Dynasty: Miami Marlins’ 2020 Preseason Top 50 Prospects

The Miami Marlins are in a tough spot. They have very little talent on the major league roster, and while they have made some trades to add to their farm system, it’s still far away from being what it needs to be for this team to have a realistic contention window.

They’ve done some nice things on the international market, however, and some of those players could be nice pieces down the line.

Miami has a fairly pitching-heavy farm system, which makes the club less appealing for dynasty purposes. Regardless, here is a look at the Marlins’ Top 50 dynasty prospects, along with their estimated big league arrival.

Note: These Top 50 lists are all done through a fantasy baseball-focused lens. Many players who are ranked higher or lower on other platforms will get a boost here. For example, players who profile as middle relievers or glove-first infielders likely won’t have much fantasy relevance, so they won’t be ranked as high. 

 

1. JJ Bleday – OF 

 

Age: 21

Highest level: A+

The Marlins made Bleday the fourth overall pick in the 2019 MLB draft after the slugging outfielder mashed 27 home runs for Vanderbilt his junior year, leading the NCAA while also leading the Commodores to a College World Series title.

Bleday has a contact-oriented, line-drive approach with good plate discipline, but his 6’3″ frame and power output in college suggests he could be a .300 hitter with 35+ home run pop from the left side.

As such, Bleday has the tools to be the best fantasy contributor in this farm system, and is on the cusp of being a Top 25 prospect in all of baseball.

ETA: 2021

 

2. Sixto Sanchez – RHP

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: AA

Sanchez dominated at Double-A as a 21-year-old last year, continuing to cement himself as one of the top right-handed pitching prospects in the game. Injury issues have made me somewhat hesitant, however, as 2019 was the first year he’s eclipsed 100 innings pitched as a professional.

Regardless, Sanchez has ace potential with a 75-grade fastball and two plus secondaries, and while his strikeout numbers in Double-A (8.48 K/9) were just OK, he should be a Top 25 arm in the near future.

ETA: 2021

 

3. Jazz Chisholm – SS

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: AA

I’ve long been a fan of Chisholm’s, and his move to Miami in the strange Zac Gallen trade only furthered that.

Chisholm may have strikeout issues, but he hit 21 home runs with 16 stolen bases last year in 458 plate appearances at Double-A, and has the tools to be a legitimate 25/20 threat while playing shortstop.

I think he’s a Top 40 prospect in all of baseball, and while his debut will probably have to wait until 2021, he will make an excellent complement to Isan Diaz up the middle in Miami.

ETA: 2021

 

4. Monte Harrison – OF

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: AAA

Harrison may have well-documented strikeout issues, having K’d over 200 times in 2018, but his tools are so loud that he’s really hard to ignore.

Harrison smacked nine home runs and stole 20 bases in fewer than 250 plate appearances last year, a full-season pace of roughly 22/45. He also slashed a tidy .274/.357/.451 with a 10.2% walk rate, albeit a 29.9% strikeout rate.

I believe Harrison could be a 30/30 threat at his peak, although a batting average over .250 seems unlikely. Still, he’s worth a top spot on your dynasty roster if he’s available—and he should reach the big leagues in 2020 if he’s healthy.

ETA: 2020

 

5. Kameron Misner – OF

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: A

This may be a tad aggressive for the 2019 second-round pick, but Misner has even more power than Bleday, and while there’s more concern that he won’t display enough contact skills to really tap into it, there’s also a chance he regularly hits 30 home runs with an OBP approaching .400 thanks to a great eye at the plate.

He also has enough tools for scouts to project 20 or so stolen bases, so while he’s a higher risk than some may care to take, a 30/20 player with great walk rates is worth the risk.

ETA: 2022

 

6. Jesus Sanchez – OF

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: AAA

Sanchez earned an aggressive promotion to Triple-A as a 21-year-old by the Rays this past season, and while he didn’t hit well at that level for Tampa or Miami, there’s little reason to doubt that he’ll find his stroke soon.

Sanchez is a contact-oriented hitter from the left side of the plate who scouts have full confidence will tap into some added power once he refines his approach and starts hitting the ball in the air more, so while his five Triple-A home runs in 149 plate appearances seem disappointing, he should have no problem becoming a 20-25 home run regular in the outfield, possibly as soon as 2020.

