With plenty of left-handed pitching talent in their minor league system, will the Miami Marlins remain one of the better farm systems beyond 2020?
The Miami Marlins are one of the charmed organizations when it comes to left-handed pitching prospects. Over the past few seasons, draft picks and young arms the team acquired have stocked the farm system. In turn, what was a meager farm system has blossomed.
Looking at the team’s top left-handed pitching prospects, two holdovers from the former ownership group are closer to making their Major League debut. If not this season because of the shortened constraints of playing 60 games, then in 2021 when MLB will enjoy a full season of baseball.
According to MLB.com, the Marlins have the seventh-best farm system when it comes to lefties. And since the organization has been recognized as one of the top five farm systems overall, this could improve over time. Braxton Garrett and Trevor Rogers could be part of the next wave of pitching prospects who could make the team more formidable in the future.
As Mike Rosenbaum wrote…
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"“Miami still has high hopes for Garrett (No. 6 on the Marlins Top 30) and Trevor Rogers (No. 8) — the club’s respective first-round picks in the 2016 and ’17 Drafts — especially after they both made development gains en route to successful campaigns at Class A Advanced Jupiter in 2019. Daxton Fulton, possibly the most promising prep southpaw in the 2020 Draft despite undergoing Tommy John surgery last fall, could prove to be a steal after falling to the Marlins in the second round, and the same goes for fourth-round pick Jake Eder, a Vanderbilt junior whom MLB Pipeline ranked as the 59th-best prospect in the class.”"
The Marlins top two pitching prospects – Sixto Sanchez and Edward Cabrera, could be on the team’s Major League roster by the end of the season. Nick Neidert could be part of the team’s rotation during the next two months. There is no shortage of potential.
That is something Miami Marlins fans have not heard with consistency for many years.
There is also a chance another rookie arm could make an impact this season as a member of the Marlins bullpen.
"“Reliever Alex Vesia (No. 27) had a breakout 2019 campaign across three levels and encored with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League,” Rosenblum writes."
The thing that interests me the most about how both Garrett and Rogers fit in the Marlins’ future plans is they are holdovers from the ownership group prior to Derek Jeter taking over the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Neidert was also part of a deal that sent Dee Gordon to Seattle. So was Cabrera, who signed with the team as an international free agent in July 2015. The Miami Marlins top prospect, right-hander Sixto Sanchez, was acquired in the deal that sent J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia last offseason.
In Other News:
"Pre Craig Mish, “The Miami Marlins will open up the 2020 Baseball season on the road – Friday July 24th taking on the Philadelphia Phillies, per sources. MLB releases the full schedule on Monday.”"