2. OF JJ Bleday – Miami Marlins #2 Prospect
Similar to Meyer, JJ Bleday started the 2021 season in Double-A playing with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Despite being in Double-A in late-June, is there still a chance we could see Bleday this season?
Selected fourth overall in the First Round of the 2019 MLB Draft, Bleday was coming off a phenomenal three seasons at Vanderbilt which included a career .326/.449/.553 slash line to pair with 33 HR’s and 109 RBI’s. After making his professional debut back in 2019 in A-Ball, the hype surrounding Bleday only continued to build.
After impressing at the Marlins’ alternate training site during the 2020 season, Bleday entered 2021 as the Marlins No. 2 prospect, as well as the No. 14 prospect in baseball. While he has had some impressive moments so far with Pensacola, the 23-year old outfielder has also struggled as well.
Bleday is currently sporting a .204/.302/.357 slash line for the season, which also includes five HR’s and 18 RBI’s. Bleday has also spent time in all three outfield spots this season, and has excelled in each.
Despite his current struggles, an advanced hitter the caliber of Bleday is a player that you know will turn things around at some point. As we talked about earlier this season, Bleday, despite his current struggles, is still the “must-see” Marlins prospect in 2021.
While it would still make sense to keep him down to continue to develop, there is still a chance we could see the highly anticipated debut of the Marlins 2019 First Round Pick this season. If he does debut as well, expect Bleday to slot into a starting role in Miami’s outfield going forward.