Miami Marlins Have Long Way to the Top (If They Want to Rock n Roll)

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Jeff Brigham #43 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Jeff Brigham #43 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Marlins Park on September 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Miami Marlins have made strides in their minor league feeder system since Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter took over from the old guard.

The Miami Marlins farm system, at once in the recent past ranked as low as 30th in the 30-team MLB, is now ranked by Baseball America as the number four system in baseball. They’ve done this through trades, international free agency, and the draft. Unlike Loria and Company, this group leaves no stone unturned.

The international signing program, long mostly ignored by the prior managing group, has yielded a lot of goodies for the Miami Marlins. Edward Cabrera, Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr., Jerar Encarnacion, and shortstop Jose Salas to name the five who currently reside in the MLB Pipeline’s top 30 team-prospects. The Mesa brothers and Salas have come under the new tenure.

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Trading has accounted for 37 percent of the Miami Marlins 30 top overall prospects. Sixto Sanchez, Jesus Sanchez, Jazz Chisholm, Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison, Jose Devers, Nick Neidert, Lewin Diaz, Jorge Guzman, Robert Dugger, and Will Stewart have made their way to the Miami Marlins system through assorted trades in order to make the system deeper than it has been in many seasons. More impressively, all 11 of these players have arrived since the new ownership took charge.

The other 15 that comprise the top 30 are made up by the MLB Amateur draft. J.J. Bleday, Kameron Misner, Connor Scott, Nasim Nunez, Will Banfield, Evan Fitterer, Osiris Johnson, Tristan Pompey, and Peyton Burdick all come from the last two draft classes.

In total, twenty-three of the Miami Marlins top 30 prospects have arrived since Jeter and Company took over. More impressively, 17 of the 30 are aged 21 and younger, and the other 13 are more advanced in terms of age. Roundly speaking, that means that the Miami Marlins system has advanced in terms of quality all across the board from the dual Rookie level clubs all the way up to the Triple-A level in New Orleans, with the Baby Cakes.

Which of these players is the closest to making a major league impact? Pitchers Jeff Brigham and Robert Dugger are currently with the Miami Marlins at the major league level. After the obvious inclusion of those two, noted hotshot second baseman Isan Diaz is also on his way, and should be the forerunner to make a quick impact with the big boys.

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