Miami Marlins: Sickels Reviews Marlins Pre-Season Prospect List

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"Jul 12, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; World pitcher Jarlin Garcia (33) pitches during the second inning against USA Team in the All Star Futures Game at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports 9) Jarlin Garcia, LHP, Grade C+: 3.19 ERA with 92/32 K/BB in 119 innings, 126 hits combined between High-A and Double-A. Pretty decent year from 22-year-old lefty who throws strikes with low-90s fastball, workable change-up and breaking ball."

If I were to do a re-ranking of the Miami Marlins top prospects right now, there’s a good chance I’d rank Jarlin Garcia over Justin Nicolino. That’s something Baseball America already did, actually.

Garcia, like Nicolino, is not an overpowering pitcher. He throws in the low-90’s, but seems to have better swing-and-miss stuff, looking at his minor league profile. Of course it should be noted that Nicolino lost his strikeout prowess around this time in the minors as well.

Garcia, just 22, posted a 3.06 ERA and FIP in 97 innings in High-A. He struck out 17.2% of the hitters he faced and walked just 5.7%. Like I mentioned above with Anderson, this is known as a pitcher friendly league, so what he does in Double-A should give us a better picture of the pitcher he could be.

So far in 21 2/3 innings of work at Double-A, Garcia owns a 3.74 ERA and a 3.64 FIP. He’s struck out 24.5% of the hitters he’s faced and walked 9.6% of them.

Overall on the year, Garcia owns a 3.16 ERA and a 3.19 FIP.

There should be some excitement around the 22-year old prospect, but he projects to be a backend of the rotation starter, but with a slightly higher ceiling than Nicolino.

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