Miami Marlins: 7 Top Prospects that could make Full-Time MLB Debut in 2021

Matt Melton
JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 11: JJ Bleday #67 of the Miami Marlins looks on against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inningof a Grapefruit League spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 11, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FLORIDA - MARCH 11: JJ Bleday #67 of the Miami Marlins looks on against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inningof a Grapefruit League spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 11, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Pitcher Edward Cabrera of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

2. RHP Edward Cabrera – Miami Marlins #4 Prospect

You could make the argument that Miami Marlins RHP Edward Cabrera is one of the more underrated top pitching prospects in all of baseball.

Listed as the Miami Marlins #4 prospect, as well as the #58 prospect in all of baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Cabrera has the potential to be one of the top pitchers for the Marlins for years to come.

Cabrera originally signed with the Marlins back in July of 2015. Cabrera spent his first three seasons in the Marlins organization in A-Ball and lower, but struggled mostly posting an ERA over four in each of those three seasons. Splitting time as a starter and reliever, Cabrera eventually settled in as a full-time starter during the 2018 season posting a 4.22 ERA in 22 starts.

The 2019 season was 100% the break-out season for Cabrera however cementing him as one of the top pitching prospects in the Miami organization.

Starting the season in A+ with Jupiter, Cabrera made 11 starts where he went 5-3 with a 2.02 ERA  and a 0.95 WHIP. Earning a call-up to Double-A with Jacksonville mid-way through the season, Cabrera made 8 starts where he went 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA.

In 19 starts combined between the two levels, it’s clear why the hype surrounding Cabrera started to grow.

Edward Cabrera 2019 season stats (via mlb.com)

  • 19 starts – 9-4, 2.23 ERA, 31 BB, 116 K, .190 AVG against, 0.99 WHIP

Cabrera most likely would’ve made his MLB debut in 2020 if he didn’t sustain some minor injuries. Displaying a 3-pitch arsenal including a lively fastball, slider, and changeup, Cabrera has showed improved command over the years, and is now on the verge of the big leagues.

Cabrera will most likely debut at some point in 2021. When he finally reaches the big leagues also, expect him to feature a prominent role in the Marlins starting rotation instantly and remain there for years to come.

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