The Miami Marlins have several standouts in their minor league system, especially over the past month. With the potentially thinning system over the next month to make room for draftees and the loss of depth due to the trade deadline deals, there are some that will be moving up in the system. Here are three different Miami Marlins minor leaguers that are the most likely to be promoted, some of whom have been streaking all season long.
1B Troy Johnston, AA
Miami Marlins prospect Troy Johnston has been killing the ball this season. He was the 17th-round selection by the Marlins in the 2019 MLB draft out of Gonzaga University. Johnston currently leads the AA Blue Wahoos with 16 home runs and he also leads the team in RBI with 62. He is also disciplined at the plate with a strikeout rate of around 20 percent while leading the team with a .909 OPS.
Last season he played both AA and AAA and did not fare well in Jacksonville. Johnston hit .155 with 24 strikeouts in 97 at-bats. He did manage to hit four home runs in that short time, and this year his power numbers and home run rate are much higher than last. Johnston has hit 16 home runs in 323 at-bats, while last year for AA he hit 10 in 329 at-bats.
With the Marlins' need for depth and another power hitter in the lineup, it’s time for Johnston to get his shot and show if he can be that guy. The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Marlins AAA affiliate, have had a bunch of roster moves this year and two of their first basemen have been moved. Both Dane Myers and Joe Rizzo are no longer in Jacksonville, and outfielder Jerar Encarnacion has been plugged in at 1st base, and he has the power but is only hitting .201 as compared to Johnston's .270 average with the same power.