MLB.com has released its most recent list of top 100 prospects for the 2020 season. Six Miami Marlins are on the list, giving the team a bright future.
If the Miami Marlins do not make the playoffs this season, it won’t be long before the team kicks the door down and decides to remain a postseason contender for some time.
MLB.com has released the most recent Top 100 prospects for 2020 and judging by the six players who were scattered throughout the list, this is a ball club other franchises should look over their shoulders at as one to be worried about.
“Since we posted our initial Top 100 Prospects and organizational Top 30 rankings for 2020, the coronavirus has limited baseball action to three weeks of Spring Training games, glimpses of Summer Camp action and a couple of weeks of big league contests,” Jim Callis writes. “We didn’t believe it made any sense to make wholesale changes to our rankings based on those small sample sizes.”
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The Marlins start with Sixto Sanchez, who could see action this season. The pitcher is the 24th ranked player, according to Callis. Next is JJ Bleday, who has the front office and coaching staff salivating about his promise in the outfield and potentially as the face of the franchise.
Bleday was the fourth overall pick out of Vanderbilt last year in the MLB Draft. This year’s selection, Minnesota pitcher Max Meyer is the 42nd ranked prospect, according to Callis.
Meyer was the six-highest ranked first-rounder from this year’s draft to be added to the list. The power pitcher was also added to the Miami Marlins 60-player talent pool for this season.
“What we have done is added 2020 Draft picks to our lists, 13 to the Top 100 and a total of 103 to the team Top 30s,” Callis explains.
“Throughout the season, we’ll continue to make changes as players graduate from rookie/prospect status (Pirates right-hander Mitch Keller is the lone Top 100 Prospect to do so thus far) or change organizations.”
As part of the story, the Miami Marlins are ranked seventh overall in prospect points. At different times last season, this was a minor league system that was ranked as high as fourth overall. That’s a huge jump from where the ball club was before it was bought by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter.
Jazz Chisholm (74th), Jesus Sanchez (90th), and Edward Cabrera (96th) round out the players who made the cut. Depending on how the Marlins season plays out, everyone with the exception of Bleday and Meyer could make an appearance in Miami before the end of the season.
The right-hander Meyer was recognized for having the best slider of any of the top pitching prospects. Sixto Sanchez was amongst the best at having control of his pitches.