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Hey, it's time to chat. Looks like we've got some good questions in the queue, so let's have at it.
@Jaypers413 (IL): How close to the top 10 was
catcher Rob Brantly? I'm a bit surprised he missed, as many believe he
has a higher ceiling than Realmuto.
Brantly was in there until the Blue Jays
trade. He'll be in the 11-15 range. His best attribute is his hit tool,
which he displayed in Miami after coming over from the Tigers last
summer. He's regarded as an offense-first catcher who could use further
refinement on his receiving, though his hands and feet are good enough
to make the improvements he needs. His arm is average to slightly below.
I think he may be a safer bet than Realmuto, but I like Realmuto's
ceiling better. He's a great athlete with a lot of innate leadership
qualities, which will serve him well as a catcher. He's also got a gun.
His combination of arm strength, agility, and footwork allow him to get
rid of the ball in a hurry. Offensively he's got some work to do, but
keep in mind that he's new to catching and has had to put most of his
focus on learning the position.
Robert (Secaucus, NJ): Mason Hope appeared to take a step forward in his first full pro season. Is he primed for a breakout season in 2013?
I like Hope, who made the list last year
when the system was quite a bit thinner than it is now. He showed an
above-average 87-90 mph fastball and changeup this year in the NY-Penn
League. His downer curve ball is good enough to be a solid out pitch.
His command is only okay at this point and he'll need to refine that in
2013 at Low A Greensboro. Considering his age and experience he shows a
good feel for how to pitch. Down the road he looks like a potential
James (Delray Beach): Where does RHP Nick
Wittgren fall in the top 30? Runner up for MILB Reliever of the Year
and the numbers in his first year were lights out. Could this be a
sleeper pick from 2012 that can be in Miami sooner than later?
Wittgren did not make the top 30, but
he's a guy that could move quick. He sure had a nice debut. He throws
strikes with three pitches, fastball, curve, and changeup. He's got a
little funk to his delivery. He stays composed and just attacks.
Ben (Leland Grove): What do scouts have to say about Viosergy Rosa?
One scout I talked to from another
organization tabbed him as an organizational player (meaning minor
league depth, without major league upside). He saw warning track power
and a bit too much swing and miss. The Marlins are quite a bit more
optimistic. Rosa took a huge step forward on strike zone discipline this
year compared to 2011 (46 BB, 45 SO in 2012, 7 BB, 54 SO in 2011). In
fact, I can't remember ever seeing such a dramatic one-year improvement
for anyone. He's got good hands and can pick balls out of the dirt at
1b, where he should be an average defender. The key for him will be
taking the power he shows in BP and bringing it into the games with him.
Greensboro is a known hitter's paradise, so he should see a boost in
his power numbers in 2013.
Frank (Chicago): Are you impressed with Brent Keys' tools? Is he in the 11-20 range?
Keys is more a 21-30 guy, though he, like
everyone else in that range, slid a bit after all the recent trades. He
does a great job of managing his at-bats and should hit for a nice
average. He's a classic 2-hole guy, who will take a walk, drop a bunt
and hit behind the runner. He also plays a good center field and is a
plus runner when healthy. That last part is the key on him. He's had
chronic hamstring issues that have really chewed into his development
time. Last year was the first time he saw significant playing time, and
it was his fourth professional season. He still had minor issues with
the hammy, but was able to get back on the field after only a short
absence. The question on Keys is whether he has enough bat to carry him
as a regular or if he fits as more of a 4th/5th outfielder. I suspect
it's the latter. He doesn't have any power at all, so he'll have to be
able to stay in center as he moves.
Karl of Delaware (Georgetown, Delaware): Of the pitchers moving from short season Jamestown to low A Greensboro, who are your favorites?
Mason Hope stands out among the guys who
were at Jamestown. As does Jake Esch, though he pitched at both places
in 2012, so I'm not sure he counts for the sake of your question since
he already moved. Jamestown wasn't exactly loaded this year. Some of the
others who did a decent job there, like Ramon Del Orbe and Helpi Reyes,
don't grade out quite as big league prospects, but who knows?
Paul (Jupiter): Any reports on RHP Tyler
Higgins? Went to a handful of Hammerheads games this year and he showed
some big velocity out of the pen. Looks like he was a later round
pick, but I came away impressed given his age for that league. Thanks
for the chat!
