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  1. 1. Eury Perez | RHP
    Eury Perez
    Born: Apr 15, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol
    Minors: 3-3 | 3.97 ERA | 110 SO | 25 BB | 77 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 70/High

    Track Record: Perez has grown by leaps and bounds since the Marlins signed him in 2019. That's true physically and regarding his status in the sport. He's gone from a wiry 6-foot-5 to a thicker, more sturdy build at 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds and has used the extra strength to amplify his arsenal and blossom into one of the game's top pitching prospects. Perez's official debut was delayed a year by the pandemic, but the Marlins were so confident in his abilities that they jumped him straight to Low-A Jupiter for his 2021 professional debut. Not only was he pitching in Low-A at 17, but he was also pitching in a league where the Automated Ball-Strike system was being tested, meaning that there was no leeway in terms of control--either hit the strike zone or it's a ball. Under those conditions and with no professional experience, Perez thrived. He used an exemplary pitch mix to pound the zone with consistent, quality strikes until the Marlins moved him to High-A Beloit, where he faced slightly more resistance but was still quite impressive. Miami continued its aggressive tact with Perez when they assigned him to Double-A to open the 2022 season. His first start of the year came as an 18-year-old, making him the youngest pitcher at the level. After a couple of inconsistent turns, Perez found his groove on April 29, when he fired five one-hit innings with 12 strikeouts. The next two months were marked by pure dominance. He posted sub-2.50 ERAs in May and June before a strained lat muscle derailed his progress. He returned in time to help Double-A Pensacola win the Southern League championship and punctuated the win by striking out the first eight hitters in the decisive Game 3 against Tennessee.

    Scouting Report: Perez's allure is simple: He combines a powerful four-pitch mix with athleticism and command that ranks as exceptional for anyone but jumps off the page for someone of his size. His added strength has amplified his repertoire, which begins with a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and touches triple digits. Perez's excellent body control helps him command his fastball better than would be expected for someone his size. He worked hard to command the top of the strike zone in 2022 and elevate his fastball for swings and misses. In 2021, Perez employed a curveball and a changeup. His changeup is his best offspeed pitch and grades as the best in the system, with outstanding fade and sink away from lefthanded hitters. In 2022, he added a slider to give his arsenal a more powerful breaking pitch that also would serve as an effective weapon against righthanders. The mid-80s pitch grades as a potential plus offering. Perez's spike curveball is a two-plane breaker that serves as an effective strike-stealer early in counts and grades as at least above-average, though some evaluators have it a tick higher.

    The Future: Perez has the ceiling of a true ace. He's the clear-cut best prospect in Miami's system and a candidate for the sport's best pitching prospect.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 65

  2. 2. 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.
    Minors: 3-4 | 3.69 ERA | 69 SO | 19 BB | 61 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: The 2020 season was supposed to be Meyer's time to transition from Minnesota's bullpen to the rotation. Instead, the pandemic happened, and the season was cut short. Still, the Marlins saw enough to draft him No. 3 overall and send him directly to Double-A to start his first season as a pro in 2021. Most questions surrounding Meyer out of the draft involved his ability to hold up as a starter. Those concerns surfaced in 2022, first with a nerve issue in his elbow and eventually Tommy John surgery that ended his season a few starts after his MLB debut.

    Scouting Report: In 2021, Meyer thrived despite an arsenal that was vanilla to open the year but got better as the Double-A Pensacola season wore on. A year later, he emerged with a changeup that had taken a dramatic jump as a perfect third pitch to go with his dynamic fastball/slider combination. Scouts who saw Meyer in the minors were wowed by the power in his arsenal. His fastball sat in the mid 90s and set up a dastardly slider that grades as a legitimate double-plus pitch capable of getting silly swings from talented hitters. The emergence of the changeup came in part because Meyer started to use it more as a third potentially above-average pitch to complete his arsenal rather than the show-me offering when he was in the bullpen. The second component was that Meyer improved his arm speed on his changeup to match what he showed on his other two pitches.

    The Future: Meyer's Tommy John surgery puts a huge dent in the Marlins' outlook and further stymies their pitching development. He'll likely miss all of 2023, leaving Miami in a holding pattern until he, Jake Eder and Sixto Sanchez are healthy again.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 70. Changeup: 55. Control: 55

  3. 3. Jacob Berry | 3B
    Jacob Berry
    Born: May 5, 2001
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 212
    Minors: .248/.343/.362 | 3 HR | 1 SB | 141 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/High

    Track Record: After a standout freshman campaign at Arizona, Berry followed his head coach Jay Johnson and transferred to Louisiana State. In the higher-profile Southeastern Conference, Berry continued to mash. He finished with a .370 average and an OPS of 1.094 to go along with 15 home runs. He made tons of contact, too, and ended the year with more walks (27) than strikeouts (22). Berry's offensive potential was enough for the Marlins to draft him sixth overall and sign him for an even $6 million. He reached Low-A Jupiter in his pro debut.

    Scouting Report: Nearly all of Berry's value lies with his combination of hitting ability, power and plate discipline. The switch-hitter historically makes more impact from the left side, though he had far more success against southpaws in his brief pro debut. In fact, his two home runs against lefties as a pro were one more than he had during the entirety of his draft year at LSU. Berry was also lauded as an amateur for his ability to vary his approach, specifically when it came to going gap-to-gap against elevated fastballs. As a pro, there was some concern about the length of his swing and how it would translate as he rose through the ranks. Defensively, his lack of twitch will likely require a move to first base, though he didn't get any reps at the position at either of his two minor league stops. He's a below-average runner with a throwing arm that grades as a tick below-average as well. Neither of those traits suggests a player who can stick at third base.

