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BA Grade: 65. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Changeup: 60. Slider: 60. Control: 60. Track Record: Originally signed by the Phillies for $35,000 in July 2015, Sanchez was traded to the Marlins in the February 2019 trade that sent J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia for catcher Jorge Alfaro, lefthander Will Stewart and Sanchez, who was the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect at the time. Prior to the trade, Sanchez established himself as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball on the strength of an explosive three-pitch arsenal. A 6-foot, 185-pound righthander, he ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the Gulf Coast League in 2016 and then broke out as the South Atlantic League’s top prospect in 2017, when he limited low Class A hitters to a .191 opponent average in 67.1 innings before a midseason promotion to the Florida State League. Sanchez struggled with right elbow inflammation in 2018, restricting him to just 46.2 innings in his final season with the Phillies. He enjoyed good health in 2019, pitched a career-high 114 innings and reached Double-A for the first time. Sanchez was the top-ranked pitching prospect in the Southern League, posting a 8-4, 2.53 record with 97 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 103 innings. Scouting Report: Sanchez’s three-pitch mix is headlined by a mid- to upper-90s fastball that can touch 101 mph. Complementing his double-plus fastball is a pair of plus secondary offerings in an upper-80s changeup with good sinking action and a hard, power slider that features two-plane tilt. Perhaps even more impressive than his stuff is Sanchez’s ability to control all three offerings. He is an advanced strike-thrower with plus or better control, and he walked fewer than 1.7 batters per nine innings at both of his stops in 2019. A converted infielder, Sanchez is a good athlete whose control is aided by his relatively clean, smooth delivery. Previous concerns about Sanchez’s elbow injury and his smaller stature limiting his effectiveness as a starter seemed to have quieted after an effective 2019. In all, Sanchez is one of the few pitching prospects still in the minors who can combine premium velocity, multiple swing-and-miss offspeed offerings, plus control and an easy, athletic delivery when he takes the mound every fifth day. The Future: Sanchez will participate in big league spring training with the Marlins in 2020, but the likely scenario remains that he opens the regular season in Triple-A. A major league debut sometime next summer or in September is possible, but the Marlins seem content to let Sanchez continue to gain experience and build innings in the minors before finally breaking through with a regular rotation spot in 2021. Sanchez has the highest upside of any pitcher in the organization, and the Marlins hope he can be the frontline starter the franchise will need as it rises from its latest rebuilding effort.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. Track Record: Bleday enjoyed a breakout junior campaign at Vanderbilt before the Marlins signed him for a franchise-record $6.67 million as the No. 4 overall pick. A first-team All-American, Bleday led all Division I hitters with 27 home runs in 2019 and helped the Commodores win the program’s second College World Series championship with a .347/.465/.701 slash line and more walks (61) than strikeouts (58). He made his pro debut for high Class A Jupiter on July 20 and posted a .747 OPS in August. Scouting Report: Bleday is an advanced hitter with a smooth lefthanded swing and refined approach. As he showed in his final season at Vanderbilt, he can drive the ball with plus raw power when he connects, and he gets his barrel on the ball often. Bleday is an average runner with an above-average arm who profiles as an above-average defender in either outfield corner. Scouts routinely praise Bleday for his overall makeup, noting that his continued improvement over his three years at Vanderbilt was hardly a surprise when considering his work ethic and maturity. The Future: Bleday has the pedigree, experience and talent to move quickly. After playing 38 games in the Florida State League in 2019, he should see plenty of time at Double-A in 2020. Bleday has the potential to be a high-average, middle-of-the-order hitter who should be able to hold down a corner outfield spot for years to come in Miami.
