Miami Marlins infield prospect J.C. Millan will likely spend this season with the Jupiter Hammerheads.
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 236 of 286.
Juan Carlos Millan is a 6′, 185 lb. infielder from Havana, Cuba, population 2.13 million. 85 major leaguers have originated out of Havana, including former Miami or Florida Marlins Odrisamer Despaigne, Michael Tejera, and Hansel Izquierdo.
Millan signed a free agent contract out of Broward College with the Miami Marlins on July 9th, 2016. In his season at Broward, he hit .324/.407/.443 with three homers and 27 RBI. He also stole 18-of-20 bases over his 52 appearances, mostly in the outfield.
Millan’s first professional assignment was with the rookie-level, Florida-based GCL Marlins, in the Gulf Coast League. He went 14-for-79 over 24 games, collecting eight RBI. He spent most of his time defensively at second base, fielding .959 with two errors in nine games.
Millan joined the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League to begin the 2017 season. Over 12 games, he went 12-for-44 with two doubles, a triple, and a homer with five RBI. A quick promotion to the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the single-A South Atlantic League would see Millan hit .231/.266 /.327 with seven doubles and a homer for six RBI in 27 contests.
Despite injuries that kept Millan out for two months in 2018, he appeared with each of Miami’s four top minor league teams. He began the season with the Grasshoppers, and went 10-for-41 in 11 games, with a pair of homers and five RBI. After a month on the DL, he joined the triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes for three games in the Pacific Coast League, going one-for-four from the plate. His return to the Hoppers would see him go nine-for-44 in 14 contests, with no extra base hits and only one RBI. On the plus side, he drew 10 walks during that time while only striking out in six appearances.
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On June 23rd, Millan joined the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League. He played in 11 games and went four-for-20 with a pair of RBI, and three whiffs and three walks. He closed out the season with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League, going seven-for-24 with three doubles and a homer for two RBI.
Millan played at first, second, and third base throughout Miami’s system, mostly at third base. In 167 2/3 innings of defensive work, he put up a .929 fielding percentage.
Millan is currently rostered with Jupiter, but where he begins the season is anyones guess. Look for him with either the single-A Clinton LumberKings in the Midwest League, the Hammerheads, or the Jumbo Shrimp in 2019.
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