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
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.
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