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  1. 1. 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).

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 55. Changeup: 70. Curveball: 55. Control: 60
    TRACK RECORD: Signed originally by the Phillies for $35,000 in July 2015, Sanchez was part of the return the Marlins received when they traded away J.T. Realmuto after the 2018 season. After Sanchez pitched just 46.2 innings at high Class A in his final season with the Phillies due to right elbow inflammation, the Marlins eased him into his first season in their organization. He pitched a combined 114 innings at high Class A and Double-A, where he went 8-4, 2.53 with 97 strikeouts and 19 walks. In 2020, Sanchez made his big league debut in late August and quickly became a fixture in the Marlins' rotation. Sanchez impressed enough to earn a steady spot in the playoff rotation along with Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Sanchez's headlining pitch is a double-plus fastball with solid life that averaged nearly 99 mph— the third-highest velocity in the majors in 2020. He touched triple-digits eight times, peaking at 101 mph. Sanchez also throws a two- seamer in the upper 90s with powerful sink. He made great strides with his changeup, his most frequently thrown offspeed pitch. The double-plus offering has solid dive and proved equally tough against lefties and righties, who hit .152 and .145 against the pitch, respectively. His power slider has plus potential, as does a curveball with solid break he used as an additional out pitch. Sanchez is an advanced strike-thrower with a smooth, clean delivery who pitches with a quick yet composed pace. Injury concerns about his elbow have quieted, and he exhibited some of the same plus or better control he did in the minors during his first major league season. Consistency will be key for Sanchez, who struck out 8.2 and walked 1.4 per nine innings during his first five starts and a 3-to-1 strikeout-towalk ratio overall. Those numbers somewhat masked a tough finish to the season during which he allowed nine earned runs in seven innings, with six walks and four strikeouts.
    THE FUTURE: After bypassing Triple-A with no minor league season in 2020, Sanchez demonstrated the composure of an ace in his major league debut and appears ready to open 2021 with a regular spot in the rotation. Sanchez was already slotted among the Marlins' top three starters during the 2020 playoffs and should remain a frontline starter if he continues to progress in spring training. Sanchez has the highest upside of any pitcher in the organization, perhaps even perennial all-star potential, with continued development of his fastball command and control of his secondary pitches.

  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: 6-3 | 2.41 ERA | 113 SO | 40 BB | 101 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 70. Changeup: 55. Control: 55

    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins surprised many when they chose Meyer with the third overall pick and made him the first pitcher selected in the 2020 draft. Meyer, a two-time member of USA Baseball's Collegiate National team, signed for $6.7 million—a franchise record even at $520,000 under slot value. After opening his collegiate career as a closer and recording a school-record 16 saves as a freshman, Meyer moved into Minnesota's rotation and posted 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings as a sophomore before dominating in an abbreviated junior campaign.
    SCOUTING REPORT: A natural strike-thrower with elite athleticism and explosiveness, Meyer is armed with a double-plus slider and fastball. He throws both with above-average control and a nearly effortless delivery. He throws his slider in the 92-93 mph range with excellent movement and depth. Meyer's four-seamer touched 100 mph in college and averages 95-98 with solid sink. He complements those pitches with a mid-80s changeup that has above-average potential.
    THE FUTURE: Meyer has a chance to rise quickly after showing he could hold his own against older hitters at the alternate training site. His future as a starter or reliever depends on the development of his changeup as a reliable third pitch.

