The Miami Marlins continue to add instruction for their minor league prospects this offseason in Jupiter, Florida.
The minor league season is over, but for many Miami Marlins prospects, it just means they will continue to hone their skills in the team’s instructional league.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “Each September and early October, the Marlins invite about 40 prospects to get additional instruction at their Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. They work with invited coaching staff and managers, and eventually play games, often with organizations that also have their Spring Training facilities close to Jupiter.”"
That means rising players Monte Harrison, Jazz Chisholm, Jesus Sanchez, and Lewin Diaz will work on their hitting and fielding ahead of the team preparing for Spring Training in February. It’s also proof baseball continues to be a 12-month sport, with players looking to improve so they can compete for a Major League roster spot or move higher up the minor league ladder.
"“We’re trying to make up at-bats for Monte Harrison, who missed the first part of the season with the hamstring, and missed the last part with the wrist injury,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said."
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Harrison is a prospect to watch closely. He could not join the team at the September 1 roster expansion because of a wrist injury that required surgery. But he could have other options once the instructional league ends in October.
Harrison could also be in line to win the starting centerfield job once the team begins Spring Training and plays in the Grapefruit League.
Chisholm is the Marlins shortstop of the future. Sanchez could also be fighting for a spot in the Marlins outfield in camp or should be part of the 25-man roster at some point next season. Diaz may be another year away from making it to the Big Leagues but should be considered the Marlins future first baseman with his size and power.
"As Frisaro pointed out, “Not included on the instrux roster is Miami’s top prospect, right-hander Sixto Sanchez, who logged 114 total innings between Class A Advanced Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He threw 46 2/3 innings last year in the Phillies’ system.”"
The thought is the front office will bring Sanchez along slowly. He, Edward Cabrera and Jorge Guzman gave the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp a solid trio in the rotation the second half of the 2019 season at the Double-A level.