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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: 3-5 | 1.96 ERA | 108 SO | 26 BB | 78 IP

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: As an amateur, Perez was already 6-foot-5 and a lanky 155 pounds. He’s gained both height and weight since then but has maintained his surprising body control and coordination. His first shot at a professional debut was scuttled by the pandemic, though he did attend Miami’s instructional league. He proved advanced enough this season to skip completely over both extended spring training and the Florida Complex League in lieu of an immediate spot in the rotation at Low-A Jupiter, where he dominated despite being the youngest player in the sport on Opening Day. His finest moment came on Aug. 7, when he whiffed a season-high 11 hitters in 4.2 no-hit innings against Tampa. In all, Perez proved advanced enough to move to High-A Beloit for a four-start spell at season’s end. He was excellent after the promotion as well, with his only real clunker coming in his last start of the season while pitted against Cleveland phenom Daniel Espino.

    Scouting Report: Before anything else, Perez’s success can be credited to the three C’s: coordination, control and command. All of these would be solid for any 18-year-old pitcher getting his first shot at pro ball but given the circumstances surrounding the 2020 season and his massive frame, they were exceptional. Perez works with a three-pitch mix of a four-seam fastball, changeup and curveball, the first two of which already show the makings of plus or better offerings. His fastball ranges between 93-96 mph and has touched a few ticks higher while settling in at an average of roughly 95 mph while showing excellent riding life when thrown up in the zone. The Marlins were pleased with the pitch’s analytical characteristics and the way it played against much more experienced hitters. Perez’s changeup, which averaged 83 mph, showed solid fading action when he properly executed the pitch. Other times it played firm, and some scouts noticed that tended to slow his arm down when he threw the changeup. Nevertheless, evaluators believe the pitch will eventually be plus. He showed a willingness to throw the pitch in any count and against both righties and lefties. Perez’s curveball parks in the 77-80 mph range and needs the most work of his offspeed pitches. He spins the ball well and uses the curveball as an early-count offering to steal strikes, but scouts would like to see more consistency and power to the offering to help it realize its potential as an average to above-average pitch. Despite his already massive frame, Perez still has plenty of projection remaining. The Marlins have tasked him with gaining roughly 20 more pounds of good weight so he can head into next season with more power behind his already dynamic arsenal while taking on an even bigger workload.

    The Future: After a successful stint at High-A to end his season, Perez is likely to return to the level to begin 2022, when he’ll be among the youngest players in the league. He has the upside of a front-end starter.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 50. Slider: 60. Control: 60

  2. 2. Kahlil Watson | SS
    Kahlil Watson
    Born: Apr 16, 2003
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 178
    Minors: .394/.524/.606 | 0 HR | 4 SB | 33 AB

    BA Grade: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: Watson used the summer showcase circuit to cement his status as one of the top prospects in the country—he ranked No. 6 on the Baseball America 500 and third among prep shortstops behind Jordan Lawlar and Marcelo Mayer—and then watched as he took a curious tumble on draft night. He settled at No. 16 with the Marlins, who signed him away from his North Carolina State commitment for $4,540,790. Watson had a successful but short debut in the Florida Complex League before his season was cut short by a grade 2 hamstring strain. He got back on the field at the team’s development camp in October, when he was part of a group of the very best prospects in the system.

    Scouting Report: Watson’s prodigious bat speed is his biggest calling card. He uses an extremely strong lower half to help him whip the bat through the zone to produce all-fields juice without a lot of big, wasted movement while still showing the barrel malleability needed to hit for plenty of average as well. He also proved himself as an amateur against some of the best pitching in the class. He showed well against mid-90s fastballs and displayed the strike zone discipline to confidently take borderline pitches while maintaining a sense of calm at the plate in a variety of situations. There are a few minor kinks to be worked out as he develops. Specifically, the team’s hitting department identified a small hitch in his load that can cause his timing to get out of whack and leave him off-balance during his swing. He’s so strong, however, and has such a sense of barrel awareness that he can often overcome the issue and make decent contact. Defensively, there’s more of a question mark. Watson has the speed and the athleticism to stick at shortstop, but he needs to improve his footwork at the position. When his feet get out of sync his arm slot can also be affected, which leads to erratic throws. Watson also needs to increase his focus on defense as a whole. Evaluators have seen him make plenty of highlight-reel plays with his range and arm, but there have also been clunkers on routine plays. He’s got plenty of speed, too, as shown by the 6.5-second 60-yard dash he ran during East Coast Pro over the summer. If he can’t stick at shortstop, his speed would fit in center field or his offense could allow him to settle in as a middle-infield masher.