  3. 3. Jesus Sanchez | OF
    Jesus Sanchez
    Born: Oct 7, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 222
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2014.
    Signed By: Danny Santana (Rays).
    Minors: .348/.406/.652 | 10 HR | 1 SB | 141 AB

    Hitting: 45.Power: 55. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.
    TRACK RECORD: Sanchez signed with the Rays for $400,000 in 2014 and rose all the way to Triple-A in 2019. The Marlins acquired him along with reliever Ryne Stanek for righthanders Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards at the 2019 trade deadline. Sanchez hit respectably the rest of the year at Triple-A New Orleans and made the Marlins' 60-man player pool in 2020. The Marlins called him up from the alternate training site to make his major league debut in August.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Sanchez generates plenty of bat speed and uses plus raw power to drive the ball to all fields, but he needs more polish as a hitter to go with his outstanding handeye coordination. The 6-foot-3 lefthanded hitter has a very pullheavy approach and struggles with premium velocity, especially on the inner half of the plate. Sanchez's shortcomings were evident during his brief major league stint, when he went 1-for-25 with 11 strikeouts and lost focus and discipline in his approach. Sanchez is a solid defender whose average speed and above-average arm project on an outfield corner.
    THE FUTURE: After an ugly major league debut, Sanchez could use more time at Triple-A before returning to the majors. He projects to join JJ Bleday as one of the Marlins' starting corner outfielders of the future.

  4. 4. 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

    TRACK RECORD: Eder was one of Vanderbilt's top relievers during its run to the College World Series championship in 2019. He moved to the rotation in 2020 and showed the ability to miss bats in his four starts before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season, but also a proclivity for walks. The Marlins drafted Eder in the fourth round, signed him for $700,000 and sent him to the alternate training site.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Eder has the size and smooth delivery of a starter, but his stuff and control lack consistency. His velocity fluctuates between 89-92 mph and 90-94 mph, which affects his results depending on what he has that day. Eder's curveball is potentially a plus pitch with good break, and his changeup could become at least an average offering in time. Eder has flashed average control in spurts, but pitches more with fringe-average control over the long haul.

    THE FUTURE:The Marlins will have Eder work as a starter initially. Whether he stays there will be determined by his ability to be more consistent with his stuff and control.

  5. 5. 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

    Fastball: 70. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 50
    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins signed Cabrera for $100,000 in 2015. He progressed steadily and broke out in 2019, when he went 9-4, 2.23 with 116 strikeouts and 31 walks in 96.2 innings while climbing to Double-A. Cabrera was a candidate to make his major league debut in 2020 but dealt with arm and back injuries that halted a potential callup.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Cabrera's main weapon is a double-plus, upper-90s fastball with solid sink that can touch 100 mph. That power pitch helped him induce a 49.5% groundball rate at Double-A and prevents batters from making hard contact in the air. Cabrera's main secondary is a plus curveball with added depth that has become a solid swing-and-miss pitch. The key to proving himself as a starter will be the development of his changeup, which has showed improved separation from his fastball. Cabrera walked more than three batters per nine innings in Double-A in 2019 and must improve his control, but he has shown an improved, repeatable delivery.
    THE FUTURE: Cabrera has a high ceiling that could make him anywhere from a No. 2 to No. 4 starter, depending on how he commands his secondary pitches. He should start 2021 at Triple-A with a chance for a quick callup.

  6. 6. 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

    Watson was one of the standout performers over the summer showcase circuit and immediately put himself in first-round territory after a standout showing at East Coast Pro, where he ran a 6.5 60-yard-dash and looked like one of the best hitters at the event. Watson isn't the most physical player you'll see, listed at 5-foot-9, 178 pounds, but there are scouts in the industry who believe his combination of athleticism, tools and defensive profile give him the most upside in the class. Watson has outstanding bat speed and plenty of strength in his swing, with a tendency to take massive hacks and try to hit for power. Despite that approach, he has shown a smooth, lefthanded swing and an ability to manipulate his barrel, with impressive at-bats against some of the best pitchers in the class over the summer. Against mid-90s fastballs and some of the best breaking balls the prep class has to offer, Watson seemed perfectly comfortable within his at-bats, spitting on pitches out of the zone, drawing walks when he needed to and driving pitches in his hitting zone when the opportunity arose. That approach and his physical tools should allow him to project as an above-average hitter with solid or better power. Watson is a tremendous athlete who has turned in 70-grade run times at various events and should be at least a plus runner consistently. Defensively, he has all the tools to stick at shortstop, with quick-twitch actions, solid glove work and 60-grade arm strength. There have been some scouts who think he might fit best at second base or perhaps in center field in the long run thanks to his speed and athleticism, but there's no tool he's missing that he needs to be an above-average defensive shortstop.

