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Marlins hire Gary Denbo

The now former-Yankees Vice President will serve as Miami's head of player development and scouting moving forward.

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The mere presence of Derek Jeter in the front office for the Marlins is already paying dividends, just one full week into his tenure as part-owner of the franchise.

Yesterday, one source confirmed that there was truth behind the long-standing rumor that Yankees Vice President of Player Development Gary Denbo would join his old friend, and former colleague, in South Florida all along, as the 56 year-old clocked-out of Yankee Stadium for the last time.

While Denbo has been hired to primarily fill the void Jeter created by getting David Samson to controversially fire Marc DelPiano, among others, before even taking over the franchise, there is reason to be excited about acquiring his services due to what he has been able to accomplish in three short years in a similar position with New York.

When he took over the Yankees’ farm system, the team was facing an aging and expensive core, and a lack of talented younger players waiting in the wings for their chance to perform on the big stage (does that sound familiar?). The farm system he inherited was ranked 23rd in baseball at the start of 2014 by Baseball Prospectus, and even after trading a boat-load of prospects for Sonny Gray at this year's Trade Deadline, rated the system 4th best in the 2017 mid-season rankings.

That sharp rise up the rankings can largely be attributed to Denbo's 30 years of playing, coaching, and scouting experience, leading to the targeting and acquisition of the right young players to build the team from the ground up, and that mindset will benefit Miami's bereft minor league talent pool immediately. Major trades are imminent, so it is comforting to know that one of baseball's best scouting minds will help the Marlins get the best possible return for some of the team's most talented, and most popular players.

When it comes to draft strategy, recently, the Marlins have been going with the high-risk, high-reward move of selecting high school pitchers in the first round of the MLB Draft, and it has not worked out for them thus far. Tyler Kolek (2014) and Braxton Garrett (2016) have both seen limited playing time after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Add that to the fact that the team traded away 2015 first rounder Josh Naylor, and Denbo has his work cut-out for him to bring the Marlins back into contention once they trade away some of their core this winter.

However, Gary Denbo turned the Yankees’ system from barren to MLB pipeline in just three years, and it has helped to propel the Bronx bombers into the division round of the playoffs this year (and they're not done yet). If the Marlins are in that position in just three years time, Derek Jeter will be hailed a genius, but it would not have been possible without the help of his first major signing as owner of the Marlins.