With the recent moves by the Marlins in the MLB Draft and the MLB Trade Deadline, the list of top 30 minor league prospects looks a lot different.
When you look at the Miami Marlins top 30 prospects, you see something that makes you understand just how good this team can be in the future.
There is a balance amongst the players the team has coming up through its minor league system. What you also see is a major change from the rankings prior to the start of the 2019 season and how players have evolved. The Marlins prospect list, compiled by MLB Pipeline, looks more like a newly constructed road map thanks to the MLB Draft and trades made last week.
The Marlins have a young pitching staff that will still need to develop. The good news is Derek Jeter and Michael Hill have done a solid job of assessing team needs over the past two years and making the right moves at the right time. Now that Giancarlo Stanton has spent most of the season on the shelf for the Yankees, the deal for the slugger doesn’t seem as bad as it did when it was first announced.
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The move the Marlins made to send Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers is one we will watch closely as the outfielder could be a two-time NL MVP. Miami did get a sizeable return on their investment as Isan Diaz, Jordan Yamamoto and Lewis Brinson are all on the team’s roster. Outfielder Monte Harrison is the organization’s No. 6 prospect and could make the roster in 2019.
Three of the team’s top four prospects are via trade. Sixto Sanchez came over in the J.T. Realmuto deal with the Phillies. Jesus Sanchez (No.3) was part of the deal last week involving Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards. Jazz Chisholm is their shortstop of the future and a solid get from Arizona for pitcher Zac Gallen. He is ranked fourth in the top 30.
J.J. Bleday is the team’s 2019 first-round draft pick and the No. 2 rated prospect.
Edward Cabrera, Braxton Garrett, and Trevor Rogers were draft picks from the from front office who are making strides towards the Majors. When they arrive is anyone’s guess, but the team was so high on Cabrera it felt it could part with Gallen, a player who owned the PCL this season.
The biggest thing to watch over the offseason is how the parent club determines the pitching staff for next season. I think this team – loaded with starters – will seek a deal for a veteran bat or someone who is about to debut. That’s not a bad thing. The Marlins have trade equity they can use. The front office fielded plenty of calls about the current rotation. The franchise also has players with controllable contracts they do not wish to part with – yet.
As for rising everyday players, Harrison should be MLB-ready. Isan Diaz will be the team’s second baseman. Bleday is two seasons away – at least. Chisholm could be in the lineup late next season. There is no telling when the team might insert Sanchez although he is currently at Triple-A New Orleans.