    The Future: After warming up at the lower levels, Berry should start 2022 at High-A Beloit, where he'll be challenged both by the colder climate early in the season and the advanced pitching. His ceiling is a slugger either at first base or DH.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 35. Arm: 45

  4. 4. Yiddi Cappe | SS
    Yiddi Cappe
    Born: Sep 17, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .290/.328/.438 | 9 HR | 13 SB | 276 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Instead of signing out of Cuba in 2019 when he was first eligible, Cappe waited until teams' bonus pools reset. Then the pandemic happened, and he had to wait a little longer while baseball was in the midst of a shutdown. Once the restrictions were lifted, the 18-year-old Cappe signed with Miami for a bonus of nearly $3 million in January 2021. He opened his career in the Dominican Summer League for tax purposes, then had an excellent U.S. debut in 2022 split between the Florida Complex League and Low-A Jupiter. He ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the FCL at season's end after hitting .305/.364/.517 with six home runs and six stolen bases in 30 games in Rookie ball.

    Scouting Report: Cappe is among the purest hitters in the system and was selected by internal evaluators as the prospect who projects to hit for the highest average. To reach that ceiling, he will have to reduce the rate at which he chases pitches. Scouts note that Cappe has no issue recognizing pitches. Rather, he simply needs to become less eager to swing. He's already got sneaky power and could grow into even more as he packs more muscle onto his lanky frame. He also needs to do a better job using the whole field because his current approach is strongly geared to pull. Cappe is a good athlete with a plus throwing arm that will fit nicely at third base if he has to move as he gets bigger and stronger.

    The Future: After a strong turn with Miami's Florida-based affiliates, Cappe will move to High-A Beloit in 2023. If he can iron out his rough edges, Cappe has one of the most intriguing ceilings in the system. Even if he doesn't stick at shortstop, his power potential could allow him to fit nicely as a classic masher at third base.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 55. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60

  5. 5. 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).

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Sanchez was signed by the Phillies in 2015 and was their top prospect before being traded to the Marlins in February 2019 as the centerpiece of the deal that brought catcher JT Realmuto to Philadelphia. Sanchez dazzled in his big league debut during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, showing the stuff to potentially fill a huge hole at the top of Miami's rotation. He took the ball in Game 3 of that year's Division Series, which turned out to be the final game of the Marlins' season. He allowed four runs in three innings in that outing, which proved to be the last time he pitched in an official game. He had surgery in July 2021 to repair a tear in his right shoulder, then spent all of 2022 rehabbing. He had a second surgery on his shoulder in October 2022, this time an arthroscopic bursectomy, and was expected to be ready for 2023 spring training.

    Scouting Report: When he is healthy, Sanchez is absolutely filthy. He slices and dices hitters with a powerful arsenal that features two double-plus pitches in his fastball and changeup as well as a pair of above-average breaking balls. The mix gave him weapons against batters of either hand. Even more impressively, Sanchez showed excellent control and command of his arsenal. Sanchez is rarely healthy, however, and there has been plenty of concern in the past over his overall level of conditioning and fitness. Given Sanchez's lengthy absence, there will be plenty of questions to answer once he returns.

    The Future: If Sanchez makes it to the mound this spring in Jupiter, all eyes will be on him. If his stuff returns intact, he could begin a long climb back to his ceiling as a high-end rotation piece, though the calculus behind his workload will be tricky given his two-year hiatus. For now, all Sanchez and the Marlins can do is wait and hope.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 70. Control: 60

  6. 6. 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.

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: In 2020, Eder was ready to make his move from the bullpen to the rotation at Vanderbilt. The pandemic prevented that move, but the Marlins were convinced enough to draft him with the fourth of their five picks of the shortened draft that year. The next spring, the Marlins pushed Eder and his fellow draftee Max Meyer to Double-A Pensacola to officially begin their professional careers. Eder rewarded their faith by being one of the biggest breakout stories in the minor leagues before having Tommy John surgery in August of 2021.

    Scouting Report: Before the surgery, Eder showed a dynamic two-pitch mix fronted by a one-two punch of a low-to-mid-90s fastball and slider which each project as plus. His fastball had the type of riding life at the top of the strike zone that is coveted today. Eder also showed a strong feel to lengthen and shorten the break on his slider, with the former version looking like a harder curveball. Eder's third pitch, a low-80s changeup, had a ceiling as an average offering with further refinement. A small tweak in the way Eder removed the ball from his glove at the beginning of his delivery helped improve his command and control, which projected as plus before the operation. He is a dedicated student of the game who keeps a journal of what worked and didn't work during each of his starts.

    The Future: Eder missed the entire 2022 season but should be ready in time for spring training in 2023. If his stuff comes back intact, he has the ceiling of a midrotation starter. If he shows the same form, he'll add an element of clarity to the Marlins' long-term rotation picture, which is currently clouded by injuries to Eder, Meyer and righthander Sixto Sanchez, who hasn't pitched since making his MLB debut in 2020.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 60

  7. 7. 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.
    Minors: 6-7 | 3.80 ERA | 150 SO | 42 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Fulton was selected in the second round of the pandemic-shortened 2020 draft knowing his development would be a slow burn. He was recovering from Tommy John surgery performed during his senior season of high school but was healthy enough to pitch during instructional league. He debuted in 2021 and split the season between both Class A levels. Fulton returned to High-A Beloit to begin 2022 and was inconsistent. He turned it on once he was promoted to Double-A Pensacola, where he was magnificent in the season's final month and during the team's run to the Southern League crown. In his only playoff start, versus Montgomery in the semifinals, Fulton went six shutout innings and allowed just a hit and a walk while fanning 13 hitters.