ETA: Late 2020

 

7. Edward Cabrera – RHP

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: AA

Perhaps the most common reason pitching prospects are risky in dynasty formats—outside of injury—is the possibility they end up becoming relievers, which seriously impacts their ability to contribute to fantasy teams, unless they are closers.

That’s why Cabrera gets a high spot in these rankings. As a 6’4″ right-hander with a fastball that’s hit triple digits, Cabrera’s floor is that of a late-inning stud, while his ceiling could be a No. 2 starter if his command improves and he can improve his middling changeup.

ETA: 2021

 

8. Braxton Garrett – LHP

Age: 22

Highest Level: AA

Another Marlins pitching prospect who has had injury issues, Garrett sat out the entire 2018 season with Tommy John surgery. He looked great in 2019, however—pitching to a 3.34 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 10.11 K/9—and one could argue that already having had TJ is a good thing for the electric left-hander.

He looks like less of a bullpen risk than Cabrera, but his upside is likely capped as a mid-rotation starter, and his floor is fairly low. Tread cautiously.

ETA: 2021

 

9. Jose Devers – SS

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: A+

Devers is the cousin of Red Sox star Rafael Devers, but their dreams of playing against each other in a Red Sox vs. Yankees matchup died when Jose was dealt in the package for Giancarlo Stanton. 

Devers is known more for his glove than his bat, but that didn’t stop him from slashing a tidy .325/.384/.365 with a 14.5% strikeout rate as a 19-year-old in High-A last year. He has very little power to speak of, which crushes his fantasy value, but a speedy infielder with great contact and an OBP near .400 still has plenty of value—and if he can tap into some of that power that his cousin has, watch out.

ETA: 2022

 

10. Lewin Diaz – 1B

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: AA

Diaz was acquired in what was called the Sergio Romo trade at the time, but will probably go down as the Lewin Diaz trade if he can reach his potential.

Diaz is an imposing 6’4″ figure who swings from the left side and is finally starting to tap into the power potential that made him such an alluring prospect. He blasted 27 home runs between High-A and Double-A last year while managing to keep his strikeout rate low and his average around .300.

Diaz could easily profile as a regular 30-home run masher at first base, and even if the average comes down, his ability to not strike out could make him a Jose Abreu-lite for years.

ETA: 2021

 

11. Jerar Encarnacion – OF

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: A+

Although it has yet to show up on the stat sheet, many prospect evaluators believe Encarnacion has the most or second-most raw power in the entire farm system. He did bop 16 round-trippers last season, along with six stolen bases.

His patience at the plate is continuing to improve, and there’s reason to believe Encarnacion will reach a 30+ home run potential as a right fielder for Miami in the coming years.

ETA: 2021

 

12. Connor Scott – OF

 

Age: 20

Highest Level: A+

Connor Scott has drawn comparisons to both Christian Yelich and Bradley Zimmer, so it’s clear there’s a wide variety of outcomes for the 2018 first-round pick. He has blinding speed but hasn’t shown enough at the plate to indicate he can be a true power threat, hitting just .251 with four home runs at Single-A last season.

He’s still just 20, however, and if the power does develop, he could be a complete five-tool player, making him worth a look in most dynasty formats.

ETA: 2023

 

13. Victor Victor Mesa – OF

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: AA

Mesa has elite speed and the tools to be a Gold Glove-caliber defender in center field, but the Cuban who signed for nearly $6 million still has enough nagging questions about his bat to keep his potential down.

Mesa slashed .252/.295/.283 with zero home runs and 15 steals in 390 plate appearances in High-A last year, before getting the call to Double-A and hitting even worse, with a .178/.200/.196 slash.

There’s virtually no power to speak of, and while the speed is nice, it won’t do him much good if he can’t get on base, which is why his status at this point is murky at best. He’s a lot like Connor Scott, except three years older.

ETA: 2021

 

14. Peyton Burdick – OF

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: A

Burdick was an absolute monster in college, and he carried that momentum with him into a very solid debut after Miami plucked him in the third round of the 2019 draft. He slashed .307/.408/.542 with 10 home runs and six stolen bases in 288 plate appearances at Single-A, boasting an excellent 11.1% walk rate.

His high strikeout totals are a bit of a concern, but at this point Burdick looks like a potential 20-20 candidate in the not-too-distant future, and is definitely a prospect on the rise.

