Miami Marlins: Griffin Conine Continues Impressive 2021 Season
By Matt Melton
As the second half of the 2021 Miami Marlins season gets set to kick-off on Friday, there is one prospect in particular that is making some noise down on the farm that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
While top prospects such as Max Meyer, Edward Cabrera, and more are arguably getting most of the shine this season, and rightfully so, one prospect however that is having an impressive 2021 season is outfielder Griffin Conine.
If you’re asking yourself if you have heard that name before, the answer is most-likely yes as Griffin is the son of “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine. While his father is one of the greatest players in Marlins franchise history, Griffin is beginning to make his mark on the organization as he is becoming one of the fastest rising prospects in the Miami system in year one as a member of the club.
Miami Marlins prospect Griffin Conine having strong 2021 season.
Conine obviously garnered interest solely based on the name alone when he was traded to Miami last September as the PTBNL in the Jonathan Villar deal. However, a former 2nd Round pick by Toronto in the 2018 MLB Draft, as well as coming off a 2019 season where he slashed .283/.371/.576 leading the Midwest League with 22 HR’s, it was clear that Conine himself was a prospect to be excited about solely based on his previous track record.
Starting the 2021 season in High-A with the Beloit Snappers, the Marlins current No. 17 prospect has had a phenomenal season slashing .248/.389/.583 with 55 RBI’s and a .971 OPS. Conine also currently leads all of minor league baseball in long balls as he has 21 HR’s on the year, one less than his 2019 total in about 80 fewer at-bat’s.
While some areas will obviously still need improvement, as with an prospect, you don’t have to look far to see the power potential in Conine’s bat, along with his plus-arm in the outfield.
The 24-year old outfield prospect continues to impress down in High-A, and is only a matter of time before Conine finds his way to either Double-A or Triple-A, potentially happening any moment now.
Conine is quickly emerging as one of the fastest rising prospects in the Miami organization, as he is enjoying one of the best pure seasons of any Marlins prospect. As mentioned at the start, while top prospects’ 2021 seasons may get the extra attention, what Conine is doing down in Beloit should not go unnoticed.