    Scouting Report: Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Fulton is starting to resemble the pitcher the Marlins believed they were drafting. To return to form, he worked hard to get back into better shape, which helped improve his stamina and keep his stuff crisp deep into starts. Now, instead of his four-seam fastball sitting in the low 90s and tickling 94-95 mph, it sits in the mid 90s and scrapes 96-97. The Marlins also gave Fulton a two-seamer, which sits in the same range as his four-seamer. His signature offspeed pitch is a powerful 1-to-7 curveball in the high 70s that he's done a better job landing for strikes as well as burying for chases. After tinkering with a changeup grip in 2021, Fulton settled for one that gave him the movement he desired. Now, that pitch, a key to him remaining a starter, projects as a fringe-average offering and could be the key to him sticking in the rotation.

    The Future: The Marlins were pleased with Fulton's late-season breakout and will look for an encore in 2023, when he will likely reach Triple-A. He's got a ceiling as a back-end starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 45. Control: 50

  8. 8. 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.
    Minors: .214/.326/.409 | 15 HR | 13 SB | 364 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Burdick's strong junior campaign at Wright State resulted in both the Horizon League's player of the year award and a third-round selection in the 2019 draft. The pandemic's shutdown of the 2020 season meant that Burdick had to wait until 2021 for his full-season debut, which came at Double-A Pensacola in the pitcher-friendly Southern League. Despite the unfriendly atmosphere, Burdick slammed 23 home runs--which tied for the SL lead--before earning a late-season promotion. He returned to Triple-A in 2022 and made his major league debut on Aug. 5. He swatted four home runs in 92 big league at-bats before being sent back to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: Burdick's calling card is his power, which showed up in an average exit velocity of 90 mph during his short stint in the big leagues. To get to that power more often, he'll need to improve his approach. If he tries to use the whole field, he'll likely see big improvements in all aspects of his offensive game. If he continues to focus on trying to hit balls out to the pull side, he'll likely fit more into a power-over-hit profile. He also showed an extreme platoon split in the minors, where he hit just .186 against righthanders over 242 at-bats. Defensively, scouts are split on where he'll wind up. He played all three spots during his time in Miami, with a heavy emphasis on both center and left field. His speed should give him a chance in center field, but scouts differ on whether he can stick at that position.

    The Future: Burdick will have a good shot to make the big league roster out of spring training. If not, he'll head back to Triple-A Jacksonville for more seasoning. He likely fits as a second-division regular or a backup on a championship-caliber club.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 50. Arm: 55

  9. 9. Jordan Groshans | SS/3B
    Jordan Groshans
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Magnolia, Texas, 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brian Johnston.
    Minors: .263/.359/.331 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 372 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Groshans was the Blue Jays' first-round selection in 2018, the first of two picks Toronto made from the same Texas high school. The other was righthander Adam Kloffenstein. Groshans' pro debut was a smashing success, punctuated by a long home run off of current Rays' ace Shane McClanahan in the Appalachian League playoffs. A broken foot and the pandemic limited him to just 23 games over the next two seasons. When he returned, he showed the same hit-driven offensive profile as he did in his debut. Groshans was dealt to Miami in 2022 in return for relievers Zach Pop and Anthony Bass. He made his big league debut on Sept. 13.

    Scouting Report: Groshans' big league future will be determined by whether he and the Marlins can unlock his power in games. Scouts believe in his ability to hit because he has short arms that help him get to pitches on the inner half and has the timing in his swing to make plenty of contact. He doesn't show much raw power during batting practice, so scouts have had a difficult time figuring out his profile. Groshans is not likely to stick at shortstop, and all his time in the big leagues came at third base. If that's his future home, then he needs to make more impact on contact. He has plus arm strength and enough quickness and range for the hot corner defensively, but some scouts have questioned his mobility to the point that they believe his likeliest outcome is in left field.

    The Future: Groshans will likely get time at both Triple-A and in the big leagues in 2023. He will be 23 on Opening Day and his professional reps have been limited, so there might be more to unlock. If he can do that, his stock will jump.

    Scouting Grades: Hitting: 50. Power: 40. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60

  10. 10. Xavier Edwards | 2B/SS
    Xavier Edwards
    Born: Aug 9, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Coconut Creek, Fla., 2018 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Brian Cruz (Padres).
    Minors: .246/.328/.350 | 5 HR | 7 SB | 349 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: Edwards was drafted by the Padres out of high school in 2018 and has been traded twice. First, he was dealt in 2019 to the Rays as part of the Hunter Renfroe swap that also sent Jake Cronenworth to San Diego. This past offseason, after a year bouncing around the infield at Triple-A Durham, Tampa sent him to Miami in exchange for prospects Marcus Johnson and Santiago Suarez.

    Scouting Report: Edwards doesn't have a particular standout tool, but the Marlins don't have any standout infielders. He competes well in at-bats, makes sound swing decisions and did a good job making plenty of contact, but still projects to have bottom-end power. He's improved defensively at all three non-first base infield positions but fits best at second base because of fringy arm strength and naturally lower arm slot that is better suited for the right side of the infield. The new shift rules should also mitigate some of his lack of standout arm strength. He can hack it on the left side, too, because of a quicker release. Edwards has a solid internal clock as well but got in trouble when he laid back too often on balls. He is a plus runner who can play average defense at all three infield spots.

