For the 2016-17 offseason, we counted down the Top 100 all-time Marlins. This offseason, we will instead cast our eyes ahead. I’ll be outlining the Top 100 Marlins prospects, as chosen by you on the ranker.com listing.
This year, we start out our look into Miami’s infrastructure at the international complex, where the DSL Marlins finished third in the DSL Northwest Division with an impressive 40-29 record.
Luis Palacios led the DSL club with 46.2 innings pitched, starting in four of his 15 contests overall. Palacios, a 6’2”, 160 lb. left-handed hurler from Cagua, Venezuala, had opponents dancing to a tune of just 1.14 WHIP while holding them to a .215 average.
Palacios, born on July 1st, 2000, signed with the Marlins on July 2nd, 2016 at 16 years and one day of age. He was assigned to DSL exactly one year later, and the season just completed was his first in organized professional ball. His best performance was probably on July 18th, when he pitched three hitless relief innings and struck a batter out to earn his second win of the season, with an 8-1 victory over the DSL Dodgers (1).
In Palacios’ second career start, against the DSL Red Sox on August 5th, he pitched four nearly perfect innings, whiffing three and surrendering just one hit, a single. The Marlins won that one too, by a 6-0 final count on a combined four-hitter.
The youngster ranked third on the team with 43 strikeouts, and held opposing batters to just 15 walks and 38 hits, finishing the campaign with a 4-0 record and a 2.70 ERA. He also surrendered just one home run.
Palacios ranked 100th on the ranker.com list of Marlins’ prospects, although that figure is hardly indicative of his ceiling. His young age allows for a lot of time to fill out his slender 6’2” frame, and I look for a future increase of his strikeout total in the next season, either at DSL or possibly with the GCL Marlins.
Tune in tomorrow for #99 on the list.