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  1. 1. Sixto Sanchez | RHP
    Sixto Sanchez
    Born: Jul 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 234
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Carlos Salas (Phillies).

    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.

  2. 2. JJ Bleday | OF
    JJ Bleday
    Born: Nov 10, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 197
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Christian Castorri.

    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.

  3. 3. Max Meyer | RHP
    Max Meyer
    Born: Mar 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Minnesota, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Shaeffer Hall.

    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.

  4. 4. Jazz Chisholm | SS
    Jazz Chisholm
    Born: Feb 1, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 184
    Drafted/Signed: Bahamas, 2015.
    Signed By: Craig Shipley (D-backs).

    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 .

  5. 5. Edward Cabrera | RHP
    Edward Cabrera
    Born: Apr 13, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Sandy Nin/Domingo Ortega.

    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.

  6. 6. Trevor Rogers | LHP
    Trevor Rogers
    Born: Nov 13, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 217
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Carlsbad, N.M., 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Scott Stanley.

    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.

  7. 7. Lewin Diaz | 1B
    Lewin Diaz
    Born: Nov 19, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 217
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2013.
    Signed By: Fred Guerrero (Twins).

    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.

  8. 8. Jesus Sanchez | OF
    Jesus Sanchez
    Born: Oct 7, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 222
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Danny Santana (Rays).

    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.

  9. 9. Braxton Garrett | LHP
    Braxton Garrett
    Born: Aug 5, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Florence, Ala., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mark Willoughby.

    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.

  10. 10. Jose Devers | SS
    Jose Devers
    Born: Dec 7, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario (Yankees).

    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.

  11. 11. Monte Harrison | OF
    Monte Harrison
    Born: Aug 10, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Lee's Summit, Mo., 2014 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Drew Anderson (Brewers).

    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins acquired Harrison as part of the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers before the 2018 season. Harrison had a rough debut in the Marlins' system with 215 strikeouts at Double-A Jacksonville, but he rebounded with a solid showing at Triple-A the following year. The Marlins called Harrison up for his major league debut in 2020, when he had a chance to earn playing time in center field but instead hit .170 with 26 strikeouts in 51 plate appearances.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Harrison is a physical, explosive athlete with plus-plus raw power and speed, plus arm strength and the ability to play all three outfield positions. The issue is he struggles to make contact. He's made multiple adjustments to level out his swing throughout his career but still strikes out prodigiously. He is prone to chasing outside the strike zone and, even when doesn't chase, swings and misses way too frequently against all types of pitches in the strike zone. With his current approach and swing, Harrison projects as a well below-average hitter, at best, who will struggle to turn his raw power into production.

    THE FUTURE: Harrison's high strikeout rate dampens his tantalizing tools. Whether he can stick on a major league roster in any capacity hinges on him figuring things out at the plate and making more contact.

  12. 12. Dax Fulton | LHP
    Dax Fulton
    Born: Oct 16, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mustang, Okla., 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: James Vilade.

    TRACK RECORD: Fulton was considered one of the top high school lefthanders in the 2020 draft class, but he hurt his elbow trying out for USA Baseball's 18U national team and had Tommy John surgery that wiped out his senior year. The Marlins still drafted him 40th overall and signed him for $2.4 million to pass up an Oklahoma commitment. Fulton began throwing bullpens in the fall and returned to the mound in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: With a tall and athletic frame, Fulton is a consistent strike-thrower with his threepitch mix. His fastball sits 89-93 mph and should tick up as he continues to rehab. The gem of his arsenal is a plus, high-spin curveball he can throw with power and depth. Fulton doesn't use his mid-80s changeup often, but he shows some feel for the offering and it projects as an average pitch. His delivery and arm action looked solid during his rehab work in the fall, providing optimism he'll stay healthy.

    THE FUTURE: Fulton has the highest upside of any lefthander in the Marlins' system. He'll make his pro debut in 2021 and try to build innings.

  13. 13. Kameron Misner | OF
    Kameron Misner
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 219
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Joe Dunigan.

    TRACK RECORD: Misner hit .301 with 21 home runs and 50 stolen bases during his three years at Missouri, but struggled his final season due to strikeout issues. The Marlins still drafted him 35th overall in 2019 and signed him for $2.115 million. Misner made a solid pro debut, hitting .270 with two home runs and 11 steals in 163 combined at-bats in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and at low Class A Clinton.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Misner struggled with falling behind in counts early in his career, but his combination of plus power and above average speed, fielding and arm strength give him well-rounded potential. Misner generates plenty of bat speed using a balanced swing from the left side that produced increased power last fall in Jupiter. His speed makes him a possible 30-30 player with the defensive tools to play all three outfield positions.