    The Future: In Edwards and Jordan Groshans, the Marlins have bought low on two former Top 100 prospects in the hopes of supplementing their near-term big league roster. Edwards should see the big leagues in 2023 and could be a super utility player.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 20. Speed: 60. Fielding: 50. Arm: 45.

  11. 11. Jacob Amaya | SS
    Jacob Amaya
    Born: Sep 3, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: HS--West Covina, Calif., 2017 (11th round).
    Signed By: Bobby Darwin.
    Minors: .261/.369/.426 | 17 HR | 6 SB | 476 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Medium

    Track Record: The grandson of former Brooklyn Dodgers prospect Frank Amaya, Jacob grew up 25 miles east of Dodger Stadium and was drafted by his hometown team in the 11th round in 2017. He quickly asserted himself as the best defensive shortstop in the Dodgers system, but his offense declined each level he rose and cratered with a disastrous showing at Double-A in 2021. Amaya reined in his approach to emphasize strike-zone discipline and bounced back in 2022. He set new career highs in hits (124), home runs (17) and total bases (203) and climbed to Triple-A.

    Scouting Report: Amaya's greatest strength is his defense. He is a consistent, reliable shortstop who makes every play and has few weaknesses. He positions himself well with his elite instincts, gets excellent reads off the bat, expertly assesses hops and calmly handles every ball with his smooth, fluid hands. He completes every throw with his plus, accurate arm and has an advanced internal clock. Amaya's defense is at least plus, but his well below-average hitting ability will likely prevent him from being an everyday player. He flashes good strike-zone discipline, but he lacks a natural feel for contact and constantly tinkers with his swing mechanics. Amaya gets in trouble when he starts chasing power and gets overly frustrated and down on himself offensively, although he has a knack for coming through with runners in scoring position.

    The Future: Amaya projects to be a light-hitting utilityman whose ability to play shortstop will keep him on a roster. He has a chance to make his major league debut in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 40. Speed: 50. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60.

  12. 12. Joe Mack | C
    Joe Mack
    Born: Dec 27, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .243/.383/.385 | 5 HR | 0 SB | 148 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Mack was Miami's second pick in the 2021 draft, following first-rounder Kahlil Watson. He was also the No. 22 player on BA's annual Top 500 draft rankings, and the Marlins paid him $2.5 million to forgo a commitment to Clemson. His 2022 regular season was limited to just 35 non-rehab games after a hamstring injury that cropped up toward the end of spring training that cropped up again in the regular season. He made up for the lost time during the Arizona Fall League.

    Scouting Report: Mack profiles as an offensive-minded backup with a strong throwing arm. He hits the ball quite hard--his average exit velocity was 88.2 mph and peaked at 107.6--but needs to shore up his in-zone miss rates a bit. He was a favorite of the Marlins' player-development staff for his ability and desire to learn and immediately process his lessons. Specifically, they wanted to work with him to tweak his approach to help him access his pull-side power more often. Mack is a work in progress defensively and needs to stay more focused from pitch to pitch. His attention sometimes wanders and will lead to clanking catchable balls. He worked from the one-knee setup this year but will likely go back to the traditional crouch in 2023 to allow him to move more fluidly. He's got plus arm strength but caught just 23.2% of runners between the minor leagues and the AFL.

    The Future: Mack will likely move to High-A Beloit in 2023, when he'll look to be more consistent in both his receiving and his offensive approach.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 45. Power: 55. Speed: 30. Fielding: 40. Arm: 60.

  13. 13. Jacob Miller | RHP
    Jacob Miller
    Born: Aug 10, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 180
    Minors: 0-2 | 4.76 ERA | 6 SO | 2 BB | 6 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 55/Extreme

    Track Record: Miller first started to gain helium during the 2021 showcase circuit, when his fastball jumped into the low-90s with hints of 94-95 mph. The upward trend continued during his draft year, when topped out at 97 mph with his fastball. The growing fastball, combined with an excellent ability to spin the ball--his breaking pitches spun between 2,300-2,400 rpm as an amateur--pushed him up draft boards and convinced the Marlins to select him in the second round. He received a signing bonus of $1,697,900 to pry him from his commitment to Louisville.

    Scouting Report: Miller's newfound fastball velocity showed up in his four minor league starts as well. He topped at 95 mph in his lone turn in the Florida State League, where he made his final start of the year. He pairs his fastball with a slider and a curveball, with the latter grading a tick better than the former. As an amateur, both pitches tended to blend with one another. Professional coaches will work to separate them into two distinct pitches. Miller's fourth pitch is a changeup in the mid-80s, and the Marlins are impressed with how much feel he's shown for it despite its seldom use in high school. Miller is not particularly projectable, but he's already shown the ability to repeat his delivery and pound the zone with plenty of strikes. There are some delivery kinks to iron out--specifically a stabbing arm action and a tendency to spin out of his delivery--that could affect his command and consistency. Those will be addressed as he moves up the ladder.

    The Future: Miller made his final start of the season at Low-A Jupiter. He is likely to return there to begin 2022 and has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter if everything clicks.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 50

  14. 14. 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.
    Minors: .251/.384/.317 | 2 HR | 70 SB | 442 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/High

    Track Record: Nunez was the Marlins' second-round pick in 2019, when he was one of the best available prep infielders on the board. The Marlins spent $2.2 million to buy him out of his commitment to Clemson but had to wait until 2021 to see him in full-season ball because of the pandemic. He split 2022 between High-A Beloit and Double-A Pensacola and hit his first two career home runs.

