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  1. 1. Andrew Heaney | LHP
    Andrew Heaney
    Born: Jun 5, 1991
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Steve Taylor (Marlins)
    Minors: 9-6 | 3.28 ERA | 143 SO | 36 BB | 137.3 IP

    Heaney was regarded as the top college lefthander available in the 2012 draft after he led NCAA Division I hurlers with 140 strikeouts in 118 innings as a junior. He nearly didn't come to terms with the Marlins after sometimes testy negotiations, agreeing to a $2.6 million deal just before the deadline. His first full season got off to a delayed start when he was sidelined by a strained lat muscle in a simulated game early in spring training. It took him several games to shake off the rust once he took the hill at high Class A Jupiter in May, but he soon looked dominant, going unscored upon for the entire month of July to earn a promotion to Double-A Jacksonville. He tossed six scoreless frames in his first start for the Suns, then gave up five runs his second time out--nearly a quarter of the runs he yielded all year. Heaney makes it look simple, with easy arm action and a smooth delivery he repeats well. He gets easy velocity on his fastball, touching 95 mph regularly, particularly in two-strike counts. When he needs a little more he can push it up to 97. He has learned, however, that his command is a little crisper when he sits in the 91-93 range. There's a little deception to it and natural giddy-up at the end that gives hitters fits, even at the lower velocity. Heaney locates his fastball well down in the zone. His plus slider can be a wipeout pitch, with late, hard, sharp break that finishes outside of the hitting zone. He keeps hitters off-balance with his changeup, a valuable weapon against righthanded hitters. It's solid-average now, though there were times last year, particularly early in the season, when he telegraphed the pitch--or it came in a bit too firm without the fade it has when he turns it over right. The changeup projects as a third above-average offering. He commands all his pitches consistently and mixes them together well, though he needs to get better at reading swings and picking up on hitters' tendencies to improve his pitch selection. From early in the season to the end, his pitch management took a major step forward as he became more efficient. Heaney needs to learn to improve his tempo and control the running game after allowing 19 of 20 runners to steal against him in 2013, and it's been a notable weakness since college. He has added nearly 20 pounds to his frame since signing but could benefit from additional strength. He carries himself well on the mound and competes hard every time out. Heaney's not far away, though with just 122 pro innings he could stand more minor league time. He'll have to prove he can hold up to a full workload to fulfill his potential as a No. 2 starter, but he should join Miami's young rotation by the end of 2014.

  2. 2. Colin Moran | 3B
    Colin Moran
    Born: Oct 1, 1992
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 205
    Signed By: Joel Matthews (Marlins)
    Minors: .296/.344/.397 | 7 HR | 1 SB | 473 AB

    Moran followed his uncle B.J. Surhoff and brother Brian to North Carolina, where he was honored as BA's Freshman of the Year in 2011. He was a Golden Spikes finalist last spring after leading the nation with 91 RBIs, a school record. After the Marlins selected him sixth overall and gave him a slot bonus of $3,516,500, the second-largest in franchise history, he homered in his first pro at-bat. Scouts believe Moran will hit, but his power will determine how much impact he has in the big leagues. A pure hitter with an advanced approach at the plate, Moran controls the strike zone, has excellent hand-eye coordination and rarely chases. Though he has pull power, when he's going well he'll take what the pitcher gives him and drive it hard into the gap. He projects as a run-producing .300 hitter with the size and strong hands to put up 20 homers a year. Though not quick, he's athletic enough to stay at third, where his hands are soft and he shows average lateral range and an above-average, accurate arm. He's a below-average runner but can rev it up when digging for an extra base. The Marlins will allow Moran to set his own pace, which could be accelerated because he entered the system already polished and fits a big league need. He should claim Miami's wide-open third base job no later than 2015.

