Prospecting the Miami Marlins: Infielder Micah Brown

Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: A general view of a baseball and glove in the the field, prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Michigan Wolverines and Vanderbilt Commodores on June 24, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: A general view of a baseball and glove in the the field, prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Michigan Wolverines and Vanderbilt Commodores on June 24, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Micah Brown just completed his third professional season for the Miami Marlins.

Micah Brown is a 6’2″, 200 lb. right-handed infielder from Medford, Oregon, population 81,780. Born on May 9th, 1996, he was a 19th round selection of the Miami Marlins in the 2017 MLB Amateur Entry Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College. In his final season of college with the Warriors, Brown hit .308/.414/.482 over 52 contests, with 12 stolen bases in 14 tries.

Brown was taken by the Miami Marlins with the 569th overall selection in 2017. Seven players have advanced to the majors since being chosen at that position, led by Jeff Nelson (1984, Los Angeles Dodgers, 14.7 career WAR).

After his selection, Brown joined the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League near the end of June that year. After hitting .271 over 20 games, the Marlins system pushed him up a level, to the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League. He went 10-for-50 from the plate in a short look covering the end of the campaign.

2018 would see Brown spend the first part of his season still with the Grasshoppers, where he played in 74 games and hit .221/.287/.345 while playing at various times all over the diamond and in the two corner outfield positions. Above average at most of those spots, Brown was a train-wreck at third base, with six errors in just 81 chances. The Hoppers trusted him more at first, where he racked up a .990 fielding percentage. Near the end of August, he was promoted for the first time to the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League.

Brown went 17-for-72 to close out the season with the Sharks, again playing all over the infield through a short sample. He remained with the Hammerheads through 26 games into this season, and although he only hit .146 during that time, he was called up to the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes in the Pacific Coast League. In 20 contests with the Cakes, he hit just eight-for-46.

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After rejoining Jupiter in June, Brown put up the best results of his pro career, hitting .292/.372/.481 in the final 36 contests of the year. He clubbed four homers with 16 RBI during that time. In a stretch from July 28th through August 7th, Brown hit .600 with four doubles, four RBI, and six runs scored.

New Orleans finished the season in third in the PCL American Southern Division, despite a solid 73-65 record. The Hammerheads weren’t as lucky, stumbling to a 54-78 campaign despite boasting a lot of top-tier talent from the Miami Marlins system.

Brown’s season wasn’t very good in the larger scheme of things, but I’d be surprised if he didn’t at least start the 2020 season with the Hammerheads. If he can turn it around, the earliest we would catch a whiff of him at the major league level would be sometime in late-2022.

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