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

    BA Grade: 60/High

    August Update: In the first half of the season, Perez was one of the brightest pitching prospects in the sport and was one of the most impressive arms at the Futures Game. He stumbled a little bit in July, however, and landed on the IL in early August with tendinitis in his right shoulder.

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

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

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

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

  2. 2. Max Meyer | RHP
    Max Meyer
    Born: Mar 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Minnesota, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Shaeffer Hall.
    Minors: 3-4 | 3.69 ERA | 69 SO | 19 BB | 61 IP

    BA Grade: 60/High

    August Update: Meyer's season has had dramatic highs and lows. He looked outstanding to open the year, then missed time with nerve irritation in his right elbow. When he returned, he showed enough to make his big league debut. Two starts later, however, he re-injured his elbow and is slated for Tommy John surgery.

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

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

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

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

  3. 3. 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: 2-2 | 2.79 ERA | 54 SO | 16 BB | 39 IP

    BA Grade: 55/High

    Midseason Update: Cabrera showed what he was capable of over the course of a few big league starts but ultimately got hit by the injury bug again. He's been on the IL since June 15 with right elbow tendinitis.

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 55/High

    August Update: Berry is a dynamic switch-hitter who should come off the draft board quickly in July. Atop the batting average leaderboard in SEC play, Berry's Pac-12 dominance at Arizona carried over to the SEC after making the jump from Tucson to Baton Rouge alongside current LSU skipper, Jay Johnson. Analytics departments will appreciate Berry's plate discipline, as he's walked more times than he's struck out. Berry stands in with a semi crouch and very still hands above the shoulders from both sides of the plate. He is very efficient in his timing and load, setting himself up for success prior to the pitch's arrival. He tends to put more lift on the ball from the left side and does more damage there. Berry has the ability to level off his swing from the right side on fastballs up in the zone, showing the ability to use all fields with more of a gap-to-gap approach. Some evaluators question Berry's true power from the right side, as he has notched just one homer from that side of the box this spring. However, what stands out is his ability to hit. His maturity at the plate projects to carry over to the next level, as the strong-framed 6-foot, 212-pound slugger has proven himself in two high-powered conferences. If there's any blemish in Berry's game, it falls on the defensive side. Lacking a true position, Berry may profile best at first base, but his profile also fits as a DH. Known for his high makeup both on and off the field, expect Berry to make the adjustments needed at the next level to carve his path to the big leagues sooner rather than later.

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 60. Power: 60. Run: 40. Field: 35. Arm: 45.

  5. 5. 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: .250/.339/.383 | 9 HR | 33 SB | 412 AB

    BA Grade: 50/High

    Midseason Update: The Marlins began the year with a pack of talented middle infield prospects at their Low-A affiliate, and Salas was the first one to earn the bump to High-A. Scouts have seen Salas show impressive feel to hit, the ability to use all fields and find the barrel often. There's a little bit of inconsistency in his approach, which has led to some streakiness, but overall he looks like a player who can hit for a blend of average and power. How much of each will depend on the kind of approch he chooses to employ going forward. Salas is likely to stick on the dirt as well, but the size and thickness of his body will likely move him to either second or third base.

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

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

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

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

  6. 6. Sixto Sanchez | RHP
    Sixto Sanchez
    Born: Jul 29, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 234
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Carlos Salas (Phillies).

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

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

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

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

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

  7. 7. Jake Eder | LHP
    Jake Eder
    Born: Oct 9, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: JT Zink.

    BA Grade:55/Extreme

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 55/Extreme

    August Update: A 6-foot righthander, Miller has shown impressive feel to spin the baseball for years and his fastball velocity has steadily trended in the right direction. In the fall of 2020, Miller was sitting in the 89-93 mph range, then during the showcase circuit in 2021, pitched in the low 90s and ran the pitch up to 94-95 mph at peak. This spring, Miller has continued to find more velocity and has been up to 96-97 mph. He throws two breaking balls, both of which have drawn plus grades and show impressive spin rates in the 2,300-2,400 rpm range. The first is a curveball in the 76-80 mph range that features sharp bite and tight spin with depth and power. The second is a slider in the low 80s that also has hard spin and break. While the pitches can blend at times, they show distinct enough separation for the most part, and regardless of the pitch classification are potential plus offerings. Miller has shown some feel for a mid-80s changeup, but it is currently a distinct fourth pitch used infrequently. Miller doesn't have a ton of physical projection, but he is a polished strike thrower with a deliberate delivery he repeats well. There's some stabbing action in the back of his arm stroke and a spinoff in his finish, but he shows the ability to spot up and change speeds well.