    Scouting Report: Nunez is laden with superlatives. He's the system's best infield defender, has the strongest knowledge of the strike zone and is its fastest runner. He used those skills to draw 95 walks and steal 70 bases--which placed him in a three-way tie for third in the minors. The Marlins worked with Nunez to be less passive on hittable pitches, and it showed up in the summer months, when he hit .278 from May 1 through July 31 before a promotion to Double-A. The Marlins' player development staff also worked with Nunez to get him to hit the ball out in front more often. In Nunez, scouts see a player who can make contact and cause havoc on the bases while playing excellent defense up the middle. He's a smooth defender with excellent first-step quickness and a strong throwing arm that needs a touch more in the way of accuracy.

    The Future: Nunez will likely reach Triple-A at some point in 2023 and his speed and defense should help him find a way to reach the big leagues as a bottom-of-the-order hitter or defensive replacement at the very least.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 20. Speed: 70. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  15. 15. Kahlil Watson | SS
    Kahlil Watson
    Born: Apr 16, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 178
    Minors: .233/.306/.406 | 10 HR | 16 SB | 335 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Very High

    Track Record: There was plenty of surprise around the industry when Watson, who entered the year as one of the top-ranked players available, tumbled all the way to the Marlins at the 16th overall pick. He was as tooled-up as any player on the board and had performed well, so Miami was happy to snatch him up and sign him for $4,540,790. His first full season as a pro was rough and was plagued by both high amounts of swing and miss and an incident that led to a month long demotion from Low-A.

    Scouting Report: Watson is still as talented as anyone in the system, but he needs a lot of work to turn those skills into production. His bat speed is electric and he makes plenty of impact on contact--his average exit velocity was 87.5 mph--but he still struck out 35% of the time at Low-A. Evaluators will see bright spots in spurts and the Marlins' player-development staff believes he's done a good job taking the lessons from his coaching staff but sometimes gets too impatient when they don't provide immediate results and starts trying to do too much too soon. More than anything, he needs to be more selective to let his natural fits shine. He chased a 36% rate and swung and missed in the zone at a 26% rate. He will likely move off of shortstop, though not immediately. Watson has the quick feet and strong arm to play an excellent second base, but he has to clean up his consistency and stay more focused. He's an above-average runner now but might slow down a tick as he ages.

    The Future: Watson will move to High-A Beloit in 2023. He needs a huge rebound to achieve anything close to his original ceiling but the tools are there to be a big leaguer of some stripe one day.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.

  16. 16. Karson Milbrandt | RHP
    Karson Milbrandt
    Born: Apr 21, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 0-0 | 9.00 ERA | 1 SO | 1 BB | 2 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Milbrandt's draft stock started rising at the 2021 Area Code Games, where his mix of present stuff and projectability caught the eyes of scouts. He carried that momentum into his senior season at Liberty (Mo.) HS and impressed the Marlins enough for them to select him with their third-round selection, the second in Miami's run of 12 consecutive pitchers drafted after first-rounder Jacob Berry. The former Vanderbilt commit signed for $1,497,500 and made one start in the Low-A Florida State League to get his feet wet as a professional.

    Scouting Report: Milbrandt works from a full windup and delivers from a three-quarters slot. From there, he typically delivers fastballs in the 90-94 mph range, though he began touching a few ticks higher toward season's end and peaked at 96 in his only pro start. He backs the fastball with a full complement of offspeed pitches, including a pair of potentially above-average breaking balls. Both pitches have 11-to-5 shape, with the biggest difference coming via velocity. The slider is thrown in the low 80s and the curveball checks in a few ticks lower, typically around 75-78 mph, though it was a touch hotter in the Florida State League. He rounds out his arsenal with a potentially average, fading changeup that he sells well through consistent, repeatable arm action. The Marlins are particularly intrigued by Milbrandt's size and projectability. Once he gets bigger and stronger, they expect his stuff to tick up in kind. The cleanliness and repeatability in Milbrandt's delivery leads evaluators to believe he could develop above-average control.

    The Future: Milbrandt's only official start after signing came with Low-A Jupiter, where he's likely to return in 2023. His present stuff and projectability give him a high ceiling that could land him in a big league rotation in a few years' time.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 50. Control: 55

  17. 17. Nic Enright | RHP
    Nic Enright
    Born: Jan 8, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 205
    Minors: 5-1 | 2.88 ERA | 87 SO | 14 BB | 66 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Enright was drafted out of high school in 2015 by the Mets but opted to head to Virginia Tech. He pitched three years with the Hokies in a predominantly reliever's role before Cleveland called his name in the 20th round of the 2019 draft. Enright advanced quickly through the minors and spent all of 2022 at the upper levels, where he racked up 11.9 strikeouts and just 1.9 walks per nine innings. He was taken by Miami in the Rule 5 draft.

    Scouting Report: Enright was attractive to the Marlins as a plug-and-play reliever with a high amount of success at every stop. He mixes a low-90s fastball that peaks at 94 and shows outstanding carry through the zone. The life on the fastball, coupled with Enright's ability to command it in the zone, helps it play well beyond its radar gun readings. He backs the fastball primarily with a low-80s slider that functions as an excellent out pitch and got whiffs 52% of the time. He also sprinkles in a mid-80s changeup and a mid-70s curve. Enright ties the arsenal together with plus control.

    The Future: Enright was taken in the Rule 5, so he'll get plenty of chances to succeed in the big league bullpen. He has a ceiling of a middle-innings reliever.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 30. Slider: 60. Changeup: 30. Control: 60

  18. 18. Ian Lewis | 2B
    Ian Lewis
    Born: Feb 4, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 177
    Signed By: Carlos Herazo
    Minors: .265/.347/.368 | 2 HR | 16 SB | 185 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/High

    Track Record: Lewis is part of a growing cadre of players from the Bahamas, including current Marlins middle infielder Jazz Chisholm. He is also enmeshed amid a pack of talented middle infielders at the lower levels of Miami's system. After a strong 2021 season in the Rookie-level Florida Complex League, Lewis put together a solid but not spectacular first turn at full-season ball in the Florida State League, which ended early because of an injury to his hamate bone that required season-ending surgery.