    THE FUTURE: The original plan in 2020 was for Misner to start at high Class A Jupiter. His continued progress could mean a quick rise through the system with an eye toward a 2022 debut.

  14. 14. Connor Scott | OF
    Connor Scott
    Born: Oct 8, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Tampa, Fla. 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Donavan O'Dowd (Marlins).

    TRACK RECORD: Scott was the Marlins' first draft pick of the Derek Jeter/Bruce Sherman era and signed as the 13th overall pick for $4.03 million out of Plant High in Tampa, the alma mater of Pete Alonso and Kyle Tucker in recent years. Scott was pushed quickly, ascending to high Class A Jupiter at age 19.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Scott has plenty of tools but is still learning how to get them to play in games. He struggled early with plate discipline and lifting the ball but has since shown improvement in both areas, allowing him to start tapping into his 15-20 home run potential. He has continued to refine his approach and make strides toward impacting the ball more consistently in order to be an average hitter. Scott's plus speed makes him a base-stealing threat and his above average defensive skills project well at all three outfield positions. His plus arm strength projects well in right field, but his overall tools would make him an average to above average center fielder.

    THE FUTURE: Scott remains should see the upper levels in 2021. He'll aim to continue his offensive strides in hopes of becoming an everyday outfielder.

  15. 15. Nick Neidert | RHP
    Nick Neidert
    Born: Nov 20, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Suwanee, Ga., 2015 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Dustin Evans (Mariners).

    TRACK RECORD: A second-round pick of the Mariners in 2015, the Marlins acquired Neidert as part of the trade that sent Dee Gordon to Seattle in 2017. Neidert made it to Triple-A New Orleans in 2019 before having surgery to repair his meniscus. He returned with an impressive five-start performance at the Arizona Fall League and made his Marlins debut in 2020, compiling a 5.40 ERA in four games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Neidert shows command of his 90-92 mph fastball and relies on that command to succeed. He can locate the pitch to both sides of the plate with late movement and often uses it as a complement--rather than as his primary offering--to his plus changeup and average slider. His curveball is still a work in progress. Neidert's solid, repeatable delivery creates good deception with his three-pitch mix to keep hitters off-balance.

    THE FUTURE: Neidert's ceiling is a back-end starter or long reliever, but he's ready now and will be a part of the Marlins' pitching staff in 2021.

  16. 16. Peyton Burdick | OF
    Peyton Burdick
    Born: Feb 26, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Wright State, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Nate Adcock.

    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins appear to have found a hidden gem in Burdick, whom they signed below-slot for $397,500 after choosing him with the 82nd overall pick in 2019. Burdick earned Horizon League Player of the Year honors that season after returning from Tommy John surgery and proceeded to slash .308/.407/.542 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs combined at short-season Batavia and low Class A Clinton.

    SCOUTING REPORT: One of the quickest risers in the Marlins' system, Burdick has put himself in the thick of the club's next wave of potential outfielders. His strength is his combination of above-average power to all fields and average to above-average hit tool. Following his impressive season at Clinton, he continued to impact the ball consistently during his work at the alternate training site to solidify himself as a potential impact hitter. Burdick has an above-average arm along average speed. He should be an average defender in either corner outfield spot.

    THE FUTURE: Burdick might end up the best of the Marlins' outfield prospects. If he continues to add power and maintain consistency in his swing and approach, he should be an everyday player.

  17. 17. Kyle Nicolas | RHP
    Kyle Nicolas
    Born: Feb 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 223
    Drafted/Signed: Ball State, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Joe Dunigan.

    TRACK RECORD: The nephew of former NFL quarterback Todd Blackledge, Nicolas averaged 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings in four starts during his final season at Ball State before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the college season. The Marlins drafted him with the 61st overall pick and signed him for $1,129,700. Nicolas made his Marlins debut in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nicolas was one of the hardest throwers in the 2020 draft, with a plus-plus fastball that sits 96 mph and frequently touches 100 mph. Nicolas has a deceptive, above-average slider that can sometimes touch 90 mph, but there are concerns that he'll be nothing more than a high-leverage reliever unless he can continue to develop his curveball or changeup. Both are fringy to below average offerings, at best. He has the average control to remain a starter if he can find that third offering.

