Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 39…of 286. Stay tuned.
Ynmanol Marinez is a 6′, 170 lb. right-handed shortstop from Nizao, DR. Born on April 12th, 2001, Marinez signed with the Miami Marins on July 2nd, 2017.
Players who start in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League are signed at a remarkably early age, as young as 16 in most cases. As such, not many of them make it as far as the major leagues. Marinez is expected to make it further than most, and was ranked as high as number 29 in the Miami Marlins Pipeline last season.
In Marinez first professional action, he appeared in 54 games for the DSL Marlins, slashing .267/.313/.324 with 28 RBI, 14 walks, and 35 K’s in 226 plate appearances. He also stole seven bases in 10 attempts. Defensively, he played 40 games at shortstop, making seven errors in 162 total chances for a .957 fielding percentage. He also played in six games at the hot corner, finishing with a .769 fielding percentage.
On April 13th, Marinez was laterally promoted to the rookie-level GCL Marlins, in the Gulf Coast League. He played in 11 more games, going nine-for-53 from the plate with six RBI. He made three errors in 42 chances in the domestic league, for a .929 fielding percentage.
Expectation for Marinez is pretty high for a DSL signee. His floor is somewhere around everyday shortstop in double-A with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, with a ceiling as an everyday major leaguer, think Adeiny Hechavarria.
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Marinez totaled 16 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games. On June 12th, he went three-for-five with a double and three RBI in a 14-9 victory against the DSL Athletics. On July 5th, he was three-for-five with a pair of doubles and an RBI in a 9-5 win against the DSL Braves.
Marinez should start the 2019 campaign with the Batavia Muckdogs, in the short-season-A New York-Penn League. A late season promotion to the single-A Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League isn’t out of the question, and a conventional timeline could see Marinez with the Miami Marlins around 2022.
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