Marlins Final Report





Best Player: High Class A Jupiter outfielder Kyle Jensen showed his 2010 power numbers were no fluke.

Jensen, who hit 18 homers at low Class A Greensboro last year, hit .309/.385/.535 with 22 homers and 69 RBIs in 391 at-bats with Jupiter. He was one homer shy of tying the team's single-season mark. Jensen, 23, played his last Florida State League game on Aug. 11 before a promotion to Double-A Jacksonville, but still ranked third in homers and first in slugging and OPS (.919).

The Marlins' 12th-round pick in 2009 out of St. Mary's, Jensen also held his own against Southern League pitching. In 80 at-bats he hit .250/.310/.475 with five home runs.

Best Pitcher: Lefthander Chad James' season had largely been a disappointment at midseason, as a lack of run support led to a 0-10, 3.16 record in 14 starts with Jupiter. James went 5-5 the rest of the way, with one miserable August outing leading to an inflated 4.52 ERA in the second half. Overall, the 18th overall pick from 2009 out of high school in Oklahoma finished 5-15, 3.80 with 124 strikeouts and 51 walks in 149 innings.

Amid his struggles, James, 20, showed four solid pitches, including a low-90s fastball and a changeup developing into an out-pitch.

Keep An Eye On: A converted infielder, Mike Brady was among the South Atlantic League's top relievers in his first full season on the mound. Brady, 24, went 7-1, 1.91 with 18 saves, 10 walks and 81 strikeouts in 48 games (61 innings) for Greensboro.

The Marlins selected Brady out of California in the 24th round in 2009. He went 3-for-35 in his first pro season between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and short-season Jamestown.
The following season he got a taste of the mound, going 1-1, 1.59 in 28 innings (26 games) with the Jammers.

FISH BITES

• The Marlins reassigned vice president of scouting and player development Jim Fleming to special assistant to president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Stan Meek was promoted from scouting director to vice president of scouting, and the Marlins hired Marty Scott as vice president of player development.

• Top prospect Matt Dominguez and righthander Alex Sanabia were among the Marlins players headed to the Arizona Fall League. Both were injured for parts of the 2011 season and were going to the AFL for more work.