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

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

    BA Grade: 50/High

    August Update: Groshans was dealt from the Blue Jays to the Marlins in the trade that sent relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop to Toronto. The 2018 first-rounder has played mostly shortstop and third base in his career, though Toronto had begun trying him in the outfield before the trade. If he needs to move off shortstop, there will be more pressure to hit for bigger power than he's shown this season.

    Track Record: The 12th overall pick in the 2018 draft, Groshans was dominating the Low-A Midwest League in 2019 before a left foot injury ended his season after 23 games. Groshans had minimal pro at-bats in 2021 when the Blue Jays pushed him as a 21-year-old to Double-A New Hampshire, where he made a lot of contact, though without the extra-base impact he showed earlier in his career.

    Scouting Report: Groshans stands out for his feel for hitting. He can square up good fastballs, adjust to offspeed pitches and has good strike-zone judgement with an approach that allows him to use the whole field. He tightened his swing by condensing some of the bigger movements he had previously, which helped him stay more under control rather than trying to cheat to get to more power. Figuring out how to tap back into more game power will be critical for Groshans, who probably ends up at third base. Some evaluators are skeptical that his bat speed and approach will ever result in big power numbers, while others think he could get to average or better power. Groshans has a plus arm and improved defensively in New Hampshire, but his quickness and range are better suited for third base, where he spent around one-third of his defensive innings in 2021.

    The Future: If Groshans can find the right balance of contact and power by learning when to try to drive the ball for damage, he could develop into an average or better regular at third base. He will start 2022 in Triple-A Buffalo, with a chance to get to Toronto by the end of the year.

    Scouting Grades:
    Hit: 55. Power: 50. Speed: 40. Fielding: 45. Arm: 60.

  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: .228/.365/.470 | 20 HR | 1 SB | 302 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

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

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

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

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

  11. 11. Peyton Burdick | OF
    Peyton Burdick
    Born: Feb 26, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Wright State, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Nate Adcock.
    Minors: .214/.326/.409 | 15 HR | 13 SB | 364 AB

    BA Grade:45/High

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

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

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

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

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

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    August Update: Milbrandt's journey up draft boards began last summer, as he impressed scouts at the Area Code games. With some rawness still present in his game, Milbrandt is a classic projection arm. At 6-foot-1, 188 pounds, the Missouri native has plenty of room to add size and strength. Pitching this spring with the classic full windup delivery, Milbrandt is deliberate up to his balance point. Once gathered, the loose, quick righthanded arm hits his peak shoulder height in back before releasing from a three-quarter slot. The life his 90-94 mph fastball presents out of his hand is impressive, oftentimes appearing harder than what the radar gun may read. His speedball did begin to touch 95-96 late this spring, perhaps giving a preview of what lies ahead as he continues to develop. Milbrandt's 75-78 mph curveball has 11-to-5 break to it with good depth. He's around the plate with it and it shows flashes of a plus offering. His slider tells a similar story. Milbrandt began using it more as the spring progressed and it possesses classic three-quarter break at 80-82 mph, and he will bury it against righthanded hitters. Topping off his mix is a changeup. Thrown with good arm action, Milbrandt is able to induce some downward movement with it to lefthanded hitters. Scouts agree the foundation is there for Milbrandt to mold into something special down the line. His ceiling is extremely high, and a pro organization may decide the profile is simply too good to let slip away to Vanderbilt in the fall.

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Midseason Update: The first half of Watson's first full season as a pro has not been good by any measure. He's struggled mightily to make contact, with a strikeout rate that has hovered near 40% for most of the season. He's got bat speed and plenty of raw power, but his issues with swing and miss has not allowed him to get to it often. The thickness in his lower half and erratic throwing arm likely means he will move off of shortstop in the long-term. Perhaps the biggest concerns of all revolve around his makeup. Scouts note he tends to get particularly agitated when ball-strike calls do not go his way. To that end, he was ejected from a game on July 1 for making a gesture with his bat at an umpire who had ruled a checked-swing strike on him earlier in the at-bat. He did not play for the rest of the series. Watson still has talent, but his stock has dropped considerably this year.

