Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Spotlight on Nick Neidert

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Nick Neidert is the Miami Marlins number three overall prospect. While the Marlins were finishing up the losing end of a series sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, he flashed some of the fire that we’ve all been hearing about.

Neidert won his organization-leading 11th decision last night against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. In seven innings of work, he allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Of the two runs he gave up, one was unearned. He’s currently 11-6 with a 3.13 ERA. According to the MLB Pipeline:

"Neidert may pitch with average velocity, topping out at 92-93 mph, but his fastball plays consistently above that grade due to its late movement. He’s already adept at commanding the pitch, while his cross-body delivery allows it to jump on hitters on both sides of the plate. Neidert’s changeup, a plus pitch, is his best secondary weapon and represents an ideal complement to his fastball, and he also has good feel for an average breaking ball."

Neidert is a 6’1″, 180 lb. right-hander out of Atlanta, Georgia. Born on November 20th, 1996, the still-21-year-old was selected in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Seattle Mariners. The Miami Marlins acquired him with Robert Dugger and Chris Torres in the trade which made Dee Gordon a Mariner.

Last season, Neidert was 11-6 with a 3.45 ERA, with 122 whiffs in 127 2/3 innings. This season, he’s up to 140 K’s in 135 frames, with a 1.13 WHIP and a .246 oppBA at double-A Jacksonville. Neidert is a prospect with number three starter potential on a good team, and should challenge for a rotation spot with the Miami Marlins this coming spring training.

Elsewhere in the Minor Leagues

Joe Dunand (JAX)

Also for Jacksonville yesterday, 2017’s second round pick, Joe Dunand went four-for-five with a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI. Dunand hasn’t hit very well this season, and even with last night’s explosion is still slashing just .182/.254/.339 in 45 games with the Jumbo Shrimp.

JB Shuck (NO)

Shuck batted fifth for the Baby Cakes yesterday, and turned in a two-for-four day with a homer, three runs, a walk, and two RBI.

Will Allen (GSO)

Allen played first and batted eighth for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, and went two-for-four with a double and a home run, collecting three RBI.

Karl Craigie (GCL)

Craigie pitched three innings of hitless perfect relief, striking out six and earning the victory for the GCL Marlins.

Jonathan Rodriguez (NO)

Rodriguez batted eighth for New Orleans, and went one-for-three with a home run and four RBI.

Andrew Turner (GCL)

Turner, Miami’s 39th round pick this year, was two-for-four with a double, a homer, two runs scored and two RBI.

Joe Gunkel (NO)

Gunkel struck out five in four innings of relief, allowing three hits and one run while earning his first victory for the Cakes.

More from Marlins Prospects

Henry Valencio (DSL)

Valencio started for the DSL Marlins and pitched five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three to push his record to 4-3 with a 3.09 ERA. The Marlins beat the powerful Rays1 (43-19) by a 4-3 final score.

Isan Diaz (NO)

Diaz batted second for the Baby Cakes, and went deep for the third time since joining the club last month. He was one-for-four with a walk and three RBI.

Justin Twine (JAX)

Twine is simply on fire with the Jumbo Shrimp, and added another multi hit game to his short double-A career. In 23 games, he’s collected multiple hits 14 times, and currently has hit safely in 11 straight games. Last night, he was three-for-four with three runs and two RBI. He currently carries a .430/.460/.613 slashline.

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