ETA: 2022

 

15. Trevor Rogers – LHP

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: AA

Rogers is higher on most other lists, but frankly a 6’6″ left-hander with a 96 mph fastball and very fringe secondaries feels like a future reliever to me, and even though he could be absolutely dominant out of the pen, I don’t want to risk taking him in dynasty leagues unless I think he’ll either start or close.

He does have the potential to be a mid-rotation starter if he can get on top of his curveball or develop his changeup, but until I see that I consider him too big of a bullpen risk to take a chance on.

ETA: 2021

 

16. Victor Mesa Jr. – OF

 

Age: 18

Highest Level: R

The younger brother of Victor Victor Mesa, junior may actually have a higher offensive ceiling. He was dominant in Cuba’s under-18 league and managed a very tidy .284/.366/.398 slash line in 176 at-bats in rookie ball last year. He has little power to speak of, which curbs his fantasy appeal, but he could develop into a nice table-setter atop the lineup, with speed on the basepaths to boot.

ETA: 2023

 

17. Jose Salas – SS

 

Age: 16

Highest Level: N/A

I’m probably higher on guys like this than other dynasty formats, but it definitely depends on your philosophy. If you like high-risk, high-reward options, then Salas is your guy. Guys such as Nick Neidert (below) are a classic low-risk, medium-reward type player, so I suppose it’s time to pick your poison.

I would take Salas if given the choice, even though he’s only 16 years old and has yet to play professionally.

He was considered one of MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 international prospects last year, so he comes with some pedigree. He’s also 6’1″ and a switch-hitter at age 16, with many scouts believing he has 20-home run potential. He’s a long way away from reaching that, but if you want to gamble on a young, potentially excellent position player, Salas should be on your list.

ETA: 2024

 

18. Evan Fitterer – RHP

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: R

Fitterer gave up a commitment to UCLA to sign with the Marlins as a fifth-rounder this past season, and he shined in his professional debut with a 2.38 ERA in 22.2 innings down the stretch.

He has a great feel for pitching, drawing comparisons to Kyle Hendricksalthough he actually throws harder and has a nice feel for a breaking ball. He’s very raw, making him a bit of a risk, but there’s potential for him to develop into a very solid mid-rotation starter.

ETA: 2023

 

19. Thomas Jones – OF

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: A

I’m a sucker for prospects who pile up numbers, even if they have glaring strikeout issues that could prevent them from reaching that potential. Lewis Brinson, Keon Broxton and Byron Buxton will forever haunt me, but here I am over-ranking 2016 third round-pick Jones thanks to his 10 home runs and 19 steals in Single-A last year, and despite his 31.5% strikeout rate.

Jones will obviously need to work on his plate discipline, but 20/20 is a possibility if he can make those changes. He’s a deep dynasty target, depending how risk-averse you are.

ETA: 2022

 

20. Nasim Nunez – SS

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: A

Nunez is a glove-first prospect—which is why he’s higher on most other platforms—but he has displayed good speed on the bases and a patient eye at the plate, as evidenced by his 28 stolen bases and 15.9% walk rate in rookie ball last year over 48 games.

He stands 5’9″ and 160 pounds, so power may never be a part of his game, but there is the potential for a speedy leadoff hitter with .350+ OBP marks, which has value.

ETA: 2023

 

21. Nick Neidert – RHP

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: AAA

Neidert has always ranked well on prospect lists thanks to his poise, pitchability and feel, not to mention his mid-90s fastball and above-average breaking ball, but the results were flat-out bad last season.

In 41 innings at Triple-A, an admittedly small sample size, Neidert had a 5.05 ERA (5.02 FIP) with a poor 37/22 K/BB ratio and a 1.63 WHIP. A knee injury certainly could have played a part, but pitching prospects often flame out at the upper levels of the minors, so I have some concern here.

If I’m wrong, he’s a quality No. 3 starter—which is why he still gets a Top 25 ranking.

ETA: 2020

 

22. Jorge Guzman – RHP

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: AA

Most pitching prospects—outside a select few—have bullpen risk associated with them. It makes taking pitchers later in dynasty drafts a lot riskier, as the chance that many of them end up as middle relievers is quite high.

Guzman is definitely one of those arms, although I tend to favor pitchers who I think, if they were moved to the bullpen, they’d find a lot of success. Guzman possesses an 80-grade fastball that has touched 103 mph, but he rarely has any idea where it’s going.

Factor in a power slider and a meh changeup and you have a pitcher who is destined for a late-inning role, but he gets a high spot in this system because he could be closing in a year or two.

