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  1. 1. Eury Perez | RHP
    Eury Perez
    Born: Apr 15, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Fernando Seguignol
    Minors: 3-5 | 1.96 ERA | 108 SO | 26 BB | 78 IP

    Track Record: As an amateur, Perez was already 6-foot-5 and a lanky 155 pounds when he signed with the Marlins for $200,000. He’s gained both height and weight since then, reaching 6-8, 200 pounds, but has maintained his surprising body control and coordination. Perez’s first shot at a professional debut was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic, though he did attend Miami’s instructional league. He proved advanced enough to skip over both extended spring training and the Florida Complex League and opened the 2021 season in the rotation at Low-A Jupiter, where he dominated despite being the youngest player in the spot on Opening Day. His finest moment came on Aug. 7, when he struck out a season-high 11 hitters in 4.2 no-hit innings against Tampa. Perez proved advanced enough to move to High-A Beloit for four starts 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 against Cleveland phenom Daniel Espino.

    Scouting Report: 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 canceled 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 with excellent riding life up in the zone. The Marlins were pleased with the pitch’s analytical characteristics and the way it played against more experienced hitters. Perez’s changeup, which averaged 83 mph, shows solid fading action when he properly executes it. Other times it plays too firm and he’ll at times slow his arm down when he throws it. Nevertheless, this changeup projects to eventually be a plus offering, and he is willing to throw it 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 secondary pitches. He spins the ball well and uses his curveball as an early-count offering to steal strikes, but he needs to add more consistency and power to the offering to help it realize its average to above-average potential. 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 add more power behind his already dynamic arsenal and take 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. He’s part of a group of young, talented Marlins pitchers that also includes fellow prospects Sixto Sanchez, Edward Cabrera, Max Meyer and Jake Eder.

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

    Track Record: Watson used the summer showcase circuit to cement his status as one of the top prospects in the country but took a curious tumble on draft night. The Marlins stopped his slide at No. 16 and 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 hamstring strain. He got back on the field at the team’s development camp in October.

    Scouting Report: Watson’s prodigious bat speed is his biggest asset. He uses an extremely strong lower half to whip his bat through the zone and produce all-fields power without a lot of wasted movement. He does so while maintaining the barrel malleability to hit for plenty of average as well. Watson shows well against mid-90s fastballs and displays the strike zone discipline to confidently take borderline pitches. There are a few minor kinks to be worked out, such as a small hitch in his load that affects his timing and balance, but he’s so strong and has such barrel awareness that he can still be a plus hitter with above-average power. Watson has the speed and the athleticism to stick at shortstop, but he needs to improve his footwork. He is a plus runner and makes plenty of highlight-reel plays with his range and above-average arm strength, but he also commits clunkers on routine plays and needs to improve his focus on defense.

    The Future: Watson will get his first full-season test in 2022 at Low-A Jupiter. If he shores his defense, he can be a true five-tool talent.

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

    Track Record: After making seven dominant starts for the Marlins during the shortened 2020 season, Sanchez was expected to take his place atop the Marlins’ rotation and vault into stardom in 2021. 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.

    Scouting Report: When healthy, Sanchez mixes an elite fastball that averages 99 mph with a devastating, plus-plus changeup that plays well against both righthanded and lefthanded hitters. Both of his breaking balls play average or better as well, with his slider a potentially plus pitch and his curveball just a tick behind. Sanchez is one of the rare power pitchers with plus control of his stuff, giving him a rare package of precision and power few pitchers in the majors or minors can match. Sanchez has long had concerns about his health and durability and he tailed off in the postseason during his dominant 2020 showing. His 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: Sanchez is tentatively expected to be ready for 2022 spring training. If Sanchez’s stuff returns intact after he completed his rehab, he should resume his place near the top of the Marlins’ rotation.

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

    Track Record: Cabrera signed with the Marlins for $100,000 in 2015 and broke out with a big year in 2019. Injuries to his back and biceps limited him each of the past two seasons, but he still earned his first callup to the majors in 2021 and made seven starts down the stretch. He struggled to a 5.81 ERA with 19 walks in 26.1 innings in his debut, but his pure stuff was encouraging nonetheless.

