Evaluating the Miami Marlins 2015 Draft Class

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 13: Luis Urias #9 of the San Diego Padres celebrates with Josh Naylor #22 after both scoring on a Ty France single in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 13, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 13: Luis Urias #9 of the San Diego Padres celebrates with Josh Naylor #22 after both scoring on a Ty France single in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 13, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – MARCH 03: Kyle Keller #72 of the Miami Marlins. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

SS Max Whitt

Unsigned

RHP Kyle Keller

Kyle Keller is a six-foot-four reliever from Metairie, LA, and one of four from this Marlins draft class to graduate as far as the major leagues.

With a fair bit of consistency, Keller struck out well over a batter per inning at every level of the Marlins minors, whiffing 11.99 per nine over his five-season minor league career. 9-12 with a 3.54 ERA, Keller totaled 332 K’s in 249 2/3 innings, with a solid 1.18 WHIP. Called up for his major league debut last season, Keller struck out 11 and walked eight in 10 2/3 innings.

Last week, Keller joined the Los Angeles Angels in a trade for minor league catcher Jose Estrada.

RHP Curt Britt

Laurinburg, NC native Curt Britt signed with the Marlins out of the NC State Wolfpack, and pitched in seven games between GCL and Batavia. After striking out 10 in 9 2/3 innings, while allowing four runs on 14 hits and two walks, Britt announced his retirement preceding the 2016 short season.

C Korey Dunbar

Korey Dunbar was a three-year veteran of Tar Heel baseball with the University of North Carolina. In 151 games behind the plate, he hit .252/.343/.384 with nine home runs and 58 RBI.

Dunbar appeared in 44 games in the Marlins system between Greensboro and Batavia, hitting .247/.349/.307 but striking out at a 35.2 percent clip. He retired before the 2017 season got underway.

IF Giovanny Alfonzo

Giovanny Alfonzo was a super-utility infielder that the Marlins chose out of Division 2 University of Tampa, where he hit .328/.382/.476 with 11 homers and 77 RBI in 106 games over two seasons.

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Alfonzo started out well enough, hitting .245 with the Muckdogs after the draft, but hit zero triples or home runs over his 60 contests. In 2016 with the Grasshoppers, he hit .222/.269/.290 in 65 games. He was released by the Marlins prior to the 2017 campaign.

Alfonzo has later played with the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League and the Columbia Fireflies in the New York Mets system. He spent 2019 with the High Point Rockers back in the ATL and hit .248 in 112 contests.

RHP L.J. Brewster

L.J. Brewster was drafted by Miami after going 6-5 with a 2.95 ERA in 15 starts for the University of Hawaii. In three seasons in the Marlins system, he was 9-16 with a 4.60 ERA and 102 K’s in 178 2/3 innings. He retired from baseball in July, 2017.

LHP Trevor Lacosse

Trevor Lacosse was a four-season reliever with the Bryant University Bulldogs, where he was 9-8 with a 3.20 ERA in 87 appearances. He joined the GCL Marlins after the draft, and pitched in six games, allowing 10 runs on 11 hits and six walks in eight 2/3 innings. He struck out three, and the Marlins didn’t keep him on into the 2016 calendar year.

RHP Octavio Arroyo

Tijuana, MX native Octavio Arroyo was a six-foot right-hander out of San Ysidro HS in San Diego, CA. After the draft, he appeared in one game for the GCL Marlins, striking out two and allowing no runs on two hits. He was released prior to the 2016 season.

IF Alexander Fernandez

Alex Fernandez hit .310/.405/.571 for Division 2 Nova Southeastern in 2015. After the draft, he made appearances in Miami’s system from GCL to Jupiter, with stops in Batavia and Greensboro. In 102 games over the two seasons he was part of the Marlins, he hit .244/.346/.362 with six home runs and 29 RBI.

After his release before the 2017 season, Fernandez signed with the Washington Wild Things, where he played in 33 games and hit .168 with a pair of home runs.

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