Will the Miami Marlins be willing to make a move for a power hitter using one or more of their minor league prospects?
The Miami Marlins have plenty of young prospects they could use as chess pieces for a trade before the MLB deadline. Whether the front office, namely Derek Jeter and Michael Hill decide to move one or more is still a mystery.
The organization has stated it would be willing to move players if it meant receiving hitting help in return. With those words, a Pandora’s box was opened, leading many of us writers to ponder which players would garner the most attention in the next 12 days.
It’s a sure bet Miami won’t let go of pitching prospects that are cornerstones of the team’s future, but a veteran who could help a playoff contender could be had for the right price. There are, however, prospects that make up a list compiled by MLB.com who could change teams before the end of the season. Outfielder Jerar Encarnacion made that list.
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"“The Marlins won’t be trading prospects and Encarnacion is having a breakout year, capitalizing on his big raw power and also fitting the right-field profile well with his strong arm,” MLB.com’s story states. “They’ve invested heavily in outfielders (Connor Scott, Victor Victor Mesa, J.J. Bleday, Kameron Misner) in the last 13 months, so Encarnacion might be expendable if they were willing to deal.”"
The No. 19 prospect in the organization has had a solid season, including an All-Star appearance for the Clinton LumberKIngs of the Midwest League. He has 13 home runs combined this season with 56 RBI between Clinton and Jupiter.
At some point this season, the Marlins should recall Monte Harrison and Lewis Brinson from Triple-A New Orleans. Both figure to be part of the team’s plans as soon as 2020. There is also a chance Brinson becomes a trade chip as well given the logjam of players attempting to make the jump from the Triple-A level to the Majors.
At 6-foot-4 and 219 pounds, the 21-year-old is growing into his frame, which means he could still gain strength in his swing and could be a fixture as a middle-of-the-order hitter for the Marlins or another team that acquires him this season or in the future.