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2010 Top 20 Florida Marlins Pre-Season Prospects in Review

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2010 Florida Marlins Top 20 Prospects in Review

Here is a review of the 2010 Marlins prospect list, originally published January 9th, 2010. THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE OLD LIST AND PRE-SEASON GRADES. THIS IS NOT A NEW LIST.  The 2011 list and new grades won't be ready until the season is over and I start writing the book.

1) Mike Stanton, OF, Grade A-:  .313/.442/.729 for Double-A Jacksonville, .259/.332/.519 in 52 games for the Marlins. I was concerned that he was being rushed, but despite his high strikeout rate he's held up very well in the majors.

2) Logan Morrison, 1B, Grade B+:  .313/.424/.502 in 73 games for Triple-A New Orleans and brief High-A Jupiter rehab assignment, .283/.356/.358 so far in 13 major league games. The power will come eventually.

3) Matt Dominguez, 3B, Grade B:  .251/.329/.412, 12 homers for Double-A Jacksonville. Bat is blah at this point, but defense continues to impress and he's still just 20 (21 later this month).

4) Chad James, LHP, Grade B:   4.96 ERA, 82/53 K/BB in 85 innings for Low-A Greensboro, 84 hits. Good K/rate and gets some grounders, but poor command has held him back this year.

5) Ryan Tucker, RHP, Grade B:  5.50 ERA, 33/31 K/BB in 54 innings, 66 hits combined between GCL Marlins, High-A Jupiter, and Triple-A New Orleans. Still held back by bad command, stock is dropping quickly for me.

6) Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Grade C+:  .290/.351/.455 in 105 games for the Marlins, 12 homers. A good rookie season.

7) Scott Cousins, OF, Grade C+:  .289/.335/.464 for New Orleans, 11 homers, 10 steals, 25 walks, 57 strikeouts in 343 at-bats. Does a little bit of everything, but I wish his OBP was higher.

8) Bryan Petersen, OF, Grade C+:  .260/.340/.336 for New Orleans, 2-for-24 in the majors. Power has vanished since he hit 23 homers in A-ball in 2008.

9) Kyle Skipworth, C, Grade C+:  .253/.319/.463 for Greensboro, 16 homers, 27 walks, 114 strikeouts. This is better than last year, but the BB/K ratio remains abysmal. Has thrown out 39% of runners, but passed ball and error rates are high.

10) Jake Smolinski, 3B, Grade C+:   .244/.303/.369 for Jupiter. Little power, no speed, production disappointing across the board.

11) Jhan Marinez, RHP, Grade C:  1.80 ERA, 10 saves between Jupiter and Jacksonville, 60/21 K/BB in 40 innings, just 21 hits. Three runs allowed in 2.2 major league innings so far. Love the K/IP and H/IP.

12) Isaac Galloway, OF, Grade C:   .200/.259/.290 in 30 games for Jupiter. On DL since May for a wrist injury.

13) Brad Hand, LHP, Grade C:   3.23 ERA, 120/42 K/BB in 125 innings for Jupiter, 133 hits. Much better than last year, with greatly improved control.

14) Garrett Parcell, RHP, Grade C:   3.98 ERA, 47/28 K/BB in 61 innings for Jacksonville, 61 hits, 1.44 GO/AO. Not bad, not great either.

15) Chris Leroux,RHP, Grade C:   20 innings between Jupiter, GCL Marlins, and New Orleans, 6.20 ERA with 14/5 K/BB and 23 hits.  15 major league innings, resulting in 6.60 ERA and 17/9 K/BB.  Given sample sizes, none of this means that much. He does get a lot of grounders, including a 2.25 GO/AO in the majors.

16) Steve Cishek, RHP, Grade C:   3.21 ERA, 48/22 K/BB in 53 innings between Jupiter and Jacksonville, 45 hits. Good year, not a great one.

17) Arquimedes Caminero, RHP, Grade C:  3.52 ERA for Greensboro, 86/30 K/BB in 64 innings, 51 hits. Love the strikeouts. If he lowers the walks next year he could blossom. Caveat: he's already 23.

18) Ramon Benjamin, LHP, Grade C:  3.66 ERA, 47/26 K/BB in 52 innings, 43 hits for Greensboro. Another decent but not great year, already 23.

19) Marcell Ozuna, OF, Grade C:  .257/.313/.514 for Jamestown in the New York-Penn League, 12 homers, 14 walks, 59 strikeouts in 179 at-bats. Power is obvious, but contact is a problem. Just 19.

20) Tom Koehler, RHP, Grade C:  2.85 ERA, 13-2, 117/41 K/BB in 133 innings for Jacksonville, 123 hits. No major problems here, nice numbers across the board, stuff is average but he knows how to use it.

Sanchez and Stanton have been strong in the majors, Morrison was great in Triple-A, while Hand, Marinez, and Koehler have all done very well on the pitching side. I'm about to give up on Tucker, and Dominguez and James have some things to prove next year. Skipworth's inability to make consistent contact undermines his other strengths.