  3. 3. Jake Marisnick | OF
    Jake Marisnick
    Born: Mar 30, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Minors: .277/.326/.434 | 10 HR | 24 SB | 343 AB

    The marquee minor leaguer acquired in the Marlins' November 2012 trade with the Blue Jays, Marisnick opened 2013 on the disabled list after his left hand was broken by a pitch in spring training, and then had his season end early due to a left knee injury. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus after the season. He and Christian Yelich were promoted to Miami the same day last July. A gifted athlete, Marisnick earns plus grades in every tool but hitting. He succeeded at Double-A Jacksonville by staying back and working the middle of the field, but big league pitchers exploited his aggressiveness and absence of a game plan. Though he exhibits good bat speed, his swing can get long at times and he lacks the hand-eye coordination of most high-average hitters. He also needs to see more breaking pitches and work himself into better counts. Marisnick has the strength and swing path to develop plus power. A plus-plus defender with an above-average arm, he's fearless in center field where he reads the ball well, runs good routes and covers a lot of ground. He's a plus runner with an eye for the extra base, though his instincts could use fine-tuning. Marisnick could use at least another half-season on the farm to refine his approach, and if his bat develops, he'll be a dynamic everyday player.

  4. 4. Justin Nicolino | LHP
    Justin Nicolino
    Born: Nov 22, 1991
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Carlos Rodriguez (Blue Jays)
    Minors: 14-4 | 2.85 ERA | 81 SO | 20 BB | 170.3 IP

    Two years after the Blue Jays lured Nicolino away from his Virginia commitment with an above-slot $615,000 deal, they dealt him to Miami in the November 2012 blockbuster. He toyed with the high Class A Florida State League last spring, earning a July promotion to Double-A Jacksonville, where he struggled for the first time as a pro. An intelligent student of the game, Nicolino has a smooth delivery and a great feel for pitching. His fastball sits 88-92 mph, topping out at 94, with nice downhill plane and tailing movement. His best pitch is a plus straight changeup with a little diving action at the finish. He can spot his big, 1-to-7 curveball for strikes or use it as an out pitch. It's an average offering now and could develop into an above-average pitch. The key to his success is his plus control to both sides of the plate and feel for changing speeds to keep hitters off-balance. Tall and lanky, he has been handled cautiously since he was drafted and could stand to add strength to improve his durability. Intense and level-headed, he works hard at his craft and places a lot of pressure on himself to succeed. Nicolino's ceiling is a savvy No. 4-type starter whose sum will equal more than its parts. He should return to Jacksonville, where he has some unfinished business to attend to before moving on.

  5. 5. Anthony DeSclafani | RHP
    Anthony DeSclafani
    Born: Apr 18, 1990
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Joel Grampietro (Blue Jays)
    Minors: 6-7 | 3.78 ERA | 97 SO | 31 BB | 102.3 IP

    DeSclafani worked out of the pen for much of his career at Florida, with results that never matched his stuff. Though he was overshadowed by Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino and Henderson Alvarez in the 12-player blockbuster that sent veterans Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to Toronto, he has proven to be much more than a throw-in. It all begins with attitude for DeSclafani, who burns to win and won't back down to anyone. His plus fastball has late life and sits 90-93 mph, reaching 95-96 when he needs a little extra. He gets nice downward angle on it and pounds the lower part of the zone, locating the pitch on the outside edge against righties. His best offspeed pitch is an above-average power slider, which he has tightened up to get a shorter, quicker break. He'll mix in an inconsistent curve as well, mostly for show. His straight changeup grades as average with a little fade to it and late action. He's aggressive and commands his top three pitches well, particularly the fastball. DeSclafani's ceiling is that of a durable, strike-throwing No. 3 or 4 starter, though he also has the makeup and mindset of a closer. If there's no room in Miami's rotation when he's ready, he could break in as a spot starter or long reliever.

  6. 6. Brian Flynn | LHP
    Brian Flynn
    Born: Apr 19, 1990
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 255
    Signed By: Chris Wimmer (Tigers)
    Minors: 8-10 | 4.06 ERA | 104 SO | 50 BB | 139.7 IP