    Scouting Report: Cabrera’s biggest weapon is his fastball, which sits in the upper 90s, and can 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 a fastball, curveball and changeup, Cabrera began working on a slider this year in Triple-A. The average pitch features short, sweeping break in the upper 80s and served as a fine complement to his plus, low-80s, downer curveball. Both breaking pitches take a backseat to his hard changeup, which averages 93 mph. At its best, the changeup shows late fade life away from lefties and is deceptive because of the conviction with which he throws it. Cabrera relied heavily on his offspeeds in Triple-A, where he threw his fastball just 26% of the time.

    The Future: Cabrera has mid-rotation potential, but he needs to sharpen his command and fringe-average control to reach that ceiling. He’ll likely begin the 2022 season back in Triple-A for more seasoning.

  5. 5. Max Meyer | RHP
    Max Meyer
    Born: Mar 12, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 196
    Drafted/Signed: Minnesota, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Shaeffer Hall.
    Minors: 6-4 | 2.27 ERA | 130 SO | 42 BB | 111 IP

    Track Record: After two dominant years in Minnesota’s bullpen, Meyer entered the 2020 season as part of the Golden Gophers’ rotation. He made only four starts before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the season, but the Marlins were confident enough in what they saw to draft him third overall. Meyer jumped straight to Double-A to start his pro career and, though his stuff was inconsistent, his numbers were superb. His 2.27 ERA ranked fourth in the minors among pitchers who threw at least 100 innings and his 130 strikeouts were the second-most in the Marlins system.

    Scouting Report: Meyer’s bread and butter is his fastball and slider combination. His plus fastball typically sits in the low 90s and gets up to 96-97 when he needs a few extra notches. His plus slider 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 in his pro debut, though it showed flashes of its formerly monstrous self. Meyer had a slightly lower arm slot in 2021 than he had as an amateur, a possible reason for inconsistency. Meyer’s fringy changeup is still a work in progress and shows little movement, instead relying on the separation from his fastball to disrupt batters’ timing. Though undersized, Meyer is an exceptional athlete and throws all his pitches for strikes with above-average control.

    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.

  6. 6. Jake Eder | LHP
    Jake Eder
    Born: Oct 9, 1998
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Vanderbilt, 2020 (4th round).
    Signed By: JT Zink.
    Minors: 3-5 | 1.77 ERA | 99 SO | 27 BB | 72 IP

    Track Record: Eder was poised to use the 2020 season as a coming-out party after moving from Vanderbilt’s bullpen to the rotation, but the coronavirus pandemic cut that chance short. Marlins area scout JT Zink was still convinced by what he saw to push the Marlins to draft Eder in the fourth round, and Eder quickly rewarded that faith by jumping straight to Double-A in his pro debut. Eder dominated early and was one of the best pitchers in the minors, but his debut was cut short in August when he suffered a torn left elbow ligament and had Tommy John surgery.

    Scouting Report: Before his injury, Eder’s stuff placed him among the game’s best pitching prospects. His fastball parks in the low 90s and can bump a few ticks higher with excellent riding life up in the zone. His breaking ball can sometimes look like a slider and other times look like a curveball depending on his 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. Eder’s changeup is at its best when thrown in the low 80s, where it shows solid fading life, but it straightens when it gets too firm. 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. Eder now shows potentially plus command of his arsenal and his heady, competitive makeup helps him gut through times when he’s not at his best.

    The Future: Eder will miss the 2022 season rehabbing from his surgery. If he can make a full recovery, he has a chance to pitch toward the middle of a rotation.

  7. 7. Peyton Burdick | OF
    Peyton Burdick
    Born: Feb 26, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Wright State, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Nate Adcock.
    Minors: .224/.367/.456 | 23 HR | 9 SB | 401 AB

    Track Record: Burdick was the Horizon League player of the year in 2019 and parlayed the award into becoming a third-round pick of the Marlins that season. He showed well in his first year as a pro but had to wait until 2021 for his full-season debut because of the coronavirus pandemic. He jumped straight to Double-A for his full-season debut and hit 23 home runs to tie for the league lead in the Double-A South before receiving a promotion to Triple-A.

