Marlins Minor Leagues Ranked 9th According to Bleacher Report

The Miami Marlins minor league system was ranked in the top 10 in Bleacher Reports story on all 30 Major League teams for the upcoming season.

When it comes to the Miami Marlins and the growth of their minor league system, progress really is subjective. In the most recent story put out by Joel Reuter of Bleacher Report, his thought is the organization hasn’t made the vast improvements in talent as other publications have touted.

According to the story, the Marlins have the ninth-best minor league system, which is a bit lower than MLB.com and other publications have written about during the 2019 season and this offseason.

“The Miami Marlins have spent the past several seasons wheeling and dealing, and they have an impressive collection of prospect talent to show for it,” Reuter writes. “With little in the way of long-term building blocks at the MLB level, the farm system will be a focal point for the fan base in the years to come.”

The Marlins have made moves over the past two seasons to rebuild a sinking feeder system that was mismanaged during the last ownership group’s time, led by Jeffrey Loria and David Samson. Michael Hill, the team’s president of baseball operations and a former member of Loria’s front office, has worked closely with Derek Jeter, the Marlins CEO and co-owner in establishing a better farm system to build the future.

The changes have come with a hefty price as top-tier MLB talent has moved on from South Florida and excelled in other ballparks. Christian Yelich and J.T. Realmuto are prime examples.

Both Sixto Sanchez and JJ Bleday are considered top 50 talents in the minors.  Jesus Sanchez and Jazz Chisholm are listed in the top 100 by Reuter.

“Sixto Sanchez (via PHI), Jesus Sanchez (via TB), Jazz Chisholm (via ARI), Monte Harrison (via MIL), Lewin Diaz (via MIN), Jose Devers (via NYY) and Nick Neidert (via SEA) were all added in trades. All of those players could see the majors by the end of 2021,” he adds.

Sanchez is the team’s top overall prospect. Bleday, who played collegiate ball at Vanderbilt, is second on the list, according to MLP Pipeline.

The front office did change their philosophy during the 2019 season to add more college-level talent in the MLB Draft, which is why Bleday, Kam Misner and Peyton Burdick all have bright futures in the Majors and should be part of the Marlins chess board within the next couple of seasons.

Pitching continues to be the team’s strength as all four minor league levels are full of prospects that could bring other talents to South Florida in the future.

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