The start of baseball season is always crazy for me but it looks like life is settling down and the baseball season is in full swing. I would like to provide a little update on a couple pitchers and a couple of hitters. All four of these guys were in the top 10 of the Prospects1500 Marlins Top 50 list submitted back before the season started.
Jarlin Garcia P (Came in at number 4) – It appears for the 2017 season they will be using Garcia out of the MLB bullpen barring any injuries. He has appeared in 6 games (5 IP) and he has 7 strikeouts! His WHIP is under 1.00 at 0.80 and his ERA is 1.80. With runners in scoring position he has logged 3.1 innings allowing only a walk and getting 4 strikeouts and allowing zero runs to score. Looks like the bullpen life is suiting him just fine.
Cody Poteet P (Came in at number 10) – Starting the 2017 year in the Florida State League and the results have been excellent. He leads the league in WHIP with a 0.93. He is 4th in ERA with a 1.33 and in a decent number of innings as well (27 IP). He has 16 strikeouts (with 5 BB) in 27 innings pitched so falling below the strikeout per inning mark so far but he is performing at a stellar level. If he keeps up this level of production he will earn his promotion sooner rather than later.
Austin Dean OF (Came in at 7) – Starting the 2017 year in the Southern League and the results have been pedestrian. He has appeared in 6 games and has 22 AB. He is carrying a .273 AVG with a .304 OBP. He has 3 hits for extra bases (1HR, 1 2B and 1 3B) and has 5 RBI’s. The results are not what was anticipated since he is repeating the Southern League again. Hopefully he will heat up soon.
Stone Garrett OF (Came in at number 8) – Starting the 2017 year in the Florida State League and the results have been poor. He has appeared in 22 games with 94 Abs and his hitting .213 with a .253 OBP. Something to be positive about is that he does have 5 doubles to begin the year but only 1 home run. His strikeouts are at a number that you do not wish to see from a young hitter, he has 33 punch-outs in 94 AB’s.
With the Marlins not having one of the upper echelon minor league systems I guess one could say you are not surprised with the mediocre results so far this season. Poteet and Garcia are bright spots and the arrows are trending up for both of those young men but Garrett and Dean have some ground to make up to keep progressing.
Article featured image of Stone Garrett – courtesy todaysknuckleball.com via scout.com