  7. 7. Eury Perez | RHP
    Eury Perez
    Born: Apr 15, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 200
    Minors: 3-4 | 1.58 ERA | 104 SO | 24 BB | 74 IP

    Perez has one of the highest upsides of any of the Marlins' pitching prospects. He began the year as one of the youngest players at any level of the minor leagues, and has impressed since Day One. Perez boasts a three-pitch mix fronted by a fastball that tops out in the upper 90s, a tight slider and a changeup which flashes plus. There are plenty of steps to go before Perez reaches his ceiling, but he could settle in as a mid-rotation starter if he reaches his peak.

  8. 8. Joe Mack | C
    Joe Mack
    Born: Dec 27, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .135/.370/.212 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 52 AB

    Mack's older brother, Charles, was a sixth-round pick of the Twins in 2018 who signed for $500,000 out of high school and has reached Low-A Fort Myers. A Clemson commit like his older brother was, Joe will get drafted higher than Charles did and should be one of the top two catchers off the board along with Harry Ford from Georgia. He has consistently performed at a high offensive level on the major national showcase circuit the last three years, including one of the strongest summers among the top 2021 players last year despite not having a high school season last spring due to the pandemic. This spring, Mack's high school baseball season didn't start until May 14, just days after Mack was playing for the school's volleyball team in the state finals. Through the early weeks of the season, Mack looked like a hitter who was still getting his rhythm and timing back in the batter's box, with more swing and miss than he showed last summer. Given Mack's track record and unusual circumstances, scouts generally haven't seemed concerned. Those highest on Mack see an advanced hitter with good bat speed and a chance to hit for plus power in his prime, though others see more of a hit-first offensive profile with average power. A below-average runner, Mack isn't a polished defender, but he made significant progress behind the plate in 2020, increasing his chances to stick behind the plate. He is quick and a solid athlete for a catcher with an explosive lower half, good hands and plus arm strength to dial in pop times in the 1.9-second range in games.

  9. 9. 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: .243/.366/.265 | 0 HR | 33 SB | 189 AB

    TRACK RECORD: One of the top defensive shortstops in the 2019 draft, Nunez was taken 46th overall by the Marlins and signed for $2.2 million. The Marlins brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and he continued to see game action at instructional league in the fall.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nunez's defensive skills and instincts at shortstop are advanced. His plus speed gives him plenty of range and his plus arm makes him a lock to stay at the position. He has a tendency to make highlight-worthy plays. Nunez makes contact at the plate but his power is well below-average and limits his ability to impact the ball. He struggled primarily against righthanders during his first pro action. Nunez shows a patient approach and uses his speed to steal bases when he gets on, but he has a long way to go to be an average hitter. The Marlins expect him to develop more offensive consistency and impact the ball solidly to all fields as he matures.

    THE FUTURE: Already considered one of the top defensive shortstops in the organization, Nunez's offensive development will determine whether he becomes an everyday shortstop.

  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

    Hitting: 60.Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60.
    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins drafted Bleday fourth overall in 2019 and signed him for a franchise-record $6.67 million after he led Vanderbilt to a national championship his junior season and led the nation with 27 home runs. Following his pro debut at high Class A Jupiter in 2019, Bleday was slated to play in Double-A in 2020. Instead he faced the organization's top-level pitchers at the alternate training site.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Bleday uses a fluid swing and solid bat speed to project as a middle-of-the-order hitter with plus power from the left side. He also shows above-average defense and arm strength. Bleday made positive strides when it came to his outfield reads and jumps, according to scouts, while playing both corner spots as well as center field. Bleday has the fundamentally sound mechanics and speed to handle center but still projects as a corner outfielder, most likely in right field. He also shows above-average strike-zone discipline that complements his above-average defensive skills and average-to-above speed on the bases.
    THE FUTURE: Bleday could start the 2021 season at Double-A. He has a chance to fast-track to Miami and secure a starting corner outfield spot before the end of the season.

