2013 Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects Chat With James Bailey





Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.


James Bailey: 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.

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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 back-end starter.

    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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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!

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: Better fastball and the best slider in the organization.

    Jake (KY): What can you tell us about Jesus Solorzano? Thanks

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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 signed.

    Ryan (St Louis): Did Yordy Cabrera make it into the BA Handbook? thanks

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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 extended spring.

    Dan (Idaho Falls): I'm curious about the progress of a couple of young Marlin arms: Austin Brice and Mason Hope. Thanks!

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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)

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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.

James Bailey: 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? Thanks!

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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

James Bailey: 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 chat!

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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 game.

    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.

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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.

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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?

James Bailey: 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.

James Bailey: 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.

James Bailey: 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.