By now practically everyone's heard about Andrew Heaney's electric start at Double-A Jacksonville and that the rest of the group of elite Marlins pitching prospects have all gotten off to rough starts. However, I'd like to shine a light onto some of the players, not particularly top prospects, that are off to hot starts for their respective Marlins affiliates.
Kentrell Dewitt, 23 years old, LF, Greensboro Grasshoppers: 14-for-33, .424 AVG, 6 XBH, 5 BB, 6 SO
A stout 5'11'' outfielder for the Grasshoppers, Kentrell Dewitt has led the team's offense in this first stint of the 2014 season. Of Dewitt's fourteen hits, three have gone for doubles and three have gone for triples. Dewitt has hit the second-most triples of any player in all of A ball. This becomes even more impressive by considering that Dewitt didn't touch the field in all of 2013. I'm not sure as to why Dewitt missed 2013 because injury history at the lower levels can be so evasive and unreliable, but I do know that he has been plagued with injuries throughout his entire professional career.
Dewitt was drafted by the Marlins in 2010 in the 13th Round out of a community college in North Carolina. In his three previous partial seasons in the minors, Dewitt never did all that much. Judging from this Bullpen Banter scouting video from Dewitt's time in Jamestown in 2011, Dewitt appears to be a line-drive hitter with a very open stance that could end up hurting him. (By the way, if you click on that link, check out the second pitch thrown to Dewitt that was called for a strike. That looked to be easily a foot off the plate.) It will certainly be interesting to see what changes Dewitt has made and whether his success will continue this season, but none of that will matter if he can't stay on the field.
Felix Munoz, 22 years old, 1B, Greensboro Grasshoppers: 27-for-73, .370 AVG, 2 HR, 5 2B, 6 BB, 8 SO
Some of you may remember Felix Munoz from his time with Batavia last season. Then, Munoz, a lefty first baseman, hit over .300 but didn't produce any power. Once again, this season with Greensboro, Munoz is hitting for average, but in much less time, Munoz has already hit 50 percen of his power production from the previous season. If Munoz starts to hit for power this season, he could become a much interesting prospect. Again, it's far too early to get intrigued by faulty home run totals, but you would figure that Munoz focused on bringing more power to his game over the offseason.
Viosergy Rosa, 23 years old, 1B, Jupiter Hammerheads: 23-for-62, .371 AVG, .500 OBP, 2 HR, 15 BB, 8 SO
Ugh, another lefty first baseman. Unlike the other two lefties on this list, Rosa has already proven himself as a serious power threat. Last season with Greensboro, Rosa hit 23 homers, which was the third-highest in all of the South Atlantic League. If Rosa has struggled with anything in the past, it's been his batting average. However, can his batting average even be considered as an issue if his on-base percentage is consistently over .360? Rosa has a great knack for hitting bombs and drawing walks and that separates him from the rest of the Marlins first base prospects. Viosergy Rosa is a player that could turn into a Quad-A slugger, but I wouldn't rule him out as a future Major League first baseman until he faces more advanced competition in the Minors.