETA- September 2021
Coming into his second season in the Marlins organization after being acquired in the deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees, Jose Devers was the starting SS and youngest player in the FSL for Jupiter. The impressive 19-year-old is coming off an all star season in A-ball in 2018, and started 2019 as possibly the best hitter in the system (.354, 34 H in the first 25 G), then fatigue started to settle in for the slender Devers. He played just 10 more games before missing nearly 3 months with a forearm strain. A plus hit tool and defense looked evident when on the field in 2019, including some versatility at 2B currently playing in the Arizona Fall League. Building up and getting stronger is still a key for Devers this offseason, but the sky is the limit. (IS)
17. Will Banfield (Catcher)
19 years old / 6’1 203lbs.
2019 (A) – 101 G / .199/.252/.310 / 13 2B / 2 3B / 9 HR / 55 RBI / 25:121 BB/K
ETA- Opening Day 2023
Miami went with up-the-middle players early and often in 2018 draft and found possibly the defensive Catcher in the entire draft with their round B competitive balance pick. Will Banfield is now a 19-year-old out of Snellville, Georgia, armed with a 70 grade arm and nearly MLB level pop times. He has real potential for plus power from the right side, but has shown the ability to let his swing get too long and that’s led to this year’s increase in strikeouts. After spending all of this season in Clinton, I’d suspect Banfield to repeat that assignment in 2020 as he’ll still be just 20 years old. There’s potential to see Jupiter at some point. (IS)
18. Nasim Nunez (SS)
19 years old / 5’9 156lbs.
2019 (GCL/A-) – 51 G / .200/.327/.238 / 5 2B / 1 3B / 38 R / 28 SB / 35:48 BB/K
ETA- Opening Day 2023
One of the seven 2019 draft picks we have included in this, Nasim Nunez could have the highest ceiling. The definition of a fast twitch athlete, “Nasty Nas” just turned 19 in August, but he presents plus tools all over the place, including 60+ grade speed and arm. Being just 5’9 160 lbs, he’s been clocked with throws from 95-100mph from the SS position, really bringing his body through the ball. With his first pro assignment being the GCL, the switch-hitting Nunez showcased the speed instantly going 28/30 on stolen bases in just 48 games, while scoring 37 runs. The 2019 second round pick might have the best defensive ability in all of the organization, and the bat is showing potential early. All signs are pointing to a big 2020 for Nasim. (IS)
19. Brian Miller (OF)
24 years old / 6’1 186lbs.
2019 (AA) – 120 G / .268/.326/.354 / 24 2B / 5 3B / 39 RBI / 52 R / 22 SB / 37:81 BB/K
ETA- August 2020
Drafted in the 1st compensation round of the 2017 draft, Miller was selected out of UNC mainly for his ability to hit. That has translated well for him professionally. While hitting for power isn’t a big part of his game, making contact regularly, his speed, and ability to steal bases gives him a chance to be an everyday major leaguer. While he can defend each outfield position, he fits best in left field due to his average arm strength. (LD).
20. Victor Victor Mesa (OF)
23 years old / 5’10 165lbs.
2019 (A+/AA) – 116 G / .235/.274/.263 / 109 H / 7 2B / 18 SB / 22:64 BB/K
ETA- August 2021
Signed out of Cuba as the top international free agent in 2018, expectations were big for Mesa. While he played exceptional defense in centerfield and striking out at an impressively low rate, there was virtually no impact at the plate. The lack of quality contact brings down his profile significantly. He has a cannon of an arm and moves very well defensively. On the base paths he is a big threat to steal. (LD)
21. Humberto Meija (SP)
22 years old / 6’3 175lbs.
2019 (A/A+) – 18 G / 90.1 IP / 2.09 ERA / 0.90 WHIP / 24:89 BB/K / Opp. AVG .176
ETA- September 2021
Maybe one of the least talked about, but one of the most highly productive starting pitchers in the lower minors, Humberto Meija has finally put together a “somewhat” healthy season in 2019. He had career bests in IP, K, GS, and ERA, and the 22-year-old presents a mid 90s fastball with plus control as his main weapon. Two secondary pitches flashed plus this season, but will need to see more consistency going forward. An injury plagued start to Meijas career has been unfortunate, but a career ERA of 2.40 in 277 innings shows there’s plenty of potential upside. There’s a big offseason decision looming with the 6’3 righty from Panama being eligible for the Rule 5 draft this December. (IS)
22. Osiris Johnson (SS)
18 years old / 6’1 209lbs.