    Little more than a raw arm when the Tigers drafted him three years ago, Flynn has made tremendous strides since the Marlins acquired him, Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly in a 2012 deal for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. His 2.80 ERA easily led the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2013. The big, physical southpaw works on a downward plane, commanding an average to above-average fastball that touches 95 mph and typically sits 88-93. His best offspeed pitch is a hard slider with nice tilt that grades as an average offering. He uses his 1-to-7 curveball as a show-me pitch most days, though he'll occasionally feature it more prominently. He has a feel for an average changeup, a pitch with good movement that he has learned to throw for strikes. A level-headed worker and great self-evaluator, Flynn has proven to be an adept student willing to try anything Marlins coaches suggest. Some mechanical adjustments in 2012 to lengthen his stride and better incorporate his entire body paid dividends last year. He's also made tremendous progress in basics like fielding his position and holding runners. Flynn uncharacteristically struggled with his control and command in four September starts. His nerves shouldn't be as much of a factor next time around. He profiles as a back-end starter with the size and stamina to eat innings.

  7. 7. Jose Urena | RHP
    Jose Urena
    Born: Sep 12, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Sandy Nin
    Minors: 13-8 | 3.33 ERA | 121 SO | 29 BB | 162.0 IP

    The Marlins have brought Urena along cautiously since signing him for $52,000 in 2008. After using him in a tandem starter arrangement for much of 2012, they finally let him loose last year and he logged a career-high 150 innings at high Class A Jupiter. Urena has a loose, live arm and plus arm strength, and he pounds the zone with easy 92-94 mph heat, touching 96-97 on occasion. He'll also subtract from his fastball to keep hitters off-balance. His best pitch is his changeup, which breaks hard and down like a splitter, eliciting plenty of swings and misses. Urena's slider, while improved, is still a modest third pitch. It has good spin when it's on but lacks consistency. He has just enough funk in his delivery to add a touch of deception. His pitch selection is often poor and he has survived to this point largely on pure stuff. He also lacks the stamina to maintain his velocity deep into starts. A diligent student who works with enthusiasm, he fields his position cleanly and holds runners well. Urena will advance to Double-A Jacksonville in 2014, where he'll continue to work on his endurance and breaking stuff. How they progress could dictate his future role. Neither shortcoming would hinder him much in the bullpen, which is where many observers see him winding up.

  8. 8. Adam Conley | LHP
    Adam Conley
    Born: May 24, 1990
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Gabe Sandy
    Minors: 3-6 | 5.92 ERA | 50 SO | 28 BB | 65.3 IP

    Conley moved in tandem with phenom Jose Fernandez in 2012, climbing from low Class A Greensboro to high Class A Jupiter at midseason. When Fernandez skipped over Double-A to Miami in 2013, Conley assumed the anchor role in Jacksonville's rotation and led the staff in innings, wins and strikeouts. Conley has a big arm and has reached the upper 90s on occasion, though his average fastball sat 88-92 mph last year, somewhat down from the past. That may have resulted from a conscious effort to throw strikes. He has a funky delivery that makes it hard for him to consistently command his late-tailing fastball. Conley's slider, a point of emphasis last year, breaks late with good depth. Though still inconsistent, his breaking ball has improved and has the potential to become an above-average pitch. He shows fastball arm speed on his plus changeup, which has good tail and downward break. Conley has matured every year, but he still lacks consistency inning to inning and game to game. Conley's ceiling is as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but with a young rotation in place in Miami, his opening may come in the pen, where he could be a tough matchup for lefthanded hitters. Either way, he needs more development time to establish the consistency that was missing last year.

  9. 9. Avery Romero | 3B
    Avery Romero
    Born: May 11, 1993
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 195
    Signed By: Brian Kraft
    Minors: .320/.367/.423 | 5 HR | 10 SB | 466 AB

    A shortstop in high school, Romero saw time at second and third base after signing for $700,000 just before the deadline in 2012, but he settled in at second in 2013. After drawing Dan Uggla comps for his stocky build, Romero worked hard over the winter to get leaner and improve his quickness. An above-average hitter, Romero uses a short, quick swing to square up balls, resulting in a lot of hard contact. A gap-to-gap hitter now, he projects to have average power when he matures and gains strength. Though he's a below-average runner, Romero has the instincts to surprise a battery on occasion. He also reads outfielders well and will take the extra base. His defense at second took a quantum leap forward last year. He showed good actions, soft hands and quick feet, as well as a willingness to hang in on the double play. He has plenty of arm for second or even third. He's a heady player and a hard worker whose pride was wounded by the decision to hold him back in extended spring training at the beginning of 2013. Romero will open 2014 back at low Class A Greensboro, where he finished last season. Second base is a position of need in the organization, and Romero has quickly established himself as the system's best internal option.