I heard quite a bit of love for Tyler
Higgins. FB up to 95 with good life, hammer curve, and good arm action
on his changeup. Could prove to be a real nice JuCo find. I'll be
interested to see what he does this coming season.
Bill (Boston, MA): Why AJ Ramos as your 2016
closer, as opposed to Steve Cishek? Is it because you think by then
Cishek's salary will not be "Marlins friendly" and will be gone by then?
Just think Ramos is more of a
prototypical closer. He's got four usable pitches and shows good command
of them. He goes to the mound every night with something to prove, as
if he's still pissed off about being a 21st-round pick. One scout
outside the organization I talked to absolutely loved him, saying he's
5-10 but pitches like he's 6-8, with no fear of anything or anyone.
That's the mentality you need to close games. Sure didn't show any fear
when he struck out the side on 13 pitches in his big league debut last
September. Cishek's style is tough on righties, and that is borne out by
his splits this year (.279/.391/.396 vs LHB, .185/.266/.282 vs RHB).
Those numbers scream setup man/righty specialist to me.
@Jaypers413 (IL): How much has Zack Cox's stock
dropped since his trade? Is he still a viable option at 3B for the
Marlins, and what are your observations of him at the plate?
His stock hasn't dropped since the trade.
The drop came before that. The Cardinals had a lot of expectations for
him and fast-tracked him through their system. In hindsight, he wasn't
ready for that. They also tried to get him to pull more to tap into his
power, and he's not a pull hitter. He's much more comfortable working in
the middle of the field. He didn't do much after the deal, despite
dropping down to Double-A after spending the first four months of the
season in Triple-A. But he was also dinged up pretty bad with an oblique
issue among other nagging injuries. This is going to be a big year for
him. Is he the hitter everyone thought coming out of college, or is he
the guy that has tapered off with every promotion? The Marlins think
there's a 40-double, 15-20-homer bat in there somewhere, but I don't see
him doing anything like that in the big leagues this year. In fact, I
think he'd benefit from another go-round in Double-A, though based on
organizational depth and with a hot spring he could wind up in Triple-A.
Then again, is he even a third baseman? I suspect he'll eventually move
across the diamond. His footwork isn't good at third. One observer told
me he seemed to turn every ground ball into an in-between hop. They
also said you could bunt on him all day. He's got the arm for third, but
the rest of his defense is well below average.
Matt (Philadelphia, PA): If there was a redo on the 2011 draft, where do you think Fernandez would go? Third behind Cole and Bundy?
That seems reasonable. I sure can't see
the Marlins dealing him off in a trade like the Diamondbacks just made
with Trevor Bauer, the actual No. 3 pick that year.
Lefty (Tampa): What does Heaney have in his arsenal that Nicolino does not?
Better fastball and the best slider in the organization.
Jake (KY): What can you tell us about Jesus Solorzano? Thanks
Solorzano is an aggressive hitter who can
turn around a good fastball and has the raw strength to develop plus
power. He tends to go all-out at the plate, though and needs to
recognize different situations call for a different approach. He makes
good contact when he swings at strikes, but he'll also get himself out
swinging outside the zone. He's a tick above average running, but
doesn't really show the instincts of a base stealer. He brings a little
bit of everything, and it will be interesting to see what he does in his
first taste of full-season ball in 2013. His numbers were nice in
Jamestown this year, but he was old for that league. He's actually three
months older than Marcell Ozuna, who is two full levels ahead of him
(and has better tools).
Frank (Chicago): Was newly acquired Derek Dietrich considered for the top 10? Will he remain at short, or slide to 2B in your opinion?
Dietrich was a near miss on the top 10.
Without that Blue Jays deal he might have made it. I think he'll shift
off short to either 2B or 3B. Seems like 2B is the thinner spot right
now in the system, but he could play either. I'm guessing he'll start
the year off on a loaded Jacksonville team.
Grant (NYC): Chad James - prospect or suspect?