    Scouting Report: Lewis' move to the FSL didn't begin until May 10, but he showed flashes of his potential the rest of the way. He's far too aggressive at the plate, swinging nearly 56% of the time and chasing at a 39% rate. That approach was somewhat mitigated by strong hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills that allowed him to strike out just 45 times in 213 plate appearances. He's wiry strong as well, as shown by average and max exit velocities of 86.4 mph and 109.6, respectively. If he tones down his approach and stops hunting home runs, that raw strength will play better. Lewis needs plenty of refinement in the field, where he bounced mainly between second and third base. Scouts believe all the movement led to some inconsistencies, including taking bad angles to the ball. His arm isn't strong enough to play third base so he'll likely settle in at second, where his offensive skills would profile just fine. He's an above-average runner.

    The Future: Lewis might return to Low-A in 2023 because of the numbers game at High-A Beloit and the small sample he got in 2022 before his injury. No matter the level, he needs to tone down his aggressiveness and become more consistent in the field.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Speed: 55. Fielding: 40. Arm: 40.

  19. 19. Antony Peguero | OF
    Antony Peguero
    Born: Jun 14, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Peguero was one of the gems of Miami's most recent international class, joining Jose Gerardo in that group. As an amateur, Peguero was lauded for a simple swing, excellent bat speed and standout raw power. He also did well against live pitching. Peguero started his career in the Dominican Summer League, where he showed a power-based skill set with plenty of contact.

    Scouting Report: Peguero is the most well-rounded of all the players in Miami's most recent international class. He's got big-time bat speed with excellent bat-to-ball skills and power that projects a fringe-average now but could get a tick higher as he fills out and gets stronger. Peguero needs to tone down his swing-happy approach and greatly improve his rates of chase and in-zone miss. He moves around well in center field but is likely to head a corner spot as his body thickens up. If that happens, his above-average speed and potentially plus arm will fit nicely in right field, though that will make the further development of his power even more pressing.

    The Future: Peguero will head stateside in 2023, with a trip to the Florida Complex League on the docket. He has a chance to be an everyday corner outfielder with further improvement of his hittability.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 45. Speed: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 60.

  20. 20. Marco Vargas | 2B
    Marco Vargas
    Born: May 14, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Vargas signed later in the process than most of his peers, inking his deal with the Marlins on May 25, more than four months after the opening of the most recent international period. It all came together when the Marlins realized their talent pool was outfielder-heavy and they needed infielders for their second DSL club. Vargas was attempting to get noticed as a catcher but had enough infield chops to garner a contract. He put together an outstanding first season as a pro in the DSL.

    Scouting Report: The first thing that stands out about Vargas is his excellent bat-to-ball skills. He whiffed just 13.8% of the time in the DSL, including a scintillating rate of just 9% miss within the strike zone. There's a pinch of impact there, too, with 18 extra-base hits and a 90th percentile exit velocity of 97.8 mph. Internal evaluators also note excellent barrel accuracy that helps him hold his own against both fastballs and secondaries in all quadrants of the strike zone. He bounced around the infield in 2022, with most of his reps at third base and then a near-equal split between shortstop and second base. He's likely to wind up at second, where his average speed and arm strength will play. He's a fair athlete with solid actions on the infield.

    The Future: Vargas will move to the Florida Complex League in 2023. He has the ceiling of an everyday second baseman with above-average hittability and a bit of impact.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 55. Power: 45. Speed: 50. Fielding: 40. Arm: 50.

  21. 21. Jose Gerardo | OF
    Jose Gerardo
    Born: Jun 12, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 179

    BA Grade/Risk: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Marlins' most recent international signing class was headed by Gerardo and fellow outfielder Antony Peguero. Gerardo was initially identified as part of the weekly tryouts the Marlins hold at their Dominican Academy. He stuck out for his loose, athletic actions, and the team's pitching staff liked the cleanliness of his arm stroke so much that they wanted to see what he could do on the mound. His offensive gifts were too great, however, and he put together a fine debut season in the DSL.

    Scouting Report: Despite an average frame, Gerardo has excellent hip and shoulder mobility and generates plenty of torque that helps him impact the baseball. His 11 home runs were tied for third in the DSL, and his 91 total bases and 24 extra-base hits each also placed among the league's top 10. The impact is there, but now he needs to shore up his swing decisions. He struck out at a roughly 30% rate in the DSL with an overall whiff rate of 37.2%. He was hurt particularly on breaking balls. He's got fringe-average speed, which should allow him to stay in center field for a while, but his ultimate home will be in right field, where his double-plus arm strength will be a weapon. His footwork and route-running need to improve for his defense to get to even fringe-average.

    The Future: Gerardo's next stop is the Florida Complex League, where he'll work to clean up his swing decisions and outfield defense in the hopes of becoming an offensive-minded right fielder for a second-division club.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 55. Speed: 45. Fielding: 40. Arm: 70.

  22. 22. Bryan Hoeing | RHP
    Bryan Hoeing
    Born: Oct 19, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 225
    Minors: 9-6 | 4.06 ERA | 75 SO | 39 BB | 120 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Hoeing was drafted out of high school by the D-backs in 2015 but opted to head to Louisville. He was drafted again in 2018, this time by the Giants, but returned to school. He finally turned pro a year later, when Miami called his name in the seventh round and signed him for $227,200. The tall, athletic righthander made his big league debut on Aug. 20 and made eight appearances.

