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Miami Marlins Top 20 for 2017: Mid-season review

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Well, late-season really, but you know what I mean.

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Jarlin Garcia
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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Miami Marlins Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published January 26th, 2017.

1) Braxton Garrett, LHP, Grade B-/B: Age 20, first round pick in 2016 from high school in Alabama; threw 15 good innings in Low-A (2.93 ERA, 16/6 K/BB) until blowing out elbow and requiring Tommy John surgery.

2) Brian Anderson, 3B, Grade B-/C+: Age 24, third round pick in 2014 from University of Arkansas; hitting .271/.355/.483 between Double-A and Triple-A, showing more power this year, defense has also improved. Sleeper although an older prospect at this point.

3) Jarlin Garcia, LHP, Grade C+: Age 24, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2010; solid season out of major league bullpen, 3.43 ERA in 39 innings, 29/9 K/BB, 30 hits; capable of taking a larger role.

4) Isael Soto, OF, Grade C+: Age 20, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2013; hit .247/.320/.399 with nine homers, 43 walks, 115 strikeouts in 401 at-bats in Low-A in 2016 but has missed entire 2017 season with a broken foot.

5) Stone Garrett, OF, Grade C+: Age 21, eighth round pick in 2014 from high school in Texas; hitting .212/.257/.314 with four homers, 21 walks, 126 strikeouts in 373 at-bats in High-A; I liked him a lot in the 2015 New York-Penn League but he has been unable to transition successfully to full-season ball, hampered by injuries and serious contact problems.

6) Tyler Kolek, RHP, Grade C+: Age 21, first round pick in 2014 from high school in Texas, missed 2016 with Tommy John surgery; working his way back but has shown horrendous command problems in rookie ball rehab, walking 14 in 3.2 innings of work with a 29.45 ERA.

7) Dillon Peters, LHP, Grade C+: Age 24, 10th round pick from University of Texas in 2014; has missed time with injuries but effective when healthy, with 1.97 ERA in 50 innings, 43/13 K/BB, 35 hits between rehab work and Double-A.

8) Edward Cabrera, RHP, Grade C+: Age 19, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2015; raw arm but throws hard, 5.97 ERA in 29 innings in NY-P, 28/7 K/BB, 37 hits; throws strikes but secondary pitches erratic and he’s too hittable at present.

9) Thomas Jones, OF, Grade C+: Age 19, third round pick in 2016 from high school in South Carolina; hitting .198/.330/.297 in the NY-P, draws walks but strikes out a lot, hasn’t tapped the power in his 6-4, 195 frame; he does have 70-speed but needs to use that better, too.

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Drew Steckenrider
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10) Drew Steckenrider, RHP, Grade C+: Age 26, eighth round pick in 2012 from University of Tennessee; 2.20 ERA in 16 major league innings, 23/6 K/BB, highly competent major league reliever.

11) Austin Dean, OF, Grade C+/C: Age 23, 4th round pick in 2012 from high school in Texas, missed two months with injuries but effective when healthy, hitting .304/.337/.449 in 158 at-bats in Double-A; probably a tweener long-term.

12) Jeff Brigham, RHP, Grade C+/C: Age 25, fourth round pick by Dodgers in 2014, traded to Marlins in Mat Latos transaction; quite old to be in High-A but has performed well while fighting a spine injury, 2.90 ERA in 59 innings, 53/20 K/BB.

13) Cody Poteet, RHP, Grade C+/C: Age 23, fourth round pick in 2015 from UCLA, another guy with injury issues who was pretty good when on the mound, 3.68 ERA in 78 innings between High-A and rehab work, 43/23 K/BB, capable of better.

14) Andy Beltre, RHP, Grade C+/C: Age 24, signed by Marlins out of Dominican Republic in 2010; can hit 95-99, another relief candidate for the future with 2.44 ERA in 44 innings between High-A and Double-A, 56/16 K/BB.

15) Tayron Guerrero, RHP, Grade C+/C: Age 26, signed by Padres out of Colombia back in 2009, came over to Marlins in Andrew Cashner deal; another hard thrower with command issues, on prospect lists for years, in 2017 has 4.55 ERA in 30 innings with 35/24 K/BB at High-A/Double-A/Triple-A while dealing with a foot injury.

16) Destin Hood, OF, Grade C+/C: Age 27, former second round pick by Nationals back in 2008; hitting decently in Triple-A at .260/.349/.498 with 14 homers in 319 at-bats but on disabled list since mid-June with undisclosed injury.

17) Sam Perez, RHP, Grade C+/C: Age 22, fifth round pick in 2016 from Missouri State University; 6.21 ERA in 31 bullpen innings in Low-A; sent down to NY-P in June and has been strong as a starter, 1.70 ERA in 53 innings, 35/9 K/BB.

18) Jose Quijada, LHP, Grade C/C+: Age 21, Venezuelan lefty signed in 2013; posted 3.62 ERA in 50 innings between High-A and Double-A, 56/17 K/BB, another potential bullpen arm.

19) Humberto Mejia, RHP, Grade C/C+: Age 20, Panamanian signed in 2013; hasn’t pitched this year but not listed as injured.

20) James Nelson, 3B, Grade C/C+: Age 19, 15th round pick in 2016 from Cisco Junior College in Texas; good season with .312/.359/.457 line in 359 at-bats in Low-A, albeit with 100 strikeouts and a fairly sharp home/road split via friendly Greensboro; currently on DL with “hamstring spasm” which sounds painful.

Remember this is the pre-season list. I’m trying to finish the reviews as quickly as possible.