    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. When that happened, it forced 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 needed. His power profiles in a corner and his above-average arm would serve him well in right field. Evaluators inside the Marlins 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.

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

    Track Record: After growing up in Orlando, Salas moved to Venezuela as a teen and signed with the Marlins as an international free agent in 2019 for $2.8 million. His pro debut was delayed a year by the coronavirus pandemic, but he got onto the field during 2020 instructional league and made his official pro debut in 2021. He hit .370/.458/.511 during an exceptional 28-game stint in the Florida Complex League and received a promotion to Low-A Jupiter to end the season.

    Scouting Report: Salas is a balanced switch-hitter who shows hints of being an above-average hitter with above-average power. His power is presently gap to gap and goes more often for doubles than homers, but he flashed his potential with a long home run in Jupiter. Salas is a better hitter from the left side simply because he faces more righties, but overall he shows a quick, leveraged swing from both sides of the plate. He has strong, fast hands that allow him to manipulate the barrel to different parts of the zone. While Salas makes plenty of contact, he has a tendency to swing at pitches he can’t drive and needs to refine his approach and pitch selection. Defensively, Salas has solid actions, an above-average arm and plenty of range with his plus speed 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.

    The Future: Salas will likely return to Low-A in 2022, where he, Ian Lewis and Kahlil Watson will form an enviable trio of middle-of-the-diamond talents.

  9. 9. Ian Lewis | 2B
    Ian Lewis
    Born: Feb 4, 2003
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'10" Wt.: 177
    Signed By: Carlos Herazo
    Minors: .302/.354/.497 | 3 HR | 9 SB | 149 AB

    Track Record: Lewis was part of a strong Marlins 2019 international signing class that included righthander Eury Perez and shortstop Jose Salas. He signed for $950,000, the top bonus for any Bahamian player in the class, and drew acclaim for his blend of tools, athleticism and projectability in his pro debut. Lewis hit .302/.354/.497 in the Florida Complex League and drew universal praise as one of the league’s top prospects.

    Scouting Report: Lewis is an aggressive hitter who hunts fastballs he can drive. That approach helped him produce exit velocities up to 110 mph and drive 40% of his hits for extra bases. The switch-hitting Lewis combines that 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 tough pitches in order to get something he can drive. 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 has quick feet and a strong arm as well as excellent body control while turning double plays. He accelerates well into his above-average speed and has the potential to move around the diamond.

    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.

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

    Track Record: Bleday led the nation in home runs for Vanderbilt in 2019 and played a starring role as the Commodores won the College World Series. The Marlins drafted him fourth overall and signed him for $6.67 million. Bleday moved to Double-A Pensacola and scuffled badly to a .212/.323/.373 slash line, but he made a swing adjustment after the year and redeemed himself with a star showing in the Arizona Fall League that included the Top Star award in the league’s annual Fall Stars Game and a key role on the league-champion Mesa Solar Sox.

    Scouting Report: Bleday’s 2021 was rough, but he still maintained a strong knowledge of the strike zone and used the whole field. After he lowered his hands in his stance in the AFL, his barrel became more adjustable and he started driving balls in the middle of the strike zone he’d been missing all season long. The Marlins also 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. The adjustments give Bleday a chance to be a fringe-average hitter, although he needs to prove he can maintain them over a full season. Bleday’s power also became amplified with the changes and he began to show average power potential for the first time. Bleday is a potentially plus defender in right field with the average speed and plus arm strength to stick at the position. With his offensive changes, he now has a chance to profile at the position.

    The Future: Bleday still has a ways to go to look like the hitter the Marlins thought they were drafting, but he’s at least on the right track. He’ll head to Triple-A in 2022, where he’ll hope to build on the outstanding showing he had in the AFL.

  11. 11. Dax Fulton | LHP
    Dax Fulton
    Born: Oct 16, 2001
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'6" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Mustang, Okla., 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: James Vilade.
    Minors: 2-5 | 4.60 ERA | 84 SO | 38 BB | 79 IP

    Track Record: Fulton was 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.

