Marlin Maniac’s Top 10 Prospect List Post Trade Deadline
By Ehsan Kassim
Jun 27, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Brian Flynn (35) throws during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
7. Adam Conley, LHP
Preseason: 5, Post Draft: 6
MLB ETA: 2015
Conley has been sliding the wrong way during the 2014 season on Marlins prospects lists. He came into the season as the third best Marlins starting pitching prospect, but has slipped down to the fourth best as of now. Inconsistencies and an elbow injury have been major detriments to Conley’s 2014 season.
Conley is currently spending his second stint on the 7-day disabled list with an elbow issue. That is not something the Marlins organization wants to see. When he’s been healthy, he’s posted the lowest strikeout rate of his minor league career and walked the highest amount per nine innings.
As a converted reliever, you have to wonder if the innings have started to take a toll on the left hander and if future remains in the rotation or out of the bullpen. His 6.00 ERA and 4.16 FIP certainly paint that picture, but we’ll just have to wait and see how a healthy Conley looks. That might not happen till 2015.
8. Justin Twine, SS
Preseason: N/A, Post Draft: 10
MLB ETA: 2018
This is a guy that both David and I are high on. Being a former football and track star in high school, you could just imagine the athleticism the kid possess. This is a major reason the Marlins signed him to a slot second round deal of $1.3 million.
Twine has not gotten off to a great start to his pro career, possessing a .231/.279/.346 slash line with just 2 walks and 37 strikeouts in 104 at bats for the Gulf Coast Marlins. None of the numbers should be a major concern just yet for Twine, as he projects to be a longterm project the Marlins need to be patient with.
Scouts are unsure of Twine’s ability to stick at short stop, but with his athleticsm, he should find a defensive home easily, with a switch to center field being in the cards as well.
9. Trevor Williams, RHP
Preseason: 14, Post Draft: 13
MLB ETA: 2015
Williams has spent the entire 2014 season with the Marlins High-A team, the Jupiter Hammerheads. The results for Williams have been positive, for the most part. He owns a 2.67 ERA and a 3.23 FIP for the Hammerheads on the season. His 5.3% walk rate has been his strong suite, but the 16.7% strikeout rare is a concerning number.
Without much more to prove at the High-A level, Williams could soon be taking the spot of Justin Nicolino, once he is promoted to Triple-A. The fasttrack for Williams to the majors is likely as a reliever, but the Marlins will likely stick with him as a starter as long as they possibly can.
Williams has the potential to be a 4/5 guy for the Fish as his ceiling and has the floor of a decent reliever at the big league level. His lack of whiffs likely keeps him from having a higher potential.
10. Brian Flynn, LHP
Preseason: 7, Post Draft: 12
MLB ETA: 2014
Flynn is back in the big leagues, taking the spot of Jacob Turner, who was recently designated for assignment. Flynn actually came to the Marlins in the Anibal Sanchez trade, along with Turner. He is now the Marlins best shot of coming out ahead in that deal.
After a strong 2013 season which helped him soar up the prospect ranks for the Fish, the 2014 season has been unkind to the left hander. He posted a 3.42 FIP in 138 Triple-A innings last season, before falling apart with a 6.44 FIP at the big league level.
In 2014, his FIP has climbed all the way up to 4.83 and it is likely that the Marlins are going to push him as a reliever at the big league level. He for now is a long-man option out of the Marlins pen, but could be the guy sent packing when they likely select right hander Brad Penny‘s contract to start in place of Turner Saturday.
Flynn is another backend option for the Marlins, but could also be a dependable lefty out of the Marlins pen long-term.