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Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 70. Curveball: 55. Control: 60
TRACK RECORD: Signed originally by the Phillies for $35,000 in July 2015, Sanchez was part of the return the Marlins received when they traded away J.T. Realmuto after the 2018 season. After Sanchez pitched just 46.2 innings at high Class A in his final season with the Phillies due to right elbow inflammation, the Marlins eased him into his first season in their organization. He pitched a combined 114 innings at high Class A and Double-A, where he went 8-4, 2.53 with 97 strikeouts and 19 walks. In 2020, Sanchez made his big league debut in late August and quickly became a fixture in the Marlins’ rotation. Sanchez impressed enough to earn a steady spot in the playoff rotation along with Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez.
SCOUTING REPORT: Sanchez’s headlining pitch is a double-plus fastball with solid life that averaged nearly 99 mph— the third-highest velocity in the majors in 2020. He touched triple-digits eight times, peaking at 101 mph. Sanchez also throws a two- seamer in the upper 90s with powerful sink. He made great strides with his changeup, his most frequently thrown offspeed pitch. The double-plus offering has solid dive and proved equally tough against lefties and righties, who hit .152 and .145 against the pitch, respectively. His power slider has plus potential, as does a curveball with solid break he used as an additional out pitch. Sanchez is an advanced strike-thrower with a smooth, clean delivery who pitches with a quick yet composed pace. Injury concerns about his elbow have quieted, and he exhibited some of the same plus or better control he did in the minors during his first major league season. Consistency will be key for Sanchez, who struck out 8.2 and walked 1.4 per nine innings during his first five starts and a 3-to-1 strikeout-towalk ratio overall. Those numbers somewhat masked a tough finish to the season during which he allowed nine earned runs in seven innings, with six walks and four strikeouts.
THE FUTURE: After bypassing Triple-A with no minor league season in 2020, Sanchez demonstrated the composure of an ace in his major league debut and appears ready to open 2021 with a regular spot in the rotation. Sanchez was already slotted among the Marlins’ top three starters during the 2020 playoffs and should remain a frontline starter if he continues to progress in spring training. Sanchez has the highest upside of any pitcher in the organization, perhaps even perennial all-star potential, with continued development of his fastball command and control of his secondary pitches.
Hitting: 60.Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.
TRACK RECORD: The Marlins drafted Bleday fourth overall in 2019 and signed him for a franchise-record $6.67 million after he led Vanderbilt to a national championship his junior season and led the nation with 27 home runs. Following his pro debut at high Class A Jupiter in 2019, Bleday was slated to play in Double-A in 2020. Instead he faced the organization’s top-level pitchers at the alternate training site.
SCOUTING REPORT: Bleday uses a fluid swing and solid bat speed to project as a middle-of-the-order hitter with plus power from the left side. He also shows above-average defense and arm strength. Bleday made positive strides when it came to his outfield reads and jumps, according to scouts, while playing both corner spots as well as center field. Bleday has the fundamentally sound mechanics and speed to handle center but still projects as a corner outfielder, most likely in right field. He also shows above-average strike-zone discipline that complements his above-average defensive skills and average-to-above speed on the bases.
THE FUTURE: Bleday could start the 2021 season at Double-A. He has a chance to fast-track to Miami and secure a starting corner outfield spot before the end of the season.
Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 55. Control: 55
TRACK RECORD: The Marlins surprised many when they chose Meyer with the third overall pick and made him the first pitcher selected in the 2020 draft. Meyer, a two-time member of USA Baseball’s Collegiate National team, signed for $6.7 million—a franchise record even at $520,000 under slot value. After opening his collegiate career as a closer and recording a school-record 16 saves as a freshman, Meyer moved into Minnesota’s rotation and posted 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings as a sophomore before dominating in an abbreviated junior campaign.
SCOUTING REPORT: A natural strike-thrower with elite athleticism and explosiveness, Meyer is armed with a double-plus slider and fastball. He throws both with above-average control and a nearly effortless delivery. He throws his slider in the 92-93 mph range with excellent movement and depth. Meyer’s four-seamer touched 100 mph in college and averages 95-98 with solid sink. He complements those pitches with a mid-80s changeup that has above-average potential.