    THE FUTURE: Scouts are split whether Nicolas projects as a starter or reliever. His pro debut in 2021 will be telling.

  18. 18. Jerar Encarnacion | OF
    Jerar Encarnacion
    Born: Oct 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 239
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Sandy Nin.

    TRACK RECORD: A former basketball player in the Dominican Republic, Encarnacion got a late start in baseball and signed with the Marlins at age 18 in for $78,000. He had a breakout 2019 in with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs at low Class A Clinton and high Class A Jupiter. He hit three more home runs at the Arizona Fall League, including a grand slam in the championship game.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Encarnacion's high strikeout rate was alarming entering 2019, but he was able to lower it from 31% the previous two seasons to 25.3%. His closed stance from the right side generates plenty of power to all fields and his plate discipline on offspeed pitches and breaking balls showed improvement. He likely won't be more than a fringe-average hitter, but his above-average power should make him an offensive contributor. Encarnacion has average speed and is an average defender in right field. His plus arm helped him notch 20 outfield assists in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: How Encarnacion refines his approach and plate discipline will dictate how far he climbs. He should see Double-A in 2021.

  19. 19. Griffin Conine | OF
    Griffin Conine
    Born: Jul 11, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 213
    Drafted/Signed: Duke, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jason Beverlin (Blue Jays).

    TRACK RECORD: The son of "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine joined his father's former team when the Blue Jays traded him to the Marlins for Jonathan Villar at the 2020 trade deadline. Conine was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for the stimulant ritalinic acid the previous year, but still led the low Class A Midwest League with 22 home runs despite playing just 80 games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Conine has used his quick bat and plus raw power to display plus power to all fields at every stop. The amount he swings and misses is alarming, however, with a 36% strikeout rate against low Class A competition. Conine primarily struggles when pitchers attack him up in the zone. He did show improvement during instructional league in 2020, but he still projects as a fringe-average hitter, at best. Conine is a below-average runner but covers enough ground to be an average defender in right field.

    THE FUTURE: Conine will be challenged by better pitching in 2021. How he handles it will determine if he can hit enough to be an everyday major leaguer.

  20. 20. Nasim Nunez | SS
    Nasim Nunez
    Born: Aug 18, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 158
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Suwanee, Ga. 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Christian Castorri.

    TRACK RECORD: One of the top defensive shortstops in the 2019 draft, Nunez was taken 46th overall by the Marlins and signed for $2.2 million. The Marlins brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and he continued to see game action at instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nunez's defensive skills and instincts at shortstop are advanced. His plus speed gives him plenty of range and his plus arm makes him a lock to stay at the position. He has a tendency to make highlight-worthy plays. Nunez makes contact at the plate but his power is well below-average and limits his ability to impact the ball. He struggled primarily against righthanders during his first pro action. Nunez shows a patient approach and uses his speed to steal bases when he gets on, but he has a long way to go to be an average hitter. The Marlins expect him to develop more offensive consistency and impact the ball solidly to all fields as he matures.

    THE FUTURE: Already considered one of the top defensive shortstops in the organization, Nunez's offensive development will determine whether he becomes an everyday shortstop.

  21. 21. Jose Salas | SS
    Jose Salas
    Born: Apr 26, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 191
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol.

    TRACK RECORD: Salas grew up in Orlando, Fla., but moved to Venezuela before high school and signed with the Marlins for $2.8 million during the 2019 international signing period. His father, uncle and grandfather all played pro ball in Venezuela. The Marlins planned for Salas to begin his career in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, but he was limited to instructional league in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A fast-twitch athlete with plus speed and an above-average arm, Salas has raw defensive tools that will play well at shortstop. He has a projectable frame that gives him a chance to add strength and power at the plate, although scouts feel he needs to develop more consistency and fluidity in his swing as he matures. Salas has a chance to hit for average and possesses average power, but he's a long way from fulfilling those projections.

    THE FUTURE: Salas will make his pro debut in 2021. His offensive development will determine whether he becomes an everyday shortstop.

  22. 22. Jorge Guzman | RHP
    Jorge Guzman
    Born: Jan 28, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 246
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Oz Ocampo/Ramon Ocumarez/Francis Mojica (Astros).