    The Future: Watson was invited to the Marlins’ fall development camp after the season and was one of the most impressive players on hand. He continued opening eyes at the plate, in the field and on the bases. Watson will get his first full test as a pro at Low-A Jupiter, where he’ll work on honing his defense to the point where he can remain at shortstop in the long run. If he shores up a few things on defense, the Marlins believe they have the makings of a true five-tool talent.

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

  3. 3. 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: 60/Extreme

    Track Record: After a dominant seven-start turn in the shortened 2020 season, this was supposed to be the year when Sanchez took his place atop the Marlins’ rotation and vaulted into stardom. Instead, he didn’t throw a single pitch. Injuries and setbacks plagued Sanchez all season long, eventually culminating in surgery in July to repair a capsular tear in his right shoulder. The hope is he will be ready for 2022 spring training.

    Scouting Report: At his peak, Sanchez was sublime. He mixed a truly elite fastball that averaged roughly 99 mph with a devastating changeup that ranked as a potentially double-plus pitch and played well against righthanded and lefthanded hitters. Both of his breaking balls played as average or better as well, with the slider a potentially plus pitch and his curveball just a tick behind. His results tailed off as the season went along, and he appeared the Marlins’ playoff series against the Braves. Sanchez’s success masked the fact that he had gotten quite heavy, which adds to the list of things that will need to be watched as he develops.

    The Future: If Sanchez’s stuff returns intact after he’s completed his rehab, then Sanchez’s future is still plenty bright and he should resume his place near the top of the Marlins’ rotation. There are plenty of hurdles to navigate before that point, however, so he will be worth monitoring once he gets back on the mound this spring.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 80. Curveball: 55. Slider: 55. Changeup: 70. Control: 60

  4. 4. Edward Cabrera | RHP
    Edward Cabrera
    Born: Apr 13, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Sandy Nin/Domingo Ortega.
    Minors: 3-4 | 2.93 ERA | 92 SO | 25 BB | 62 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: Cabrera has long been one of the best pitching prospects in the Miami system. He signed for $100,000 in 2015, then put himself on the map with a big year in 2019. Injuries to his back and biceps have limited him in each of the past two seasons, but he showed enough in the minors this year to earn a seven-start callup to the big leagues. With the Marlins, Cabrera’s control and command showed they needed a bit more polish, but the pure stuff was encouraging enough to project as a long-term piece of Miami’s rotation.

    Scouting Report: Cabrera’s biggest weapon is his fastball, which sits in the upper 90s, but could be even more effective with improved command. If he can throw more quality strikes with his heater, his upside will become more attainable. Already armed with a three-pitch mix of fastball, curveball and changeup, Cabrera began working on a slider this year in Triple-A. The pitch features short, sweeping break in the upper-80s and served as a fine complement to his low-80s, downer curveball. Both breaking pitches take a backseat to his changeup, which settled in at an average of 93 mph. At its best, the changeup shows late fade life away from lefties and is deceptive because of the conviction with which it is thrown. Cabrera relied heavily on his offspeeds in Triple-A, where he threw his fastball just 26% of the time.

    The Future: Cabrera has plenty of upside to pitch in the middle of a rotation, but he needs to sharpen his command and fringe-average control to reach that ceiling. He learned that lesson against big league hitters, who reached him for hard contact and walks in the late stages of the season. He'll likely head back to Triple-A for more seasoning.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 70. Curveball: 60. Slider: 50 Changeup: 50. Control: 45

  5. 5. 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: 6-4 | 2.27 ERA | 130 SO | 42 BB | 111 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Track Record: After two dominant years in the bullpen, Meyer entered the 2020 season ready to stretch himself as part of the Golden Gophers’ rotation. Then the pandemic happened, and that chance was cut short. Even so, the Marlins were confident enough in the sample they had to draft him No. 3 overall and make him the first pitcher off the board. They were impressed enough by what he showed at instructional league and spring training to jump him all the way to Double-A to start his career. Though his stuff was inconsistent, his numbers were superb. Meyer’s 2.27 ERA ranked fourth among pitchers who threw more than 100 innings, and his 130 strikeouts were the second-most in the system.

