Is there a Marlins player on the active roster or in their minor league system that has a chance to make the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY?
One of the biggest travesties in Major League Baseball this year was the fact that the Modern Baseball Era Committee did not elect former New York Yankees star and current Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly to the Hall of Fame.
As a fan growing up in the 1980s, I don’t think there were two players they were more iconic in my eyes than Donnie Baseball and Dale Murphy. Once again, both were snubbed for there contributions in the diamond.
As fans look at the current roster here in Miami, it’s hard to come up with a player whose resume would be fitting of an invitation to the hallowed hall. It’s a topic that was discussed by Will Leitch of MLB.com, in his story last week determining which player from all 30 organizations has the best shot of being inducted in Cooperstown.
Based on Leach’s choice, Victor Victor Mesa, it can be inferred that there really isn’t a player who stands out currently who would represent the Marlins in the future.
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As a side note , it has been joked about amongst myself and other baseball writers that it’s too bad we cannot claim Mattingly and team CEO Derek Jeter as our own. Jeter is a slam dunk choice for induction next summer.
As I look at the players on the 26-man roster and the minor league organization, There are a few names who jump out at me for consideration.
Of course, Mesa is still a work in progress. There’s no telling how good he’s going to be once he gets to the majors. The international star who was signed to the contract last summer, it’s making his way through Miami‘s feeder system. His brother and Victor Mesa, Jr should also receive consideration as well.
If I had to choose other top prospects, I may look to JJ Bleday or Peyton Burdick or even Kam Misner – three players who were taken in the 2019 MLB draft and have the potential to become all-time great’s for this organization. Then there is Jesus Sanchez, who may wind up being the best outfielder a play in a Marlins uniform all time and could be knocking on the door for a starting role in 2020.
Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz, and Brian Anderson should also be up for consideration. Realistically, if the Marlins are going to place someone in the Hall of Fame from their current roster at any level, it more than likely will come off the mound.
Sandy Alcantara has a chance to become the best pitcher in this organization since Jose Fernandez. He has been compared to Pedro Martinez in his ability. Sixto Sanchez, the team’s top overall minor-league prospects, and someone regarded as a top player in the minor leagues in general, could also be considered. There is Jorge Guzman who is still developing and could become the team’s closer of the future. Nick Neidert is an arm to watch.
And if you’re looking for a “long shot“ and somebody who hasn’t been talked about as a game-changing arm, there is Jordan Holloway, who if given the chance has the potential to be a real surprise for is the parent club in two or three seasons. The point I am trying to make, as everybody else is with their own Baseball team, is there are plenty of players that could be pegged as the “next big thing” but don’t have the resume yet to prove it.
Another positive with this organization is that because Jeter and his front office are still a work in progress, there may be a player or two he acquires in the next year so who could earn their rightful place amongst the best ever in Cooperstown.
Whoever gets the nod in the future, it presents a fantastic debate amongst fans and writers, alike.