    TRACK RECORD: Guzman signed with the Astros for $22,500 in 2014. He has been traded twice, first to the Yankees in the Brian McCann deal and later to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. Guzman made a brief yet forgettable major league debut in 2020 when he gave up a pair of home runs and walked a batter in one inning of relief.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Guzman has a solid delivery that produces a lot of velocity and a downhill plane, but has struggled with timing issues and thus below-average control. His double-plus fastball is consistently in the 96-98 mph range and tops 100 mph. Guzman learned to locate it better up in the zone at Double-A Jacksonville and developed his slider, which breaks hard and down to the plate. His changeup is an average pitch. Guzman struggled with command and control of all three pitches in his short major league stint and must find a way to achieve consistency.

    THE FUTURE: Guzman has a chance to be a hard-throwing reliever but will need to improve his control. He should return to the Marlins at some point in 2021.

  23. 23. Yiddi Cappe | SS
    Yiddi Cappe
    Born: Sep 17, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: By age, Cuban shortstop Yiddi Cappe was eligible to sign in the 2019 class. However, with teams having already committed such large chunks of their bonus pools to other players by the time Cappe became eligible to sign, he instead opted to wait an extra year (or what turned out to be an extra 18 months) to sign with the Marlins in the 2020 class when the new bonus pools kicked in on Jan. 15, 2021.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cappe is a lanky, thin-framed 6-foot-3 shortstop with athletic, quick-twitch actions, particularly in the field, with the ingredients to develop into a plus defender. He's a slick defender with quick, soft hands who is light on his feet, especially for his size. Cappe moves around with ease at shortstop, showing good body control and actions, with a quick transfer to a plus arm and smooth turns on the double-play pivot. He's an above-average runner for now, though he could lose a step as he fills out. Cappe stands out the most for his defense, as a long-levered hitter who needs more work to be on time and in sync at the plate.

    THE FUTURE: The strength he's added over the past year has helped his bat speed and ability to drive the ball with more impact during batting practice, showing the potential for 20-plus home runs at a premium defensive position.

  24. 24. Zach McCambley | RHP
    Zach McCambley
    Born: May 4, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Coastal Carolina, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Blake Newsome.

    TRACK RECORD: Undrafted out of high school because of a knee injury, McCambley pitched both as a starter and reliever at Coastal Carolina. He impressed with a 1.74 ERA in the Cape Cod League the summer before his junior year and carried it through the abbreviated 2020 college season. The Marlins drafted him in the third round and signed him for $775,000.

    SCOUTING REPORT: McCambley has a deceptive delivery and fast-paced tempo on the mound. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and can touch 96 mph, and his ability to improve his command will determine whether it becomes a plus offering. He throws a plus curveball with a high spin rate and bite in the upper-70s. The lack of a third pitch has many scouts believing McCambley will be a high-leverage reliever instead of a starter in the majors. His fringe-average control further points to a relief future.

    THE FUTURE: McCambley will remain a starter for now. How much he develops a third pitch and improves his control will determine if he stays there.

  25. 25. Evan Fitterer | RHP
    Evan Fitterer
    Born: Jun 26, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 192
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Aliso Viejo, Calif., 2019 (5th round).
    Signed By: Eric Brock.

    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins swayed Fitterer from his UCLA commitment with an above-slot $1.5 million signing bonus as a fifth-round pick in 2019. He made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and impressed with a 2.38 ERA. The Marlins brought him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Fitterer has four pitches that all project as average or better offerings. His fastball sits 91-94 mph with solid sink and cut that induces ground balls consistently. He complements it with an upper-70s curveball that could become a plus pitch in time, as well as a sharp slider that has solid separation from his curveball and an average changeup with good sink. He ties it all together with average control and a polished delivery.

    THE FUTURE: Fitterer projects as a possible mid-to-back-of-the-rotation starter. He still has a long way to go and will make his full-season debut in 2021.

  26. 26. Jordan Holloway | RHP
    Jordan Holloway
    Born: Jun 13, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Arvada, Colo., 2014 (20th round).
    Signed By: Scott Stanley.

    TRACK RECORD: Holloway signed for $400,000 in 2014 but didn't advance past low Class A for his first five years due largely to injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2017. He returned and vaulted all the way to the majors in 2020, but his stint was cut short after one appearance when he contracted Covid-19 early in the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Marlins remain high on Holloway despite his struggles with consistent fastball command. He possesses a plus fastball that sits 96-97 mph and can exceed 100 mph. He has worked to limit excess movement and simplify his delivery in order to improve his control. He has a plus curveball he also struggles to land in the zone and a changeup that is a usable but fringy offering.

