The Miami Marlins add more UDFAs to their organization

The Miami Marlins continue to stockpile players in their minor league system as the team has now signed three undrafted free agents this week.

The Miami Marlins are adding more players to their 2020 draft class.

Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “The Marlins are infusing some more speed and athleticism into their Minor League system.

“The organization has reached agreements with Air Force Academy outfielder/pitcher Ashton Easley and Virginia Commonwealth University infielder Brett Norwood as non-drafted free agents.”

Earlier in the week, the Marlins announced that they had come to terms with Florida State University left-hander Antonio Velez as a non-drafted free agent.

The Miami Marlins made history last week during the MLB Draft when they selected six pitchers, the first time in team history each pick was made to help continue to provide depth for the pitching staff.

Easley is the second player the Miami Marlins have brought in from the Air Force Academy. In the 23rd round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Miami grabbed third baseman Nic Ready.

As the MLB season remains on hold, the front office led by CEO Derek Jeter, president of baseball operations Michael Hill and their staff has begun the process of adding more parts to a strong minor league puzzle.

“Easley and Norwood become the first position players the Marlins have added either through the MLB Draft or as non-drafted free agents,” Frisaro adds. “The organization now has three NDFAs set to sign.”

The Marlins used their first pick in the Draft, the third overall selection, to grad Minnesota pitcher Max Meyer and then continued the process of adding experienced arms to provide depth at all levels of their minor league system.

There is no dearth of talent in the farm system, as Dick Scott and D.J. Svihlik have helped to create a feeder system that is currently one of the best in the Majors.

There could be more players added to the team’s roster.

“Svihlik said on a Zoom call with media on Friday that the organization plans to sign as many as 10 free agents,” Frisaro explained.”

The Velez signing intrigues me because of his experience at the college level at FSU. The 6-foot-1, 212- pound lefty showed he could pitch against the best talent in college baseball this season. He allowed one earned run in 17-plus innings this season, which was cut short because of COVID-19.

“His signature moment came on March 10, when he tossed six shutout innings in FSU’s 2-0 upset over No. 1-ranked University of Florida,” Frisaro wrote.

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