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Andrew Heaney, J.T. Realmuto, and Tyler Kolek were named top ten prospects in their respective leagues by Baseball America.

Eliot J. Schechter

The Miami Marlins minor league season has been over for several weeks, but some prospects are still finding their names in the news. Baseball America released their top ten prospects for every league and three Miami Marlins made their rankings. In my opinion this is quite a nice honor, Baseball America has some of the best and hardworking prospect writers in the country. They do their research and try and make sure their rankings are as accurate as possible while avoiding bias. Let's see where they ranked Miami's prospects.

Pacific Coast League

6th Andrew Heaney, SP, New Orleans Zephyrs

5-4, 3.87 ERA, 91 SO, 1.17 WHIP, 84 IP

Heaney had a solid season in a hitter's league and showed why he is Miami's number one prospect. Heaney struggled during his brief major league stint, but it has likely served as a good learning experience for him. He will probably be given the chance to make the rotation out of Spring Training, hopefully for good this time.

Southern League

7th J.T. Realmuto, C, Jacksonville Suns

.299/.369/.461, 8 homeruns, 62 RBI

Realmuto raked this season and has asserted himself as the top catching prospect in the organization. He got a taste of winning with the Jacksonville Suns this postseason and hopefully he can bring some of those vibes to the major league squad next season (if only vibes won baseball games). If Jarrod Saltlamacchia struggles for a significant period of time the Marlins will be forced to see what Realmuto's got. If not he might be better served getting regular at-bats in New Orleans.

Gulf Coast League

2nd Tyler Kolek, SP, GCL Marlins

0-3, 4.50 ERA, 18 SO, 22 IP

The flame-throwing high school prospect out of Texas was selected second overall by the Marlins in last June's draft. He was then assigned to the GCL Marlins where he struggled a bit out of the gate. In the end he acquitted himself well and ended up with a solid first professional season. He will have to continue to hone his fastball command and his breaking pitches if he is going to reach his ceiling, but for now I see no reason not to be optimistic.

The rest of the article is behind a paywall, so I will not post their scouting reports on each player. If you enjoy prospects I'd suggest a subscription to Baseball America, it's well worth the money. The only issue I had with their rankings was the absence of Justin Nicolino from their Southern League rankings. However, his strikeouts were down so I guess I do understand the omission. It's still nice to such a well-respected media outlet think this highly of some of Miami's top prospects. The future continues to look bright.