6. Victor Victor Mesa
Jupiter Hammerheads, High-A Florida State League
Victor Victor Mesa was the main target in a very well publicized off-season international signing period. The Miami Marlins seemed to have the inside track from the jump, and ended up signing him along with brother Victor Jr. for a combined $6.25 million.
"He’s a well above-average runner with the savvy to steal bases and he chases down balls from gap to gap in center field. Few players at his position can match his arm strength, which earns double-plus grades from some evaluators. – MLB Prospect Pipeline"
Mesa’s most electric attribute is his defense, which ranks plus in all three facets, run, field, and arm. It’s widely acknowledged that his batting skills need work. In 56 games for the Hammerheads, he’s hitting .221/.271/.252 with only four extra base hits.
Trevor Rogers was the Miami Marlins first round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft, with the 13th overall choice. A 6’6″, 185 lb. left-handed starting pitcher, Rogers signed with the Marlins for a $3.4 million bonus.
Rogers has an above average fastball that sits around 96 MPH, but his slider and changeup needed work coming into the 2019 season. In 13 starts this season for Jupiter, Rogers carries an encouraging 2.85 ERA despite a 2-7 record. He’s struck out 80 in 72 2/3 innings, while walking only 21. That’s progress after posting a 5.82 ERA with the Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2018.
Cabrera owns a hard slider and a slick changeup to go with his plus-plus fastball. In 10 starts this season with Jupiter, he’s 5-3 with a 2.04 ERA and has struck out 65 in 53 innings while giving up only 33 hits. His resultant 0.92 WHIP and .180 opposing batting average begs a closer look.
"Miami has handled Cabrera with care because he has as much upside as any pitcher in the system, and his 100 1/3 innings last year were a career high. To reach his ceiling, he’ll have to do a better job of locating his pitches and improve his secondary offerings. If he can’t, he still could be a late-inning reliever. – MLB Prospect Pipeline"
A 21-year-old right-hander out of the Dominican Republic, Cabrera should graduate to the Jumbo Shrimp sometime in the next two months.
9. Jordan Yamamoto
Jordan Yamamoto’s major league career has started out with a bang. In his first two starts, both against the Cardinals, he has pitched 14 scoreless innings while striking out 12 and allowing nine baserunners.
Yamamoto was considered the “throw-in” to the Yelich deal with Milwaukee prior to the 2018 season. With apologies to Lewis Brinson, Yamamoto now seems to be the crown jewel of the deal.
10. Nick Neidert
Baby Cakes (7-Day IL)
"More mature and poised than a typical 22-year-old, Neidert is the most polished pitcher in the organization. He’s not flashy but his 92-95 mph fastball plays up because it has late movement and he commands it well. His plus changeup is his best pitch and his curveball flashes above-average potential. – MLB Pipeline"
Neidert joined the team along with Robert Dugger and Christopher Torres for Dee Gordon, to the Seattle Mariners in December 2017. Miami’s fourth ranked prospect, the 6’1″, 202 lb. righty has only logged 10 1/3 innings this season, and remains on the 7-day IL.