  12. 12. Joe Mack | C
    Joe Mack
    Born: Dec 27, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .132/.373/.208 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 53 AB

    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.

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

    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.

  14. 14. Braxton Garrett | LHP
    Braxton Garrett
    Born: Aug 5, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Florence, Ala., 2016 (1st round).
    Signed By: Mark Willoughby.
    Minors: 5-4 | 3.89 ERA | 86 SO | 32 BB | 86 IP

    Track Record: Garrett was the Marlins’ first-round pick in 2016, then had Tommy John surgery midway through his 2017 season. He missed all of 2018 rehabbing before finally getting a full season’s worth of innings in 2019 between High-A and Double-A. He was at the Marlins’ alternate training site in 2020 and made his big league debut that September. In 2021, Garrett bounced back and forth between Triple-A and Miami.

    Scouting Report: Garrett’s stuff has diminished somewhat over the years. He still works with a four-pitch repertoire fronted by a low-90s fastball and buttressed primarily with a pair of breaking balls. His curveball sits in the mid 70s while his slider, which is the more frequently thrown of the two pitches, has an average velocity around 84 mph. The slider also shows above-average spin rate as well as other analytical characteristics that make it the superior breaking ball. Garrett’s changeup sits in the mid 80s and might be more effective with a touch more separation from his fastball.

    The Future: If Garrett is to stick in the big leagues, he’ll have to improve his control and command. He walked 5.3 hitters per nine innings in his time with the Marlins, and scouts think he might be better suited as a left-on-left reliever who relies heavily on his breaking pitches.

  15. 15. Nasim Nunez | SS
    Nasim Nunez
    Born: Aug 18, 2000
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'9" Wt.: 158
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Suwanee, Ga. 2019 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Christian Castorri.
    Minors: .243/.366/.265 | 0 HR | 33 SB | 189 AB

    Track Record: 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.

  16. 16. Zach McCambley | RHP
    Zach McCambley
    Born: May 4, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 220
    Drafted/Signed: Coastal Carolina, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Blake Newsome.
    Minors: 3-10 | 4.36 ERA | 120 SO | 26 BB | 97 IP

    Track Record: 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.

  17. 17. Cody Morissette | 2B
    Cody Morissette
    Born: Jan 16, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 175
    Minors: .204/.308/.299 | 1 HR | 0 SB | 137 AB

    Track Record: Morissette was snapped up by Miami in the second round and signed for $1,403,200. Morissette dealt with a hand injury at multiple points, which made his .895 OPS for Boston College more impressive. He made it to Low-A Jupiter in his pro debut.

    Scouting Report: Morissette’s bat will be his calling card as a pro. He did not perform well in his first foray at the next level, and he and the team’s player development staff went to work at instructional league to make Morissette’s swing more connected and compact while making him less vulnerable to pitches at the top of the strike zone. The early results helped him show more power to the pull side while shooting line drives the other way as well. Defensively, the Marlins are going to move Morissette around the diamond in an effort to find the most comfortable spot. He has a strong arm but needs to correct a funky, arrhythmic stroke. He’s an average runner with the instincts to push for extra bases.

    The Future: The Marlins hope the work Morissette did at instructional league will lead to better results in 2022, when he’ll likely advance to High-A Beloit. He projects as a hit-over-power utility infielder.

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

    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.

  19. 19. Jordan McCants | SS
    Jordan McCants
    Born: May 21, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 165
    Minors: .224/.286/.237 | 0 HR | 1 SB | 76 AB

    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.

  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: 0-5 | 5.40 ERA | 31 SO | 15 BB | 34 IP

    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. Nick Fortes | C
    Nick Fortes
    Born: Nov 11, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 210
    Minors: .245/.332/.367 | 7 HR | 5 SB | 330 AB

    Track Record: Fortes was the Marlins’ fourth-round pick in 2018 and had largely gone unsung in the system until 2021, when he showed enough on both sides of the ball to earn his first big league callup.