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

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

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

    Scouting Grades: Hit: 40. Power: 55. Run: 60. Field: 50. Arm: 55.

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Marlins' early picks in the 2021 draft represented something of a coup. First, they had shortstop Kahlil Watson, whom BA ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the class, fall into their laps with the 16th pick. Then, in the supplemental round, with pick 31, they landed Mack, the No. 22 player in the class based on his blend of skills on both sides of the ball. He signed for $2.5 million to keep him away from a commitment to Clemson.

    Scouting Report: Mack burnished his stock on the summer showcase circuit, which was all the more impressive after his high school season was wiped out by the pandemic. The Marlins loved Mack's hittability and think it could be unlocked further by becoming more aggressive on pitches he can drive. He has plenty of raw power, too, which was on display at the team's instructional league program in Miami, where Mack drove a ball into the third deck of the big league stadium. Behind the plate, Mack shows the athleticism that helped him play both basketball and volleyball as a high schooler. He's got a strong throwing arm as well, which scouts project to be plus as he moves through the system. He's a below-average runner, which is to be expected for a catcher.

    The Future: Mack got his feet wet as a pro in the Florida Complex League, where he walked nearly as often as he struck out. He'll likely make the jump to full-season ball in 2022 at Low-A Jupiter.

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

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Midseason Update: Hoeing has been the biggest pop-up arm in the Marlins' system this season. He's not going to light up radar guns by any measure—his fastball sits around 92 mph—but he does an excellent job keeping the ball on the ground, changing eye levels and keeping the ball off the barrel.

  17. 17. Zach McCambley | RHP
    Zach McCambley
    Born: May 4, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Coastal Carolina, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Blake Newsome.
    Minors: 6-8 | 5.65 ERA | 101 SO | 52 BB | 94 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: After a knee injury kept him from being drafted out of high school, McCambley put together three strong collegiate seasons to earn the Marlins' third-round selection in 2020. He was part of a group of six pitchers the Marlins assembled in the shortened 2020 draft.

    Scouting Report: McCambley attacks hitters with a three-pitch mix of four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup. The fastball sits in the low 90s, touches up to 96 mph and is accentuated by a near-elite spin rate of roughly 2,700 revolutions per minute and glove-side life. His curveball is an 11-to-5 breaker in the low 80s with excellent spin and horizontal break. The pitch can get a bit out of whack when he throws it too hard. McCambley's changeup sits in the mid 80s and shows flashes of action but oftentimes comes in too firm. McCambley's arsenal plays down somewhat by a lack of command—but not control; he put together a strikeout-to-walk rate of better than 4.5 to 1. The issue stems from an inability to repeat his delivery, which is up tempo and can lack rhythm, particularly when he's forced to pitch from the stretch.

    The Future: McCambley reached Double-A Pensacola by the end of the season and should return there to begin 2022. If he can remedy his command problems, he has a chance to fit toward the back of a rotation. If not, he fits in middle relief.

  18. 18. Dax Fulton | LHP
    Dax Fulton
    Born: Oct 16, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mustang, Okla., 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: James Vilade.
    Minors: 6-7 | 3.80 ERA | 150 SO | 42 BB | 119 IP

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Fulton was the second of six pitchers Miami picked in the five-round 2020 draft. The selection was made with an eye toward upside considering Fulton was recovering from the Tommy John surgery he'd had during his senior season of high school. With no minor league season because of the pandemic, Fulton got on the mound at instructional league, then made his official debut in 2021 at Low-A Jupiter.

    Scouting Report: Fulton works primarily with a three-pitch mix of a four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup. The first two offerings were his mainstays as an amateur, while the changeup was a work in progress all year long. The fastball averaged around 93 mph and touched as high as 96 and was thrown with good angle. His curveball showed 1-to-7 break in the mid 70s and flashed solid-average depth and bite down in the zone. The changeup will be the key to whether Fulton remains a starter. Fulton used Rapsodo and Edgertronic cameras to help find a grip that got him an ideal combination of movement and velocity separation from his fastball. Fulton is also massive in stature, and scouts were concerned about the lack of athleticism they saw in his movements and wondered if they would lower his ultimate ceiling as a result.

    The Future: Fulton and Eury Perez moved in tandem from Low-A to High-A in 2021, and both are likely to return to the level to begin 2022. Fulton has a ceiling of a back-end starter and a floor of a bullpen arm.

