Miami Marlins Farm System Report 2015

Miami Marlins Farm System

Rank #20 heading into the 2015 season
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Miami Marlins Farm System

The Marlins farm system ranking tends to be a roller coaster ride. It flies up quickly and then back down. With the speedy promotions of Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich over the last couple years and the trading of expensive MLB guys you get a farm system with solid talent. The Marlins drafted 6’5″ 250 pound Tyler Kolek out of the Lone Star State with the 2nd pick in the 2014 draft. To say that he’s country strong would be an understatement. His 95+ fastball humiliated hitters in his high school as he posted a 0.35 ERA and 126/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 60.1 innings during his season season. His slider needs a little work as it’s just average at this point. Oddly enough for a guy his size he has a tremendous feel for pitching and between conditioning of his body and improving his command, he has front-line starter material written all over him.

The Marlins ended up trading LHP prospect Andrew Heaney to Angels who in turn flipped him to the Dodgers. That trade really pushed their system down in our book. However the Marlins did pick up Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas in the trade. Dan Haren was also part of the deal but doesn’t seem to be interested in pitching in Miami.
Justin Nicolino is another left-hander who is promising. Solid delivery with MLB ready changeup.

Isael Soto is their best power prospect at this point. He is a long ways away from being ready but with his strong, very compact frame his is built similar to Marcell Ozuna. He has unbelievable raw power blasting 6 homers in a month after he was signed. Patience will be key for his development. Not that he strikes outs a ton but he tends to try to hit for more power than average.