1. OF JJ Bleday – Miami Marlins #2 Prospect
The top Miami Marlins prospect to not yet reach the major leagues, the former First Round pick could make his highly-anticipated MLB debut in 2021.
JJ Bleday is listed by MLB Pipeline as the Miami Marlins #2 prospect, as well as the #16 prospect in baseball. A highly touted and sought-after prospect out of college, Bleday has all the tools to be a special player in the major leagues.
As mentioned previously, Bleday was the First Round pick by the Marlins in the 2019 MLB Draft selected fourth overall. Coming off a special season in which Bleday helped lead Vanderbilt to a national championship, and also leading the nation in HRs with 27, it was clear as soon as the Marlins selected Bleday that he would be a special player.
Spending the remainder of the 2019 minor league season in A+ with Jupiter, Bleday hit .257 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs. After impressing at the Marlins alternate training site in 2020, Bleday is starting the 2021 season in Double-A with Pensacola where he could soon receive a call-up to Triple-A based on his early season performance.
Bleday is a special player that will feature a prominent role for the Marlins for years to come. Not only is Bleday an excellent hitter, he provides a ton of power with legit 30+ HR a season potential, as well as excellent defense in the outfield.
Even though Bleday is starting in Double-A, he could still reach the big leagues in 2021. The Marlins 2019 First Round pick is as good as advertised, and if he reaches the major leagues in 2021 should contribute immediately.
While we could see numerous Miami Marlins top prospects during the 2021 season, these seven could potentially stay with the big league club if they received the call-up. If they do receive the call as well, expect each to be an instant impact contributor for the Marlins from day one.