  10. 10. J.T. Realmuto | C
    J.T. Realmuto
    Born: Mar 18, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Signed By: Steve Taylor
    Minors: .299/.369/.461 | 8 HR | 18 SB | 375 AB

    A standout quarterback in high school, Realmuto spent most of his diamond time at shortstop while setting national records with 88 hits and 119 RBIs and hitting .595 with 28 homers as a senior. The Marlins converted him to catcher immediately after signing him for $600,000. A tremendous athlete, Realmuto is an above-average defender whose arm strength, footwork and release set him apart. Opponents typically stop running after seeing him throw and note his 1.8-1.85-second pop times. He receives well but tends to pick at balls he should body up and block. He handles pitchers well and calls a good game, skills that can be still fine-tuned with experience. Despite his prep r?sum?, Realmuto is a below-average hitter who falls into the habit of opening up too soon and pulling off the ball. When he's going well, he'll use a more athletic, line-drive swing and stay up the middle. He should develop enough power to hit 12-15 home runs a year. An average runner under way, he's a little slow out of the box due to a big follow-through. Realmuto projects as a durable catch-and-throw guy who should hit enough to hold down an everyday job. He should open 2014 at Triple-A New Orleans and be ready to help out in Miami by 2015.

  11. 11. Trevor Williams | RHP
    Trevor Williams
    Born: Apr 25, 1992
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 230
    Signed By: Scott Stanley
    Minors: 8-7 | 3.12 ERA | 104 SO | 35 BB | 144.0 IP

    After going 12-2, 2.05 as an Arizona State sophomore, Williams tailed off to 6-6, 4.12 in 2013. The Marlins still liked him enough to pluck him in the second round and sign him for $1,261,400. They kept him on a tight pitch limit, never allowing him to work more than three innings in any start as he advanced to low Class A Greensboro. Williams is a strike-throwing workhorse who should see a much longer leash in the near future. His plus fastball sits 92-93 mph and touches 95. He'll throw a two-seamer that runs in on righthanders and away from lefties. He throws his slow changeup with a fastball grip and gets nice fade to it. It can become an average to better offering with more use. His inconsistent breaking balls prevented him from racking up big strikeout numbers in college. He struggles to throw his slider for strikes, and he also has a solid late-breaking, three-quarters curve, and neither pitch projects as more than average. Williams tends to open up too early and is working to keep his front side closed longer. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, he has an advanced feel for pitching and impressed the Marlins with his work ethic. Williams projects as a No. 3 or 4 starter capable of logging 200 innings a season.

  12. 12. Arquimedes Caminero | RHP
    Arquimedes Caminero
    Born: Jun 16, 1987
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 245
    Minors: 4-1 | 4.86 ERA | 79 SO | 30 BB | 63.0 IP

    It's been a long road for Caminero, who spent three years in the Dominican Summer League and finally blossomed in 2010 before losing nearly a year and a half with an elbow injury. Back to full strength in 2013, he held Double-A Southern League hitters to a .183 average and finished the season with 13 big league appearances. Arm strength has always been Caminero's calling card, with a sinking, running fastball that touches triple digits and sits in the mid-90s. He throws a slider that gets sweepy at times and an 89-90 mph cutter that runs in on lefthanders and away from righties. His changeup is a splitter that has room to improve. Caminero's problem has been command. The Marlins suggested some mechanical adjustments in spring 2013 to keep him closed longer and maintain a more consistent arm slot, which allowed his ball to explode late. Even still, it took a stream of constant reminders from his coaches for the importance of throwing quality strikes to sink in. Caminero has matured and gained confidence and no longer lets adversity snowball on him. If he can improve his slider and throw it more consistently for strikes, he has closer stuff. Failing that, he's still got the makings of an aggressive set-up man.