  19. 19. Jerar Encarnacion | OF
    Jerar Encarnacion
    Born: Oct 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 239
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Sandy Nin.
    Minors: .294/.363/.505 | 22 HR | 4 SB | 384 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Midseason Update: Encarnacion draws comparisons to Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino for his massive size and corresponding light-tower power. He crushes lefthanders in particular and has a powerful throwing arm, which could make him a useful piece off the bench.

    Track Record: Encarnacion vaulted up prospect boards in 2019 with a big year, then was cost a shot at an encore by the pandemic. The 2021 season, too, didn't go as planned. Hand and leg injuries limited Encarnacion to just 65 games, spent mostly at Double-A Pensacola.

    Scouting Report: Extremely tall players are always likely to have plenty of holes pitchers can exploit, and Encarnacion is no different. When he was on the field, he had trouble getting to his massive raw power because of extreme swing-and-miss issues that led to a 38.3% strikeout rate. As a player with big power at the expense of hittability, his skill set is not unlike that of fellow Marlins prospects Griffin Conine and Peyton Burdick. Encarnacion plays surprisingly good defense for a player his size, and his throwing arm is the best in the organization. He's an average runner who would fit just fine in right field, but the Marlins also exposed him to first base a bit this season.

    The Future: Encarnacion is likely headed back to Double-A Pensacola to begin next season, when he'll work on unlocking the raw power he's shown in the past. He fits best as a powerful backup outfielder.

  20. 20. 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: 0-1 | 6.08 ERA | 34 SO | 20 BB | 24 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: The road to the big leagues hasn't been easy for Holloway, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and didn't make it past High-A until his major league debut, which came on July 26, 2020, as the Marlins churned through arms during the tumultuous pandemic season. He dealt with a groin injury in 2021, which he split mostly between Triple-A and the big leagues.

    Scouting Report: Although he is primarily a relief prospect at this point, Holloway works with a five-pitch mix fronted by four- and two-seam fastballs which each sat at roughly 95 mph. He backs the fastballs chiefly with a hard, high-80s slider which got swings and misses at a rate of nearly 38%, as well as a low-80s curveball which plays up due to its excellent depth. Holloway rounds out his repertoire with a low-90s changeup which lags behind both of his breaking balls.

    The Future: Holloway started four games this season, but his injury history makes it unlikely he re-emerges from the bullpen on a full-time basis. More likely his role is as a power arm in the middle innings.

  21. 21. Josh Simpson | LHP
    Josh Simpson
    Born: Aug 19, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Minors: 6-2 | 4.09 ERA | 107 SO | 34 BB | 66 IP

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    May Update: Simpson, the Marlins' 32nd-round pick in 2019 out of Columbia, has been one of the best relievers in the minors this season. The lefthander had struck out 29 hitters through his first 15.2 innings by utilizing his dynamic combination of a fastball that has peaked at 96 mph and a nasty, sweeping breaking ball. He also has a cutter and changeup as supplementary pieces to his mix.

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: The Marlins spread around their bonus pool money for a high-volume international class in the 2021-22 signing period that opened on Jan. 15, 2022. The most exciting player from that group is Peguero, who signed out of the Dominican Republic for $575,000.

    Scouting Report: Peguero has a promising foundation of athleticism, power and explosiveness, with the ability to translate that power in game situations. His quick-twitch actions are evident at the plate, where he takes a simple swing with fast bat speed to generate impressive raw power for his age. Against live pitching, he performed well as an amateur with consistent contact. He's around an average runner with the defensive instincts and actions to start his career in center field, though he most likely will end up in right field. Peguero has the power for a corner and his throwing grades out at least plus with a chance for a 70 arm as he gets stronger.

    The Future: Peguero is still years away from being ready, but the mix of athleticism, tools and hitting ability make him one of the Marlins' top prospects to watch in 2022 in the Dominican Summer League.

  23. 23. 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: .209/.263/.310 | 2 HR | 3 SB | 239 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Midseason Update: Devers continues to struggle to simply stay on the field. He's appeared in just 54 games in both the minor and major leagues over the past two seasons and simply hasn't added enough strength to put any kind of fear in opposing pitchers. He's slowed down a step, too, and looks to be more of a second baseman than a shortstop at this point in his career.

