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By Ehsan Kassim
Sep 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins catcher Jacob Realmuto (60) hits a two run triple during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals in game two of a baseball doubleheader at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
2. Who is your sleeper prospect you want to keep an eye on during spring training?
Ehsan Kassim: Andrew McKirahan. The Marlins are thinking about going into the season with a 8-man bullpen, partly because they don’t want to lose McKirahan. So I like his chances of being an impact lefty in the Marlins pen.
Daniel Zylberkan: I don’t know if he’s actually a so-called prospect but I think that the Marlins Rule 5 draft acquisition Andrew McKirahan is definitely a sleeper to make the team out of Spring Training and be the situational lefty on a team that desperately needs one.
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Miller Lepree: My sleeper prospect is Derek Dietrich. I’ve always liked his plus power, and I thought his season got ruined by a bad hop and a broken nose during spring training last year. Unless Adeiny Hechavarria gets hurt and Dee Gordon has to move to short, he probably doesn’t have a spot on the team in the near future, but a good season in AAA could give him some value at the deadline.
David Polakoff: Viosergy Rosa. He was the Southern League Championship MVP last year for Jacksonville, is a lefty hitter, and a 1B where the Marlins don’t have a ton of depth.
Travis Honeycutt: Viosergy Rosa. One Michael Morse injury coupled with a bad start to the triple-A season for Justin Bour (the scenario is a stretch, but go with it) and the powerful prospect could finally see his first shot at MLB. If not early in the season definitely during September callups.
Dillon Murrell: There is hardly any depth in the system, especially in the upper minors. Among the prospects in camp, the best bet (talent wise) to make the roster is JT Realmuto. However, he’s not making the team over Mathis (for whatever reason) and the team won’t be able to trade Saltalamacchia, as much as they’d love to. My sleeper would have to be Nicolino for the 5th starter spot, although he probably needs at the very least half a season in the minors before he can be considered ready.
Chris Posada: I’m keeping an eye on Justin Nicolino. The Marlins’ 2014 Organizational Pitcher of the Year was 14-4 with a 2.85 with AA Jacksonville last season and could be one of the first arms to get the call if a Miami starter goes down with an injury. Though his strikeout rate went down in 2014, his stuff is still excellent and pitching in Marlins Park will makeup for batted balls.
Shawn Flores: Andre Rienzo. He pitched a minor league no-hitter, he has Major League experience and he gave up a lot of home runs in Chicago (balls that wouldn’t be home runs in Marlins Park). Viva Brazil!