    Scouting Report: Meyer’s bread and butter is his combination of fastball and slider. The former pitch typically sits in the low 90s but can get up to 96-97 when he needs a few extra notches. The latter was the clear leader in his arsenal as an amateur, a true downer weapon that generated plenty of swings and misses. The pitch was much less consistent this season, though it showed flashes of its formerly monstrous self. Scouts noted a tick lower arm slot this year than he’d shown as an amateur and cited the mechanical changes as a possible reason for inconsistency. His changeup is still a work in progress and shows little movement, instead relying on the separation from his fastball to disrupt timing. The next steps for Meyer involve showing more consistency in his arsenal as well as better commanding his fastball to both sides of the plate.

    The Future: Meyer ended the season at Triple-A and should return to the level in 2022. If he can find consistency, improve his changeup and sharpen his command, he could pitch in the middle of a rotation. If not, he could be a weapon out of the bullpen.

    Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 45. 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.
    Minors: 3-5 | 1.77 ERA | 99 SO | 27 BB | 72 IP

    BA Grade:55/Extreme

    Track Record: Much like fellow 2020 Marlins draftee Max Meyer, Eder was poised to use the 2020 season as a coming-out party after moving from the bullpen to the rotation. The pandemic cut that chance short, but the Marlins—area scout JT Zink in particular—were convicted enough not only to spend one of their six picks on him, but also to send him to Double-A for his pro debut. Eder was one of the best pitchers in the minors until he had Tommy John surgery to repair his torn left elbow ligament.

    Scouting Report: Before the injury, Eder’s stuff and results placed him among the game’s best prospects. A small mechanical adjustment with the way Eder took the ball from his glove at the beginning of his delivery paid immediate dividends in terms of command and control and helped accentuate his three-pitch mix. Eder’s fastball parks in the low 90s but can bump a few ticks higher. The pitch also showed excellent riding life up in the zone, and scouts noticed an advanced feel to use the pitch on both halves of the plate. His breaking ball can sometimes look like a slider and other times look like a curveball depending on the intent. If he wants to get swings and misses, he’ll add more sweep. If he wants to get early-count strikes, he’ll take something off and drop it into the zone. It’s one pitch with two uses. His changeup is at its best when thrown in the low 80s, where it shows solid fading life, and it straightens when it gets too firm. Eder shows potentially plus command of his arsenal, and his extremely heady, competitive makeup helps him gut through times when he’s not at his best.

    The Future: Because the injury and surgery happened so late, Eder is likely out for the 2022 season. If he can make a full recovery, he has a chance to pitch toward the middle of a rotation.

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

  7. 7. 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: .224/.367/.456 | 23 HR | 9 SB | 401 AB

    BA Grade:50/High

    Track Record: Burdick was the Horizon League’s player of the year in 2019, and he parlayed the award into a third-round pick that season. He showed well in his first year as a pro, then had to wait until 2021 for an encore because of the pandemic. He showed hints of a being a four-tool player this past season, with only the pure hit tool lagging. His 23 home runs tied for the lead in the Double-A South, and his .848 OPS was third on the circuit.

    Scouting Report: Burdick uses his smaller frame to generate surprising strength, which results in raw power that easily grades as plus. He tends to favor that side of his game over hitting for average, which sometimes leads to his swing getting too big and his approach becoming overly pull-heavy. The Marlins also worked with Burdick during the season to close a hole at the top of the strike zone which was caused by a stride that had a tendency to get too long. If that happened, it would force his bat path to work under the strike zone, leaving him vulnerable to anything elevated. Burdick is most likely a corner outfielder, but he’s playable in center field if required. His power would profile in a corner as well, and his above-average arm would serve him well in right field. Evaluators inside the organization love his makeup and dedication to the game.

    The Future: Burdick ended the season in Triple-A and will return to the level in 2022, when he’ll try to add a little more balance to his game without sacrificing his enviable power potential. He profiles as a right fielder who can move to center every so often.

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

  8. 8. Jose Salas | SS
    Jose Salas
    Born: Apr 26, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 191
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol.
    Minors: .305/.391/.405 | 2 HR | 14 SB | 200 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: After growing up in Orlando, Fla., Salas moved to Venezuela as an adolescent before signing with the Marlins in 2019 for a bonus of $2.8 million. His pro debut was delayed a year by the pandemic, but he got onto the field during the 2020 instructional league and made it to Low-A in his first official season. He ranked No. 3 on the Florida Complex League’s Top 10 prospects.

