Kevin Goldstein’s latest has the list of the top eleven Marlins prospects. The last three years, the Marlins have hovered around .500 and exceeded most people’s expectations using mostly young talent. It’s nice to know that well has been totally tapped yet because there’s some players on the list worth getting excited about. Perennial top prospect Cameron Maybin is gone, but that doesn’t mean there’s other guys waiting in the wings.
The Marlins have two four star prospects in Matt Dominguez and Christian Yelich. Dominguez plays third and while he’s more glove then bat, he’s done well at a very young age. He’ll be 21 most of the season and he’ll probably spend the season at Triple-A unless Wes Helms stumbles and Dominguez forces the Marlins’ hand. Yelich was the Marlins first round pick in 2010 and he can mash. A great glove in the outfield, Yelich is a few years away at this point but his progress bears watching.
Coming in at three is the Marlins top pitching prospect, Chad James. He struggled at times in his minor league debut last year with his control but this is a big left hander who could have a spot in the Marlins rotation in the next few years. Osvaldo Martinez (shortstop, major league ready but blocked by Hanley Ramirez), and Marcell Ozuna (outfielder, a few years away) round out the top five.
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