    Scouting Report: Hoeing cuts an intimidating presence on the mound from his 6-foot-6 frame but does not possess the kind of blowaway velocity one would expect from a man his size. Instead, he relies on command and control of a mix built around a sinker-slider combination. The former pitch sits around 92 and touches 94 while the latter comes in about 10 mph slower. He altered the grip on his slider before the 2022 season and now puts more pressure on his middle finger during the pitch. He rounds out his arsenal with a mid-80s changeup and a four-seam fastball in roughly the same velocity range as his sinker.

    The Future: Hoeing is largely a finished product and fits best as a spot starter or bulk reliever. He'll likely bounce between Triple-A and the big leagues.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 45. Slider: 50. Changeup: 40. Control: 45

  23. 23. 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.
    Minors: .294/.363/.505 | 22 HR | 4 SB | 384 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Encarnacion was signed in 2015 and slowly wound his way through the minor leagues before a breakout season in 2019. He missed a chance for an encore in 2020 because of the pandemic and had his 2021 season severely curtailed by injuries. He made his big league debut on June 19 and homered in his first game.

    Scouting Report: Encarnacion is a big man with big power and a big throwing arm who reminds some evaluators of the Reds Aristides Aquino. His raw power is elite but he is unlikely to tap into it particularly often in games because of an extremely aggressive approach and long arms that leave him vulnerable to pitches both in and out of the zone. Encarnacion mashed lefties in Triple-A but was severely neutralized by righthanders, against whom he produced an OPS of just .678. He's a decent enough athlete but not a particularly nimble defender who evaluators noted tended to let a lot of balls drop. His arm is an equalizer and grades out to easily double-plus if not a true 80. He also began getting reps at first base at Triple-A.

    The Future: Encarnacion is a finished product and likely fits best as a platoon outfielder who needs a caddy on defense. He should bounce back and forth between Triple-A and Miami in 2023.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 30. Power: 60. Speed: 40. Fielding: 30. Arm: 70.

  24. 24. Josh Simpson | LHP
    Josh Simpson
    Born: Aug 19, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 7-2 | 3.97 ERA | 112 SO | 34 BB | 68 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Simpson pitched three seasons at Columbia and was signed for $25,000 in the 32nd round of the 2019 draft. He missed the 2018 season with Tommy John surgery but rebounded the following spring to go 4-3, 3.06 with the Lions in 10 starts. He's made a handful of starts as a pro but the bulk of his work has been out of the bullpen. The Marlins added him to the 40-man roster after the season.

    Scouting Report: Simpson works predominantly with two pitches: a four-seam fastball that sits around 95 mph and touches a few ticks higher and a nasty sweeper curveball in the low 80s. He works with a curveball-heavy approach and threw the breaker 56% of the time. Considering the curveball garnered a whiff rate of 50%, the philosophy seems sound. He also very sparingly sprinkled in a low-90s cutter as an extra weapon against righthanders, who hit him hard in a small sample at Triple-A. He needs to iron out his control and command--specifically of his fastball--to have success in the leagues. He issued fewer walks but allowed more hits after a promotion from Double-A Pensacola to Triple-A Jacksonville.

    The Future: Simpson is likely to return to Jacksonville for more seasoning but could fit as a middle-innings reliever--especially against lefties--if he makes gains with his control and command.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Cutter: 30. Control: 40

  25. 25. George Soriano | RHP
    George Soriano
    Born: Mar 24, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 170
    Minors: 4-4 | 2.72 ERA | 85 SO | 40 BB | 76 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Soriano was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 for $55,000 and has slowly made his way through the minor leagues. He broke out in 2022, starting with Double-A Pensacola, where he saw a boost in fastball velocity. From there, he took off and finished the year with eight appearances (six starts) at Triple-A. He was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster to keep him from becoming a minor league free agent.

    Scouting Report: Soriano's fastball jump was key to his breakout at Pensacola. By season's end, the pitch averaged 96 mph and touched triple-digits with excellent life at the top of the zone. Soriano backed it up with a high-spin, mid-80s slider that garnered plenty of whiffs and chases. He has a high-80s changeup but needs it to come forward to give him a better chance against lefthanders. He needs to tighten his fastball command and overall control, as shown by his 4.7 walks per nine innings between both stops. Soriano also worked throughout the year to keep his front side firm. When it got too loose, his arm slot would drop and the life on his pitches would suffer.

    The Future: Soriano's addition to the 40-man roster means he'll likely get his first big league look in 2023. He fits best as a middle-innings reliever but will need to improve his control to reach that ceiling.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 30. Control: 30

  26. 26. Sean Reynolds | RHP
    Sean Reynolds
    Born: Apr 19, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 237
    Minors: 2-1 | 4.13 ERA | 66 SO | 24 BB | 53 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/Medium

    Track Record: In high school, Reynolds intrigued evaluators as a two-way prospect. He touched 92 mph with his fastball by his senior year and showed raw power at the plate, albeit with a swing with length and holes that would be exploited as a pro. He was drafted as a hitter but converted to pitching in 2021 and proved himself valuable enough on the mound to earn a spot on the 40-man roster to avoid minor league free agency.

    Scouting Report: Reynolds is a big man with a big arm. His four-seamer averaged 96 mph and touched 100 mph with excellent life at the top of the zone. Some scouts were willing to go as high as a true 80 on the pitch. He backs it up with a curveball and a changeup, both of which have their moments. Reynolds has a decent enough feel for spin but often will cast the curveball, which parks in the low 80s and has a spin rate around 2,400 rpm. His changeup averages around 88 mph and is the third pitch in his mix. He has fringe-average control.

