Marlins Nation | Top 10 Prospects
#1. OF Christian Yelich
This one is a no-brainer. Yelich who was the Marlins first round pick in 2010, came off a season in 2011which he hit 15 HR’s, drove in 77 runs, stole 32 bases, and hit .312. Yelich has shown a good amount of plate discipline so far in his early career, along with a pretty average arm. He was a 1st baseman in High School, but with Gaby Sanchez at first base, the Marlins ended up moving him to the OF. Yelich does need to improve his hitting versus LHP, and if he could correct that pretty soon don’t be surprised if the Marlins call him up as soon as June 2013.
#2. P Jose Fernandez
Fernandez easily has the highest-upside arm in the farm system for the Marlins. The hard throwing righty can reach 95 MPH on the fastball, and his repertoire includes a curveball, and a changeup. Fernandez also has a slider, but it’s pretty much a work in progress at the moment. Lots of people do wonder if Fernandez has the stamina and ability to be a front-line starter in the future because of his mechanics which can cause him to tire out quickly. The obvious back-up plan for Fernandez is a power closer. He would fit well out of the closer spot with a 95 MPH fastball, along with the curve and change.
#3. Marcell Ozuna
A man with monster power but very prone to the strikeout, Marcell Ozuna could very well be in roaming the outfield at Marlins Park in the near future. Ozuna is basically known as a HR guy. That’s basically what he does. He’s not the type of guy who can get on-base for you a lot, he just goes up there to rip the ball out of the park. But, Ozuna has been getting better in the terms of plate discipline which may allow him to survive in the Major Leagues. Could resemble a hitter like Adam Dunn. 30+ HR’s, 170+ K’s in a season.
#4. Chad James
James is a lanky left hander just in his 3rd professional season for the Marlins. James has a fastball that ranges from 89-92 along with a slider and changeup. He still has room to add strength which would allow him to throw that fastball a bit harder which is why I have him at #4 on this list. He does need to work on his walks, since he has allowed 8 walks in only 19.1 IP in Jupiter. James looks a lot like a back end of the rotation starter, but with added strength and control, he could be a projectable #3 starter in the future.
#5. Matt Dominguez
Dominguez is known for his great glove at 3B, but not for his bat. Dominguez is off to a bad start in AAA New Orleans hitting .232 with a .255 OBP. He projects as a 15-20 HR type of a guy in the Majors, but his defense will probably get him a starting job anywhere in the near future. By anywhere, I mean somewhere else other than Miami. With Hanley at 3B now, and Reyes at SS, where will Dominguez fit in now? He could be possible trade bait later on into the season.
#6. J.T. Realmuto
It looks like the Marlins hit the jackpot with Realmuto here. The Fish drafted him as a SS, but later converted him catcher. Realmuto shows some raw power, the ability to make contact, and can run surprisingly well for a catcher. He has showed a good eye at the plate very early, so far. In 92 PA’s he has hit .241, but has only struck out 7 times. Realmuto does need to improve his eye at the plate while working his way up through the minors. It might take a while for Realmuto to make an impact in the Major League level, but it seems as if the Fish have found the catcher of the future.
#7. Adam Conley
Conley, a LHP from Washington State adds to the thin pitching talent in the Marlins farm. Nothing really stands out for him stuff-wise, but he features a 91-94 MPH fastball that comes along with a nice changeup and two-seamer. He also throws a sinking fastball which touches 88-90 MPH. He could fit out of the bullpen for the Marlins in the future, but the Fish seem confident in his ability to be able to do so.
#8. Noah Perio
The Marlins seem to have found another solid prospect in Perio. Perio has the ability to make good contact but was recently moved to 2B because of his arm strength. Perio is a doubles and line drive machine, but he’s going to need to hit consistently at every level because of his weak defense. But if he does reach the Major League level, Perio projects a bit as a Christian Guzman.
#9. Rob Rasmussen
Rasmussen is probably the best kept secret in the Marlins farm system. He he has a fastball that ranges between 89-92 with good movement and command, also features a curveball, changeup and slider. All pitches come with a good amount of movement, velocity, and command. He doesn’t project to be a strikeout pitcher, but his ability to keep hitters off-balance will allow him to move quickly through the system. Projects as a back end of the rotation type of starter.