10. Avery Romero– Second Base
Date of Birth: 5/11/1993
Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round (104th overall) of the 2012 draft
Romero is well regarded because of his bat. He’s pretty average across the board as far as tools go but his bat is a top of the order, number two hitter type of bat if he reaches his ceiling. He needs to continue to work on his hitting and swing but he has that potential to be a number two hitter and a pretty successful one if he can get there. His ETA is somewhere between 2017/18 depending on how he develops but he should see major league time someday. He’s a low B grade prospect.
9. Brian Anderson– Third Base
Date of Birth: 5/19/1993
Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round (76th overall) of the 2014 draft
Anderson had a poor 2014, but he still has two levels to improve. He needs to make the jump to AA successfully though, so this year is key for him. Anderson’s power was still apparent throughout the year as he had gap and home run power. If his bat shows up in AA he’s a top five prospect in this system, but for now there’s much uncertainty around him. Anderson doesn’t really have a position that could fit him at the major league level right now either. His bat has great potential, but he’s far away from his ceiling with a few question marks. He has a way to go and he needs to show up in 2016. He’s a low B grade prospect with a 2018 ETA.
8. Isael Soto– Outfield
Date of Birth: 11/2/1996
Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent 7/19/2013
Soto is 19 but hasn’t had much professional experience since signing, getting just 111 at-bats last year and only 173 the year before. We know Soto has power though, and a lot of it for a 19-year-old. That’s the intrigue behind Soto. He can stick in a corner outfield job and probably have a positive dWAR at the major league level with an arm that can gun runners down. Soto isn’t very polished, so his ceiling is far away, but of all the young prospects in this system, I’d say he has the best chance of reaching it, and that’s a good chance overall. Soto won’t crack the majors until 2019 at the earliest but he’s a B grade prospect with a high ceiling. If we see the bat pick up like it should, Miami has a young stud on their hands.
7. Austin Dean– Outfield
Date of Birth: 1/7/1997
Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round (85th overall) of the 2015 draft
Dean switched positions into the outfield early, and honestly with Miami’s influx of young and talented outfielders, I see Dean as trade bait for them. He’s a B grade prospect with an ETA of 2018, and he has a nice bat. He has a pretty swing and does a lot of things right with the bat. Dean just needs to continue to improve with the bat to make up for lack of other spectacular skills. He hits the ball hard and there’s a lot to like about his hitting style and numbers, which slots him right here on the list.
6. Stone Garrett– Outfield
Date of Birth: 11/22/1995
Acquired: Drafted in the 8th round (227th overall) of the 2014 draft
Garrett recently did an interview with Baseball Essential, and you should really go check out the nice work done by David Marcillo to see how good a person Garrett is. Outside of his makeup though, he has big power potential and he is a really good hitter. Garrett needs to hit a bit more at higher levels to prove that he’s the real deal, but he has a ceiling of an outfielder that could challenge 20-20 every year. He has nice extra base power too and it seems that Garrett’s athletic ability will let him stick in center field. He’s a high B grade prospect with an ETA of 2018.