2014 Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects — Updated

 

Graced by the presence of two top 10 picks fronting the top of the club’s system — Tyler Kolek and Colin Moran — the Marlins’ prospect pipeline lacks the depth thanks to the recent promotions over the past two seasons. 

For a look at the club’s Top 10 Prospects heading into the year click HERE

 

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1.  Tyler Kolek, RHP, Age: 18

High school arms that have touched 102 mph – hell, big league arms that have touched 102 mph – are damn near impossible to find, a mythical unicorn of sorts. The best arm in the draft. And a rotation fronted by Jose Fernandez, Kolek, Andrew Heaney and Nate Eovaldi has the potential to be lethal.

 

2.  Colin Moran, 3B, Age: 21

Considered one of the more safer, polished collegiate bats last season, Moran has been solid, yet unspectacular during his first 100+ games in pro ball (.298/.347/.422). The question about his power potential still needs to be answered.

 

3.  Adam Conley, LHP, Age: 24

Conley is a quasi-Andrew Heaney arm, offering solid peripherals throughout his four-year professional career without his counterpart’s mid-rotation ceiling. Nice #4-type future production.

 

4.  Justin Nicolino, LHP, Age: 22

Owner of some of the best control/command in the entire minor leagues, eventually Nicolino’s inability to miss bats will catch up to him. So far he averaging just 4.0 K/9 this season.

 

5.  Blake Anderson, C, Age: 18

A defensive-first backstop, Anderson has the profile to be one of the bigger reaches in the draft this year. Time will tell, of course.

 

6.  Brian Flynn, LHP, Age: 24

Another big lefty with solid control/command and a rather large aversion to the strikeout, Flynn is averaging a career low 6.03 K/9 this season. Solid swing-man-type arm in the mold of Brian Tallet.

 

7.  Justin Twine, SS, Age: 18

A TCU commit, Twine’s calling card is speed, whether he flashed it at the quarterback position or on the base paths.

 

8.  Jose Urena, RHP, Age: 22

Urena owns a big right arm but has never missed a whole lot of bats at any point in his minor league career. He might eventually be pushed into a bullpen role, but for now he’s climbing the levels as a starter.

 

9.  Brian Anderson, 2B/CF, Age: 21

A Jason Kipnis-lite. The former Arkansas Razorback lacks the overall pop, but could develop into a very useful role player. For Anderson’s full pre-draft analysis click HERE.

 

10.  Trevor Williams, RHP, Age:22

An extreme control pitcher with – wait for it – an aversion to missing bats. Williams has fanned just 55 hitters in his 87.1 innings in high Class A this season. Josh Tomlin – maybe.

 

Photo Courtesy of BY JERRY BAKER/FOR THE CHRONICLE via beaumontenterprise.com.

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.