He's getting more suspicious all the
time. He's been his own worst enemy as a pro. He didn't show up in good
shape last spring, which didn't win him any points. Then he put himself
firmly in the doghouse and finished the year on the suspended list for a
violation of team policy. His numbers were worse this year than they
were at the same level (high A Jupiter) in 2011, though some optimistic
Marlins personnel looking for the silver lining said he did a better job
of learning how to read hitters and attack their weaknesses and how to
work all the way through a lineup multiple times. (None of which was
reflected in his stat line.) At Miami's fall minicamp he vowed to turn
things around this winter, saying "you're not going to recognize me next
spring." If he can do his conditioning work this offseason that's the
first hurdle. But he needs to keep working hard all season to turn
himself back into the prospect the Marlins thought they had when he
Ryan (St Louis): Did Yordy Cabrera make it into the BA Handbook? thanks
Cabrera was a near miss. He's got some
intriguing tools in his power and his arm, but he hasn't really done
enough to show they are more than tools to this point. Great bat speed
doesn't mean so much when you don't recognize pitches well and swing at
just about anything. He's moving from the Cal League, where he couldn't
hit for game power, to one of the worst power parks in all of the minors
in the Florida State League. Or at least that seems to be his logical
assignment. So he's going to be tested this year. I'm not real high on
him, but if he can tap into the power that is allegedly there, then he
could make a big jump up this list next year. Job No. 1 is staying
healthy enough to play 140 games.
Miguel (Miami): James...thanks for the chat. Any sleepers from the 2012 draft that we can keep an eye on?
By sleepers I'll assume you're looking
for some guys from later rounds. RHP Dane Stone (25th round) had a nice
debut, showing off a heavy, 90-mph fastball and a 12-6 curve. The curve
is a little slow right now and needs to jump from 72 up to more like
75-76 mph. He induced a lot of bad swings. I had a scout throw RHP Brian
Ellington's (16th) name at me, saying he showed a nice 91-93 mph
fastball and had a good idea with his changeup. And I'll be curious to
see what OF Cody Keefer (15th) does in full-season ball this year.
Ben (Leland Grove): Your thoughts on Alfredo Silverio at this point? If healthy, what is his future role?
I like Silverio. I think he's potentially
the star of the Rule 5 draft. He's got a nice package of tools, with at
least an average rating on all five. We had him as the #4 prospect in
the Dodgers organization a year ago. If not for a horrific car accident
last January he may very well have reached the major leagues already. He
knocked 76 extra-base hits in Double-A in 2011. That is a live bat.
He's back to swinging the bat again, but his arm is still recovering
from Tommy John surgery in May. The Marlins are hopeful that he'll be
ready to play the field by the time spring training starts. If he's all
the way back I could see him as a starting outfielder down the road.
This year he'll have to stay on the big league roster or be offered
back, so I think he'll be more of a 5th outfielder in 2013.
Tom (Jacksonville): Your guess at the starting rotation in Jacksonville next year?
I like this question. Also like what
Jacksonville's roster will look like. They should be LOADED. My best
guess at their starting rotation is Jose Fernandez, Adam Conley, Brian
Flynn, Chad James, and either Robert Morey or Edgar Olmos. That
Jacksonville lineup could include an outfield of Yelich, Marisnick, and
Ozuna, and an infield of Zack Cox, Danny Black, Derek Dietrich, and Mark
Canha, with JT Realmuto behind the plate. Wow!!!
Grant (NYC): Your thoughts on Kolby Copeland? One to keep an eye on?
Definitely. Copeland shows a compact
swing and a good approach, though he doesn't have a lot of loft and may
not hit for a lot of power. He keeps the barrel in the zone a long time,
though, and should produce a lot of line drives all over the field.
He'll probably see a lot of time in center for now, but down the road I
think he fits better on a corner. The Marlins didn't have a second round
pick, but they got some interesting players in the 3rd and 4th rounds
in Copeland, Avery Romero and Austin Dean. I heard them in just about
every possible combination of order when I asked around about them and
came away with Copeland just a nose ahead of Romero, with Dean third.
They all have a shot to make the Greensboro roster this spring, but if
they don't look ready in camp any of them could also start the year in
Dan (Idaho Falls): I'm curious about the progress of a couple of young Marlin arms: Austin Brice and Mason Hope. Thanks!
I already touched on Hope, so let's focus
here on Brice. He's got a lot of upside and did well in his first taste
of full-season ball in 2012 at Greensboro. He's still fairly raw and
kind of a high-risk guy at this point, but he shows a plus fastball and a
plus curve at times. He's still inconsistent, especially with the
curve, which can get a little too big. He also lacks consistency with
his release point on all his pitches, which affects his command and
control. But that's a nice arm and the Marlins will continue to move him
a level at a time and see how he progresses.