    The Future: Reynolds is still kicking the rust off as a pitcher but his stuff is plenty intriguing, especially his fastball. He likely fits as an extra arm out of the pen who can blow away hitters in low-leverage situations.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 40. Changeup: 40. Control: 45.

  27. 27. 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.
    Minors: 6-8 | 5.65 ERA | 101 SO | 52 BB | 94 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: McCambley was one of the better college arms available in the 2020 class but always came with significant risk of moving to the pen. He spent two seasons with Coastal Carolina and a summer on the Cape before the pandemic cut short his junior year with the Chanticleers. The Marlins popped him in the third round and signed him for $775,000. He reached the upper levels for the first time in 2022.

    Scouting Report: McCambley is the owner of a low-to-mid-90s four-seam fastball and a high-80s curveball that internal evaluators rank as the organization's best. The curve is a true 12-to-6 breaker with average spin rates around 2,600 rpm and a whiff rate better than 50%. McCambley also has a changeup, but scouts were not impressed by it overall. The Marlins want to see the pitch takes a step forward. If not, McCambley likely heads to the pen. He also walked five hitters per nine innings, which equates to well below-average control. The issue might stem from an uptempo, high-effort delivery that is not often found in big league starters.

    The Future: McCambley will move to Triple-A in 2023 and likely has a future as a middle-innings reliever. A bullpen move might give him a velocity boost and could mask some of his control issues.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 50. Curveball: 55. Changeup: 30. Control: 30

  28. 28. Walin Castillo | RHP
    Walin Castillo
    Born: Jan 2, 2005
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175

    BA Grade/Risk: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Castillo was signed out of the Dominican Republic on June 1 and made his official pro debut nine days later. He spent his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League, where he showed well in terms of both stuff and results. His final line included 36 strikeouts against nine walks in 33.1 innings. His best outing of the season came on July 26, when he struck out seven in four one-hit innings against one of Houston's affiliates.

    Scouting Report: Castillo has just 10 games--nine starts--to his name but is intriguing thanks to a fastball that scraped 93 mph as a 17-year-old during the 2022 season. Castillo's tall, lanky frame suggests he should be able to add more velocity as he gains strength. He backs the fastball with a curveball and changeup that each showed the potential to be average with further development.

    The Future: After a year in the DSL, Castillo will move stateside and spend the summer in the Florida Complex League among a pack of intriguing lower-level arms. His projectability and present stuff should make him an intriguing pitcher to follow over the course of the season.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Curveball: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 55.

  29. 29. Franklin Sanchez | RHP
    Franklin Sanchez
    Born: Sep 12, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 240
    Minors: 2-2 | 3.79 ERA | 42 SO | 21 BB | 36 IP

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: Cabrera was inked by the Mets out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, the same class as Alexander Ramirez. Sanchez signed late in the period, on Halloween, more than three months after it opened. He made stops on the development list and injured list in 2022 and ultimately pitched just 35.2 innings in the regular season. He made up for those lost innings in the Arizona Fall League and then was traded to the Marlins in the deal that sent Elieser Hernandez and Jeff Brigham to the Mets.

    Scouting Report: Sanchez is primarily a two-pitch reliever prospect who pairs a hard, sinking fastball in the high 90s with a hard-darting slider in the low 90s. His fastball touched 100 mph in the AFL. He also added a four-seamer in the upper 90s. He has a tough time finding the zone--his strike rate at High-A Brooklyn was just 57%--because of a frenetic delivery with lots of moving parts and a head whack. Still, all of his pitches show late life, giving him the upside of a late-inning option if he can throw more strikes as he moves up the ladder.

    The Future: Sanchez should reach the upper levels for the first time at some point in 2023. He'll need to smooth out his delivery to harness his enviable mix and reach his ceiling.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Control: 30

  30. 30. Paul McIntosh | C
    Paul McIntosh
    Born: Nov 20, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .258/.379/.465 | 13 HR | 10 SB | 318 AB

    BA Grade/Risk: 40/High

    Track Record: McIntosh is the king of Morgantown. The catcher spent three seasons behind the plate for the Mountaineers, then spent time after graduating with West Virginia of the MLB Draft League. The Marlins signed him out of the Draft League and sent him to Low-A for his first taste of pro ball. He spent all of 2022 with Double-A Pensacola, where he put up excellent numbers for a player in a pitcher's league.

    Scouting Report: McIntosh is a fringy prospect to be sure, but coaches and player-development staff inside the Marlins rave about his makeup and believe there might just be enough bat to get him to the big leagues. He makes plenty of contact--he struck out just 19.6% of the time in the Southern League--and hits the ball plenty hard, with average and 90th percentile exit velocities of 87 mph and 107 mph, respectively. He makes sound decisions as well and walked at 14% clip. He's got plenty of strength and a good bat path, but internal evaluators acknowledge he has a hole at the top of the strike zone. McIntosh has plenty of work to do defensively as well. He has well below-average arm strength and accuracy and the team has worked with him to get better grips on balls for throws to second base, where he caught just 15% of attempted base stealers. He also saw time at first base and DH but puts in plenty of work behind the plate.

    The Future: If McIntosh gets to the big leagues, it will be because of his offense. He'll move to Triple-A in 2023 in the hopes he can keep it rolling with the bat and improve his defense enough to make himself an option.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 50. Speed: 30. Fielding: 30. Arm: 30.

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