MLB.com’s recent story by Jim Callis ranks J.J. Bleday as one of the 10 best minor league prospects for the 2020 baseball season.
The Miami Marlins should be well represented next year when MLB Pipeline releases its initial top 100 rankings in 2020. The player who may top the list for the organization and is already being touted as a potential top-10 prospect is J.J. Bleday, Miami’s No. 1 draft pick this year.
A story on MLB.com, predicting the best minor league players of next season has the former Vanderbilt star firmly entrenched as the eighth-best prospect in all of minor league baseball. Not too shabby for someone who won a College World Series title with the Commodores and was drafted as the fourth player overall this year.
The Marlins went heavy on outfielders in the draft, looking for power and skill to help fill a void in their minor league system. Bleday, even in his short stay with the organization, is already turning heads.
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Per Jim Callis of MLB.com, “Considered more of a hit-over-power guy entering the spring, he topped NCAA Division I with 27 homers and 192 total bases, led Vanderbilt to the College World Series championship and went fourth overall in the Draft.”
The Marlins did not have many big bats in their system, something the front office and scouts wanted to address this season in the Draft and at the MLB Trade Deadline. Bleday is not the only player who has turned heads with their skills on the diamond and at the plate.
Bleday is the team’s No 2 rated prospect according to MLB Pipeline, just behind pitcher Sixto Sanchez. Another player who could provide a big bat when he eventually makes it to the Major League roster is Monte Harrison, who could be in the mix for a spot on the 25-man roster next season. Harrison is currently sixth on the list of Marlins prospects.
Prospects chip in with Bahamas relief effort: As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wrote this week, two Marlins prospects, both natives of the Bahamas, are chipping in to help in the hurricane relief efforts for their affected homeland.
"“Shortstops Jazz Chisholm (Miami’s No. 4 prospect) and Ian Lewis — were at Marlins Park on Tuesday for batting practice before the Marlins’ 4-3 loss to the Brewers to assist in a relief drive by the club that will run through the end of the homestand on Thursday. Miami Minor Leaguer Anfernee Seymour also is from the Bahamas,” Frisaro added."
The Marlins front office wanted to make the community aware of their efforts to help a community abroad that was ravaged by the hurricane.
"“The club’s goal is to ‘just create as much awareness as we can for our friends in the Bahamas,’” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “This whole homestand has been a concerted effort to try to bring as many supplies as possible to be able to help a hurricane-ravaged country.”"