  11. 11. Lewin Diaz | 1B
    Lewin Diaz
    Born: Nov 19, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 217
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2013.
    Signed By: Fred Guerrero (Twins).
    Minors: .248/.327/.518 | 20 HR | 2 SB | 278 AB

    Hitting: 50.Power: 60. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
    TRACK RECORD: Diaz signed with the Twins for $1.4 million in 2013 but failed to advance past high Class A for five years due to injuries and inconsistency. He finally broke through in 2019 and was acquired by the Marlins for closer Sergio Romo and pitching prospect Chris Vallimont. Diaz's production slipped after the trade, but he still made the Marlins' 60-man player pool in 2020 and received his first big league callup in August.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Diaz is a lefthanded power hitter who can drive the ball to all fields. Even when he's not hitting home runs, he has a knack for racking up extra-base hits. He totaled 27 homers, 33 doubles and two triples in 2019, taking many of them to left or left-center field. Diaz doesn't walk much but doesn't strike out at a high rate, either. The Marlins have long felt Diaz's defense at first base was well above-average and major league-ready. Diaz gave them a glimpse at the position while showing off his strong arm and solid mechanics around the bag in his 14-game debut.
    THE FUTURE: Diaz's plus defense at first base and potential middle-of-the-order power make him the Marlins' first baseman of the future. He will have a chance to secure the everyday job as early as 2021.

  12. 12. Braxton Garrett | LHP
    Braxton Garrett
    Born: Aug 5, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Florence, Ala., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mark Willoughby.
    Minors: 5-3 | 3.96 ERA | 73 SO | 26 BB | 73 IP

    Fastball: 50. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 60. Control: 55
    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins drafted Garrett with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016 and went above slot to sign him for $4.1 million. His first season was cut short after he had Tommy John surgery, but he returned to the mound in 2019 and held up over 107 innings while climbing to Double-A. The Marlins added him to their 60-man player pool in 2020 and called him in September up for his first two major league starts.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Garrett's arsenal is fronted by low-80s curveball with great depth that is considered the best in the Marlins' system. It's a swing-and-miss pitch that had immediate success in the majors and is a consensus plus offering. Garrett's fastball previously averaged 92-95 mph but dipped to the 88-90 range in the majors, which led to the pitch getting crushed. He also throws an average changeup that is effective against righthanders. Garrett exhibits above-average control and command of all three pitches but had to nibble in the majors with his decreased velocity.
    THE FUTURE: Garrett's velocity dip was concerning, but he had barely pitched in Double-A and needs more time in the minors. He is a candidate to land a spot on the back end of the rotation in the coming years.

  13. 13. 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: 2-5 | 4.60 ERA | 84 SO | 38 BB | 79 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Fulton was considered one of the top high school lefthanders in the 2020 draft class, but he hurt his elbow trying out for USA Baseball's 18U national team and had Tommy John surgery that wiped out his senior year. The Marlins still drafted him 40th overall and signed him for $2.4 million to pass up an Oklahoma commitment. Fulton began throwing bullpens in the fall and returned to the mound in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: With a tall and athletic frame, Fulton is a consistent strike-thrower with his threepitch mix. His fastball sits 89-93 mph and should tick up as he continues to rehab. The gem of his arsenal is a plus, high-spin curveball he can throw with power and depth. Fulton doesn't use his mid-80s changeup often, but he shows some feel for the offering and it projects as an average pitch. His delivery and arm action looked solid during his rehab work in the fall, providing optimism he'll stay healthy.

    THE FUTURE: Fulton has the highest upside of any lefthander in the Marlins' system. He'll make his pro debut in 2021 and try to build innings.

  14. 14. 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: 3-10 | 4.36 ERA | 120 SO | 26 BB | 97 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Undrafted out of high school because of a knee injury, McCambley pitched both as a starter and reliever at Coastal Carolina. He impressed with a 1.74 ERA in the Cape Cod League the summer before his junior year and carried it through the abbreviated 2020 college season. The Marlins drafted him in the third round and signed him for $775,000.

