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Marlins Prospect Hot Sheet


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Like Baseball America does with their Prospect Hot Sheet, we will be doing the same over here at Future Fish. Remember, this is not a new list of the Marlins top prospects, but more along the lines of which prospects had the best months of April.

 

HOT

1. Gaby Hernandez, RHP, Carolina Mudcats (AA)

After a solid 2006 campaign in high-A Jupiter, Gaby has done a solid job in his first go around in Carolina. He went 2-2 with a 3.38era in 29.1 innings to go with a 1.02whip. A very promising stat is his 25 strikeout to 4 walk ratio. With all the injuries surrounding the big club's starting rotation, Gaby is on the shortlist of who will receive a call next, if the injuries continue to mount.

 

2. Dante Brinkley, OF, Carolina Mudcats (AA)

After an abysmal 2006 in Jupiter where he hit just .234, Brinkley took the FSL league by storm this year. The soon to be 26 year old absolutely torched the Florida State League with .349/.451/.744 and 5 homeruns. 43 at bats later and he was promoted to Carolina where he has not cooled off. In 35 at bats, he is hitting .371/.405/.629 and 1 homerun. Another month of this and he will see Albuquerque in no time.

 

3. John Raynor, OF, Greensboro Grasshoppers (low A)

The little talked about outfield out of UNC Wilmington, John Raynor has launched himself onto the hot list this month after a .391/.506/.578 start to his Grasshopper career. He also has 3 homeruns and 10 stolen bases in 64 at bats.

 

4. John Baker, C, Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)

This one hurts for me to write. Obviously I want all Marlins prospect to do well, but I did not like this trade when we made it. In case you forgot, we traded 1b Jason Stokes to Oakland in exchange. So far so good for the 27 year old catcher. In 39 at bats, he has hit .436/.521/.769 with 2 homeruns. With the way Matt Treanor swings the bat, and the fact that Olivo has had one off day, I would not be shocked to see Baker called up at some point this season.

 

5. Chris Volstad, RHP, Jupiter Hammerheads (high A)

The number one rated prospect here at Future Fish hasn't exactly dazzled in his Florida State League debut. But we all know what kind of stuff this kid has, and the fact that we are disappointed with these numbers shows just how special some believe he can be. Going into tonight, he was 1-2 with a 3.90era in 30 innings, with a 23/6 strikeout to walk ratio, to go with a 1.37whip. I expect his numbers to improve as it gets hotter in Florida.

 

6. Chris Hatcher, C, Greensboro Grasshoppers (low A)

A name that is really becoming popular among catching prospects is that of 22 year old Chris Hatcher. Taken in the 5th round of the 2006 draft, Hatcher had a terrible Jamestown campaign last year, as he hit .181/.272/.291 in just under 130 at bats. This season has been a complete turn around for him. In 66 at bats so far, he is hitting .333/.397/.606 to go with 4 homeruns.

 

7. Spike McDougal, OF, Greensboro Grasshoppers (low A)

The bad news is that he has just 15 hits in 66 at bats thus far. The good news is that 7 of those are homeruns, and he has walked 13 times as well. His 7 homers lead the South Atlantic League. His line of .242/.363/.576 is pretty sharp looking, especially if he can get that batting average up a little bit.

 

8. Graham Taylor, LHP, Greensboro Grasshoppers (low A)

He has come roaring out of the gates in 2007. He is 4-1 with a .390era in 30 innings pitched. But the most impressive stat is his 26 strikeouts to just 1 walk.

 

9. Jacob Marceaux, RHP, Jupiter Hammerheads (high A)

Formerly a starter, the Marlins decided to move him to the bullpen because they saw a trend in all his starts. He would get tired around the 6th inning of each start and his fastball started to dip into the high 80s. Since his move to the pen, he has been dominant. In his 10.1 innings, he is 0-1 with a 1.74era, giving up just 3 walks while striking out 10. His whip is a nice 0.87 as well.

 

10. Grant Psomas, 1B, Carolina Mudcats (AA)

The lone bright spot on the offensive end in Jupiter last year, Psomas has shown why he has been compared to Jeff Kent at times. Then again, with him no longer playing 2B, I am not sure how much that comparison holds true anymore. In 76 at bats for the Mudcats, Psomas is hitting .263/.374/.526 with 4 homeruns and 9rbi. With Brad McCann off to a good start in Jupiter, it might not be too long before Grant moves back to 2B, unless they believe his future is at 1B.

 

COLD

Scott Cousins, OF, Greensboro Grasshoppers (low A)

My current favorite Marlins prospect has had a rough go of it early on in the SALLY. He is hitting just .246/.254/.421 with 2 homeruns, and has not shown much in terms of his power potential. Although, he has begun to get some extra base hits since his return from the DL.

 

Gaby Sanchez, 1B, Jupiter Hammerheads (high A)

Sanchez absolutely destroyed the SALLY last year and was considered by some to be on the fast track, especially because he is a college kid. Not so fast my friend. Gaby is hitting just .247/.287/.333 with 0 homeruns in 81 at bats against Florida State League pitchers.

 

He's still with the Marlins?

Trevor Hutchinson, RHP, Jupiter Hammerheads

It seems like ages ago that Hutchinson was next in line to pitch at Wrigley Field, but because of some fluke accident, Logan Kensing got start ahead of him. Then came the Tommy John surgery in which he is finally back from. With the Hammerheads in 2007, he is 1-0 with a 2.84era in 19 innings to go with a 11/5 K/BB rate. Another few starts and he should see Carolina.

 

Prospect Rebound

Jai Miller, OF, Carolina Mudcats (AA)

Jai has been floundering around the system for a few years now, showing flashes of brilliance with bunches of strikeouts. Could he have finally figured it out? So far in 61 at bats, he has hit .311/.386/.541 with 3 homeruns. On the other side of the coin is the fact he has struck out 19 times already, but if he can keep that average up, it won't matter.

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good stuff Ramp...Jai could put himself in the top 100 overall if he continues to rake...and at least in the Marlin top 10. Awesome. We had to hope one of our Toolsey McClutch outfielders would do something and Jai has taken a HUGE step forward

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