ETA: 2020

 

23. Osiris Johnson – SS

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: A

Miami’s second-round pick in 2018, Johnson missed all of 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He didn’t fare particularly well in his limited action in 2018, showing off some speed and power potential but striking out a ton.

However, Johnson was known to boast huge exit velocity numbers in his brief pro debut, and while he’ll need to work on the strikeout numbers, he has the potential to be a 20/10 contributor in the infield, even if it’s not at shortstop long term.

ETA: 2023

 

24. Brian Miller – OF

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: AA

The Marlins have a lot of high-contact, limited power hitters in their system, which could be a big advantage for them with the juiced balls. If any of them are able to tap into some power later in their career, they could burst onto the scene.

One of those guys is Miller, a 24-year-old outfielder out of North Carolina who has showed virtually no power to this point in his career, but he slashed a nice .265/.326/.354 with 22 stolen bases in Double-A last year. Known as a plus fielder, Miller could be a top-of-the-order table-setter with his high-contact approach and speed on the bases.

If he develops any power, he suddenly becomes an above-average regular or maybe even more.

ETA: Late 2020

 

25. Jordan Holloway – RHP

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: A+

Another prospect whose scouting reports and acumen significantly outweigh his performance on the field, Holloway struggled as a 23-year-old in High-A last year, earning a 4.45 ERA (4.38 FIP) with a 1.51 WHIP and an ugly 93/66 K/BB ratio.

Holloway has the tools to be a No. 2/3 starter, with an electric fastball and a curveball that has flashed plus, but I see a bullpen future here—where he could be a late-inning stud.

ETA: 2021

 

26. Will Banfield – C

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: A

The Marlins made Banfield a CBA pick in 2018 thanks almost exclusively to his extremely polished defense behind the plate, which should make him an above-average receiver in the big leagues.

That doesn’t do you much good in fantasy, however, and neither does his .199/.252/.310 slash line at A-ball last year. He does have some pop, however, and if he can even become a slightly below-average hitter, he’ll have MLB value thanks to his glove. Catchers are always hard to find—so he has some dynasty value as well.

ETA: 2023

 

27. Junior Sanchez – SS

 

Age: 16

Highest Level: N/A

Sanchez was another J2 international signee for the Marlins, having previously been ranked just inside the Top 30 international prospects by MLB Pipeline. Sanchez is a 16-year-old, broad-shouldered middle infielder with loud hit tools and advanced plate discipline—although at 16 he certainly has a wide range of possible outcomes.

Still, his potential to be a starting big league middle infielder is tantalizing.

ETA: 2024

 

28. Riley Mahan – 2B

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: AA

Mahan, a third-round pick in 2017, struggled in his first taste of Double-A action last year, but he hit very well in High-A and has shown that his power could be legit. He’ll need to cut down on the Ks, but he has the tools to be a big league contributor.

ETA: 2021

 

29. Tristan Pompey – OF

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: A+

It’s hard to know exactly what the Marlins have in Pompey. He hasn’t displayed much (any?) power in the minors, and while he has some speed, he hasn’t been a great base stealer, or a great defender.

However, the third-rounder was a beast in college, has good bat speed and can swing from both sides of the plate, so there could still be something here.

ETA: 2021

 

30. Cristhian Rodriguez – 3B

 

Age: 17

Highest Level: R

We don’t have a ton of information about Rodriguez, a 17-year-old infielder with fewer than 300 professional plate appearances, but he’s flashed some power and speed potential, and if he grows into his 6’1″, 160-pound frame, there’s definitely some potential here that’s worth keeping an eye on. He’s a long way away, though.

ETA: 2025

 

31. Humberto Mejia – RHP

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: A+

Mejia is your classic high-floor, low-ceiling, right-handed pitching prospect. He’s developed a nice mid-90s fastball and a plus curveball, with some feel for a changeup and very strong strike-throwing ability.

His frame and command should allow him to stick as a starter, but he’s probably capped at being a back-end-of-the-rotation guy or a sixth starter/long reliever type long term.

ETA: 2022

 

32. Chris Mokma – RHP

 

Age: 18

Highest Level: R

Mokma is a 2019 12th-rounder who the team shelled out third-round money to sign away from a college commitment. He looked great in a small cameo in rookie ball last year, with a 2.19 ERA and a 12/2 K/BB ratio.

