2013 Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects

Baseball America's Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player's long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven't exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

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1. Jose Fernandez, rhp
2. Christian Yelich, of
3. Andrew Heaney, lhp
4. Jake Marisnick, of
5. Marcell Ozuna, of
6. Justin Nicolino, lhp
7. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss
8. Jose Urena, rhp
9. J.T. Realmuto, c
10. Adam Conley, lhp
Best Hitter for Average Christian Yelich
Best Power Hitter Marcell Ozuna
Best Strike Zone Discipline Jake Smolinski
Fastest Baserunner Kevin Mattison
Best Athlete Jake Marisnick
Best Fastball Jose Fernandez
Best Curveball Jose Fernandez
Best Slider Andrew Heaney
Best Changeup Justin Nicolino
Best Control Justin Nicolino
Best Defensive Catcher J.T. Realmuto
Best Defensive Infielder Adeiny Hechavarria
Best Infield Arm Yordy Cabrera
Best Defensive OF Jake Marisnick
Best Outfield Arm Marcell Ozuna
Catcher J.T. Realmuto
First Base Logan Morrison
Second Base Avery Romero
Third Base Derek Dietrich
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria
Left Field Christian Yelich
Center Field Jake Marisnick
Right Field Giancarlo Stanton
No. 1 Starter Jose Fernandez
No. 2 Starter Andrew Heaney
No. 3 Starter Justin Nicolino
No. 4 Starter Nathan Eovaldi
No. 5 Starter Jacob Turner
Closer A.J. Ramos
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Miguel Cabrera, 3b Tigers
2004 Jeremy Hermida, of Padres
2005 Jeremy Hermida, of Padres
2006 Jeremy Hermida, of Padres
2007 Chris Volstad, rhp Cubs
2008 Cameron Maybin, of Padres
2009 Cameron Maybin, of Padres
2010 Giancarlo Stanton, of Marlins
2011 Matt Dominguez, 3b Astros
2012 Christian Yelich, of Marlins
Year Player, Pos 2012 Org
2003 Jeff Allison, RHP Out of baseball
2004 Taylor Tankersley, LHP Out of baseball
2005 Chris Volstad, RHP Cubs
2006 Brett Sinkbeil, RHP Out of baseball
2007 Matt Dominguez, 3B Astros
2008 Kyle Skipworth, C Marlins
2009 Chad James, LHP Marlins
2010 Christian Yelich, OF Marlins
2011 Jose Fernandez, RHP Marlins
2012 Andrew Heaney, LHP Marlins
Josh Beckett, 1999 $3,625,000
Adrian Gonzalez, 2000 $3,000,000
Andrew Heaney, 2012 $2,600,000
Livan Hernandez, 1996 $2,500,000
Kyle Skipworth, 2008 $2,300,000
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After years of frugality, the Marlins stole the headlines at the 2011 Winter Meetings. They lavished $191 million worth of contracts on free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, and even made runs at Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.

Miami's plan was to make the first season in new Marlins Park one to remember. Owner Jeffrey Loria's sudden largesse seemed a fitting thank-you for a stadium largely financed by the public.

The goodwill was fleeting. Eleven months later, all three players had followed embattled manager Ozzie Guillen out the door.

The disappointing Bell was dumped on the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade in October, one month before Reyes and Beuhrle went to the Blue Jays in a landscape-shifting, 12-player blockbuster. Combined with in-season deals that shipped former face of the franchise Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers and Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers, the moves left the big league roster in smoldering ruins, angering both fans and remaining players alike.

Ironically, the Marlins' first significant swap of 2012 added a veteran bat at the expense of prospects. With a 39-42 record on July 4, they picked up Carlos Lee from the Astros in exchange for third baseman Matt Dominguez and lefthander Rob Rasmussen. Just two weeks later, however, a five-game losing skid flipped the switch to rebuilding mode. Sanchez and Infante brought pitchers Jacob Turner and Brian Flynn and catcher Rob Brantly from Detroit. Two days after that, the underperforming Ramirez went to the Dodgers for righthanders Nate Eovaldi and Scott McGough. In other deadline deals for Edward Mujica and Gaby Sanchez, Miami scored third baseman Zack Cox, center fielder Gorkys Hernandez and a competitive-balance lottery pick.

By season's end, Brantly, Eovaldi, Hernandez and Turner were regulars in a Marlins lineup and rotation that barely resembled those the team opened the season with. Guillen, whose ill-advised profession of love of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro earned him a five-game suspension less than a week into the season, was fired in late October. A 69-93 last-place finish was hardly what Miami hoped for when it traded two prospects for Guillen and gave him a four-year, $10 million contract.

Then came the bombshell.

While the Reyes/Buehrle trade completed the decimation of the big league roster—Emilio Bonifacio, John Buck and Josh Johnson also went to Toronto—it did beef up a thin farm system. The Marlins added four prospects in outfielder Jake Marisnick, lefthander Justin Nicolino, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria and righty Anthony DeSclafani. Miami also picked up three veterans in Henderson Alvarez, Yunel Escobar and Jeff Mathis, then spun Escobar to the Rays for middle infielder Derek Dietrich.

The cream of the system's existing talent mostly played together at high Class A Jupiter in 2012, finishing runner-up in the Florida State League playoffs. The Hammerheads' prospect-laden lineup included outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna and catcher J.T. Realmuto. They were joined at midseason by righthander Jose Fernandez and lefthander Adam Conley, who were promoted after dominating in low Class A.

Fernandez and Yelich give the Marlins two true impact talents. The club's last three first-rounders (Yelich, Fernandez, lefthander Andrew Heaney) rank as its best prospects, though the upper levels of the system are feeling the effects of disappointing drafts in 2008-09.

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