The Marlins once again have one of the top minor league systems in all of Major League Baseball, according to MLB.com.
The Miami Marlins continue to impress MLB insiders with how they have developed their minor league system.
For their efforts, the Marlins are now a top-five organization with plenty of talent to help lead this franchise toward success in the near future.
“According to MLB Pipeline, the Marlins have the No. 4 farm system in baseball, which includes five players in the Top 100 — right-hander Sixto Sánchez (22), outfielder JJ Bleday (28), shortstop Jazz Chisholm (66), outfielder Jesús Sánchez (80), and right-hander Edward Cabrera (85),” Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes.
“The updated Pipeline rankings have the Rays first, followed by the Padres, Dodgers, Marlins, and Tigers.”
Last season, the Marlins were ranked fourth, which is a major improvement from how the front office ran the team just three seasons ago. Derek Jeter, after taking over as the Marlins CEO, made it a point to build the feeder teams in the Marlins system, as a strength of the organization and added depth at every level rather than trading away players who have developed into stars on other teams at the Major League level.
As the Marlins coaching staff and front office work to put together the 26-man roster for the upcoming season, many top prospects are being assigned to their minor league affiliates as the MLB season is two weeks away and the minor league seasons will begin shortly thereafter.
On Tuesday, the Marlins announced they were sending down six of their top 30 prospects – Bleday (2), Chisholm (3), Sanchez (4), first baseman Lewin Diaz (7), infielder Jose Devers (11) and outfielder Jerar Encarnacion (15). There is a belief Chisholm, Sanchez and Diaz could all play in the Majors at some point this coming season.
“These kids are all good kids that work hard,” manager Don Mattingly said. “They have good habits. Some of them are a lot closer than the other ones, but even those are not that far away. They’re right on the door. Some of them seem like they’re trying to knock it down.”
That’s a good thing for an organization that still does not have the face of the franchise other than Jeter. The starting rotation is still young and developing. The bullpen has been redesigned and the starting lineup has been revamped once again to show off more power in the middle of the batting order.
There are still questions about who will start in the outfield for Miami. The fifth starter in the rotation is up for grabs. Mattingly has not named an Opening Day starter yet and has not stated who officially is the team’s closer.