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So I did a little review over at Future Fish on our my top 50 fared. Here's the MarlinsBaseball thread talking about those prospects with direct links to their writeups. Below is the overview.


50. Eric Reed - Outfielder

Pretty much dead on with Reed this year. He lost is opportunity with the Fish back in 2006 when he couldn't secure the job in centerfield. He got all of 20 major league at bats this year, and even though he hit .285/.323/.397 (30sb 3cs), Reed was placed on waivers yet went unclaimed.


49. Brad Davis - Catcher

For the first time in his career, Davis showed signs of life in his bat. With the majority of his at bats (150/193) coming in AA Carolina, Brad hit .287/.368/.467 with 20 extra base hits. And while he struck out 39 times, he did manage to walk 18 times which shows he may have developed some plate discipline as well. Just 24, he could put himself on the prospect map next year with a big 2008 in Albuquerque.


48. Trevor Hutchinson - Starting Pitcher

Coming off rotator cuff surgery that kept him out for all of 2005, 2007 was supposed to be Hutch's breakout year. But as usual, injuries took over and hampered him all season long. He made just 7 appearances, 6 starts, where he went 1-3 with a 4.85era, and 1.75 whip. Soon to be 28, he is no longer considered a prospect and it's looking like he may never reach the major leagues.


47. Chris Mobley - Relief Pitcher

Chris spent the majority of 2007 in Carolina, which was a repeat for him. There, he went 7-2 with a 4.42era and 11 saves in 38.2 innings. He also saw a stint in Jupiter where he went 0-0 with a 2.66era to go with a 1.10whip. Even though he is one of the more ready prospects the Marlins have, he may not see the light of day in the majors with how stacked the Marlins bullpen is.


46. Andy Jenkins - Catcher/1st Base/3rd Base/Outfield

AJ was one of the more consistent players this year in Jupiter. He hit .289/.326/.379 but the 4 homeruns is a concern, especially if he won't walk enough. We'll see what he can do in Carolina as a 24 year old, as 2008 could be a make or break year for him.


45. John Raynor - Outfielder

Well we severely underrated JR this year as he absolutely tore up the South Atlantic League with Greensboro. The 9th round pick in the 2006 draft out of UNC Greensboro hit .333/.429/.519 with 13 homeruns, which happened to be the most he has ever hit, including college. Raynor also stole 54 bases and was just caught 8 times. He'll get a big test with Jupiter in the Florida State League in 2008.


44. Paul Mildren - Starting Pitcher

Paul got off to a slow start in Albuquerque and never fully recovered. He went 5-7, with a 5.86era and a 1.58whip in 21 starts for the Isotopes. Then he was placed on waivers by the Marlins and he was claimed by Kansas City. He ended the year playing for Omaha, the Royals AAA farm team.


43. Justin Jacobs - Shortstop

He spent most of the year in extended spring training but did manage 177 at bats with Jamestown. Up in New York he struggled to a tune of .203/.321/.282 with 8 extra base hits and 11 stolen bases. He again showed very good plate discpline with 30 walks to 36 strikeouts. Still just 19 years old, the 6th round pick should see some action in Greensboro in 2008.


42. Blake Jones - Relief Pitcher

For some reason the Marlins had Blake pitch all season long in Greensboro. With the Grasshoppers, he went 5-6 with a 2.94era to go with a 1.02whip. He'll be 27 in April, so he is no longer a prospect. Hopefully he atleast gets a shot with Carolina instead of staying in the low minors.


41. Daniel Barone - Starting Pitcher

Barone had an interesting year. He started in Carolina, went 1-3 with a 3.86era in 13 starts. He gets called up to Albuquerque and goes 7-0 with a 4.09era in 10 starts. Dan then gets promoted to the majors and gets hit hard as a starter, but is surprisingly effective out of the bullpen. With the Marlins he finished with a 1-3 record and a 5.71era, but those numbers were much worse as a starter. He probably starts out in AAA Albuquerque next year, but could see some time in the majors if/when an injury happens.


