LHP Braxton Garrett, Foley, AL
Braxton Garrett was Miami’s first round pick in 2016, coming off the board with the seventh overall selection. He didn’t make a professional appearance until the next season, and pitched to a 2.93 ERA over four starts with the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers before needing an extended stay on the injured list for Tommy John Surgery.
In 2019, Garrett finally got a chance to show his stuff. He was 6-6 with a 3.34 ERA with the Hammerheads. In 105 innings over 20 starts, he collected 118 strikeouts and posted a 1.229 WHIP, walking 37. He’s still going to need a full season at the Double-A level with the Shrimp, where he was blasted in his only career start last season. He should be in the mix for a roster spot out of 2021 Spring Training.
LHP Trevor Rogers, Carlsbad, NM
Fellow lefty Trevor Rogers could form a formidable 1-2 punch with Garrett. Miami’s first round pick, 13th overall in 2017, Rogers stands six-foot-six with a plus-fastball leading a four-pitch mix.
In 18 starts last season with Jupiter, Rogers was 5-8 with a 2.53 ERA. In 110 1/3 innings of work, he struck out 122 batters while walking only 24 for a near-elite 1.097 WHIP. Perhaps a small step ahead of Garrett in terms of development, Rogers profiles as a possible number two or three starter. He’ll join Garrett with the Jumbo Shrimp in 2020 and also get a chance to latch on with the parent club in 2021.
OF Kameron Misner, Poplar Bluff, MO
Birthday boy Kameron Misner turns 22-years-old today. Miami’s Competitive Balance pick in 2019, Misner came off the board 35th overall.
Despite what could be considered as a “down” year for Misner, he slashed .286/.440/.481 in 57 contests for the Tigers, with 10 homers and 20 stolen bases in 21 attempts. After an eight-game look with the Rookie-level GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League, Misner went on to appear in 34 games for the Clinton LumberKings at the Single-A level.
For the Kings, left-handed hitting and throwing Misner hit .276/.380/.373 and stole eight bases without getting caught. With accelerated development a possibility, Misner will not join the Marlins until at least 2022.
SS/2B Jose Devers, Samana, DR
Jose Devers joined the Marlins system in the Giancarlo Stanton New York Yankees deal. Miami also got fellow prospect Jorge Guzman and two seasons’ worth of Starlin Castro.
Slowed by shoulder fatigue to end the 2018 campaign, Devers missed three months of the 2019 season to combat a forearm strain. Despite spending time at GCL and with the LumberKings, the balance of Devers’ season was in Jupiter. He hit a healthy .325, but drew only eight walks and hit only four extra base hits over 33 games with the Hammerheads.
Devers is one of the better contact hitters in the system, and should look forward to challenging for a spot on the parent roster sometime in late-2021.
The Rest of the Bunch
Check back here through the rest of this week as I profile the rest of the top 30 Marlins Pipeline prospects.
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