20. Austin Nola– Shortstop
Date of Birth: 12/28/1989
Acquired: Drafted in the 5th round (167th overall) of the 2012 draft
The brother of Phillies starter Aaron Nola, Austin is a low C grade prospect that could make an impact as soon as 2016. He will never be a game changing player, but he hit at AAA and has a pretty good glove. He has a knack for getting on base, and could be a good utility infielder that carves out a decent career for himself. I saw Nola play when he was in Jupiter and he has the skills to hit at the top of the order when he’s hitting. He wasn’t the best player on the field, but he’s a good shortstop who can lead an infield. His bat will always be his most fringe tool, but he could get to the majors and make a career for himself with his solid skill set.
19. Austin Brice– Pitcher
Date of Birth: 6/19/1992
Acquired: Drafted in the 9th round (287th overall) of the 2010 draft
Call me Dave Dombrowski because I love power arms, even when they haven’t had much success yet. That’s the case with Brice, who has a big fastball and potential but hasn’t achieved very much of anything yet. He figures to start the 2016 season off in AAA, but he could reach the MLB as a reliever this year. He’s a lower C grade prospect. If he can’t get a handle on starting soon, a switch to the bullpen could make him into a valuable reliever with his fastball.
18. Chris Reed– Pitcher
Date of Birth: 5/20/1990
Acquired: Trade with LAD 7/15/15
Reed was the Dodgers first round pick in 2011 out of Stanford. At this point, his fastball is his only above average pitch, and his main issue is his command and control. If he can work out the issues he has, the Marlins have themselves a power bullpen arm, and a lefty one at that, which is a pretty nice commodity these days. The chances of that happening are lowering each year though and it’s really a make or break year for Reed to avoid being a bust. Less walks and a transition to a role he can handle will get this C grade prospect to the majors as soon as this year.
17. Colby Suggs– Pitcher
Date of Birth: 10/25/1991
Acquired: Drafted in the CBB round (287th overall) of the 2013 draft
Suggs was a reliever in college and figures to be a late innings guy at the major league level too. Suggs is another power arm, but he has a good curveball to mix in with his fastball. His command is around a normal level and he is a C grade prospect. Suggs biggest issue has been inconsistency mixed with injuries, as he was hurt most of 2015. If he can come back healthy this year and pitch to near his potential he’ll be on a faster track to the majors, which he could reach by 2017. Suggs needs to develop that consistency in his pitching game for him to reach the bigs though.
16. Anfernee Seymour– Shortstop
Date of Birth: 6/24/1995
Acquired: Drafted in the 7th round (197th overall) of the 2014 draft
Here’s a Jose Reyes comp, but he won’t be quite as good unless he really breaks his ceiling. Seymour has Reyes game down though. He’s an average defender with a strong-arm. He has a short but strong swing, also resembling Reyes’s. The biggest reason he likely won’t reach Reyes talent level is the bat, as he has less power than Reyes. Seymour could still be an average to above average MLB hitter though, and he’s an underrated prospect. His speed will carry him too, we are talking 50 stolen base potential, if not more. He’s a C grade prospect with an ETA of 2019.