  13. 13. Jesus Solorzano | OF
    Jesus Solorzano
    Born: Aug 8, 1990
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .233/.255/.316 | 3 HR | 18 SB | 301 AB

    Solorzano led the short-season New York-Penn League in slugging (.519) and OPS (.894) in 2012 and followed that up with a solid campaign at low Class A Greensboro, where he finished in the league's top 10 in hits (138), doubles (29) and stolen bases (33). He remains an aggressive hitter, but he's learning to manage his at-bats, working deeper into the count instead of jumping on the first pitch. Solorzano still is prone to chase breaking balls out of the zone, but he has shown mild improvement there as well. He has the bat speed to turn around a good fastball and the raw strength to develop plus power. On the bases, he learned how to read pitchers and catchers last year, getting the most of his above-average speed by converting 33 of 37 stolen-base attempts. A solid defender, Solorzano can play all three outfield spots, though he has seen the most time in right field, where his average arm is playable. He did a better job last year of not taking poor at-bats with him out to the field and has shown more maturity in all phases of his game. Solorzano will move to high Class A Jupiter to open 2014, and at age 23, it's time for him to accelerate his progress.

  14. 14. Austin Dean | OF
    Austin Dean
    Born: Oct 14, 1993
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted: HS--Spring, Texas, 2012 (4th round).
    Signed By: Ryan Wardinsky.
    Minors: .308/.371/.444 | 9 HR | 4 SB | 403 AB

    An infielder in high school, Dean moved to the outfield upon signing for $367,200 as a fourth-rounder in 2012. The Marlins played it conservative with him in 2013, holding him back in extended spring until short-season Batavia's season began in June. Dean swings one of the quickest bats in the organization and the ball comes off the barrel hard. Because his stance is fairly upright, he gets to balls up easier than pitches down in the zone, the latter of which can give him trouble. Dean has good bat control and is more of a line-drive hitter than a power threat, though he could develop 15-20 home run power. He's aggressive and likes to jump on the first pitch. An average runner, he was gunned out on his only two stolen base attempts in 2013 but moves well enough underway that he legged out seven triples, tops in the New York-Penn League. Dean's speed plays well enough on a corner, where his range is average. His arm is a tick-below-average but could improve with better technique, a factor of his inexperience in the outfield. He'll return to low Class A Greensboro, where he spent the final week of the 2013 campaign.

  15. 15. Sam Dyson | RHP
    Sam Dyson
    Born: May 7, 1988
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 212
    Minors: 2-1 | 2.49 ERA | 20 SO | 10 BB | 25.3 IP

    Drafted three times, Dyson finally signed with the Blue Jays in 2010. Tommy John surgery delayed his pro debut until two years later. Once healthy, he shot through the system, reaching the big leagues briefly in July 2012. The Marlins claimed him on waivers in January 2013. Dyson's results have yet to match his stuff, which is electric. His sinker has late run and moves so much that catchers can miss it. He excels at adding and subtracting velocity from his heater. Dyson's deceptive, fading changeup is a second plus pitch. He switches between a tight curve and biting slider. While both can be nasty, he doesn't seem to trust either and needs to utilize one or both more frequently. An easy strike-thrower, Dyson lacks the instinct to set up hitters and doesn't read their swings to gauge what's working. He needs to do a better job holding runners and speed up the tempo of his delivery. Though he started 21 games last year, Dyson is a much better fit in the bullpen, where he's capable of being a dynamic set-up man or emergency starter.

  16. 16. Angel Sanchez | RHP
    Angel Sanchez
    Born: Nov 28, 1989
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 2-14 | 5.96 ERA | 75 SO | 38 BB | 122.3 IP

    The nephew of former major leaguer Geraldo Guzman, Sanchez signed with the Dodgers for $7,500 out of a college in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. After two and a half years in Class A ball, he went to the Marlins as part of the Ricky Nolasco trade in July 2013. Despite his smallish frame, he throws a live 92-95 mph fastball with a free-and-easy delivery that he repeats well. His best pitch is a plus cutter that would be more effective if he showed it less. He throws both a hard curve with medium depth and a late-breaking slider with good downward action. Sanchez's changeup could become an average pitch if he would use it more. With so many weapons, he lacks feel for when to throw which pitch. He picks at the corners and needs to work up and down to change the plane on hitters. Sanchez needs to gain strength to bolster his stamina and maintain his velocity in the later innings. Though relatively new to pitching, he is 24 and will be challenged at Double-A Jacksonville in 2014. Scouts who like him see a possible late-rotation starter.

