Next Fish Up: Marlins Prospects Outside the Top 50

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Narrowing down the Marlins prospects to only 50 spots was hard but some quality prospects just missed the list. I project that the Marlins will have a fair amount of prospects lose prospect eligibility by mid-season so here is a sneak peek at guys looking to make their way to my Marlins Top 50 list. These players are not listed in any particular order but they are all in Tier 5. Tier 5 players are players worth keeping an eye on, but likely to never make a team’s 40-man roster. If there are others that you like please let me know by commenting below or reaching out on Twitter @stoffer81.

I already submitted player number 51 for our Who’s Next? The 51st Prospects article. Check out my thoughts on 3B prospect Nick Ready.

The Bats

Christopher Torres, 2B/SS
Age: 23
2019 Highest Level: A
Has the speed to make a difference on the base paths for the Marlins and your fantasy team. He will need to figure out how to get on base because you can’t steal first. Hitting .234 is not going to make the cut but he had a respectable OBP (.346) for that low of an average. Need for him to work on reducing his strikeout percentage (33% in 2019) and take the next step on being a place setter or he could turn into a reserve infielder.

Federico Polanco, SS
Age: 19
2019 Highest Level: Rookie
Acquired in a trade with the Mets for Jordan Yamamoto on 2/1/2021. Polanco made vast improvements in 2019 increasing every statistical category in fewer at-bats. He does not have the typical size you would look for as he is just 5’10 and weighing in at 155 but look for him to continue developing his gap power and utilizing his excellent batting eye while working his way up the organization. Polanco came in at 32 on the Mets 2021 Top 50 Prospects List.

Ashton Easley, OF
Age: 23
2019 Highest Level: College
The Marlins signed Easley on July 30, 2020 from the Air Force Academy. In a shorted 2020 season he stole 12 bases in 77 at bats while hitting .299 with a .357 OBP and a .442 SLUG. For his collegiate career he had 555 at bats, hitting .301 with a .364 OBP, and a .512 SLUG. He stole 59 bases and had 68 extra base hits (17 HR) while keeping his strikeout percentage around 23%. He has the track record to be a 5 tool talent but we need to see what he can do against tougher competition.

Jandel Paulino, OF
Age: 20
2019 Highest Level: Rookie
Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, Paulino showed improvement in the DSL League from 2018 to 2019 and was the 2019 DSL Minor League MVP. Looking to see how he handles advanced competition and see if he can put his power into play more consistently.

Richard Roman, OF
Age: 19
2019 Highest Level: Rookie
Signed out of the DR in 2019, Roman only had 28 games to showcase his potential since 2020 leagues were canceled. Solid start for the 19 year old, in 94 at bats he hit .298 with a .367 OBP and a .429 SLG. Body type suggest that more power should be coming for the 6’1 outfielder, lets see what he can do with a full season of at-bats. Check out his at bat against top 50 Marlins prospect Eury Perez.

The Arms

Jake Walters, RHP
Age: 24
2019 Highest Level: A
The 2018 9th round pick put up solid numbers in 2019. In 92 innings (17 starts) he had a 2.35 ERA, 1.07 WHIP with 87 strikeouts. If he gets off to a fast start in 2021 I could see a rapid ascension to AA. I view Walters as a back of the rotation type starter but if he can show improvement in the strikeout department that prognosis could improve.

Delvis Alegre, RHP
Age: 20
2019 Highest Level: Rookie
Alegre, in two seasons (18 & 19), has produced a solid WHIP and ERA. He improved his strikeout rate from 2018 to 2019 but more improvement is needed to become effective. The Marlins have not shown that they are committed to Alegre being a starter but if can reduce his walks and increase his strikeouts he could improve his chances.

Matt Givin, RHP
Age: 21
2019 Highest Level: Rookie
The 2017 20th round pick was a 2019 GCL postseason All-Star. He needs to improve his strikeout rate to become more effective but does a good job limiting walks. Looking to see how the 2021 season starts to see if he can continue improving his form. Givin had Tommy John surgery at the end of 2017 and missed all of 2018. The Marlins limited his innings in 2019 but there should be no injury limits for the 21 year old starting in 2021.

George Soriano, RHP
Age: 21
2019 Highest Level: A
Soriano has pitched 217.2 career innings and has posted respectable numbers. I am keeping my eye on him to see if he can show improvement off his first stint in A ball. If he does could move up the system quickly but he will need to limit the amount of walks.

Mario Doble, RHP
Age: 20
2019 Highest Level: Rookie
Signed in 2019 out of the DR, Doble has only had 14 games (7 starts) to showcase his abilities. He has a solid strikeout rate with 56 K’s in 51 innings but he needs to improve on his walks and gopher balls allowed. He has the size scouts look for in a starting pitcher, standing at 6’4 and will need to get off to a fast start to make up for the lost 2020 MLB season.




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