Miami Marlins: Our 2021 End of Season Top 30 Prospect Rankings

Matt Melton
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 25: Edward Cabrera #79 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park on August 25, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 25: Edward Cabrera #79 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at loanDepot park on August 25, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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Miami Marlins outfielder JJ Bleday (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

6. OF JJ Bleday

Miami’s 2019 first round pick (No. 4 overall), Bleday posted the largest single-season sample-size of his Marlins career this season appearing in 110 games with Double-A Pensacola. Splitting time between all three outfield positions during that span, Bleday slashed .212/.323/.373 this season with 12 home runs, 54 RBI’s, and five stolen bases.

While it has been an arguably slow-start for the former Vanderbilt star to his professional career, Bleday is still regarded as one of the top hitters in the Miami system, as well as one of the top outfield prospects in baseball. The 23-year-old will likely begin next season in Triple-A, and is a candidate to receive a call-up to the big leagues at any point next year, depending on how he starts the campaign down in Jacksonville.

5. RHP Eury Perez

We begin the Top 5 with Perez, the Miami Marlins 2021 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, and one of the most-impressive pitchers in all of the minor leagues this season. Making a combined 20 starts this season between Low-A Jupiter and High-A Beloit, Perez posted a phenomenal 1.96 ERA in his first professional action with 26 walks and 108 strikeouts.

The 18-year-old right-hander did not allow a run in 12 of his 20 starts this season, and was constantly impressing in each start, mainly due to his plus-fastball and ability to blow-by hitters. Perez already saw a rise up the prospect ranks this season, and likely beginning next season in High-A Beloit or Double-A Pensacola, the 18-year-old has the potential to turn into one of the top overall pitching prospects in the game.

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