BA Grade: 60. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55. Track Record: One of the top prospects traded at the 2019 deadline, Sanchez joined the Marlins’ organization in the deal that sent righthanders Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards to the Rays. Sanchez originally signed with the Rays for $400,000 in 2014, and he received his first taste of Triple-A in 2019. Scouting Report: Sanchez has elite bat speed and hand-eye coordination. Armed with plus raw power, the ball routinely jumps off his bat when he makes contact. Sanchez’s swing can get too long at times, and he has occasionally struggled against high-end velocity, especially on the inside part of the plate as he’s advanced through the upper minors. Defensively, Sanchez has an above-average arm and profiles best as an above-average right fielder. He’ll likely settle in as an average runner as he continues to mature. The Future: The combination of Sanchez and JJ Bleday gives the Marlins two potential high-end corner outfielders at the top of their system. Sanchez is better suited for a role in right field and is likely a year ahead of Bleday in terms of time line. Sanchez will start 2020 back in Triple-A, just one phone call or injury away from Miami.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 60. Control: 50. Track Record: A $100,000 signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, Cabrera had a breakout campaign in 2019. After showing an exciting arsenal with inconsistent results in his first three seasons, Cabrera ranked as best righthanded pitching prospect in the Florida State League. He reached Double-A Jacksonville in mid-June and struck out a career best 116 batters and allowed a .190 average in a combined 96.2 innings over the two stops. Scouting Report: Cabrera has a heavy, mid-90s fastball with sink that has reached as high as 100 mph. While his fastball has seemingly always had the makings of a double-plus pitch and has only continued to improve, it was the development of Cabrera’s breaking ball and changeup that has helped him become a more well-rounded pitcher. Though still firm at 88-90 mph, Cabrera’s changeup brings enough separation from his fastball to keep hitters off-balance, while his low-80s breaking ball has both the tilt and depth necessary to be a swing-and-miss pitch. An athletic 6-foot-4, Cabrera’s delivery can speed up at times, but he still managed to improve his control and walked fewer than three batters per nine innings in 2019. The Future: Sixto Sanchez is the only pitching prospect in the Marlins’ system with as high a ceiling as Cabrera, and even that gap might have closed slightly in 2019. Cabrera will likely begin the 2020 season back at Double-A Jacksonville, with a midseason move to Triple-A probable if he performs well.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Run: 55. Fielding: 55. Arm: 55.Track Record: Chisholm signed with the D-backs for $200,000 in July 2015 and worked his way up to becoming the organization’s No. 1 prospect after an impressive 2018 season that he finished at high Class A Visalia. Chisholm was traded to the Marlins on July 31 in exchange for big league rookie righthander Zac Gallen. Scouting Report: Chisholm is an athletic, 5-foot-11 shortstop with loud tools both offensively and defensively. A lefthanded hitter, Chisholm has a smooth, uppercut swing and strong wrists that leads to easy plus power but also significant swing-and-miss issues. He did manage to tone down his strikeout rate following the trade to the Marlins, however. He tends to be overly aggressive and hit just .220 in the Southern League this season. Still just 21 years old, Chisholm could be an all-around impact shortstop if he improves his approach, uses the entire field and puts the ball in play more often. Defensively, Chisholm is an above-average defender at shortstop who’s capable of making all of the necessary plays. He’s also an above-average runner capable of stealing 20-plus bases per season. The Future: Chisholm is a high-risk, high-reward prospect. The Marlins could elect to start him back at Double-A to start 2020 with hopes of seeing an improved approach and a better hit tool. If Chisholm’s tantalizing potential is realized, he could eventually be one of the majors’ most exciting shortstops.
BA Grade: 55. Risk: Very High Tool Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 60. Run: 60. Fielding: 60. Arm: 60 Track Record: Drafted by the Brewers in the second round in 2014, Harrison joined outfielder Lewis Brinson, second baseman Isan Diaz and righthander Jordan Yamamoto as part of the return in the January 2018 trade that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. Harrison struggled with swing-and-miss issues in his first year with the Marlins and then played in just 58 games in 2019 because of a right wrist injury he suffered while making a diving catch on June 26. Scouting Report: Prior to his injury and subsequent surgery, Harrison was showing improvements at the plate. He toned down a high leg kick last offseason and turned it into a more subtle toe tap, helping him reduce his strikeout rate from 36.9 percent at Double-A in 2018 to 29.9 percent at Triple-A in 2019. It’s a step in the right direction for a hitter who has excellent bat speed and plus raw power. Harrison is a plus runner with great instincts on the bases, and he stole 23 bases in 25 attempts in just 58 games this season. Capable of playing all three outfield spots, he has spent the majority of his time as an above-average center fielder. He could also be a plus defender with a plus arm in right field, if needed. The Future: Harrison’s injury torpedoed his chances of making his major league debut in 2019, but that should come sometime in 2020. Now healthy, Harrison was scheduled to play winter ball in Puerto Rico this offseason before potentially beginning the season with touch-up work at Triple-A.