Miami Marlins Farm Report: Kyle Jensen Torches the Arizona Fall League

A 2010 Arizona Fall League game. This is the most relevant photo I could find. - Christian Petersen

Kyle Jensen has been the hottest hitter in the Marlins system, putting up excellent numbers during the past two months.

The Arizona Fall League concluded two weeks ago. Here is how the eight Miami Marlins prospects performed.

Kyle Jensen, OF
.330/.390/.593 (30-for-91), 15 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 6 BB, 23 SO, 1-for-1 SB

After hitting 24 home runs during the regular season, Jensen continued to display tremendous power in the AFL. He ultimately led the league in home runs and earned a berth to the AFL Top Prospects Team. He also improved on his 31 percent strikeout rate from Double-A, striking out in 24 percent of plate appearances.

Christian Yelich, OF
.301/.343/.387 (28-for-93), 13 R, 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 BB, 17 SO, 3-for-4 SB

Despite his substandard performance, Yelich was also named to the AFL Top Prospects Team.

Grant Dayton, LHP
10 G, 12.0 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 7 BB, 18 SO

Dayton struck out an incredible eighteen batters in twelve innings pitched, or 35 percent of batters faced. That figure aligns closely with his numbers in Double-A Jacksonville this past year. He projects as a solid relief pitcher, with the upside of a setup man.

Jacob Realmuto, C
.221/.349/.369 (5-for-20), 1 R, 1 2B, 4 BB, 8 SO, 1-for-1 SB

Much to my dismay, Realmuto's regular season frustrations continued in the Arizona Fall League. The 21-year-old catcher walked in an impressive 16 percent of plate appearances, but struggled to make consistent contact.

Jake Marisnick, OF
.314/.380/.457 (22-for-70), 9 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 20 SO, 5-for-7 SB

While Marisnick's triple slash line looks respectable, it hides a statistically wonky performance. The newly acquired outfield prospect struck out an uncharacteristically high 25 percent of the time, while benefiting from a .420 batting average on balls in play. Additionally, he was hit by the pitcher five times in just nineteen games.

Michael Brady, RHP
9 G, 12.0 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 9 SO

Brady has never had much trouble putting up excellent numbers during his professional career, so it's no surprise he continued to do so in the AFL. The Marlins have shown a strong reluctance to promote the 25-year-old right-hander, despite his rock solid statistics and advanced age. He will likely start next year in Double-A or Triple-A.

Scott McGough, RHP
2 GS, 9 G, 16.0 IP, 2 ER, 12 H, 6 BB, 8 SO

Acquired in the Hanley Ramirez trade, Scott McGough is an interesting relief prospect. While only striking out eight batters in sixteen innings pitched, he finished with the second best earned-run average of any pitcher in the AFL. His mid-90s fastball and reliable slider should translate well to the upper minors next year.

Yordy Cabrera, SS
.286/.308/.349 (18-for-63), 8 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 15 SO

Cabrera failed to display and indication of improvement during his stint in the AFL. He walked twice in sixty-five plate appearances and showed almost no power. I don't have much faith in his bat at this stage. The only factor keeping Cabrera relevant today is his second-round pedigree.

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