Who is the Miami Marlins most indispensable player in their minor league system?
It also starts with the minors for the Major League Miami Marlins. The team that finished 57-105 this past season is still a team to watch in 2020 and beyond for the work the front office has done the past two seasons to build a solid feeder system to the Majors.
I proposed the question to the staff here at Marlin Maniac, “Which player is the most indispensable in the organization?” My partner in crime, Kevin Kraczkowski and I take a swing with our thoughts on the topic.
Kraczkowski – In terms of future potential, I think we have to look no further than outfielder J.J. Bleday. The sky is the limit on this left-handed four-tool prospect who led the NCAA with 26 home runs prior to getting chosen by the Marlins with the fourth overall pick with this season’s draft. His skillset was advanced enough that they started him in high-A, with the Jupiter Hammerheads, where he slashed .257/.311/.379 over his first 38 professional games.
Bleday will likely start next season in Jupiter, but should soon afterward graduate to the double-A level with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see him in Miami before the 2020 season is complete.
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Levin – It has to be Sixto Sanchez and it might not be close. The Marlins have a solid nucleus of pitchers in their minor league system and have a nice group of starters in their current rotation, but is there one arm you can look at and clearly say they are an ace for the parent club for years to come?
That’s where Sanchez comes in.
"Per MLB.com, “When healthy, Sanchez has perhaps the best combination of electric stuff and command of any pitcher in the Minor Leagues. He might appear undersized at six-feet tall, but he’s deceptively strong, with an athletic and repeatable delivery. Sanchez throws both a two- and four-seam fastball, the former thrown with a lot of sink to get ground-ball outs and the latter cranked up to triple digits at times.“Not only can Sanchez maintain velocity deep into starts, the fastball plays up because of movement and his plus command of the pitch.”"
Sanchez should start the season at Triple-A Wichita, but should also get an opportunity before Septemeber to show he can handle Major League hitters. It should be fun to watch. There is no question Sanchez is the ace of the future in Miami.