    Scouting Report: Fortes has raised his profile in an organization largely bereft of catching talent at the upper levels. His bat speed is on par with some of the system’s higher-profile prospects, and he’s long had the bat-to-ball skills to keep his strikeout totals low. He’d also had a reputation as a player who could marry that bat speed, discipline and barrel malleability, and in 2021 those skills came together for a peek at his potential. Fortes drew raves for the way he worked with the system’s high-end pitching prospects. He also showed improvements in the way he received and blocked, and threw out 27% of potential basestealers during his time in the minor leagues. He’s a surprising athlete for a catcher and an average runner.

    The Future: The catcher position is muddled in Miami behind Jacob Stallings, so Fortes should get plenty of chances to build on his outburst toward the end of the 2021 season. He has the ceiling of a backup catcher who develops strong rapports with his pitching staffs.

  22. 22. Nick Neidert | RHP
    Nick Neidert
    Born: Nov 20, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 202
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Suwanee, Ga., 2015 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Dustin Evans (Mariners).
    Minors: 6-4 | 3.67 ERA | 52 SO | 21 BB | 69 IP

    Track Record: A second-round pick of the Mariners in 2015, Neidert was traded to Miami in the deal that sent Dee Strange-Gordon to Seattle. He missed most of the 2019 season after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus, then made his big league debut in the truncated 2020 season. He spent 2021 shuttling back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues.

    Scouting Report: Neidert has a full four-pitch complement but works most frequently with a four-seam fastball that averaged 93 mph in the minor leagues but touched as high as 97 and a mid-80s slider with sharp downward break at its best. His changeup sat around 84 mph in the minor leagues and showed a solid separation from his fastball of roughly nine mph. Neidert also has a seldom-used curveball, thrown in the low 80s. The solid control he showed in the minor leagues evaporated in the big leagues, where he walked 23 hitters in 35.2 innings. Neidert’s delivery is stiff and rigid, with a stabbing action in the back which does not typically lend itself to precision around the strike zone.

    The Future: Neidert’s likely role is the one he played in 2021: a starter who fits at the back of a rotation for a second-division club. If he improves his command and control, he could have a touch more ceiling.

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

    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.

  24. 24. Jerar Encarnacion | OF
    Jerar Encarnacion
    Born: Oct 22, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 239
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2015.
    Signed By: Albert Gonzalez/Sandy Nin.
    Minors: .221/.308/.396 | 9 HR | 5 SB | 235 AB

    Track Record: 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.

  25. 25. 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: .266/.316/.402 | 5 HR | 12 SB | 428 AB

    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.

  26. 26. Chris Mokma | RHP
    Chris Mokma
    Born: Feb 11, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 190
    Signed By: Nate Adcock.
    Minors: 2-7 | 6.60 ERA | 78 SO | 28 BB | 93 IP

    Track Record: Mokma was set to go to Michigan State before the Marlins signed him for $557,000. He got his feet wet in the Gulf Coast League in 2019 before spending all of 2021 with Low-A Jupiter.

    Scouting Report: Mokma was a projectable arm coming out of the draft, and there’s still a considerable amount of rawness to his game. He works with a full four-pitch mix fronted by a low-90s fastball that peaked at 94 this past season. Scouts who saw Mokma believe that he should add more velocity as he continues to get stronger, and also noted that his heater plays well when thrown up in the zone. His best offspeed pitch in scouts’ eyes is his changeup, which is also the least frequently thrown of his secondary pitches. The changeup is a mid-80s offering which got swings and misses roughly a quarter of the time it was thrown. Scouts preferred his mid-70s curveball to his low-80s slider, seeing the former as potentially average and the latter as more of a fringy offering.

    The Future: Given his Michigan roots, Mokma will likely be just fine in the early-season climate he could face in 2022 at High-A Beloit. He has a ceiling in the back of a rotation.

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

    Track Record: Conine was drafted by Toronto in 2018, then traded to Miami in 2020. Conine is best known for his power, and he spent all summer battling with Royals prospect M.J. Melendez for the minor league home run lead.

