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Josh Alberius: Marlin on the Rise

Chosen in the 36th round in 2017, Josh Alberius is our 98th ranked prospect.

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 listing.

For the third installment of this series, we will take a look at Josh Alberius. Born on November 19th, 1994, the righty-throwing and righty-hitting 5’11”, 170 lb. product of Little Rock, Arkansas was selected by the Marlins in the 36th round of the 2017 draft, with the 1,079th overall selection.

In four seasons of college ball, Alberius posted a 7-7 record for the Arkansas Razorbacks, where he was a teammate of future major leaguers Andrew Benintendi and our very own Brian Anderson. He put up a 4.16 ERA in 71 career contests, spanning 119 innings. He struck out 108, walked 37, and allowed 133 hits while part of the club. He started in nine of those games, and even came out with three saves.

Alberius earned his first career win just days after his selection, blanking the GCL Cardinals for the GCL Marlins over two innings, and allowing one hit while striking out two batters on June 30th. The Marlins won that one by an 8-2 final.

After just two appearances at the rookie-level, Alberius found himself in the New York-Penn League with the Batavia Muckdogs. He never quite found his stride at the more advanced level, pitching to a 10.03 ERA over 11.2 innings, with 2,486 WHIP and eight strikeouts to his credit. on the plus side, he got 149-of-228 pitches over the plate during his trial with the Short-Season A outfit.

After a month and a half with the Muckdogs, Alberius was sent back to the GCL team for additional work. In three games down the stretch, he pitched five innings while allowing zero earned runs and just four hits. He also whiffed three.

In total for the Marlins system this year, Alberius posted a 3-1 record over nearly 20 innings of work, showing the organization enough to justify bringing him on again next season. Fish Stripes readers had him ranked 98th on the series.

Check back here tomorrow for #97 on the list, an 18-year-old Panamanian righty.