Marlins outfielder Austin Dean and right-hander Nick Neidert were named the organization’s Minor League Hitter and Pitcher of the Year by MLB Pipeline.
One of the best things about the year both Miami Marlins outfielder Austin Dean and right-handing pitching prospect Nick Neidert had in 2018 was they both started it in Jacksonville with the Jumbo Shrimp. While Dean quickly moved on from the Marlins Double-A affiliate, Neidert remained in North Florida and became one of the more dominant pitchers in the Southern League.
Both were honored by MLB Pipeline as Miami’s Minor League Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year.
Neidert, the Marlins No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, posted a 12-7 record with a 3.24 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 152 2/3 innings. When Pablo Lopez left Jacksonville and moved quickly to the Major League level, Neidert became the focus of Randy Ready’s pitching staff.
He was part of the deal that sent Dee Gordon to Seattle during the offseason. He should begin next season at Triple-A New Orleans but could be considered as an outside shot to make the Marlins starting rotation.
The organization will take their time with Neidert, bringing him along slowly so he is prepared for the Majors, much like they slowly moved Sandy Alcantara this past season.
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He told MLB.com he is excited about what the future is for him in this organization.
"“They’re just going to stick by my side, no matter what happens,” Neidert said. “This whole thing is about a process of just getting better each and every day, even if the results don’t show. If you fail or have success, it’s a long season, a long process, and they’re just there along each step of the way encouraging us.”"
In Dean, Miami has the fastest rising outfielder in the minor league system. He has a chance to be a starter in right field next season on Opening Day. His quest to reach the Major Leagues began with a conversation he and manager Don Mattingly had back in February.
He too is excited to see what happens with the franchise next year.
"“I think the organization itself is doing a good job of promoting the young guys who are doing well that deserve to show that they can play competitive baseball,” Dean said."
Dean is ranked as Miami’s No. 27 prospect. Combined for the season he hit .345/.410/.511 with 12 home runs and 68 RBIs in the minors.