Marlins Prospects Begin Instructional League in Jupiter
By David Levin
The Miami Marlins have opened their instructional league in Jupiter, Florida which is the home of the organization’s High-A minor league team.
The growth process for many of the Miami Marlins minor league affiliates will continue now that the franchise has begun its instructional league in South Florida.
"Per MLB.com, “On Wednesday, the organization opened its instructional league at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., with lower-level Minor League players getting additional work for the next three weeks.”"
Now that the minor league season is over for the organization, it’s time to continue to develop the newest prospects for the start of the 2019 season.
"“These are all young players that we’re trying to continue their growth and development,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “Instructional league is a great opportunity to continue to give them their reps to accomplish those goals.”"
Miami’s newest draft picks, outfielder Connor Scott, shortstop Osiris Johnson, catcher Will Banfield, and outfielder Tristan Pompey will be there. Also invited are Jorge Guzman and shortstop Jose Devers, who both played for the Hammerheads this past season.
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Both Devers and Guzman were part of the deal with the New York Yankees that sent Giancarlo Stanton to the American League East team.
Banfield has a chance to see more time at the plate behind the dish. His season ended because of a toe injury.
The Marlins are planning to take a long look at three pitching prospects – Braxton Garrett, Jordan Holloway, and Tyler Kolek. All of them had Tommy John surgery. All three can still help this organization down the line.
The instructional league isn’t the only place where Marlins prospects will have an opportunity to improve their game. Monte Harrison, the team’s No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline, will be in the Arizona Fall League. Brian Miller, Bryson Brigman, Tommy Eveld, Chad Smith, and Jordan Yamamoto will spend their time in the desert as well.
A solid Fall, followed by improvement in Spring Training could mean Harrison, who has been playing in Jacksonville, the team’s Double-A affiliate could be a starter in New Orleans next season at Triple-A.
He may be a season away from competing for a Major League roster spot.
“We’re excited to continue the development of our young players,” Hill said. “Our top prospects, our top guys in the Draft will all be there. Just giving them additional opportunity, both on and off the field to improve their situations.”