2019 – Injured (Stress Fracture- Shin)
ETA- Opening Day 2023
A player who had his first full pro season stolen by an unfortunate injury in Spring Training this past season, Osiris Johnson is ready to show why he was a 2nd round pick in last years draft. The 18-year-old middle infielder from Southern California is the definition of a tool shed and is still younger than fellow SS prospects Nasim Nunez and Jose Devers. Rehabbing a stress fracture in his shin for all of 2019, Johnson was able to get off the field for instructs this past week and showed fluid movements at SS and produced consistent loud contact in BP. I believe Miami should take it slow with Johnson in 2020, after being rushed potentially in 2018. Marlins fans are excited to see what they have in the youngest member of the 2018 MLB draft. (IS)
23. Tristan Pompey (OF)
22 years old / 6’4 206lbs.
2019 (GCL/A+) – 43 G / .197/.300/.272 / 7 2B / 2 3B / 21:59 BB/K
ETA- July 2021
It was a bit of a lost year for the 3rd round pick last year out of Kentucky in 2019. Playing in just 43 games due to various IL stints and personal reasons, Pompey was never able to get in a groove this season. The 22-year-old has a solid hitting tool, but hasn’t tapped into the 60 grade power scouts raves over at draft time yet with just 3 career HRs in 95 games. Miami has added 6-8 new bodies to the MiLB OF depth this season, so it could be imperative for Pompey to have a strong 2020 in order to not fall behind the eight ball. (IS)
24. J.D Orr (OF)
22 years old / 5’11 182lbs.
2019 (A-) – 64 G / .352/.469/.423 / 9 2B / 3 3B / 57 R / 18 RBI / 29 SB / 44:30 BB/K
ETA- September 2021
Another Wright State product from the 2019 draft, J.D Orr has been a hitting machine since entering into the Marlins system (.352 in 64 G), but that hasn’t even been his most impressive tool since he arrived in Batavia. His 29 Stolen bases led the entire organization minors or majors and you add that with an incredible 44/30 BB/K ratio, it equals a truly intriguing prospect. Orr will be 24 by the time spring training comes around, so it will be imperative for him to face higher levels of talent next year to see what type of prospect they have here. He’s a player who could be fun to watch play CF in Marlins Park in a couple years. (IS)
25. Victor Mesa Jr. (OF)
17 years old / 6’0 173lbs.
2019 (GCL) – 47 G / .284/.366/.398 / 9 2B / 4 3B / 1 HR / 24 RBI / 7 SB / 24:29 BB/K
ETA- September 2023
With Isan Diaz graduating off all prospect list at the end of this year, the sweetest swing in the Marlins system now may belong to an 18-year-old Cuban outfielder. Victor Mesa Jr. is the younger brother of Victor Victor Mesa, and both were acquired last October in the biggest splash the Marlins have made in many years with the older brother being the #1 international prospect according to MLB. We are here to talk about the Victor Jr., though. As just a 17-year-old, the CF lead the GCL Marlins in H, 2B, AVG, and R. You have to take those numbers with a grain of salt due to the level of pitching in rookie ball, but it’s impressive nonetheless. Victor makes loud contact constantly and uses all fields doing so. Not a big power guy at this point in his career, but he’s still growing and looking more advanced at the plate at this point than previously expected. (IS)
— Ian Smith (@FlaSmitty) July 13, 2019
26. Evan Fitterer (SP)
19 years old / 6’3 188lbs.