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 60. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 50. Track Record: Diaz signed with the Twins for $1.4 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 and found success at nearly every lower level until he reached high Class A Fort Myers and struggled mightily in 2018. This past offseason, the 6-foot-4 Diaz focused on dropping weight and getting into better shape, and his on-field production blossomed as a result. The rebuilding Marlins acquired Diaz on July 27 in a trade that sent righthanders Sergio Romo and Chris Vallimont to the Twins. Scouting Report: A lefthander hitter capable of driving the ball to all fields, Diaz’s leaner, stronger build and a thumb that healed from a late-season fracture in 2018 has helped him tap into his plus raw power more often. After never hitting more than 12 homers in a single season, Diaz launched a career-high 27 home runs in 2019. Though he doesn’t draw a lot of walks, Diaz also doesn’t strike out as much as a prototypical slugger, and he’s at least an average hitter with strong bat-to-ball skills. Defensively, Diaz has the potential to be a plus defensive first baseman. He has below-average speed underway, but he showcases solid range, a strong arm and good footwork around the bag. The Future: After proving capable of handling Double-A pitching in the second half of 2019, Diaz is expected to start 2020 season at Triple-A. Diaz is a potential middle-of-the-order hitter with plus defense at first base. He could find himself in the Marlins’ lineup sometime in 2020.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Curveball: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 55. Track Record: The Marlins drafted Garrett with the No. 7 overall pick in 2016 and signed him for an above-slot deal north of $4.1 million. He made his pro debut in 2017 but made just four low Class A starts before having Tommy John surgery. After missing all of 2018, Garrett returned to the mound on April 9, striking out six batters and allowing only one run in four innings. In all, he threw 107 innings, struck out 119 batters and limited opponents to a .235 average in 2019. Scouting Report: Armed with one the best offspeed offerings in the Marlins’ system, Garrett’s true, north-to-south curveball is a plus, swing-and-miss pitch. He pairs his big breaker with a 92-95 mph fastball and an average, third-pitch changeup that flashes above-average potential. Garrett still has room to add strength, and he could increase his fastball velocity as he continues to build innings. He has a smooth delivery, and he showed the makings of above-average command despite his long layoff in which he pitched just 15.1 innings over a span of nearly three years. The Future: Garrett made a one-start cameo at Double-A Jacksonville at the end of 2019 and will return there in 2020. On a similar timeline to that of fellow first-round lefthander Trevor Rogers, Garrett could be a mid-rotation starter for the Marlins by late 2021 or early 2022.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Fastball: 55. Slider: 50. Changeup: 50. Control: 55. Track Record: The Marlins drafted Rogers with the 13th overall pick in 2017 and signed him for a below-slot $3.4 million. He did not make his pro debut until May 2018, however, with the Marlins citing general fatigue as the reason for his delayed start. After making 17 starts for low Class A Greensboro in 2018, Rogers pitched a career-high 136.1 innings in 2019, including a five-start cameo in Double-A Jacksonville. Scouting Report: A lean, 6-foot-6, 185-pound lefthander, Rogers has worked to add strength and velocity to his low- to mid-90s fastball, which tops out at 96 mph. He has thrown both a changeup and slider in the past, with both grading out as average offerings but showing the potential for more. He’s recently worked on adding a cutter to his arsenal, looking to find a go-to offspeed pitch in order to increase his strikeout rate. Rogers has a fluid delivery, and his control took a positive step forward in 2019 as he walked fewer than two batters per nine innings in 18 starts with high Class A Jupiter. The Future: After getting a taste of Double-A, Rogers should return to the level to begin 2020. Possessing the likely ceiling of a mid- or back-end starter, Rogers could find himself in the Marlins’ rotation as soon as 2021.
BA Grade: 50. Risk: High Tool Grades: Hit: 50. Power: 50. Run: 60. Fielding: 55. Arm: 60. Track Record: The 13th overall pick in 2018, Scott signed with the Marlins for just north of $4 million. The organization thought he was advanced enough as a high school hitter to see time in low Class A during his draft year, and he returned to the level for the majority of 2019. He is a lanky, 6-foot-4, lefthanded hitter who draws comparisons with fellow Plant High alum and current Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker. Scott received a late-season promotion to high Class A on July 30 despite pedestrian numbers in the Midwest League. Scouting Report: Despite an unorthodox running motion, Scott has plus speed that helps him both as a stolen base threat and at least average center fielder. Some scouts believe he may eventually move to a corner outfield position, but his speed and plus arm strength would fit well in right field, but for now the Marlins are content with Scott patrolling the middle of the outfield. Scott has above-average raw power, but he’s yet to fully tap into that potential in games. Still young compared to his competition, Scott needs to refine his approach and learn how to turn and drive on hitter’s pitches more often. The Future: A potential five-tool outfielder with high upside, the Marlins would like to see Scott drive the ball and make more of an offensive impact as he continues to mature, add strength and climb the ladder.
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