    Scouting Report: Obviously, Conine has a ton of power. His raw juice grades as nearly double-plus, and his maximum exit velocity of 116 mph was the second-highest in the organization. The next step will be to add some hittability to that immense power. Marlins player development staff acknowledge that Conine has holes he needs to close at the top of the strike zone and against offspeed pitches away so he can be more than a player who pulverizes fastballs. Defensively, he needs to improve his routes, jumps and angles to the ball and also needs to do better when it comes to setting his feet before throwing to bases. He’s a below-average runner.

    The Future: Conine is likely to return to Double-A Pensacola to continue working on becoming a more complete hitter while also sharpening his outfield defense. His power is alluring, but there’s a long way to go before it will play at the highest level.

  28. 28. Ronald Hernandez | C
    Ronald Hernandez
    Born: Oct 23, 2003
    Bats: S Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 155

    Track Record: Venezuela has been the go-to destination for catching prospects in recent years, and the Marlins snapped up one of the best available in the most recent crop when they signed Hernandez once the pandemic-delayed international period opened on Jan. 15, 2021. Hernandez spent his debut season in the DSL, where he showed impressive command of the strike zone.

    Scouting Report: As an amateur, Hernandez showed off quick feet, plus arm strength that produced sub-2.0 second pop times and the quick footwork that should help keep him behind the plate in the long run. In the DSL and again at the Marlins’ postseason instructional camp at their big league stadium, Hernandez showed a strong sense of plate discipline. During the regular season, that skill allowed him to have nearly as many walks (31) as strikeouts (32). As an amateur he showed doubles power that was expected to amplify as he matured, as well as the strong hand-eye coordination to translate into bat-to-ball skills. Hernandez is also bilingual and has already shown a strong baseball aptitude for a player his age.

    The Future: After debuting in the DSL, Hernandez should move stateside in 2022, when he’ll begin to show exactly what kind of ceiling he has going forth.

  29. 29. Kevin Guerrero | OF
    Kevin Guerrero
    Born: Apr 17, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 165

    Track Record: Guerrero was part of the class the Marlins inked as soon as the most recent international period opened on Jan. 15, 2021. Guerrero opened his career in the DSL, where he hit for average and got on base but showed almost no power.

    Scouting Report: Given his 6-foot-3, 165-pound frame, it’s no surprise that Guerrero’s future will be based around the way his body develops. His goal in the coming years will be to pack on as much muscle as possible, and internally the Marlins expect him to be the type of prospect who takes a little while to bloom. Beyond simply getting stronger, Guerrero needs to tighten up his swing mechanics to help his limbs work more in sync with one another throughout the course of his swing. He’s an average runner with the skills to stick in center field, but could move to right field if he slows down a tick.

    The Future: After getting his feet wet in 2021, Guerrero will move stateside in 2022, when he’ll likely play in extended spring training and the Florida Complex League. Guerrero’s development will take time, but he should be worth the wait.

  30. 30. Cristhian Rodriguez | SS
    Cristhian Rodriguez
    Born: Dec 23, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 160
    Minors: .218/.295/.321 | 0 HR | 3 SB | 156 AB

    Track Record: Rodriguez was added to the fold on the strength of a projectable frame and strong defensive actions at shortstop. Rodriguez spent his first two seasons as a pro (with the pandemic in the middle) playing in the DSL and Florida Complex League.

    Scouting Report: Judging Rodriguez on his stats alone doesn’t tell the full story. Scouts who saw him this year in the FCL saw a player with bat speed and power waiting to be tapped. His swing mechanics are complex, leading him to be late on hittable pitches as a result. The Marlins worked extensively with Rodriguez to increase the mobility in Rodriguez’s hips to help him pull the ball with more authority. On defense, Rodriguez has split his time between shortstop and third base, and he’s shown smooth hands and footwork and a strong arm at both spots. He needs to add more strength to his frame.

    The Future: After time at both of the Marlins’ complexes, Rodriguez should move to full-season ball in 2022, when he’ll be part of a large glut of young, talented infielders clustered at Low-A Jupiter.

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