Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Spotlight on Rodrigo Vigil

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: A detailed view of Marlins Park during the game between the Miami Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: A detailed view of Marlins Park during the game between the Miami Marlins and the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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In a busy day for the Miami Marlins front office, Bryson Brigman and Tommy Eveld, along with $250,000 in international bonus pool signing money were acquired in trades for Brad Ziegler and Cameron Maybin.

In addition to that, and the Miami Marlins loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Marlins system played in five farm system contests.

In the Southern League, Miami’s double-A level Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp dropped a 9-6 decision to the Mobile BayBears. Batting ninth for the Shrimp, Rodrigo Vigil went two-for-four with a double and a three-run home run.

Vigil signed with the Marlins through international free agency during the 2009 signing season as a 16-year-old catcher. He’s a 6′, 165 lb. native of David, Panama. He made his debut the following season for the DSL Marlins, and collected just 11 hits and seven RBI in 82 at bats for a .134/.211/.195 slashline over 30 games.

Vigil repeated a season with DSL, although that’s nothing noteworthy, as a lot of younger players end up playing two or even three seasons for the rookie organization. In 46 games, he slashed a more respectable .247/.321/.310 with his first homer and 13 RBI.

In 2012, Vigil again started out with DSL, and after hitting .268 in his first 12 games was called to the stateside GCL rookie-level Marlins. He finished the season and played most of the next in the Gulf League, slashing .282/.349/.372 in 24 games in 2013.

2014 would see Vigil promoted to the Batavia Muckdogs, where he slashed .280/.330/.374 in 32 games. He also threw out 20-of-44 basestealers. The following season he slashed .247/.275/.284 in 76 games between the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Jupiter Hammerheads. He split another year between the two in 2016, slashing .261/.303/.365 in 34 games.

Vigil again split his time in 2017, this time between the Hammerheads and the Jumbo Shrimp. He put together a .268/.315/.309 slashline in 65 games.

This season, Vigil is slashing .249/.272/.321 in 64 games for the Shrimp. At all levels of minor league ball, he’s thrown out 36 percent of would-be base stealers, and put together a .992 fielding percentage in 2523 2/3 innings.

Vigil is Miami’s fifth catcher in the depth chart, behind J.T. Realmuto, Bryan Holaday, Tomas Telis, and Chad Wallach. He should be invited to spring training next season. Keep in mind the possible departures of Telis and Holaday (through waivers or free agency respectively) could give Vigil an outside shot at unseating Wallach as the backup.

Elsewhere in the minors

Sean Reynolds

Reynolds reached base five-of-five times in the Muckdogs win over the State College Spikes. He hit a single, a double, drew three walks, collected RBI, scored twice, and stole a base. More on Reynolds here.

Dalvy Rosario

Rosario went two-for-three with a walk for the DSL Marlins, with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI. More on Rosario here.

Maicol Sosa

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Rosario’s teammate Maicol Sosa was three-for-three with a walk and a solo home run.

Jhonny Santos

Santos was three-for-three for the Hammerheads, with a solo home run and a walk as well.

Alex Vesia

Vesia pitched three scoreless relief innings for the Muckdogs, earning the win and striking out four. He surrendered a walk and three hits. In 18 1/3 innings of professional ball since he was drafted, opponents are hitting .175, he has a 0.93 WHIP, 18 strikeouts, and a 0.00 ERA.

J.D. Osborne

Also in Batavia, Osborne went three-for-four with a walk, a double, and two runs.

Will Bradshaw

Down with the GCL Marlins Bradshaw went two-for-two with two walks, a run, and a stolen base. More on Bradshaw here.

Braxton Lee

For Jacksonville, former (and future) major leaguer Lee went three-for-four with two doubles, a walk, and a run.

Bryce Howe

Bryce Howe started Batavia’s game, and whiffed four in four innings. He gave up one earned run on three hits and three walks.

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