40. Edgar Gonzalez - Utility

Well, Adrian's brother wasn't even with the Marlins for Spring Training, as he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was in Memphis all season long, and hit .308/.377/.447.


39. Ben Julianel - Relief Pitcher

Ben never got that chance to win a job in Spring Training, and then was sent to Albuquerque where he spent most of the 2007 season. With the Topes, he went 2-2 with a 6.23era and a 1.82whip in 39 innings pitched. He still gets those comparisons to Steve Kline, but at this point, he is a longshot to make the big team with the Marlins.


38. Scott Nestor - Relief Pitcher

Nestor spent the entire season in Carolina where he went 2-4 with a 4.44era and a 1.41whip. Scott still throws a mid 90s fastball but as it was going into the year, he needs to work on his secondary pitches. That's why he is out in the Arizona Fall League playing for the Peoria Saguaros. He should spend 2008 in Albuquerque.


37. Alejandro De Aza - Centerfielder

We pegged him as a sleeper this year to make the team and he did. AdA made the team with an awesome Spring Training this year, and hit real well out of the gate in his first 30 at bats before going down with an ankle injury. While his ankle did fully heal, he couldn't hit his way out of a paper bag the rest of the year with the big team. He finished with a .229/.261/.313 line, as his plate discipline totally disappeared and he couldn't hit for any power. As of right now, he has a chance to be in the CF mix for 2008, but more than likely he will spend it in Albuquerque.


36. Christopher Young - Relief Pitcher

After a real successful 2006 between Jupiter and Carolina, big things were expected of him in Albuquerque for 2007. That was not to be the case as he went 0-2 with a 6.17era and a 1.80whip in 35 innings. If he is back with the Marlins next year, expect him to be in Albuquerque again. He could get a call up if/when an injury occurs.


35. Robert Andino - Shortstop

Things haven't went well for Andino since Hanley Ramirez became a Marlin. First he got caught sulking in the Arizona Fall League. Then he lost the starting shortstop job in Spring Training 2006. He had a much better season this year in AAA, then he had in 2006. Andino finished with a .278/.322/.750 line with 13 homeruns and 21 stolen bases. Unfortunately, he made 34 errors. For someone who is supposed to be an awesome gloveman, that is definitely not very impressive.


34. Jarrett Santos - Relief Pitcher

Jarrett was absolutely dominant in 2006. Besides a rough patch in Jupiter, he pitched very well again in 2007. Santos doesn’t throw exceptionally hard (high 80s fastball), but he throws strikes and that is what is most important for a reliever. After posting a 3.74era in 110.2ip, Santos probably spends most of the year between Carolina and Albuquerque in 2008.


33. Brad McCann - First Baseman

Got off to a rough start, was eventually traded to Kansas City for a PTBNL who has yet to be named yet.


32. Hector Correa - Starting Pitcher

After bursting onto the Jamestown scene as an 18 year old, Hector had some growing pains this year between Jamestown and Greensboro. He finished a combined 7-7 with a 5.32era in 89.2ip but he got absolutely torched in Greensboro in just 11 starts. Obviously still quite raw, the 19 year old still showed tons of promise as he regained his composure once he was demoted back to Jamestown. He will give it a go in Greensboro in 2008.


31. Brett Hayes - Catcher

It took Brett just 65 at bats in Jupiter to get a promotion up to Carolina where he spent the majority of the season. In AA, Hayes hit .234/.280/.326 with 3 homeruns and 31rbi in 273 at bats. Still the best defensive catcher in the organization, he is going to have to start hitting better if he wants to be a starting catcher in the major leagues. He is now in the Arizona Fall League, and will probably be in Albuquerque this season.