    Scouting Report: Salas showed hints of his upside this season, including a long home run in one of his first games at Low-A. Mostly, though, his power was distributed from gap to gap and goes more often for doubles than homers. He’s better from the left side right now simply because he faces more righties, but overall shows a quick, leveraged swing from both sides of the plate guided by strong, fast hands that allow him to manipulate the barrel into different parts of the zone. That same quality, however, can get him into trouble. Internal evaluators note that because Salas knows he can get his bat to so many pitches, he often swings as pitches that he can get his bat to, but not necessarily his barrel. That approach leads to weaker contact, and needs to be refined. In the field, Salas has solid actions and the potential to develop into a reliable everyday shortstop. He needs to focus on staying more engaged on every play and remembering where he needs to be on the field but has plenty of time to iron out the finer points. If he doesn’t stick at shortstop he has experience as an outfielder playing internationally.

    The Future: After a cameo at Low-A, Salas will likely return to the level, where he, Ian Lewis and Kahlil Watson will form an enviable trio of middle-diamond riches.

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

  9. 9. Ian Lewis | 2B
    Ian Lewis
    Born: Feb 4, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'0" Wt.: 177
    Signed By: Carlos Herazo
    Minors: .302/.354/.497 | 3 HR | 9 SB | 149 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Lewis was part of a 2019 international class that already has the look of a coup, with righthander Eury Perez and shortstop Jose Salas making excellent impressions in their first pro seasons. Lewis received the top bonus for any Bahamian player in the class and drew acclaim for his blend of tools, athleticism and projectability. He ranked No. 6 among the Florida Complex League’s Top 10 prospects.

    Scouting Report: Lewis an aggressive hitter who hunts fastballs in the zone he can hit with impact. That approach helped him produce exit velocities up to 110 mph in a year when 40% of his hits went for extra bases. He combines that strength and aggression with excellent bat-to-ball skills from both sides of the plate with a whippy swing and strong hands. He has excellent barrel accuracy for his age, and also shows the ability to foul off even the toughest pitches in order to get something he can impact. The Marlins worked with Lewis to maintain a more consistent posture throughout his swing. When he gets out of whack, his stride gets too long and his shoulders dip, which causes his bat path to divert from its ideal course. Defensively, Lewis is likely to move to either second or third base. He’s got quick feet and a strong arm as well excellent body control while turning double plays. He accelerates well into his above-average speed and will likely move around the diamond in his first test at full-season ball come 2022.

    The Future: After a successful turn in the FCL, Lewis will likely head to Low-A Jupiter, where he’ll be part of a high-upside trio of players with Salas and 2021 first-rounder Kahlil Watson.

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

  10. 10. JJ Bleday | OF
    JJ Bleday
    Born: Nov 10, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 197
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Christian Castorri.
    Minors: .212/.323/.373 | 12 HR | 5 SB | 397 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: It’s easy to forget that 2021 was Bleday’s first full season as a pro. He was the No. 4 overall pick in 2019, when he helped lead his Vanderbilt team to the College World Series, then jumped all the way to High-A for his pro debut. He moved to Double-A in 2021 and showed flashes of the potential the Marlins saw as an amateur, albeit with plenty of valleys in between.

    Scouting Report: There’s simply no way around it: Bleday’s 2021 was rough. He hit for neither average nor power and is likely limited to a corner-outfield spot. Those who still keep Bleday alive as a prospect note that he showed a strong knowledge of the strike zone and uses the whole field, which are positive indicators of things to come. Scouts in the Arizona Fall League also noted that Bleday had lowered his hand-set from the regular season. The move allowed him to make his barrel more adjustable and helped him get to impactable balls in the middle of the zone he’d been missing all season long. The Marlins, too, worked with Bleday to stand taller at address in order to keep him from getting stuck on his backside and making weak contact on pitches he should hit hard. His raw power also looked amplified during his early time in the AFL. He’s still a potentially plus defender in right field with average speed and the plus arm strength to stick at the position.

    The Future: Understandably, there were a lot of mulligans handed out in 2021. Bleday will gladly take one and hope he can come back next year looking like the hitter the Marlins thought they were drafting.

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

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