This is what John had to say about the Marlins system and how it will look after this past trade deadline and the MLB draft in June.
"The 2016 list will look considerably different thanks to trades and the draft. Catcher Tomas Telis, right-handers Victor Araujo, Jeff Brigham, Kevin Guzman, and Ivan Pineyro, and lefties Cody Ege and Chris Reed are new acquisitions worth tracking. They are all Grade C or C+ types but at least they add depth. The most advanced of the ’15 draft class includes lefty Brett Lilek out of Arizona State, right-hander Cody Poteet out of UCLA, and polished southpaw Justin Jacome out of UC Santa Barbara. First-round pick Josh Naylor looks great so far, the Canadian first baseman hitting .353/.380/.447 thus far in rookie ball. Third round toolshed outfielder Isaiah White out of high school in North Carolina is hitting .330 with nine steals but an ugly 2/32 BB/K in rookie ball. Overall, the Marlins have some decent depth on the mound but lack impact hitting."
As Sickels points out, the Marlins do have decent depth in pitching, but unfortunately most of them cap out as #4 starters at best and never reaching the majors at worst.
If the Miami Marlins want to contend in the upcoming 2016 season, they won’t be able to depend on the system to help them get to the playoffs. The team lacks major league quality talent and the assets to land a big named player. The team may need to depend on the free agency market.
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