  17. 17. Colby Suggs | RHP
    Colby Suggs
    Born: Oct 25, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: Brian Kraft
    Minors: 1-6 | 5.09 ERA | 47 SO | 25 BB | 58.3 IP

    Suggs helped Arkansas to the College World Series as a sophomore, then set a school record with 13 saves as the Razorbacks' closer in 2013. He yielded just 44 hits in 80 innings over his college career. The flip side was the 53 walks he surrendered, which the Marlins must straighten out after signing him for $600,000. Suggs is all about power, with his plus fastball sitting in the mid-90s and touching 98 mph with good movement, particularly down in the zone. He also features a hard 85-mph curve that works as an out-pitch. His changeup is well behind his other offerings. He puts a lot of effort into an over-the-top delivery, leading to well-below-average control. He's aggressive and likes to challenge hitters. Suggs needs innings to smooth out his delivery. He'll get them at high Class A Jupiter to open 2014.

  18. 18. Nick Wittgren | RHP
    Nick Wittgren
    Born: May 29, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 216
    Minors: 5-5 | 3.55 ERA | 56 SO | 14 BB | 66.0 IP

    Purdue's all-time saves leader, Wittgren led the Florida State League with 25 in 2013. Wittgren's 90-93 mph fastball plays up because of natural deception in his delivery. He throws his average breaking ball down and toward the back foot of lefthanded hitters or backdoors it versus righties. Early in 2013, Wittgren's breaking ball featured a bit of hump, but it got crisper as the season progressed. His changeup can be effective, but he hasn't thrown it much as a closer. He fields his position and holds on runners well. His stuff is a little short for a big league closer, so he may fit better as a seventh- or eighth-inning bridge. He likely will move quickly through the system and could arrive in Miami in 2014.

  19. 19. Brent Keys | OF
    Brent Keys
    Born: Jul 14, 1990
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Minors: .242/.362/.280 | 0 HR | 7 SB | 293 AB

    Keys has been hampered by hamstring issues since signing five years ago, with the latest setback coming last spring and costing him the first month of the season. He still captured his second consecutive batting crown by hitting .346 in the Florida State League. Keys uses a quiet approach, gets the barrel to the ball and rarely misses his pitch. He's a great bat-handler and accomplished bunter. He's a plus runner when his legs are healthy, though hammy issues have limited his speed to average or below. He lacks the elite range of most big league center fielders, but when healthy covers enough ground to play the position. His arm is average to a tick below and he may be a better fit in left. He should open the year at Double-A Jacksonville.

  20. 20. Austin Barnes | C
    Austin Barnes
    Born: Dec 28, 1989
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 187
    Signed By: Scott Stanley (Marlins)
    Minors: .304/.398/.472 | 13 HR | 11 SB | 464 AB

    After spending the bulk of 2012 at second base, Barnes reversed roles last year and played 75 games behind the plate. Hitting is his most intriguing tool. He gives a quality at-bat, working counts and looking for his pitch. Barnes has below-average power but uses strong wrists and hands to pepper opposite-field liners. He's a solid receiver with good hands and moves quickly on balls in the dirt. His footwork is good and he has a quick release, but his arm is below-average. With more time at second he could become average, but his bat profiles better at catcher. A slightly below-average runner, Barnes is a hustler who plays hard. He's too small to forecast as a regular catcher, but his versatility and bat should be valuable as a reserve.

  21. 21. Grant Dayton | LHP
    Grant Dayton
    Born: Nov 25, 1987
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 210
    Minors: 2-3 | 3.12 ERA | 79 SO | 26 BB | 72.0 IP

    A stress fracture cost Dayton a chance to play in big league camp last spring and held him out until late May. He got stronger as the season progressed until his fastball returned to 91-93 mph. Dayton gets good depth and angle on a sharp slider, which he can drop on the back foot of righthanded hitters. He also throws a plus changeup. His command improved, especially over the second half. He's aggressive and attacks both sides of the plate with quality pitches. Though his stuff is good enough to work in a set-up role, he was particularly effective in 2013 against lefthanders, holding them to a .140 average. He'll go to spring training with a chance to impress his way onto the Miami roster, especially now that he's on the 40-man.

