After the first month of the minor league system, Miami Marlins top fielding prospects Victor Victor Mesa is progressing as expected.
He’s still young and growing, but Miami Marlins top everyday prospect Victor Victor Mesa is starting to turn heads with the team’s Advanced Class-A team in Jupiter. There may be a year or so before Mesa has a chance to compete for a role with the parent club, but that does not mean the 22-year-old isn’t making an impact in Florida with his first stint in minor league baseball.
"“Victor Victor Mesa still has a lot of room to grow, but he is showing his potential in spurts,” writes Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald.More from Marlins NewsMiami Marlins news: Another target goneWhy didn’t the Miami Marlins sign JDM?Miami Marlins rejected Boston‘s trade offerMiami Marlins are pursuing Michael ConfortoMiami Marlins need to spend to win“The speedy outfielder and the Marlins’ No. 2 overall prospect is hitting .225 with four RBI, six runs scored and five stolen bases through 19 games after more than a year and a half away from organized baseball. The main positive: He has only struck out in 10 of his 84 plate appearances (11.9 percent).”"
Those are good numbers to start off your MLB career and leave a lot of room for improvement. Mesa is still working out the knots associated with becoming familiar with baseball in the states.
It isn’t just Mesa who is showing improved play on the diamond. The Hammerheads have a host of players who are catching the eye of the organization early this season. Starting pitching across the board on the minor league level has been part of the storyline so far this season.
"“The Jupiter starting rotation has been a bright spot in the Marlins’ minor-league system this year, and Trevor Rogers needs some recognition here,” McPherson wrote. “Through four starts, the Marlins’ 2017 first-round pick who was limited early in his career due to Tommy John surgery, has a 2.01 ERA and has thrown seven shutout innings in back-to-back starts.”"
A healthy Rogers, who was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2017, is a plus given he has taken some time to get back to his high school form. His continued growth is part of the Marlins plan to develop young arms for the future. It will still be some time before Rogers approaches the Major League level.
Joining the success of Mesa in Jupiter is Jose Devers, who could be the team’s shortstop of the future. The Marlins No. 12 minor league prospect is batting .339 to lead the Hammerheads and has a nine-game hitting streak and has recorded multiple hits in five of those nine games.