Fish Stripes 2014 Top Marlins Prospects: #11-12

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Trevor Williams and J.T. Realmuto come in at #11 and #12 on the 2014 Top Marlins Prospects list. Both players drafted in the first 50 picks of their respective classes, these two have a lot of hype to live up to in 2014.

11. Trevor Williams, RHP
Drafted: 2013, 2nd round out of Arizona State University
Age: 21 Height: 6'3'' Weight: 228 lbs.

Another Sun Devil on this list, Trevor Williams was the Marlins third selection in the 2013 Draft. Williams has a filled out frame and a lot of experience for a 21-year-old. Williams throws a fastball that ranges from 93-95, a decent changeup, a dangerous slider, and an average 12-6 curveball. Williams is your prototypical college pitcher that will just fly through the minors and into a starting rotation at the Major League level. Considering he has yet to reach the Florida State League, I'd be astonished if Williams made it to the Majors in 2014, but the fact that I'm even bringing that up says a lot about what he can do.

Truly the only major issue Williams has had on the mound has been with strikeouts. I'm guessing the Marlins are working with him to discover ways for Williams to become more deceptive, so it will be interesting to see if he misses more bats in 2014. Even if he never can get his strikeout rates up to league average, Williams is going to last a while in the majors because of his proven pitches, his effectiveness, and his ability to handle a heavy workload.

12. J.T. Realmuto, C
Drafted: 2010, 3rd round out of Oklahoma HS
Age: 22 Height: 6'1'' Weight: 205 lbs.

J.T. Realmuto's stock has definitely dropped some since he came in at #5 on the 2012 version of the Fish Stripes Top Prospects list. One of the more athletic players on this list, Realmuto has certainly had his ups and downs in his first three full seasons in the Minors.

Realmuto has yet to hit above league-average since his 2011 season at Greensboro. He spent his entire 2013 season with Double-A Jacksonville, where he hit a mere .239/.310/.353 with only five homers in 416 plate appearances. Realmuto has tremendous bat speed, which leads to hard contact, but for some reason unbeknownst to me, Realmuto has never been able to hit above average during his professional career in the Minors. By this point in time, I am not convinced it's an issue of bad luck or him just not putting things together, which is why Fish Stripes might have him lower on the list than other places.

One argument as for why Realmuto's bat hasn't come around is that he has been purely focused on becoming a great catcher. A shortstop in high school, Realmuto's switch to catcher has definitely paid off and he looks like the top defensive catcher in the Marlins organization. The ability to make that move speaks to his work ethic and pure athleticism. Hopefully, Realmuto's hard work will pay off in 2014 and his bat will catch up to his glove, in terms of development.

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