  22. 22. Kyle Jensen | 1B
    Kyle Jensen
    Born: May 20, 1988
    Bats: R Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 255
    Minors: .260/.331/.481 | 27 HR | 1 SB | 497 AB

    In an organization starved for power bats, Jensen stands out as a big, physical righthanded batter with the raw strength and bat speed to hit the ball out to all fields. The question is how much will he hit. He struggles to identify pitches and is tempted too frequently by breaking balls in the dirt, resulting in 306 strikeouts over the past two seasons. Though he's a below-average runner, Jensen will pick his spots to swipe a bag. Through hard work, he has turned himself into a slightly below-average corner outfielder who positions himself properly and gets good jumps. His arm strength is average with good accuracy, making him more suitable for left field but playable in right. Jensen may fit best in a platoon role.

  23. 23. Edgar Olmos | LHP
    Edgar Olmos
    Born: Apr 12, 1990
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 220
    Minors: 3-3 | 4.06 ERA | 60 SO | 30 BB | 77.7 IP

    Shoulder problems limited Olmos to four starts his first two seasons. The Marlins shifted him to the bullpen midway through the 2012. He made his big league debut last June, then struggled to repeat his delivery after returning to Double-A Jacksonville. Olmos' boring fastball picked up velocity in his new role and now runs in the mid-90s. His breaking ball is a hard, biting slider that can be an average pitch. His average changeup features a little fade and is a true third offering. Olmos struggles to maintain his timing because of his long stride and long arms. He also tends to finish too upright. Olmos could become a situational lefthander, though he was better against righties last year. A good spring could land him in Miami.

  24. 24. Mark Canha | OF
    Mark Canha
    Born: Feb 15, 1989
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 212
    Signed By: John Hughes (Marlins)
    Minors: .303/.384/.505 | 20 HR | 3 SB | 465 AB

    A two-time all-Pacific-10 Conference honoree at California, Canha signed for $300,000 in 2010. He's been a solid run producer at every stop since. Canha crushes line drives to all fields using a short stroke. He's got the strength to hit for power, particularly to his pull side, if he can maintain the adjustments he made in the second half of 2013 to use his legs more efficiently. Though his speed is below-average, Canha is a smart baserunner. While the Marlins have tried him at third base and in the outfield, he has spent most of his time at first, where he shows fringy overall defensive ability. Canha grows on scouts over time but doesn't profile well. He'll continue his march up the ladder by moving to Triple-A New Orleans in 2014.

  25. 25. Tyler Higgins | RHP
    Tyler Higgins
    Born: Apr 22, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Minors: 2-0 | 4.97 ERA | 17 SO | 8 BB | 29.0 IP

    Higgins' radar readings might be the first thing to grab attention, but his secondary stuff also grades out well. His fastball lacks life but sits 90-93 mph and touches 95 with occasional cutting action. He also throws a two-seamer that runs to his arm side and mixes in a heavy, power curve that can look like a slider. His changeup blossomed last year into a potentially plus out-pitch. Effort in Higgins' delivery caused him to battle his command early in 2013, leading to too many balls up in the zone, but it improved in the second half. If he learns how to read hitters and attack their weaknesses his results should match his stuff, which is good enough to work in end-game situations. He may return to Jupiter to start 2014.

  26. 26. Javier Lopez | 3B
    Javier Lopez
    Born: Sep 13, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 180
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Alix Martinez/Sandy Nin
    Minors: .223/.264/.302 | 0 HR | 3 SB | 305 AB

    The Marlins inked Lopez for $350,000, a considerable sum for an organization that doesn't spend much internationally. He struggled in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League in 2012 but Miami pushed him to short-season Batavia in 2013, where he was the youngest player on the roster. He tantalizes with a live body and a natural feel for the game. While he struggled offensively, he showed a loose stroke and rarely looked overmatched. He makes hard contact and shows power to his pull side. He's an average runner. Lopez has smooth actions at shortstop but tends to get too flashy. He has a plus arm, though his throws were inconsistent and often rushed. The Marlins would like to give Lopez 500 at-bats in 2014, and jump him to low Class A Greensboro. More likely, he'll return to extended spring before he tackles full-season pitching.