30. Travis Talbott - Relief Pitcher

Travis followed up his breakout performance in 2006 with a very solid campaign in Jupiter this season. He went 1-3 with a 3.83era and a 1.43whip in 51.2 innings. He should see Carolina and possibly Albuquerque in 2008.


29. Jose Campusano - Centerfielder

Campusano spent most of his season rehabbing various injuries, but managed to get in 108 at bats at Carolina. He hit .259/.286/.352 with just 6 extra base hits and 3 walks compared to 26 strikeouts. Still just 23 years old, he will need a bounce back 2008 to get his prospect star back.


28. JT Restko - First Baseman

JT is now 2 years removed from his awesome Greensboro campaign and has struggled in each of the past 2 seasons in Jupiter. This year he hit .265/.328/.382 with 7 homeruns and 40rbi. He walked just 26 times to 73 walks. Depending on organizational needs, he could start off 2008 in Carolina or Jupiter (again).


27. Don Czyz - Relief Pitcher

Since leading the country in saves at Kansas U, Don has been about average in his 2 stops so far. This year in Greensboro, he went 3-5 with a 4.61era and a 1.34whip in 66.1 innings. He should see Jupiter in 2008.


26. Brett Carroll - Outfielder

Whoops. Even though placing him at 26 got me weird faces from some people, Brett came up huge in 2008. He hit a combined .304/.361/.572 between Carolina and Albuquerque. Add to that 22 homeruns and 82 rbi and you've got your breakout player of the year right there. And now he comes into camp next year with a chance to be the everyday centerfielder.


25. Grant Psomas - First Baseman

Grant spent the season in AA Carolina where he went .238/.330/.441 in 442 at bats. The average is very low but he showed a good walk rate with solid power. He had 50 extra base hits and 53 walks but he struck out 119 times. Looking to 2008, he should be in AAA Albuquerque where he could put up some monster numbers in the Pacific Coast League.


24. Jeff Van Houten - Outfielder

Jeff retired because of "not having the desire" to play the game anymore. Can't really blame us too much on the ranking.


23. Kyle Winters - Starting Pitcher

A 5th round pick in 2005, Winter spent 2007 in Greensboro and pitched real well playing half his games in what is considered a hitter's park. He went 8-4 with a 3.95era and a 1.12whip in 111.2 innings pitched. He walked just 20 while striking out 68 in his 19 starts. Look for his numbers to get even better in the Florida State League in 2008.


22. Jason Stokes - First Baseman

He was traded to Oakland for catcher John Baker, in Spring Training.


21. Ryan Tucker - Starting Pitcher

Tucker somehow managed to stay healthy while all of the other Jupiter starters were going down with various injuries. Ryan went 5-7 with a 3.52era and a 1.35whip in 138 innings for the Hammerheads. He walked 46 while striking out 104 and surrendering just 6 homeruns. Look for him to be in Carolina for 2008.


20. Todd Doolittle - Relief Pitcher

Coming off an 80 inning, 1.24era/0.95whip 2006 between Greensboro and Jupiter, we decided Todd deserved some dap and we put him at #20 on the prospect list. He didn't disappoint as he spent the entire season as Jupiter's closer this year going 3-5 with a 3.68era and a 1.54whip in 51.1 innings. He dominated most of the season before his arm tired late, thus his numbers don't look as good as they should. Todd walked 23 as struck out 61 as well.


19. Matt Lindstrom - Relief Pitcher

I rated Matt a little lower than most just because I felt he was a one pitch pitcher, with his fastball having little movement on it, even at 99mph. His slider showed much improvement throughout the season and he had a very nice rookie year for the Marlins. In 67 innings, Matt went 3-4 with a 3.09era and a 1.30whip. Still something of an oddity is the fact that he while he only walked 21, he managed just 62 strikeouts. Hopefully with the emergence of his secondary pitches, his K rate improves as well. He will be part of a stacked bullpen in Miami next year.


