Miami Marlins 2021 first round draft pick (16th overall) has been working his way through the Marlins minor league system. Kahlil Watson is a 20 year old middle infielder from Wake Forest High School North Carolina and he started off his first year with the Marlins in rookie ball and he performed at a high level.
In 2021 his rookie ball concentrated season of only 9 games, he hit .394 with 5 RBI and 4 stolen bases while posting a 1.130 OPS. He continued his way in rookie last year to start then was promoted and he showed why. Watson hit .232 with 9 home runs, 44 RBI, 16 stolen bases, and 5 triples.
Watson was promoted from Jupiter last year to start this year in Beloit for high A and has had a slow start to the year. He is currently hitting .214 and although his .692 OPS is almost identical to last year, he will need to produce more consistently if he wants to continue his rise. Watson has hit two home runs, driven in eight, and stolen nine bases this season, so if he can hit more consistently he will certainly be a AA consideration.
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Miami Marlins AA team has three middle infielders on their roster and one of the three are doing very well. Cody Morissette is the second baseman for the blue wahoos and is hitting .200 with three home runs and twelve RBI and one stolen base. Nasim Nunez is listed at shortstop and is hitting .247 with three home runs, 25 RBI, and 26 stolen bases and is having the most impressive season, so he could be looking at moving up in the near future if his production, especially swiping bags, continues. Finally, Jose Devers is hitting .266 with one home run and 17 RBI and no stolen bases. There is a clear path for Watson if he can boost his production a little, and as a 20 year old, he has the time to develop and grow into the major league level.