    Track Record The cousin of Red Sox star third baseman Rafael Devers, Jose was dealt from the Yankees to the Marlins as part of the package that brought Giancarlo Stanton to New York. He's shown plenty of potential in his time with his new club, but hasn't been able to stay on the field consistently. Devers made his big league debut on April 24, but a shoulder injury limited him to just 80 at-bats all season between the majors and minors, and he's played just 80 games combined between the 2019 and 2021 seasons.

    Scouting Report: Devers has the skill set of a player who can hit at the top or bottom of the order while causing havoc on the basepaths. He makes plenty of contact—his career strikeout rate is just 14.1%—and is working to improve his swing decisions. As those improve, he'll learn to unleash his swing on pitches he can slash into the alleyways before letting his plus speed take over. He also needs to continue to add strength in order to better withstand the rigors of a long season. He's a surefire shortstop going forward, with potentially plus defense that will help make up for a throwing arm that is just average.

    The Future: Devers missed most of the season with an impingement in his right shoulder but should be ready for spring training. If he can return to health, he has table setter skills and the chops to stick up the middle.

  24. 24. Nasim Nunez | SS
    Nasim Nunez
    Born: Aug 18, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 158
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Suwanee, Ga. 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Christian Castorri.
    Minors: .251/.384/.317 | 2 HR | 70 SB | 442 AB

    BA Grade: 45/High

    Track Record: Nunez was one of the best infield defenders available in the 2019 draft class, and the Marlins were intrigued enough by his upside to spend $2.2 million to buy him out of his Clemson commitment. His first season as a pro was mostly spent in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, and he was invited to Miami's alternate training site in 2020. Injuries limited Nunez to just 52 games in 2021.

    Scouting Report: Nunez is one of the best defensive shortstops in the minor leagues, with true 80-grade potential. His instincts are so sharp, scouts say, that it appears he is moving toward the ball before it is hit. He has the range to track down balls to his right and left and will go all-out to get fly balls even if it means sacrificing his body. His arm is strong enough to make accurate throws from different angles at any spot on the diamond. Nunez's bat lags well behind his glove. His average exit velocity in 2021 was roughly 84 mph and he has just nine extra-base hits—and zero home runs—in 454 plate appearances. His saving graces on offense are a keen knowledge of the strike zone and the kind of blazing speed to have swiped 61 bases in 103 games over his career.

    The Future: With middle infielders Kahlil Watson, Ian Lewis and Jose Salas coming behind him, Nunez will likely move to High-A Beloit in 2022. He has the upside of a rock-solid defensive shortstop who hits toward the bottom of a lineup.

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

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: Though he was eligible to sign in 2019, Cappe chose to wait until teams' bonus pools reset in order to maximize his value. Ultimately, Cappe inked with Miami for roughly $3 million and spent his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League.

    Scouting Report: As an amateur, Cappe drew raves for his projectable body, quick feet and light actions at shortstop. He has a quick transfer and a plus throwing arm as well. Those factors will likely lead to him sticking at shortstop in the long term. His long levers might lead to holes in his swing, but he showed strong strike zone knowledge in his first pro test (a strikeout rate of just 16.2%), and internal evaluators praised his barrel accuracy. He's gained good weight over the past year but still has a long way to go to fully grow into his body. His average exit velocity in his first pro season was just shy of 82 mph, so adding strength will be a focal point of his early-career development. Cappe is an above-average runner now but could lose a step or two as he matures and adds the needed muscle.

    The Future: Cappe is part of a glut of talented middle-infield prospects that includes Top 10 talents Kahlil Watson, Jose Salas and Ian Lewis. Cappe will likely move to Low-A Jupiter in 2022.

  26. 26. Jordan McCants | SS
    Jordan McCants
    Born: May 21, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .245/.327/.342 | 0 HR | 8 SB | 196 AB

    BA Grade: 50/Extreme

    Track Record: McCants was Miami's fourth pick in 2021 and ranked as the No. 88 prospect in the class. He signed for $800,000 and started in the Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: McCants is blessed with skills of a table-setter, including potentially 70-grade speed. The Marlins acknowledge that McCants is unlikely to stick at shortstop because of fringe-average arm strength, but he should wind up at either second base or center field for the long term. In the batter's box, the Marlins see plenty of potential because of McCants' ability to get the barrel to the ball. There's a long way to go in terms of McCants learning how his body works and getting himself in the best positions to make the most of his abilities, but Miami is willing to invest the time.

