The Marlin’s farm system has definitely gotten an upgrade in the new ownership’s first year. One of the most important days for the new Marlins ownership that would make or break their first year was draft day. So far it seems the 2018 draft has gone the right way for the new ownership group. From the 2018 draft, the Marlins have four prospects in their Top 30.
2018 Top Picks
1st round pick out of high school, outfielder Connor Scott is currently the Marlin’s 4th ranked prospect. While his first pro season is a little disappointing, he shows potential. In two minor league levels, Scott batted a .218 AVG with 1HR, 8RBIs with 3 doubles and 4 triples.
Scott is only eighteen with only 50 games played however with plenty of room to develop. Judging off an eighteen-year old’s first pro season as a total disappointment probably isn’t the adequate thing to do.
2nd round pick also out of high school, shortstop Osiris Johnson is the Marlin’s 13th ranked prospect. His first pro season was decent with an upside in raw power. In two minor league levels, he batted a .250 AVG with 3HRs, 2 triples, 11 doubles, and 19RBIs. Johnson is only seventeen and for a seventeen-year-old, his first pro season wasn’t half bad.
Competitive Balance B Round pick out of high school, catcher Will Banfield is considered the best defensive catcher in the draft. He is the Marlin’s 7th ranked prospect. Banfield also had a decent first pro season across two minor league levels. Banfield shows an upside with solid bat speed and above-average raw power.
3rd round pick out of the University of Kentucky, outfielder Tristan Pompey is the Marlin’s 15th ranked prospect. Pompey had a great first season coming out of college ball. Across three minor league levels Pompey batted a .299 AVG with 9 doubles, 3 HRs, 23 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases. Pompey has plus speed with the ability to hit for high average and hit 15 or more homers from both sides of the plate.
Most Notable *that weren’t in Future of the Franchise article*
The Marlin’s #11 prospect Brian Miller has been an absolute stud across two Minor League levels. Miller batted a .295 AVG with 21 doubles, 5 triples, 43 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. Miller will definitely impact the top of a loaded line up with a mature approach and his ability to draw walks.
Marlin’s #20 prospect Jeff Brigham dominated across two Minor League levels. In 95.1 innings, he recorded 94 strikeouts with only 22 walks. He held a 2.36 ERA with a 10-3 record before his promotion to the bigs. Brigham’s mid to upper fastball and above average slider is a deadly combination against hitters. With more command development, Brigham could be a dominant starter.
Marlin’s #26 prospect Bryson Brigman has been a great trade pick up for Miami. Miami acquired Brigman in the Cameron Maybin trade at the Trade Deadline. Across two Minor League levels, Brigman batted a .310 AVG with 19 doubles, 7 triples, 3 HRs, 49 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases. Brigman is a consistent hitter with a solid approach. Some scouts however, question whether Brigman will ever be strong enough to drive the baseball consistently. Well, it seems like he’s doing just fine right now at the plate.
The Marlin’s #27 prospect Austin Dean absolutely mashed across two Minor League levels. Dean batted a .345 AVG with 20 doubles, 5 triples, 12 HRs, and 68 RBIs. Dean has excellent plate discipline with a talent to put the barrel on the ball. He has a line drive path that produces more doubles than homers even with his raw power. His ridiculous season in the minors earned him a promotion the bigs and with more experience, he’s going to scare opposing pitchers in the bigs.
With more development and experience, these young players could have the chance to become special pieces in the organization. It’s going to be a fun and electric group of young guys to watch.