    SCOUTING REPORT: McCambley has a deceptive delivery and fast-paced tempo on the mound. His fastball sits 92-94 mph and can touch 96 mph, and his ability to improve his command will determine whether it becomes a plus offering. He throws a plus curveball with a high spin rate and bite in the upper-70s. The lack of a third pitch has many scouts believing McCambley will be a high-leverage reliever instead of a starter in the majors. His fringe-average control further points to a relief future.

    THE FUTURE: McCambley will remain a starter for now. How much he develops a third pitch and improves his control will determine if he stays there.

  15. 15. Kameron Misner | OF
    Kameron Misner
    Born: Jan 8, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 219
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri, 2019 (1st round supplemental).
    Signed By: Joe Dunigan.
    Minors: .253/.355/.433 | 12 HR | 26 SB | 395 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Misner hit .301 with 21 home runs and 50 stolen bases during his three years at Missouri, but struggled his final season due to strikeout issues. The Marlins still drafted him 35th overall in 2019 and signed him for $2.115 million. Misner made a solid pro debut, hitting .270 with two home runs and 11 steals in 163 combined at-bats in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and at low Class A Clinton.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Misner struggled with falling behind in counts early in his career, but his combination of plus power and above average speed, fielding and arm strength give him well-rounded potential. Misner generates plenty of bat speed using a balanced swing from the left side that produced increased power last fall in Jupiter. His speed makes him a possible 30-30 player with the defensive tools to play all three outfield positions.

    THE FUTURE: The original plan in 2020 was for Misner to start at high Class A Jupiter. His continued progress could mean a quick rise through the system with an eye toward a 2022 debut.

  16. 16. 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: .231/.376/.472 | 23 HR | 9 SB | 373 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins appear to have found a hidden gem in Burdick, whom they signed below-slot for $397,500 after choosing him with the 82nd overall pick in 2019. Burdick earned Horizon League Player of the Year honors that season after returning from Tommy John surgery and proceeded to slash .308/.407/.542 with 11 home runs and 64 RBIs combined at short-season Batavia and low Class A Clinton.

    SCOUTING REPORT: One of the quickest risers in the Marlins' system, Burdick has put himself in the thick of the club's next wave of potential outfielders. His strength is his combination of above-average power to all fields and average to above-average hit tool. Following his impressive season at Clinton, he continued to impact the ball consistently during his work at the alternate training site to solidify himself as a potential impact hitter. Burdick has an above-average arm along average speed. He should be an average defender in either corner outfield spot.

    THE FUTURE: Burdick might end up the best of the Marlins' outfield prospects. If he continues to add power and maintain consistency in his swing and approach, he should be an everyday player.

  17. 17. Monte Harrison | OF
    Monte Harrison
    Born: Aug 10, 1995
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Lee's Summit, Mo., 2014 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Drew Anderson (Brewers).
    Minors: .244/.338/.450 | 14 HR | 24 SB | 258 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Marlins acquired Harrison as part of the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers before the 2018 season. Harrison had a rough debut in the Marlins' system with 215 strikeouts at Double-A Jacksonville, but he rebounded with a solid showing at Triple-A the following year. The Marlins called Harrison up for his major league debut in 2020, when he had a chance to earn playing time in center field but instead hit .170 with 26 strikeouts in 51 plate appearances.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Harrison is a physical, explosive athlete with plus-plus raw power and speed, plus arm strength and the ability to play all three outfield positions. The issue is he struggles to make contact. He's made multiple adjustments to level out his swing throughout his career but still strikes out prodigiously. He is prone to chasing outside the strike zone and, even when doesn't chase, swings and misses way too frequently against all types of pitches in the strike zone. With his current approach and swing, Harrison projects as a well below-average hitter, at best, who will struggle to turn his raw power into production.

