The Miami Marlins No. 12 minor league prospect Jose Devers continues to have a solid start to the season in Jupiter, the team’s Class-A Advanced affiliate.
The Miami Marlins Class-A Advanced affiliate, the Jupiter Hammerheads, may have fallen 9-4 to the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Saturday evening, but it did not slow down the progress of shortstop Jose Devers. The team’s No. 12 prospect in the organization continues to raise his average at the plate while demonstrating he could be the team’s shortstop of the future in a couple of seasons.
Devers was part of a list by MLB.com of top performers in the minors from Saturday night.
"“The 19-year-old is second in Florida State League in hitter with a .370 average after collecting a season-high four hits on Saturday,” writes Mike Rosenbaum.“It was the third four-hit game of Devers’ pro career, but his first at Class A Advanced. He hit a double for his third extra-base hit of the year and is now slashing .370/.418/.425 in 18 games for Jupiter this season.”"
More from Marlins Prospects
- Miami Marlins: Checking in on prospects from the 2022 Arizona Fall League
- Miami Marlins: How top 2022 MLB Draft picks performed this season
- What’s wrong with Kahlil Watson?
- Miami Marlins: Farm System rankings part 2
- Miami Marlins: Farm System rankings part 1
Performances like that are the way to get noticed and promoted. Jose Devers may have a few more years of seasoning before he sees the Major Leagues, but these stats help his cause. The Marlins are set up nicely in the middle of the infield for the future with Devers, Isan Diaz, and Joe Dunand.
Diaz is playing ball at Triple-A New Orleans. Dunand is part of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Miami’s Double-A affiliate.
While the hitting has been a nice surprise for the Hammerheads so far this season, it was Deves glove work that has been his calling card so far in his career. At 19 years old at 6-foot and 155 pounds, there is still a chance he could develop into a better contact hitter.
"Per his scouting report in the Marlins organization, “After his first season in pro ball, the Marlins acquired him along with Starlin Castro and right-hander Jorge Guzman for Giancarlo Stanton in December 2017. He held his own as one of the second-youngest regulars (age 18) in the low Class A South Atlantic League during his first season in the Miami system and even made a two-game cameo in high Class A.”"
So much of the Marlins game plan has been to add quality minor league pitching prospects. The team has done a good job of identifying players who are developing in their system to play every day. A combination of Jose Devers with Diaz or Dunand could be a double play combination that the Marlins have for the next decade.