Marlins Prospect Watch: Checking in With the 2016 Draft Class

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 26: Zac Gallen #52 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the second inning against the at Marlins Park on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 26: Zac Gallen #52 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch in the second inning against the at Marlins Park on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Third Round CF Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones reported to the Rookie-level GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League, and went 15-for-64 in 19 contests after the draft. When 2017 came around, he was ranked as the Marlins number seven overall prospect, by the MLB Pipeline.

The 2017 campaign would be disappointing for Jones, who spent the season with the Short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League. He hit just .181/.315/.282 in 68 games, with two home runs.

Jones graduated to the Grasshoppers in 2018 as Miami’s number 26 prospect. In 103 games, he hit .222/.277/.343 with nine home runs and 33 RBI. Staying at the same level in 2019 for the Midwest League Clinton LumberKings, he boosted his slash line to a slightly better .239/.332/.382 in 114 games, with 10 home runs and 54 RBI.

Still listed with Clinton, the now-22-year-old Jones figures to start the 2020 season with the Hammerheads.

Fourth Round RF Sean Reynolds

Sean Reynolds is a six-foot-seven left-handed batter from Redondo Beach, CA. Drafted on the strength of a maybe 80-grade power tool, Reynolds has struggled to make contact through his first four professional seasons.

Split between the GCL club, the Muckdogs, and the LumberKings, Reynolds has played in 265 games and hit .181/.287/.351 with 35 home runs and 132 RBI. He also moves really good for a big guy, with 30 stolen bases in 41 tries.

In 2018, Reynolds led the NYPL in a lot of categories, with 76 games played, 317 plate appearances, 49 runs, 17 homers, 52 RBI, 42 walks, and an incredible 133 strikeouts. He currently strikes out 43.9 percent of the time, in fact. He should begin the season in Clinton, and hopefully has done something to improve his pitch recognition.

Fifth Round RHP Sam Perez

Sam Perez was 20-2 with a 3.31 ERA over 80 appearances in college for Missouri State. After the draft, he played three seasons in the Marlins system, between Batavia, Greensboro, and Jupiter. He was 9-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 56 games, including 30 starts. He was released from the Hammerheads prior to the 2019 season.

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