The Marlins have had their share of talent in their minor league system over the past decade. One player stands out over them all, according to MLB.com.
The Miami Marlins have had their share of top talent over the past decade come through their minor-league system. The problem this organization has experienced is the majority of that talent we have discussed is now part of other organizations, where players are thriving on the major-league level.
In a story on MLB.com, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum talk about the one player from every MLB team has had the most success out of their farm systems.
Christian Yelich gets the nod down here in South Florida.
"“Player development success stories come from a variety of sources. The best player of the 2010s, Mike Trout, was both talented enough to merit going in the first round and underrated enough to last 25 picks in the 2009 Draft,” they write.“Getting taken in the first round came with lofty expectations — and he blew them away by a greater margin than anyone could have guessed.”"
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When looking at the talent that came through this organization at the beginning of the decade, many of which I had an opportunity to watch play here in Jacksonville with the Suns, Miami’s AA affiliate at the time, Yelich was one of those players who was expected to do big things, but I’m not sure anybody expected him to have the kind of success on the next level that he’s had over the last two years.
The 2018 National League MVP tore the cover off the ball in helping the Brewers get to the playoffs that season and was on a tear once again in 2019 before a broken kneecap ended his campaign prematurely. Had he been healthy the entire season, there is no doubt he would have won another MVP trophy.
Unfortunately, having Yelich is a great thing for the city of Milwaukee. It’s a terrible thing for the city of Miami. When you look at the trades the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter made once he took over the organization as the team’s CEO, Yelich may go down as the one player who will haunt this organization for the next decade.
"“Miami produced not one but two MVPs in the last decade, and Yelich gets the nod here over Giancarlo Stanton. He presented a challenging profile to scouts as a hit-over-power high school first baseman, though the Marlins believed enough in his bat to draft him 23rd overall in 2010,” the three experts add.“He made an easy transition to the outfield in pro ball, though his pop didn’t fully manifest itself until he got traded to the Brewers in 2018 — and he has been the best player in the National League ever since.”"
As I talked about in a story yesterday here on Marlin Maniac, Miami has had one of the better minor league organizations last decade, but losing players like Yelich, Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Jose Fernandez, and Luis Castillo shows this team’s desperation at times to either clear money or make the wrong decision at the wrong time.
The Marlins currently have one of the best minor-league systems in baseball, according to MLB.com and MLB Pipeline. The cupboard is far from bare as Jeter has worked to bring in many pitching prospects and players who could knock the ball out of the yard.
Some of these prospects may be ready at the start of the 2020 season and could crack the starting lineup.
On the mound, the Marlins have one of the best younger pitching staffs in the Majors and have plenty of potential starters on each minor-league level to provide depth for the next five to seven years.