Jamie (NY): How many of the top 10 do you think are worthy of making BA's top 100 list?
I could see four or five making it. Jose
Fernandez and Christian Yelich are locks to go pretty high up there.
Andrew Heaney should fit somewhere below them. And then Jake Marisnick
and Marcell Ozuna have a shot to make the top 100. Most seem to like
Marisnick better, and we slotted him above Ozuna on the top 10, but I'm
an Ozuna fan and will put my nickel down on him.
Luke (Houston): Have we seen a
fastball/Slider/changeup combination in a starters package like
Fernandez since King Felix? Also, just for fun what do you think the
over/under is for Fernandez on wins at the major league level in 2014?
(+/- 10 wins)
King Felix is a pretty lofty comp. I'm
sure the Marlins would be happy with that. Fernandez' better breaking
pitch is actually his curve, though the curve he throws looks an awful
lot like a slider, with slider velocity. I'll take the over on that bet.
I really could see him winning double figure games by 2014. He is a
winner and has supreme confidence in himself. Cocky, but not a jerk. He
actually sounds to be quite popular with his teammates and he cared
about winning even on the days he was charting pitches in the stands.
Frank (Chicago): What's the skinny on Avery Romero? Top 30 to you?
Absolutely. He's an 11-20 guy. It's still
TBD whether he fits best at 2B or 3B, but the bat should play at either
spot. Some people I talked to project his bat ahead of his power and
others think the power will be better than that. He's got strong, quick
hands and shows good hand-eye coordination and raps a lot of line drives
into the gaps. His body elicits a lot of Dan Uggly comparisons, but I
don't think that is necessarily the comp for his bat, aside from being
another bat-first infielder.
Joel (KCK): Lightning Round! Jose Fernandez or Archie Bradley?
Give me Fernandez. Significantly better control and did it for half a season at a higher level.
Greg (Ohio): How many players from Oklahoma will the Marlins draft next June?
They've got something like five picks in
the first 80, and I'll bet they can find at least one Oklahoma boy to
pop in that mix. Their scouting director, Stan Meek, is an Oklahoma guy,
so I'm sure it's not all coincidental that Andrew Heaney, JT Realmuto,
Chad James, Mason Hope, and Danny Black were drafted from there. They
even found Kevin Cravey, a Texas A&M alum, at a scouting bureau
tryout camp in Oklahoma.
Greg (Ohio): What led you to put Justin Nicolino at #6 instead of #4. Marisnick and Ozuna seem much higher risk to me.
You have to balance risk with ceiling, and we give Marisnick and Ozuna an edge on ceiling.
Joe (Harrisonburg, VA): What is the consensus on Robert Morey?
Not sure his name came up enough to reach
a true consensus, but the Marlins like him. He's 92-93 with his
fastball out of a high arm slot and throws a power breaking ball that
can be an average pitch. The key for him is commanding the fastball.
When he commanded it down in the zone he was very tough to hit.
Not Jaypers (Wisconsin): James, what did people see with Marcell Ozuna's development this past year?
Well, "not Jaypers," the Marlins were
pleased overall with his development. He's a streaky guy and went
through some significant lulls, particularly the month of July, when he
failed to homer. At the end of July his average was around .230. He
finished at .266, so that was quite an August. Over the final month of
the season he did a much better job of controlling the strike zone. His
problems arise when he gets pull happy, his stance gets too open, and he
steps in the bucket. When he corrects his approach, he's very
dangerous. The key for him now is to recognize sooner when he's falling
into those bad habits and get back on track instead of flailing away for
a month. His final numbers were right in line with 2011's. That's
noteworthy because Greensboro is a hitters' park and Jupiter is an
extreme pitchers' park in a pitchers' league. He's still a high risk
guy, but that risk isn't as high as a year ago. That he fell from #2 on
last year's list to #5 this year is a reflection of organizational depth
more than him sliding. Fernandez had to jump to #1 based on what he
did, so he passed him. Heaney is new to the system, as is Marisnick.
Alec (Auburn): What about former Auburn LHP Grant Dayton? He has put up very good numbers out of the pen the past two seasons
Love some Grant Dayton. He's on the list,
somewhere in the 20 range. The Marlins tried him as a starter early
this year to force him to work on his breaking pitches a little more.