    THE FUTURE: Harrison's high strikeout rate dampens his tantalizing tools. Whether he can stick on a major league roster in any capacity hinges on him figuring things out at the plate and making more contact.

  18. 18. Jose Devers | SS
    Jose Devers
    Born: Dec 7, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Juan Rosario (Yankees).
    Minors: .231/.250/.308 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 39 AB

    Hitting: 55.Power: 30. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50.
    TRACK RECORD: Devers originally signed with the Yankees for $250,000 and was traded to the Marlins with righthander Jorge Guzman and second baseman Starlin Castro in the deal that sent Giancarlo Stanton to New York. Devers' rise through the system has been hindered by shoulder, forearm and groin injuries, but he performed well in the Arizona Fall League in 2019 after hitting a combined .322 in 177 at-bats while rising to high Class A.
    SCOUTING REPORT: Devers needs to add weight and strength to his wiry frame, but he projects as a plus hitter who consistently makes solid contact with a low 15% strikeout rate in 2019. He barreled the ball consistently facing older pitchers at the alternate training site, a development that solidified his standing as the best pure hitter in the Marlins' system. Devers' power will likely always remain well below-average, but his batto-ball skills give him a chance to become a top-of-the lineup option in the major leagues. He's a plus runner who enhances his offensive game as an efficient basestealer. Devers is a plus defender at shortstop with range and instincts that make up for his average arm.
    THE FUTURE: Devers has struggled to stay healthy and must show that he can. He is poised for a jump to Double-A.

  19. 19. Griffin Conine | OF
    Griffin Conine
    Born: Jul 11, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 213
    Drafted/Signed: Duke, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Jason Beverlin (Blue Jays).
    Minors: .218/.330/.530 | 36 HR | 3 SB | 394 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The son of "Mr. Marlin" Jeff Conine joined his father's former team when the Blue Jays traded him to the Marlins for Jonathan Villar at the 2020 trade deadline. Conine was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for the stimulant ritalinic acid the previous year, but still led the low Class A Midwest League with 22 home runs despite playing just 80 games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Conine has used his quick bat and plus raw power to display plus power to all fields at every stop. The amount he swings and misses is alarming, however, with a 36% strikeout rate against low Class A competition. Conine primarily struggles when pitchers attack him up in the zone. He did show improvement during instructional league in 2020, but he still projects as a fringe-average hitter, at best. Conine is a below-average runner but covers enough ground to be an average defender in right field.

    THE FUTURE: Conine will be challenged by better pitching in 2021. How he handles it will determine if he can hit enough to be an everyday major leaguer.

  20. 20. 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: .221/.308/.396 | 9 HR | 5 SB | 235 AB

    TRACK RECORD: A former basketball player in the Dominican Republic, Encarnacion got a late start in baseball and signed with the Marlins at age 18 in for $78,000. He had a breakout 2019 in with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs at low Class A Clinton and high Class A Jupiter. He hit three more home runs at the Arizona Fall League, including a grand slam in the championship game.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Encarnacion's high strikeout rate was alarming entering 2019, but he was able to lower it from 31% the previous two seasons to 25.3%. His closed stance from the right side generates plenty of power to all fields and his plate discipline on offspeed pitches and breaking balls showed improvement. He likely won't be more than a fringe-average hitter, but his above-average power should make him an offensive contributor. Encarnacion has average speed and is an average defender in right field. His plus arm helped him notch 20 outfield assists in 2019.

    THE FUTURE: How Encarnacion refines his approach and plate discipline will dictate how far he climbs. He should see Double-A in 2021.