THE FUTURE: Meyer has a chance to rise quickly after showing he could hold his own against older hitters at the alternate training site. His future as a starter or reliever depends on the development of his changeup as a reliable third pitch.
Hitting: 45.Power: 60. Run: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.
TRACK RECORD: Chisholm signed with the D-backs for $200,000 in July 2015 and hit 53 home runs combined at low Class A, high Class A and Double-A. The Marlins acquired him at the 2019 trade deadline for righthander Zac Gallen. After the deal, Chisholm hit .284 with an .877 OPS at Double-A Jacksonville and lowered his strikeout rate by more than 8%. He began the 2020 season at the alternate training site and made his major league debut on Sept. 1.
SCOUTING REPORT: Chisholm has impressive raw tools on both sides of the ball. His smooth, uppercut swing generates solid bat speed and plus power, but his extremely aggressive approach leads to lots of swings and misses. He had a 31% strikeout rate and .107 batting average against fastballs in his debut. Chisholm is a twitchy, rangy athlete who displayed above-average defense, speed and arm strength at both shortstop and second base in the majors. His mix of speed and power gives him a chance to be a 20-20 player if he can make enough contact.
THE FUTURE: Chisholm has shown the ability to refine his approach and lower his strikeout rate in the past. He should earn a place on the Marlins’ 2021 roster and is on track to be Miami’s everyday shortstop as early by 2022 .
Fastball: 70. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 50
TRACK RECORD: The Marlins signed Cabrera for $100,000 in 2015. He progressed steadily and broke out in 2019, when he went 9-4, 2.23 with 116 strikeouts and 31 walks in 96.2 innings while climbing to Double-A. Cabrera was a candidate to make his major league debut in 2020 but dealt with arm and back injuries that halted a potential callup.
SCOUTING REPORT: Cabrera’s main weapon is a double-plus, upper-90s fastball with solid sink that can touch 100 mph. That power pitch helped him induce a 49.5% groundball rate at Double-A and prevents batters from making hard contact in the air. Cabrera’s main secondary is a plus curveball with added depth that has become a solid swing-and-miss pitch. The key to proving himself as a starter will be the development of his changeup, which has showed improved separation from his fastball. Cabrera walked more than three batters per nine innings in Double-A in 2019 and must improve his control, but he has shown an improved, repeatable delivery.
THE FUTURE: Cabrera has a high ceiling that could make him anywhere from a No. 2 to No. 4 starter, depending on how he commands his secondary pitches. He should start 2021 at Triple-A with a chance for a quick callup.
Fastball: 55. Slider: 55. Cutter: 50. Changeup: 55. Control: 50
TRACK RECORD: The Marlins drafted Rogers 13th overall in 2017 and signed him for an under-slot $3.4 million. He struggled in his debut season at low Class A Greensboro, but broke out in 2019 with a 2.90 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 136 innings at high Class A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. The Marlins called up Rogers on Aug. 25 ahead of other top pitching prospects in the system, and he maintained his rotation spot the rest of the year.
SCOUTING REPORT: Rogers uses a smooth, repeatable delivery to command his solid repertoire of above-average pitches. His fastball averaged 93-94 mph and topped out at 97 with an excellent spin rate of 2,426 rpms in the majors. Rogers tweaked the grip on his slider and exhibited noticeable improvement that prompted his early promotion. Rogers also added a cutter to his arsenal last offseason. One of the biggest keys to his success is a changeup with 5.3 inches more vertical break than average. His varied arsenal, combined with above-average control, helped him record three times as many strikeouts as walks in his big league debut.
THE FUTURE: Rogers handled himself well in the majors. He is in position to earn a spot at the back of the rotation coming out of spring training or perhaps after a brief Triple-A stint.
Hitting: 50.Power: 60. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: Diaz signed with the Twins for $1.4 million in 2013 but failed to advance past high Class A for five years due to injuries and inconsistency. He finally broke through in 2019 and was acquired by the Marlins for closer Sergio Romo and pitching prospect Chris Vallimont. Diaz’s production slipped after the trade, but he still made the Marlins’ 60-man player pool in 2020 and received his first big league callup in August.