18. Scott Tyler - Relief Pitcher

Missed pretty badly on Tyler this year. The former 2nd round pick (2001) of the Minnesota Twins got slapped around in Carolina this year, and spent most of the season battling various injuries. In AA, Scott went 0-2 with a 8.80era and a 2.28whip. The problem with Tyler has always been the amount of walks he allowed and this year was no different as he walked 44 while striking out just 33. He'll be between Albuquerque and Carolina next year with a callup not out of the realm of possibility.


17. Jesus Delgado - Starter/Reliever

Not really sure if he is a starter or reliever right now after half of his 31 appearances this year were starts. In Carolina, Delgado went 5-7 with a 4.80era and a 1.52whip in 93.2 innings. He gave up 97 hits, 45 walks and he struck out 75. Will be interesting to see what he does in 2008 up in Albuquerque.


16. Kris Harvey - Outfielder

Another disappointing season as Kris' prospect star has taken a big hit over the last 2 seasons. This season in High-A Jupiter, Harvey hit .238/.301/.376 with 12 homeruns, 55rbi in 420 at bats. We talked about that maybe he would consider trying to pitch again but that doesn't seem like much of an option at this point. 2008 is going to be a big year for Kris as he is going to have to show some much needed improvement to be considered a legit prospect again.


15. Torre Langley - Catcher

Well his first 2 seasons have a pro haven't exactly been even close to par, but I guess we'll give him a break, being that he is just 19 years old. Torre got 204 at bats in Jamestown this year and hit .265/.279/.436 with 8 homeruns, 6 walks and 30 strikeouts. The lack of walks is certainly alarming, but atleast he is putting the ball in play.


14. Scott Cousins - Outfielder

My favorite prospect had a really good year in Greensboro, and this was after a horrendous start. Cousins, who draws comparisons to Mark Kotsay, hit .292/.358/.480 with 18 homeruns and 16 stolen bases. He also had a 3 homerun, 9rbi game late in the season for the Grasshoppers. He will be in Jupiter for 2008.


13. Harvey Garcia - Relief Pitcher

Well, he still has the electric stuff. It's just a shame that he has no idea where the ball is going. Between Carolina, Albuquerque and the majors, Harvey went 6-3 with a 5.47era in 72.1 innings. His whip was about 1.60 as well. Garcia should get a chance to make the bullpen out of camp this year, but he probably goes back to Albuquerque for some extra seasoning.


12. Jacob Marceaux - Relief Pitcher

Jake certainly had an interesting year as this was his first year coming out of the bullpen. He battled some tired arm this year, and finished with a 3-6 record and a 5.85era. His whip was 1.50 as well in 40 innings. Certainly was a step backwards for him, but he gets a pass for this season. Right now he is in Hawaii playing for the North Shore Honu in the Winter Leagues.


11. Rick VandenHurk - Starting Pitcher

The Flyin Dutchman breezed through Carolina and Albuquerque this year, but got ripped hard up in the Bigs. He's going to be our breakout pitcher in 2008, and with the way the staff is looking, he could be our ace.


10. Gaby Sanchez - First Base

Jupiter didn't kill his prospect status, and it certainly didn't make the picture any clearer. He hit .279/.369/.433 for the Hammerheads to go with 9 homeruns and 70rbi. Yea, the Florida State League is more of a pitcher's haven, but the lack of homerun power is somewhat alarming. He will get a chance to put up a nice season in Carolina and possibly throw his name into the 1B ring for 2009.


9. Henry Owens - Relief Pitcher

Henry the VIII was absolutely awesome in his 23 innings of work this season for the Marlins. He went 2-0 with a 1.96era, 1.26whip in 22 games. Unfortunately he was shutdown early as he needed right shoulder surgery and missed most of the season. He should see time again in the Marlins very stacked pen in June of 2008.