Mokma is very projectable, standing 6’4″ with a 95 mph fastball and limited feel for his breaking balls, so the odds that he ends up a mid-rotation starter are pretty good—but he could just as easily flame out or end up in a middle relief role.

ETA: 2023

 

33. Christopher Torres – SS

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: A

Torres, like so many Marlins prospects, has limited power, decent speed, a good ability to draw a walk and concerning strikeout totals. He hit .234/.346/.317 with four home runs and 25 stolen bases at Single-A last year, with a very nice 14.8% walk rate and a concerning 27.8% strikeout rate.

If he can limit those K numbers, Torres could be a utility infielder with speed to burn on the basepaths.

ETA: 2022

 

34. Lazaro Alonso – OF

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: AA

Alonso hit very well as a 24-year-old in High-A last year, hitting 11 home runs and slashing .294/.393/.434. He struggled at Double-A, however, and his strikeout issues (28.2%) could hold him back from ever being more than a fourth or fifth outfielder in the Show—a role he could start as soon as 2020.

ETA: 2020

 

35. Bryson Brigman – SS

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: AA

Brigman has been a high-contact, low-strikeout, no-power infield prospect for a handful of years now, and 2019 was no different. The lack of power caps his value, but there is potential for him to hit for a high average and steal double-digit bases in the big leagues if everything comes together.

At 24 and having yet to reach Triple-A, however, time is running out.

ETA: 2021

 

36. Stone Garrett – OF

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: AA

Garrett feels like he has been around forever, but he’s still just 23 years old. The Marlins 2015 minor leaguer of the year hit 14 home runs with 15 steals in AA last year, but his advanced age and 28.7 percent strikeout rate are certainly concerning. If he can work on that, he could be a toolsy fourth outfielder type.

ETA: 2020

 

37. Robert Duggar – RHP

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: MLB

Duggar has outpaced his 18th-round draft selection, showing good command of his two fastballs and his plus slider. His changeup is fringy, and his numbers in his brief big league cameo were not great (5.77 ERA, 6.55 K/9), but he looks like he’ll get a chance to be Miami’s No. 5 starter at least in the short term.

ETA: 2020

 

38. Ian Lewis – SS

 

Age: 16

Highest Level: N/A

Lewis was another J2 signing, coming from the Bahamas, which is rapidly becoming a baseball hotbed. He’s extremely undersized, but if he grows into his frame, the switch-hitter could be a high-contact, speedy infielder with the potential to play everywhere around the diamond.

ETA: 2025

 

39. Tommy Eveld – RHP

 

Age: 25

Highest Level: AAA

Eveld is a strictly relief pitching prospect, but his strikeout and walk numbers have been elite enough throughout his minor league career to earn him a spot on this list. He struggled in his first taste of Triple-A, posting a 7.71 ERA and a 5.01 BB/9, but the rest of his minor league stats indicate a guy who could be a late-inning weapon with elite strikeout totals. If he ends up in the closer role, he could have very nice fantasy value.

ETA: 2020

 

40. Joe Dunand – SS

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: AA

Miami made Dunand a second-round pick in 2017, but a really disappointing 2018 season at Double-A tanked his prospect value. While he wasn’t great last year, he did improve his walk and strikeout numbers at Double-A—although his five home runs and two stolen bases leave a lot to be desired from a fantasy perspective.

Still, Dunand has some pedigree and could become a serviceable utility infielder if he continues to improve his plate discipline and can tap into some power.

ETA: 2021

 

41. Milton Smith II – OF

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: A-

Smith is an unheralded 22nd-round pick from 2018 who tore it up in short-season ball last year, slashing .305/.385/.320 with 20 stolen bases in just 60 games played.

He has yet to hit a professional home run, so his value is tied exclusively to his speed—which makes him a risky dynasty asset.

ETA: 2023

 

42. Luis Palacios – RHP

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: R

Palacios has spent the last three seasons in rookie ball, and his numbers as a reliever have been excellent. He posted a very nice 42/2 K/BB ratio in 40.1 innings in 2019, along with a 1.12 ERA.

Palacios will need to prove he can strike hitters out at higher levels before he really gains any traction, but anyone with that kind of data could be a late-inning weapon down the line and is worth keeping an eye on.

