Miami Marlins Prospect Jorge Guzman Selected To Futures Game
By David Levin
The Miami Marlins got a chance to see Brian Anderson’s talent up close and personal last season at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park last season during All-Star weekend. This year, they will have a chance to see how prospect Jorge Guzman is as he was selected to participate in the game in Nationals Park.
The Miami Marlins acquired Guzman as part of the deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees this offseason. As a member of the Jupiter Hammerheads, Guzman’s ability could mean another star pitcher is being groomed to play on the Major League level in the next few seasons.
Miami has promoted both Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez in the past two weeks and has used multiple pitching prospects to round out its rotation and bullpen during the first half of the 2018 season.
While pitching in Single-A baseball means Guzman’s arrival may still be a few years away, there is plenty of optimism about his fastball and his command at an early age and is currently listed as the organization’s No. 3 minor league prospect by MLB Pipeline.
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Guzman, 22, is the lone representative of the Marlins this season in the Futures Game.
The trade to bring Guzman to the organization was part of the overhaul by team owner and CEO Derek Jeter, who jettisoned Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon for young prospects expected to turn this franchise around – in time. The focus of the trades was to bring in young pitching to fill the minor league system.
The Marlins had one of the worst farm systems in Major League Baseball in 2017.
For the season, has 34 strikeouts and 12 walks over his last six starts for the Hammerheads. In the first seven starts of the season, he walked 23 and struck out 22. That improvement is what the Marlins organization hopes will continue the remainder of the 2018 season and as he moves up on the minor league system.
Guzman was part of the deal that also brought veteran second baseman Starlin Castro to Miami, along with prospect Jose Devers back in December. Castro has been a value leader in the clubhouse for the young Marlins roster.
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With a fastball that has touched 100 mph at times this season, Guzman has been compared to reliever Aroldis Chapman. It is believed he could be a frontline starter or could be used in the back end of the bullpen as a closer.