8. Thomas Hickman - Outfielder

Swing and a miss on this one. Hickman had a poor season in Jamestown, albeit in just 164 at bats. He hit .183/.278/.256 with 1 homeruns, 19 walks and 63 strikeouts for the Jammers. Still just 19 years old, his prospect star hasn't dwindled, but he will be lower on this list next year.


7. Chris Coghlan - Second Base

Chris had a tremendous year in Greensboro this season and would have been a frontrunner for SALLY MVP if not for his late season call-up to Jupiter. With the Grasshoppers, Coghlan hit .325/.419/.543 with 10 homeruns 47 walks and just 43 strikeouts. Those numbers got him 30 at bats in Jupiter and his season suddenly took a nosedive. For the Hammerheads, Chris hit just .200/.277/.331. Like Jupiter and the Florida State League does, it's going to press Coghlan in 2008 to see if he is the real deal or just another mirage coming from Greensboro.


6. Jose Garcia - Starting Pitcher

Had major arm surgery and is now a member of the Oakland A's.


5. Brett Sinkbeil - Starting Pitcher

The Marlins first round pick from 2006 had a fine season in Jupiter, albeit just 79 innings because of tendonitis. In 14 games, Sink went 6-4 with a 3.42era and a 1.22whip. He is still just striking out 5.58 batters per 9, but he isn't allowing many free passes with just 1.59 walks per. Still a candidate for the bullpen down the road, Sink will/should begin 2008 in AA Carolina.


4. Gaby Hernandez - Starting Pitcher

The 21 year old from Miami went 9-11 with a 4.22era and a 1.30whip for Double A Carolina this season. He was absolutely outstanding in June and July before his arm got tired towards the end of the season. Depending on who the Marlins acquire and what pitchers can stay healthy, Gaby could have a shot at the starting rotation in Spring Training this season. If not, he'll start off the year in Albuquerque.


3. Aaron Thompson - Starting Pitcher

Thompson improved off his solid 2006 campaign in Greensboro by going 4-6 with a 3.37era and a 1.36whip in 115 innings in Jupiter. The best lefty in the farm will take his game to Carolina in 2008.


2. Sean West - Starting Pitcher

Big things were expected of him, but he had torn labrum surgery in March and missed the entire season.


1. Chris Volstad - Starting Pitcher

A tale of two cities for Volstad this year. He failed to impress in Jupiter, going 8-9 with a 4.50era and a 1.30whip in 152 innings. Chris then got a promotion to Carolina and he went 4-2 with a 3.16era and a 1.20whip in 42.2 innings. While the strikeouts are low, you have to be impressed with the way he took his game to another level in Carolina. He's a groundball machine and as long as the ball stays low, he'll continue to get better. Like Gaby Hernandez, he has a chance to crack the rotation out of Spring Training but chances are that he stays in Carolina before seeing his major league callup at some point in 2008.

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How is Thopmson "the best lefty in the farm" if Sean West is rated ahead of him?

Well West had major surgery....


that and I totally forgot West was a lefty :lol


but still, Thompson is ahead of him now


So 3 is ahead of 2 now in a top 50?

I don't understand

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How is Thopmson "the best lefty in the farm" if Sean West is rated ahead of him?

Well West had major surgery....


that and I totally forgot West was a lefty :lol


but still, Thompson is ahead of him now


So 3 is ahead of 2 now in a top 50?

I don't understand


Being ahead of somebody generally implies being held in higher regard, which in turn would suggest higher ranking.


Since you say he's ahead of West, yet ranked behind West, it's paradoxical.

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Anyone remember who the kid pitcher was last spring in one of FTL/Orioles/Marlins games who refused to let his catcher call the game (it wasn't either Treanor or Olivo I don't think) and made a fool out of himself, getting lit up like a Christmas tree by the Orioles and heckled from the dugout by his own teammates?


Was it West? Or maybe Tyler?


I can remember hi***m*** just standing there waving off pitch after pitch, five six times before each pitch until finally the catcher gave up on him. It was both funny and sad.

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