    THE FUTURE: Holloway is likely bound to be a reliever. He'll need to improve his consistency and control to stick in a major league bullpen.

  27. 27. Daniel Castano | LHP
    Daniel Castano
    Born: Sep 17, 1994
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 231
    Drafted/Signed: Baylor, 2016 (19th round).
    Signed By: Ralph Garr Jr. (Cardinals).

    TRACK RECORD: The Cardinals drafted Castano in the 19th round in 2016 and signed him for $130,000. They traded him to the Marlins in the deal for Marcell Ozuna. While many thought of Castano as a throw-in player in the trade, he became one of the surprises of the 2020 season. He made his major league debut in August and made six starts and one relief appearance, finishing with a 3.03 ERA in 29.2 innings.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Castano will never light up the radar gun with his fastball, but he attacks the zone and throws all four of his pitches with good movement and average to above-average control. His fastball is fringe-average, sitting 89-90 mph and touching 93 mph. Castano mixes in a changeup, cutter and a slider, the latter of which has above-average potential. Castano is hardly dominating on the mound, but he knows how to set hitters up and stays out of the middle of the plate.

    THE FUTURE: As a lefthander with at least average control, Castano could earn a sustained role either as a low-leverage reliever or fill-in starter in the coming years.

  28. 28. Will Banfield | C
    Will Banfield
    Born: Nov 18, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 207
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Snellville, Ga., 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Christian Castorri.

    TRACK RECORD: Considered the top high school defensive catcher in the 2018 draft, Banfield was drafted 69th overall by the Marlins and signed for an above-slot for $1.8 million. He hit just .199/.252/.310 at low Class A Clinton in his first full season, but he showed enough defensive tools for the Marlins to bring him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Banfield is a defense-only catcher who will have to ride his glove to the majors. He has above-average receiving and blocking skills and a plus arm that helped him throw out 46% of attempted basestealers during his first full season in the minors. Banfield showed an improved offensive approach at the alternate training site and flashes above-average power when he finds the barrel, but his swing is grooved and he often gets into bad counts.

    THE FUTURE: Banfield has drawn comparisons to Austin Hedges as a gifted defender who won't hit enough to play every day. How his offense progresses will determine if he becomes a major leaguer at all.

  29. 29. Victor Mesa | OF
    Victor Mesa
    Born: Sep 8, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol.

    TRACK RECORD: Mesa Jr. signed with the Marlins for $1 million in 2018 at the same time as his more famous brother, Victor Victor Mesa. He's outperformed his brother so far in pro ball, batting .284/.366/.398 in his pro debut in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and showing advanced skills for his age.

    SCOUTING REPORT: With a smooth swing from the left side and a solid approach to the middle of the field, Mesa Jr. has displayed an above-average hit tool with sneaky power that could increase in time. He has shown an ability to make consistent contact and can still add bulk and strength to his swing, which generates good bat speed despite a tendency to open his front side much too early. Mesa Jr. has shown good instincts at all three outfield spots and has above-average arm strength. His average speed has been enough to track balls down in center field for now, but he projects to move to right field as he matures.

    THE FUTURE: Mesa Jr.'s well-rounded game gives him a solid foundation. He'll make his full-season debut in 2021.

  30. 30. Jake Eder | LHP
    Jake Eder
    Born: Oct 9, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: JT Zink.

    TRACK RECORD: Eder was one of Vanderbilt's top relievers during its run to the College World Series championship in 2019. He moved to the rotation in 2020 and showed the ability to miss bats in his four starts before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season, but also a proclivity for walks. The Marlins drafted Eder in the fourth round, signed him for $700,000 and sent him to the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Eder has the size and smooth delivery of a starter, but his stuff and control lack consistency. His velocity fluctuates between 89-92 mph and 90-94 mph, which affects his results depending on what he has that day. Eder's curveball is potentially a plus pitch with good break, and his changeup could become at least an average offering in time. Eder has flashed average control in spurts, but pitches more with fringe-average control over the long haul.

    THE FUTURE:The Marlins will have Eder work as a starter initially. Whether he stays there will be determined by his ability to be more consistent with his stuff and control.

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