  21. 21. Nick Neidert | RHP
    Nick Neidert
    Born: Nov 20, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Suwanee, Ga., 2015 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Dustin Evans (Mariners).
    Minors: 6-3 | 3.32 ERA | 42 SO | 20 BB | 60 IP

    TRACK RECORD: A second-round pick of the Mariners in 2015, the Marlins acquired Neidert as part of the trade that sent Dee Gordon to Seattle in 2017. Neidert made it to Triple-A New Orleans in 2019 before having surgery to repair his meniscus. He returned with an impressive five-start performance at the Arizona Fall League and made his Marlins debut in 2020, compiling a 5.40 ERA in four games.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Neidert shows command of his 90-92 mph fastball and relies on that command to succeed. He can locate the pitch to both sides of the plate with late movement and often uses it as a complement--rather than as his primary offering--to his plus changeup and average slider. His curveball is still a work in progress. Neidert's solid, repeatable delivery creates good deception with his three-pitch mix to keep hitters off-balance.

    THE FUTURE: Neidert's ceiling is a back-end starter or long reliever, but he's ready now and will be a part of the Marlins' pitching staff in 2021.

  22. 22. Cody Poteet | RHP
    Cody Poteet
    Born: Jul 30, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 1-0 | 3.38 ERA | 12 SO | 3 BB | 8 IP

    Poteet was the Marlins' fourth-round pick in 2015 out of UCLA and made his big league debut in 2021. He made seven starts for the club before going on the IL on June 28 with a right knee sprain. He operates with a four-pitch mix fronted by a four-seam fastball that averages roughly 94 mph.

  23. 23. Kyle Nicolas | RHP
    Kyle Nicolas
    Born: Feb 22, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 223
    Drafted/Signed: Ball State, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Joe Dunigan.
    Minors: 6-4 | 4.18 ERA | 136 SO | 49 BB | 99 IP

    TRACK RECORD: The nephew of former NFL quarterback Todd Blackledge, Nicolas averaged 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings in four starts during his final season at Ball State before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the college season. The Marlins drafted him with the 61st overall pick and signed him for $1,129,700. Nicolas made his Marlins debut in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Nicolas was one of the hardest throwers in the 2020 draft, with a plus-plus fastball that sits 96 mph and frequently touches 100 mph. Nicolas has a deceptive, above-average slider that can sometimes touch 90 mph, but there are concerns that he'll be nothing more than a high-leverage reliever unless he can continue to develop his curveball or changeup. Both are fringy to below average offerings, at best. He has the average control to remain a starter if he can find that third offering.

    THE FUTURE: Scouts are split whether Nicolas projects as a starter or reliever. His pro debut in 2021 will be telling.

  24. 24. Jordan Holloway | RHP
    Jordan Holloway
    Born: Jun 13, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Arvada, Colo., 2014 (20th round).
    Signed By: Scott Stanley.
    Minors: 0-5 | 4.73 ERA | 29 SO | 14 BB | 33 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Holloway signed for $400,000 in 2014 but didn't advance past low Class A for his first five years due largely to injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2017. He returned and vaulted all the way to the majors in 2020, but his stint was cut short after one appearance when he contracted Covid-19 early in the season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Marlins remain high on Holloway despite his struggles with consistent fastball command. He possesses a plus fastball that sits 96-97 mph and can exceed 100 mph. He has worked to limit excess movement and simplify his delivery in order to improve his control. He has a plus curveball he also struggles to land in the zone and a changeup that is a usable but fringy offering.

    THE FUTURE: Holloway is likely bound to be a reliever. He'll need to improve his consistency and control to stick in a major league bullpen.

  25. 25. 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: .309/.391/.415 | 2 HR | 13 SB | 188 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Salas grew up in Orlando, Fla., but moved to Venezuela before high school and signed with the Marlins for $2.8 million during the 2019 international signing period. His father, uncle and grandfather all played pro ball in Venezuela. The Marlins planned for Salas to begin his career in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, but he was limited to instructional league in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the minor league season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: A fast-twitch athlete with plus speed and an above-average arm, Salas has raw defensive tools that will play well at shortstop. He has a projectable frame that gives him a chance to add strength and power at the plate, although scouts feel he needs to develop more consistency and fluidity in his swing as he matures. Salas has a chance to hit for average and possesses average power, but he's a long way from fulfilling those projections.

    THE FUTURE: Salas will make his pro debut in 2021. His offensive development will determine whether he becomes an everyday shortstop.