His fastball velocity suffered a little, but came back to 92-94 mph when
they shifted him back to the pen. It's a plus pitch with late life that
hitters seem to have trouble squaring up. His fastball command was
phenomenal in relief. Though he mixed in a curve while starting, once
back in the pen he used his power slider as his primary breaking pitch. I
can see him filling a middle relief role down the road. He's good
enough against righties that he shouldn't be limited to lefty specialist
work (but, hey, those guys make pretty good dough, so who could really
complain about that).
Michael Stern (Rochester NY): Marisnick's
average had been all over the place the last few years. Was the .320 in
2011 the exception ? Or do scouts think he will be able to hit enough
to be at least an everyday capable
regular in the big leagues? What's his ETA in Miami? Thanks for the
I think .320 is clearly the outlier. I
don't think anyone sees him as that kind of hitter. His bat is actually
the one tool people seem to question. Of course, it's also the most
important tool. His swing can get long at times, which is a challenge in
particular for guys as big as he is. He'll also still chase pitches he
needs to let go. Still, most scouts think he'll hit enough to be a big
league regular. You don't have to hit .320 to hold a big league job if
you can do all the other things Marisnick can do. I think he needs
another year on the farm. We could see him in Miami by the end of 2013,
but more likely to stay it will be 2014.
Camden (Miami): I liked the comp to Clemens in
terms of on mound demeanor. Does his stuff equal that of Clemens when he
was 21? What is Fernandez's ceiling and floor?
Clemens was pretty spectacular in his
only minor league season. Of course, he signed out of college and
Fernandez is a high school sign. I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable
saying his stuff is as good as Clemens' at the same age, but it's among
the best in the minors right now. His ceiling is a No. 1-2 starter. I
can't see a floor below a No. 3 for him unless he were to get hurt. He
is extremely motivated to succeed and has a tremendous passion for the
Karl (Savannah): How would you rate the
pitching drafted by the Marlins in 2012? With the implosion of the big
league team, I'm hoping there are some quick moving arms that have been
added to the stable.
Adide from Heaney there don't seem to be a
lot of impact arms, at least not starters, in the Marlins' 2012 draft
haul. They got a few guys that are worth keeping an eye on, like Ryan
Newell (7th) and Drew Steckenrider (8th), but Newell was the first
pitcher they popped after Heaney in the first round. Nick Wittgren (9th)
should move quickly as a reliever, and Dane Stone (25th) had a nice
debut. Other than that, it's hard to project without seeing what guys do
over a full season. They have, however, added quite a few arms in all
of their trades (Jacob Turner, Nate Eovaldi, Justin Nicolino, Brian
Flynn, who else am I forgetting ...). And if you want to go back to last
offseason, they signed Cuban lefty Raudel Lazo, who looks like he might
have a shot as a reliever.
Ken (Lakewood CA): Hi James and thanks for
this. Was it a difficult call for you in regards to listing the catcher
of the future for the Marlins between Realmoto and Brantley? How close
are they in your mind?
I think Realmuto has the tools to play
big league defense even if he can't hit (though I suspect he'll be at
least an average bat for a catcher). Brantly has the feel of more of a
platoon guy to me, with a nice lefty bat that plays against righties.
He's a little slight to see him catching 130 games a year, though. That
said, he was solidly on the top 10 before the Blue Jays deal, and even
after that he was right in the mix for a spot. We like him. (As do a
number of you. Brantly is dominating the chat question queue.)
Ken (Lakewood CA): With Morrison's knee
problem, are the Marlins done trying to use him in LF? Is a move to 1B
going to happen right away? Also, in regards to Morrison and his
attitude - do the Marlins try to trade him as well? He's a bit outspoken
and didn't always set well with management, if I'm not mistaken? Guess
I'm wondering about his future - with and without the Marlins. When
healthy, he sure seems like a good hitter. Thanks.
Morrison was always a first baseman
playing the outfield. He was just out there because Gaby Sanchez (and
then Carlos Lee) would have been a worse fit. I'm expecting he'll move
back to first base this spring, but given all the holes on the big
league roster, if they somehow come up with an option at first and not
one in left field, who knows? He's certainly not afraid to speak his
mind, or Tweet it anyway. I think that rubs some people the wrong way,
but no one would be complaining if he were hitting .300. Unfortunately,
in 1000 big league at-bats, he's a .250 hitter. Certainly the injuries
haven't helped, but that's a long way off .300. I suspect that within a
couple of years he'll be moved out of Miami. There's little point in
trading him now, though. His trade value isn't exactly at its peak.
