This is actually my first attempt at listing players in a top X list or organizational list, so here goes.
|5||Tommy La Stella||2B||24||A+/AA|
|20||Felix Falcon||LHP||17||R (DSL)|
|HM||Aldo Silva||RHP||17||R (DSL)|
Notes: Wes Parsons is a name fans need to familiarize themselves with. He was fantastic out of the Rome rotation this year as a 20 year old, posting a 2.63 ERA with a modest 8.29 K/9, and a nice 4.81 K/BB. Those numbers combined with a .220 average against, .280 BABIP and 67.5 % strand rate left him with a 2.77 FIP. Shae Simmons is another arm to watch for after posting a combined 1.69 ERA between Low A Rome and AA Mississippi. He dominated hitters with a 13.84 K/9, 3.73 K/BB, 0.99 WHIP and .160 average against while racking up 24 saves. He could make an impact on Atlanta's pen as early as next year with continued success. Simmons is also a representative of Atlanta in the AFL this fall.
Graduations - RHP Julio Teheran, LHP Alex Wood, 1B Joey Terdoslavich, C/OF Evan Gattis
Notes: Jarlin Garcia is steadily moving up the Marlins chain, and improving every year. He posted a 3.10 ERA in 15 starts for short season Batavia as a 20 year old. He struck out 9.56 batters per 9 innings while only allowing 7.5 hits per 9 and a .220 opponents batting average. He also posted an impressive 4.11 K/BB ratio with a 1.09 WHIP. Nick Wittgren has a career 0.91 ERA in 75 pro games spanning 89 innings with a 6.8 H/9, 11.1 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9. Let that sink in a moment. This past season the 9th round pick of the 2012 draft posted a 0.77 ERA with 26 saves, 10 BB and 63 K in 58.1 IP. He only allowed 42 hits and 1 HR.
Notes: 20 year old Gabriel Ynoa was stretched out and continued to show outstanding control, only walking 16 batters over 135.2 innings. He struck out 106 and allowed 123 hits while posting a 2.72 ERA and 15-4 record. Rotation-mate Luis Cessa followed the same path, walking 19 in 130 innings with 124 K and a 3.12 ERA. He almost doubled his innings total from last year while reducing his walk rate 1.1% and striking out 7.7% more batters. (EDIT- Dilson Herrera added at #8, John Gant removed at #19)
Graduations - RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Jeurys Familia, CF Matt den Dekker
Notes: Mark Leiter started the year pitching for New Jersey Tech and was drafted in the 22nd round of this year's draft. He threw 11 impressive appearances out of the bullpen in the GCL (23 innings, 1.57 ERA) before making a 2 game stop at A+ Clearwater where he held his own then was then demoted to Low A Lakewood. On the year Leiter produced a 10 K/9 with 2.6 BB/9, and a 1.20 ERA in 45 innings. Carlos Tocci had a rough season but its almost to be expected of a 17 year old in full season ball. He only hit .209/.261/.249 with 17 doubles in 421 AB. He also posted a sub-par 3.5 K/BB ratio. I expect him to repeat next year at Low A Lakewood and show some type of progress.
Notes: Austin Voth split time between 3 levels after being drafted in the 5th round out of the University of Washington. He posted a 1.75 ERA this year over 11 starts with fantastic rate stats of 10.7 K/9, 1.2 BB/9 and 6.4 H/9. Randy Encarnacion (or Randy Novas on FanGraphs) was brilliant in a short sample in the GCL. He made 126 trips to the plate in his stateside debut and hit .349/.437/.523 for a 185 wRC+ and .455 wOBA (granted it was buoyed by an unsustainable .432 BABIP). He also showed much improved plate discipline with 16 walks to 25 strikeouts.
Graduations - 3B Anthony Rendon, RHP Taylor Jordan