  26. 26. Yiddi Cappe | SS
    Yiddi Cappe
    Born: Sep 17, 2002
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2021.

    Signed by the Marlins as part of their 2020-21 international class, Cappe is a smooth defender with above-average speed that could tick down as he matures. At the plate, he's got long levers and needs to continue to work to sync up his body during his swing. The strength he added before signing should increase his power production.

  27. 27. Cody Morissette | SS
    Cody Morissette
    Born: Jan 16, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .202/.306/.274 | 0 HR | 0 SB | 124 AB

    Morissette and his center field teammate Sal Frelick brought plenty of scouts to Boston College to watch the two best college hitters in the Northeast. A hand injury slowed Morissette early in the spring and he re-aggravated it later, which may have taken a toll on his numbers when he returned, but he ended the season with a flourish to hit .321/.398/.497 in 41 games. While Frelick is a more dynamic, quick-twitch athlete with elite speed, Morissette is more steady than flashy, with his hitting ability standing out the most. Morissette has a better pure swing than Frelick. It's a fluid, easy stroke from the left side that's calm, smooth and under control with a compact path to the ball and good bat speed. That helps Morissette square up pitches middle-in consistently, and he generally stays within the strike zone, though he's been vulnerable against sliders at times. Morissette's raw power is fringe-average now with home run juice to his pull side. His swing is conducive to hitting the ball in the air, and with his bat speed, some strength projection remaining and barrel skills, he could get to average power, though it's a hit-over-power profile now. An average runner with an average arm, Morissette played second base this spring and projects to stay there in pro ball, though a team could also try him at third base or possibly the outfield as well in a utility role. Morissette doesn't make the acrobatic, highlight-reel plays or have above-average range, but he's a steady, reliable defender who should fit comfortably at second base.

  28. 28. Jordan McCants | SS
    Jordan McCants
    Born: May 21, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .236/.300/.250 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 72 AB

    The younger brother of TJ McCants—who ranked No. 359 on the 2020 BA 500 and currently plays at Mississippi—Jordan is credited as the more advanced of the siblings, with above-average hitting, running and defensive ability at shortstop. He's turned in 70-grade run times in the 60-yard dash and is at least a plus runner who is regularly a nuisance for pitchers when he gets on base. That speed allows him to cover plenty of range at shortstop, and some scouts believe he has the glovework and intangibles to play the position at the big league level. He'll make some flashy plays and all of the routine ones as well, but his current fringe-average arm strength could lead some teams to project him as a second baseman in the long run, while others think his actions and exchanges will always let his arm play up from its strength. McCants has solid hitting traits from the left side, with a slow heartbeat in the box and a solid understanding of the strike zone. He has contact ability and can put pressure on defenses with his legs, but this spring drove the ball a bit more than scouts have seen him do in the past, showing an ability to drive the ball into the left-center gap to the opposite side after adding some strength to his frame in the offseason. McCants won't be intriguing for every team given his size and the fact that he'll be 19 on draft day, but he has everyday upside potential at a premium position.

  29. 29. Payton Henry | C
    Payton Henry
    Born: Jun 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Jeff Scholzen.
    Minors: .266/.351/.390 | 6 HR | 0 SB | 241 AB

    Henry, acquired from the Brewers in the trade that sent RHP John Curtiss to Milwaukee, is a potential backup catcher whose defense and ability to work well with pitchers gives him a shot at an MLB role. He has some raw power, but that power has rarely made it into games.

  30. 30. Bryan De La Cruz | OF
    Bryan De La Cruz
    Born: Dec 16, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .324/.362/.518 | 12 HR | 2 SB | 272 AB

    Acquired from the Astros for RHP Yimi Garcia, de la Cruz will get a shot to earn a fourth outfielder's job with Miami over the rest of this season. He was in the middle of his best season as a pro when he was traded. He's able to play a fringy center field in addition to above-average defense in the corners. With the ability to square up fastballs and improved ability to hit the ball in the air, he has a shot at being a useful big leaguer.

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