Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs: Brian Flynn, LHP
Brian Flynn has been an absolute workhorse for Triple-A New Orleans in 2014. His numbers aren't quite as impressive as they were last year for New Orleans, but they are impressive nonetheless. In his 103 innings pitched over the course of 18 starts, Flynn has only allowed 8 home runs and has earned a 3.67 ERA. I'm convinced that Flynn will get an extended look in the Majors this season and if he can prove that he can be an innings-eater who is consistent he could very well earn himself a spot in the Marlins 2015 starting rotation.
Double-A Jacksonville Suns: Justin Nicolino, LHP
Highly touted prospect Justin Nicolino has had an interesting, yet effective year in Jacksonville. In 112.1 innings, Nicolino has only struck out 50; however, his 3.12 ERA indicates that Nicolino has still been a impressive top of the rotation arm for the Suns. The bottom line is that Nicolino will need to get his strikeouts up if he wants to be effective at higher levels and develop into the pitcher he has the potential to become. Nonetheless, Nicolino's first half has been great to see from a pitcher who we've grown to expect nothing less from.
High Class-A Jupiter Hammerheads: Trevor Williams, RHP
Trevor Williams, the Marlins 2013 second-round pick, has done exactly what the Marlins expected him to do in his second professional season; dominate. Williams has already started 18 games for Jupiter in the Florida State League and he's proven to be one of the best, if not the best, starting pitcher in the league. In 102.1 innings pitched, Williams has a 2.64 ERA and has only allowed four home runs. Sure, you'd like to see his strikeouts higher (He only has 68 on the year) but Williams has found great success in pitching to contact. Williams will be a quick riser through the Marlins farm system and a promotion to Jacksonville soon would not surprise me.
Low Class-A Greensboro Grasshoppers: Domingo German, RHP
Domingo German has dominated every minor league level he's faced over the last five years, so seeing him on this list can't be all that surprising. A projectable 6'2'' Dominican pitcher, German is probably a long reliever type down the road, but he has been excellent in the Hoppers starting rotation in 2014. German's hard work finally paid off when he earned a Futures Game appearance, where he was dazzling in one scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Domingo German keeps getting better and better and I can't wait to see the time in which he faces a challenge that he can't immediately overcome.
Short-Season Batavia Muckdogs: Juancito Martinez, RHP
The lone relief pitcher on this list, Juancito Martinez is off to a killer start in Batavia. A surprising convert to the mound after some impressive year manning center field in the lower minors, Martinez has made his choice look like a wise one since he's taken the hill. Although he has only appeared in a mere 14 innings, Martinez has been extremely dominant nonetheless. He is currently sporting a 1.72 FIP and he's already struck out 16. If Martinez keeps this up, he'll get a promotion to Greensboro where he will be able to try to prove himself against a much higher level of competition.