The Miami Marlins made a big push for international prospects on Monday January 15th and filled their system with a ton of prospects. Luis Cova is the top prospect they signed and he is ranked 21st overall in this class. Cova is only 16 years old and comes from Venezuela where he trains with Francisco Ortiz.
Marlins sign 21st ranked international prospect Luis Cova
Cova is long and lean sporting a 6’1” frame at only 160 pounds but the righty has great potential. His hitting and fielding are rated highly and all his stats are upper ranking. He was originally a shortstop but found his way as a centerfielder which probably is a big impact on his awareness which scouts are impressed by. If he can fill in some muscle with his frame he will provide some good depth to the Marlins system that has been pretty lean as of late. He is the 9th ranked outfielder in the class and has a promising future.
The Marlins signed 21 international prospects yesterday and the class focused on a few different positions. The Marlins signed 14 pitchers overall to the class, which could help replenish their especially thin minor leagues with more arms since a lot of younger arms are now with the Marlins on the 40 man roster. The Marlins signed one second baseman and one shortstop, three outfielders, and two catchers.
All the international signings are a welcome move amidst a very quiet offseason for the Marlins. Fans still await a true big signing to fill out their major league roster in two key positions. The Marlins faithful are still holding out hope for a big bat and a starting shortstop that will provide an impact in the lineup. The Marlins starting lineup is really not filled out until they sign or trade for at least one more player to hit in the middle of the order.