    The Future: There was a bit of concern with McCants' age, given that he was already 19 on draft day, but he's shown already that he's not done growing and has added 15 pounds of good weight to his frame. He'll join a cavalcade of young middle-diamond prospects clustered in Miami's lower levels next season.

  27. 27. Payton Henry | C
    Payton Henry
    Born: Jun 24, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 215
    Signed By: Jeff Scholzen.
    Minors: .250/.349/.391 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 92 AB

    BA Grade: 40/Medium

    Track Record: Henry was the Brewers' sixth-round pick in 2016 and reached High-A in 2019. He was dealt from Milwaukee to Miami in the summer of 2021 for John Curtiss. He made his big league debut on Sept. 17.

    Scouting Report: For one scintillating turn in big league spring training, Henry looked like the Brewers' catcher of the future. He's largely failed to hit since then, and is now viewed as more of a glove-first backup. He still hit the ball fairly hard in the minor leagues and doesn't strike out an exorbitant amount, but he doesn't get the ball in the air enough to turn his positive traits into assets. He had four passed balls in 511 innings in the minor leagues and caught runners at a 36% clip as well, seemingly giving him the chops needed to stick in the big leagues.

    The Future: Scouts are not bullish on Henry's bat, but his defensive prowess gives him a chance to be the kind of glove-first catcher who carves out a career as a backup and hits toward the bottom of a lineup.

  28. 28. Victor Mesa | OF
    Victor Mesa
    Born: Sep 8, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 187
    Drafted/Signed: Cuba, 2018.
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol.
    Minors: .243/.323/.346 | 5 HR | 10 SB | 460 AB

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Track Record: When Mesa Jr. and his brother, Victor Victor Mesa, signed with the Marlins in 2019, Victor Victor was viewed as the prize. As their careers have played out, Mesa Jr., who got a $1 million bonus, has performed better. Being the younger of the brothers, Mesa Jr. spent his official first full year as a pro exclusively at Low-A Jupiter.

    Scouting Report: Mesa Jr. showed hints of his potential in 2021, but the Marlins believe there's plenty more to come if he can tighten up his swing mechanics. Outside scouts noticed a significant bat tip, and internal evaluators worked with Mesa Jr. to correct the way he stepped in the bucket and alter the way he loads his hands. Before the changes, Mesa Jr.'s mechanics cost him balance and minimized the barrel accuracy he's displayed in games. His average exit velocity of roughly 89 mph was among the best in the organization. On defense, scouts see a player who can still fit in center field despite speed that has diminished slightly as he's gotten older and stronger. He got exposure to both outfield corners in 2021 as well, and his above-average arm strength would fit well in right field.

    The Future: Mesa Jr. will move up to High-A Beloit in 2022, when he'll try to build on the improvements he's made since joining the Marlins. He has a ceiling of a second-division regular.

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

    BA Grade: 40/High

    Midseason Update: The Marlins signed McIntosh as a nondrafted free agent in 2021 and have been treated to a player who's done good work with the bat upon jumping to Double-A for his first full season as a pro. He earns high marks for the way he gets his barrel to the ball as well as the high makeup he shows in the clubhouse and while leading a pitching staff. He's struggled with the finer points of catching as well as throwing out runners, so scouts struggle to see him sticking behind the plate.

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

    BA Grade: 45/Extreme

    Track Record: Gerardo wasn't one of the bigger bonus players for the Marlins when they signed him out of the Dominican Republic after the 2021-22 international signing period opened on Jan. 15, 2022, yet he has quickly emerged as one of the most promising signings from that group.

    Scouting Report: Gerardo has a strong but lean, lively frame with a lot of flexibility and quick-twitch athleticism that stands out quickly. His athleticism and mobility is evident in the way he swings and his ability to whip the barrel through the zone to drive the ball well for his age with a chance to develop above-average power given the physical projection remaining. Gerardo is a tick above-average runner who has a chance to stay in center field, though some scouts think he might ultimately outgrow it and end up in right field. His best tool is an outstanding arm that has been clocked up to 102 mph from the outfield, drawing 80 grades from some scouts and giving him a fallback option as a pitcher.

    The Future: The early returns on Gerardo's ability to hit in games have been encouraging, but he has yet to get his first official at-bats in pro ball. That will come this year in the Dominican Summer League.

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