Dave (Montebello, NY): What is the latest with
Kyle Skipworth? Is there any chance that he can realize some of the
potential the Marlins hoped for when they drafted him?
Skipworth was regarded as a bat-first
catcher when he signed. It's the opposite now, particularly with the
defensive strides he made last year in blocking pitches and commanding a
staff. The Marlins think he could step in and play catcher right now in
the big leagues. Of course, he'd probably hit about .150. He has
legitimate power and can hit the ball a long, long way. His problem has
always been making contact. He's been a constant tinkerer who never
seems to settle on one stance or approach. Part of his trouble is he's
such a nice kid that he actually listens when anyone gives him advice.
Unfortunately that advice could come from the clubhouse kid just as
easily as a coach and he might still try it out. He needs to close his
ears and stop thinking so much and just hit. The numbers don't really
reflect this, but his manager and others in the organization cited
significant progress in the way he managed at-bats last year. First off,
he went up with an idea of what he wanted to do. Even when he struck
out, he looked better doing it, which may seem like damning someone with
the faintest of praise, but it was regarded as a step forward. I
suspect if they had to do it over again they would not have jumped him
to Double-A in 2011. He could actually benefit from another year there
in 2013, but I see him getting pushed to Triple-A. I do think he'll play
in the big leagues, but it's hard to project him hitting enough to hold
a starting job.
Greg (Fullerton, CA): J. Turner as the future 5- more about their depth at SP or has he fallen that far?
Greg is just dying to know about Jacob
Turner, I guess. I see this question twice. It's a little of both, I
think. His strikeout numbers really kind of tapered off as he advanced,
which make me wonder if he has the putaway pitch he needs. He looked
good for the Marlins after the deal, but I'm not optimistic he can do
that over 200 innings.
Pierre (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada): Where would you rank the Marlins' system? 6 to 10 range?
That seems about right. Their recent
trades have boosted them up quite a bit. Fair to say somewhere around
the top 10. They've got a great 1-2 in Fernandez and Yelich, and have
added a lot of quality depth. Of course, the tradeoff is their big
league roster is completely depleted.
Steve (Sarasota): There is reason to be
optimistic about what the outfield will look like in 2014 and beyond.
It is difficult, however, to perceive a decent infield coming from the
Marlins roster or prospect list. Is there any chance that Yelich,
Marisnick, Ozuna or Silverio might be tried at first or third?
I don't see any of those guys at third,
but who knows about first base. A lot of first basemen wind up at the
position because they can hit and the team needs to stick them
somewhere. All of those guys you mentioned are good outfielders, though.
Yelich was regarded as a potential first baseman when he signed, due in
large part to some of his troubles throwing the ball (long throwing
stroke that has improved, but still isn't quite where it needs to be).
He has developed into a good center fielder, though, so it's hard to see
him moving at this time. It's a nice collection of young outfielders,
but you're looking at some high risk guys in Marisnick, Ozuna, and
Silverio, so it's hard to project all three of them panning out like we
might figure at this point.
Karl of Delaware (Georgetown, Delaware): Give me a sleeper from below high A in the Miami system.
I'll give you a few. How about Jake Esch,
the former Georgia Tech infielder who pitched at Jamestown and
Greensboro last year. I could see him starting back at Greensboro, only
because of starting pitching depth at Jupiter. He's got four pitches and
a good feel for what to do with them, particularly given his
inexperience. Tyler Higgins, who I discussed earlier, is a nice relief
arm to watch. And Andy Beltre, who pitched in the GCL this year, could
certainly wind up on the top 30 a year from now. If you want a super
sleeper, try Matt Smith, who hit well at Greensboro in 2012. He was old
for that level, but I had two scouts from outside the organization drop
his name on me as a kid who can flat out hit. They actually seemed
higher on him than the Marlins folks I talked to.
I think that about wraps it up for this
one. Thank you all for the questions and for stopping by. I know it's a
tough time to be a Marlins fan at the big league level, but they have
certainly added some nice prospects to their system with all the deals
they've made. There is a nice wave of talent washing up through high A
and Double-A that should start reaching Miami in 2013.