SCOUTING REPORT: Diaz is a lefthanded power hitter who can drive the ball to all fields. Even when he’s not hitting home runs, he has a knack for racking up extra-base hits. He totaled 27 homers, 33 doubles and two triples in 2019, taking many of them to left or left-center field. Diaz doesn’t walk much but doesn’t strike out at a high rate, either. The Marlins have long felt Diaz’s defense at first base was well above-average and major league-ready. Diaz gave them a glimpse at the position while showing off his strong arm and solid mechanics around the bag in his 14-game debut.
THE FUTURE: Diaz’s plus defense at first base and potential middle-of-the-order power make him the Marlins’ first baseman of the future. He will have a chance to secure the everyday job as early as 2021.
Hitting: 45.Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.
TRACK RECORD: Sanchez signed with the Rays for $400,000 in 2014 and rose all the way to Triple-A in 2019. The Marlins acquired him along with reliever Ryne Stanek for righthanders Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards at the 2019 trade deadline. Sanchez hit respectably the rest of the year at Triple-A New Orleans and made the Marlins’ 60-man player pool in 2020. The Marlins called him up from the alternate training site to make his major league debut in August.
SCOUTING REPORT: Sanchez generates plenty of bat speed and uses plus raw power to drive the ball to all fields, but he needs more polish as a hitter to go with his outstanding handeye coordination. The 6-foot-3 lefthanded hitter has a very pullheavy approach and struggles with premium velocity, especially on the inner half of the plate. Sanchez’s shortcomings were evident during his brief major league stint, when he went 1-for-25 with 11 strikeouts and lost focus and discipline in his approach. Sanchez is a solid defender whose average speed and above-average arm project on an outfield corner.
THE FUTURE: After an ugly major league debut, Sanchez could use more time at Triple-A before returning to the majors. He projects to join JJ Bleday as one of the Marlins’ starting corner outfielders of the future.
Fastball: 50. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 55
TRACK RECORD: The Marlins drafted Garrett with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016 and went above slot to sign him for $4.1 million. His first season was cut short after he had Tommy John surgery, but he returned to the mound in 2019 and held up over 107 innings while climbing to Double-A. The Marlins added him to their 60-man player pool in 2020 and called him in September up for his first two major league starts.
SCOUTING REPORT: Garrett’s arsenal is fronted by low-80s curveball with great depth that is considered the best in the Marlins’ system. It’s a swing-and-miss pitch that had immediate success in the majors and is a consensus plus offering. Garrett’s fastball previously averaged 92-95 mph but dipped to the 88-90 range in the majors, which led to the pitch getting crushed. He also throws an average changeup that is effective against righthanders. Garrett exhibits above-average control and command of all three pitches but had to nibble in the majors with his decreased velocity.
THE FUTURE: Garrett’s velocity dip was concerning, but he had barely pitched in Double-A and needs more time in the minors. He is a candidate to land a spot on the back end of the rotation in the coming years.
Hitting: 55.Power: 30. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
TRACK RECORD: Devers originally signed with the Yankees for $250,000 and was traded to the Marlins with righthander Jorge Guzman and second baseman Starlin Castro in the deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York. Devers’ rise through the system has been hindered by shoulder, forearm and groin injuries, but he performed well in the Arizona Fall League in 2019 after hitting a combined .322 in 177 at-bats while rising to high Class A.
SCOUTING REPORT: Devers needs to add weight and strength to his wiry frame, but he projects as a plus hitter who consistently makes solid contact with a low 15% strikeout rate in 2019. He barreled the ball consistently facing older pitchers at the alternate training site, a development that solidified his standing as the best pure hitter in the Marlins’ system. Devers’ power will likely always remain well below-average, but his batto-ball skills give him a chance to become a top-of-the lineup option in the major leagues. He’s a plus runner who enhances his offensive game as an efficient basestealer. Devers is a plus defender at shortstop with range and instincts that make up for his average arm.
THE FUTURE: Devers has struggled to stay healthy and must show that he can. He is poised for a jump to Double-A.
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