  27. 27. Austin Brice | RHP
    Austin Brice
    Born: Jun 19, 1992
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 235
    Signed By: Joel Matthews
    Minors: 8-9 | 3.60 ERA | 109 SO | 55 BB | 127.3 IP

    Brice garnered a $205,000 deal as the top-rated high school pitcher from the state of North Carolina in the 2010 draft. Though he led low Class A Greensboro with 122 strikeouts while sharing a rotation spot with Jose Urena in 2012, the Marlins returned Brice to the Grasshoppers in 2013, and his numbers slipped across the board. Long and lean, Brice throws a plus 91-93 mph fastball. He also throws a plus 11-to-5 curve. His changeup can be an average third offering, but he needs to use it more. Brice has trouble repeating his delivery and maintaining a release point, in part because of an inconsistent stride that causes him to open up. He also tends to land on a stiff front leg and leaves pitches up. The Marlins are optimistic that Brice will have solid mid-rotation stuff. He ought to move to high Class A Jupiter in 2014.

  28. 28. Jarlin Garcia | LHP
    Jarlin Garcia
    Born: Jan 18, 1993
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez, Sandy Nin
    Minors: 10-5 | 4.38 ERA | 111 SO | 21 BB | 133.7 IP

    Though he averaged less than five innings a start in 2013, he ranked fifth in the short-season New York-Penn League with 74 strikeouts. Garcia's arm works easy and he shows an above-average fastball that runs up to 93 mph. He also throws a plus curve, which he can get too reliant on. He's still learning how to use his changeup, which has a chance to be an above-average pitch. Garcia has the stuff to challenge hitters, but he didn't always do so. Though he doesn't issue many free passes, Garcia's command can be inconsistent. Despite his inexperience, he has shown some maturity. Garcia has a nice pitcher's build with room to fill out yet. He will vie for a job in the low Class A Greensboro rotation in 2014.

  29. 29. Josh Hodges | RHP
    Josh Hodges
    Born: Jun 21, 1991
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 235
    Minors: 3-11 | 5.61 ERA | 76 SO | 31 BB | 102.7 IP

    Hodges came out of high school raw, having faced little competition in a remote northern Mississippi town of 8,000. An imposing figure on the mound, Hodges gets downward plane on his heavy, sinking fastball, which sits in the low 90s. When he needs a little more he can run it up to 94 mph. His hard slider may have the makings of an average breaking pitch, though it lacks consistency. He throws two changeups, the better of which breaks down like a splitter and grades as a plus offering. Hodges' arm action is clean and his delivery smooth and repeatable. He commands all his pitches well. He projects as a back-end starter or longman. Hodgers worked briefly in relief in the first half of 2013 and saw a slight uptick in velocity to the mid-90s. He'll continue as a starter and should join the Double-A Jacksonville rotation in 2014.

  30. 30. Michael Brady | RHP
    Michael Brady
    Born: Mar 21, 1987
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 1-6 | 4.50 ERA | 63 SO | 23 BB | 68.0 IP

    Though he hit just .254 as an infielder at California, Brady's arm strength intrigued the Marlins, who converted him to the mound in 2010. He led the Double-A Southern League in saves in 2013. The key to Brady's success is uncanny command of a sinking fastball, which he typically keeps down and away, though he can paint either side of the plate. His velocity ticked up a notch in 2013 to 92-93 mph with plus movement. His out-pitch is a hard, slurvy breaking ball that is an average pitch because he can locate it. He added a forkball two years ago that's a swing-and-miss pitch when it's on. Athletic and intelligent, he fields his position well and earned a spot on the 40-man roster in November. While he has closed throughout his minor league career, his average stuff makes him more of a middle reliever.

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