ETA: 2024

 

43. Jorge Caballero – OF

 

Age: 19

Highest Level: R

Caballero didn’t see the field at all in 2019 thanks to injury, but he was nice in 2018 as an 18-year-old at rookie ball, slashing .300/.408/.363 with two steals and a 14.9% walk rate in 48 games played. Keep an eye on him, although the lack of power will likely limit him.

ETA: 2024

 

44. Kyle Keller – RHP

 

Age: 26

Highest Level: MLB

Twenty-six-year-olds are rarely still prospects, and 26-year-olds with a 6.75 BB/9 and a 7.62 FIP in the big leagues almost never are, but Keller has shown some intriguing strikeout potential in the minor leagues and could profile as a nice late-inning piece at some point in his career—although time is running out.

ETA: 2020

 

45. Alex Vesia – RHP

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: AA

Vesia has absolutely torched his way through the minor leagues after getting selected in the 17th round in 2018. He posted a ridiculous 100/19 K/B ratio across three levels last year, including a 0.00 ERA in 16.1 innings at Double-A.

He profiles as a middle reliever but could find his way into closing situations if he keeps his K/BB ratio near elite levels.

ETA: 2021

 

46. Will Stewart – LHP

 

Age: 22

Highest Level: A+

Stewart burst onto the scene as a Phillies prospect in 2018, posting a 2.06 ERA in 20 starts. That prompted Miami to target him in the J.T. Realmuto trade, but his numbers with the Marlins were pretty meh: a 5.43 ERA (4.43 FIP) and a 1.38 WHIP with just a 6.68 K/9.

He’s never been a high-strikeout guy, and it would take a lot for him to reach his ceiling as a No. 4 starter. If he doesn’t, he will probably be a long or middle reliever, which gives him little fantasy relevance.

ETA: 2021

 

47. Zach Wolf – RHP

 

Age: 21

Highest Level: A

Another late-round reliever from the 2018 draft, Wolf posted a nice 3.07 ERA (2.40 FIP) in Single-A last year, along with a 10.23 K/9. He’s a smaller guy with a lot of velocity and a good spin rate, making him a potential middle relief weapon in the Show.

ETA: 2022

 

48. Anfernee Seymour – OF

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: AA

Seymour was advanced age for Double-A last year, making his 28.1% strikeout rate even more concerning, but he did swipe 17 bases, and his speed could make him a fourth outfielder with slight fantasy relevance down the line—if he can cut down on the Ks.

ETA: 2021

 

49. Colton Hock – RHP

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: A+

Hock had a 3.16 ERA as a reliever in High-A last year, but the former fourth-round pick doesn’t have enough strikeout juice to profile as much more than an average middle reliever. Maybe if he adds some spin rate or makes some adjustments he’ll be something, but for now he’s low on the fantasy radar.

ETA: 2021

 

50. Jose Quijada – LHP

 

Age: 23

Highest Level: MLB

Quijada threw 29.2 big league innings last year, and most of his numbers were disastrous: 5.76 ERA (7.66 FIP) 1.79 WHIP and 7.89 BB/9. However, it’s hard to not be at least somewhat intrigued by the 13.35 K/9, especially since he has been striking people out throughout his minor league career. He has some work to do, but there’s potential as a late-inning weapon.

ETA: 2020

 

51. Demetrius Sims – SS

 

Age: 24

Highest Level: A+

Sims has shown a nice combo of power and speed, although a 24-year-old who has barely played above A-ball certainly raises more questions than answers, especially since he struck out 28.1% of the time at that level.

His defense is sound, which means the threshold for him making the big leagues as a utility infielder is a tad lower—although don’t expect much fantasy relevance.

ETA: 2021

 

 

Others given consideration: McKenzie Mills, Tanner Andrews, George Soriano, Nick Fortes, Sean Reynolds, Ynmanol Martinez.

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Andy Patton

Andy is the Dynasty Manager here at PitcherList. He manages all of the prospect content on the site, while also contributing a weekly article on Deep League Adds and dynasty deep sleepers. Beat writer for the Seattle Seahawks (SeahawksWire) as well as the host of the Score Zags Score Podcast.

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Mike Morgan

Not having Stone Garrett on this list is insane based on his stats at Double A Jacksonville this year compared to the team and league. His power stats matched or exceeded others on the list. Was he the only Marlins who made ESPN Sportscenter 3 times this season for his defensive spectacular plays. The 2015 Marlins Minor League Player of the Year came off two seasons of serious injury, however his 2019 stats improved each month of the season.

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