Miami Marlins Top 20 Prospects

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Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America

15. Nick Wittgren– Pitcher

Date of Birth: 5/29/1991
Height/Weight: 6’3/210
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 9th round (287th overall) of the 2012 draft

We reach another relief pitcher here, but the most polished one yet. Wittgren uses his pitch ability and mechanics to get outs. He could profile as a really good middle reliever because of these skills. He probably won’t pitch in a ton of high leverage situations because his stuff is only slightly above average at best. He could be a useful middle reliever one day and has a decent chance at reaching his ceiling. He’s a C grade prospect with an ETA of 2017.

14. Tomas Telis– Catcher

Date of Birth: 6/18/1991
Height/Weight: 5’8/215
Bats/Throws: Switch/Right
Acquired: Trade with TEX 7/31/15

Telis reminds me a of a young version of Brayan Pena. He hits really well, projects as a platoon catcher, fields well for his size along with having a decent arm, and he doesn’t walk or hit a ton of homers. He’ll be a productive player in the majors, but I’m not convinced he can start everyday. He struggled in his very first cup of coffee at the major league level. He was acquired in a trade with Texas, but he’s a higher C grade prospect that has already reached the majors and should platoon with J.T. Realmuto this year.

13. Isaiah White– Outfield

Date of Birth: 1/7/1997
Height/Weight: 6’0/170
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round (85th overall) of the 2015 draft

A toolsy, fast, young outfielder with potential. That potential relies mostly on what White’s bat will do. Luckily for him he isn’t even expected to reach the majors until 2019 at the earliest. White will have time to develop and could develop into a very well-rounded prospect and decent outfielder. For now, his fielding and speed pop out, but his bat could very well come around following an impressive start to his professional career. We are now entering the land of higher C grade prospects, and White has a higher ceiling because he is young. He’s a guy who could gradually climb up this list.

12. Jordan Holloway– Pitcher

Date of Birth: 6/13/1996
Height/Weight: 6’4/190
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 20th round (587th overall) of the 2014 draft

Holloway got no love last year from MLB Pipeline, but Baseball America sees him as a top 10 prospect. Holloway is a raw lefty, but he has the tools to become a good lefty in time. The Marlins need to give him time to develop league by league though. His biggest challenge is to continue to build command and lessen the walks at each level. He has the power arm to get the strikeouts and outs, but he needs to continue to develop command and secondary pitches to accompany his fastball. I like his chances though. High C grade with a chance to crack the majors by 2019.

11. J.T. Riddle– Shortstop

Date of Birth: 10/21/1991
Height/Weight: 6’3/180
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Acquired: Drafted in the 13th round (382nd overall) of the 2013 draft

Riddle is close to his ceiling and earned a successful in season promotion, which are all very promising things. His skill set is that of a very average shortstop though, which prevents him from cracking the top 1o for me. He doesn’t have much power at all despite a bat that can hit above average. His arm and speed are both good, but they aren’t anything super special. Riddle could reach the majors by the end of this year and he could play all around the infield because he won’t be dethroning Adeiny. He’s a solid left-handed hitter though and a high C to low B grade prospect.

One Response

  1. Charles

    Based on last year numbers and projection, I see Stone Garrett ranking in top 2 of the organization.


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