2019 (GCL) – 9 G / 22.2 IP / 2.38 ERA / 1.41 WHIP / 12:19 BB/K
ETA- September 2022
For the second year in a row, Miami stockpiled quality bats with their first 4 rounds of the MLB draft making Evan Fitterer their first pitcher selected in this draft in the 5th round. The older prep SP at 19 years old was a UCLA commit. He was a top 100 draft prospect that ended up signing with Miami for 1.5 mil at pick 141, nearly 4 times the slot value at that pick. Built like a prototype SP, Fitterer offers a low-mid 90s, with movement, a plus CB, and 2 more off speed pitches. A big ceiling may not be there for Aliso Niguel product, but a mid level rotation floor could be a happy landing spot with development. (IS)
27. Evan Edwards (1B)
22 years old / 6’0 214lbs.
2019 (A-/A) – 73 G / .281/.357/.442 / 77 H / 15 2B / 9 HR / 50 RBI / 30:83 BB/K
ETA- September 2021
In a time where Miami was rebuilding a farm system from top to bottom, 1B seemed to be still lacking in talent until this summer. Then the Marlins added Lewin Diaz and, in the 4th round of the draft, NC state product Evan Edwards. Edwards is a smaller 1B at just 6’0”, but he showed a tremendous power tool in college with 72 HR in 262 G. The college senior carried that power over to Clinton were he hit 8 HR in 68 G during the Lumberkings run to a division title. Edwards has great plate discipline and good range at 1B. In a weak player pool, there’s a good chance this player could fast track through the minors (IS)
28. Jordan Holloway (SP)
23 years old / 6’6 215lbs.
2019 (A+) – 21 G / 95.0 IP / 4.45 ERA / 1.51 WHIP / 6 HR allowed / 66:93 BB/K
ETA- Opening Day 2021
In a year of redemption for Marlins prospects coming off Tommy John, Jordan Holloway was at the front door. The 20th round pick from 2014, armed with an upper 90s fastball and a hammer of a breaking ball, spent an up and down 2019 in Jupiter. His walk rates were alarming but almost foreseen with a flamethrower shaking off the rust after surgery. He was a FSL All-Star that showed really potential to close the year (30 IP, 1.80 ERA 6/25 BB/K), but his real shot at the big leagues could be out of the bullpen with his powerful 2 pitch combo. (IS)
29. Alex Vesia (RP)
23 years old / 6’2 195lbs
2019 (A/A+/AA) – 66.2 IP / 1.75 ERA / 0.94 WHIP / 5 saves / 19:100 BB/K
ETA- Opening Day 2021
Selected in the 17th round in the 2018 draft, the Marlins have found a hidden gem in Alex Vesia. The left-handed reliever has flashed back of the bullpen potential this season by bringing the heat. Featuring a fastball reaching up to 98mph, Vesia is a force to be reckoned with. After walking 17 batters in his first 31.2 IP in Class A Clinton, he walked just 1 batter in High-A Jupiter in 18.2 IP and 1 batter in Double-A Jacksonville in 16.1 IP. Used mainly in multi-inning relief, Vesia struck out 100 batters in 66.2 IP and a scoreless streak of 16.1 innings to end the regular season. Vesia was selected for the Arizona Fall league after his pop up year. (LD)
30. Jose Salas (SS)
16 years old / 6’2 185lbs.
2019 – Signed on July 3rd 2019
ETA- August 2024
Rounding out the list is a player who can barely drive but has the ceiling of a 30-30 player. Jose Salas is a 16-year-old out of Venezuela, who was widely regarded as potentially the best pure hitter in the 2019 International class. Signed by Miami for $2.8 million, the largest signing in this year’s class, he’s a massive 6’2 with room for growth. Salas is a switch hitter with elite bat speed for such a young age and displays power to all fields. He showed some position flexibility during instructional league this past week, playing all over the infield. (IS)
Luis Palacios, Matt Givin, Daniel Castano, Stone Garrett, Josh Robertson, Vincenzo Aiello, Breidy Encarnacion, CJ Carter, Lazaro Alonzo, and Chris Mokma
There you have it. New and old faces. A new potential superstar SS in the fold. A a stable of quality left-handed bats…
This top 30 list possibly could have been a Top 50. I never expected to be splitting hairs between a 6 month age difference, but here we are. This Marlins farm system is set up to be a potential Top 5 system well into the next 3-5 years. They were just getting started, now they’re building for success.
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