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8 Marlins featured in Prospects 365 midseason rankings

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Before getting carried away, keep in mind this site does a top 200 list. Still, eight out of 200 is above average!

Sandy Alcántara June 28 interview with FOX Sports Florida

After placing eight youngsters in Prospect 365’s preseason list, the Marlins advanced a few of them into regular major league roles.

However, breakout prospects Nick Neidert and Pablo López filled their shoes, and with the selection of toolsy outfielder Connor Scott in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft, the franchise winds up with eight reps within the midseason top 200. Blog creator Ray Butler published the new rankings in their entirety on Wednesday.

The blurbs below were also written by Butler.

  • OF Monte Harrison, No. 93 (preseason: No. 57)
  • RHP Jorge Guzman, No. 107 (preseason: No. 143)
  • RHP Sandy Alcántara, No. 138 (preseason: No. 92)

Let’s call a spade a spade: Yes, Alcántara throws a 70-grade fastball. It’s also flat, and the right-hander hasn’t really shown the secondary offerings that allow the premium-velocity-fastball to play to its potential. Alcántara hasn’t posted a K/9 greater than 9 since he was in High-A (in 2016, and no, his 8.1 IP stint with the Cardinals last season doesn’t count). In many organizations, Alcántara would have already been transitioned to the bullpen and would likely be in the big leagues pitching in a high-leverage role. Thankfully, the Marlins have an absolute ton of time to exhaust every option with Alcántara as a starting pitcher.

  • RHP Nick Neidert, No. 144 (preseason: unranked)
  • 2B Isan Diaz, No. 163 (preseason: No. 123)

By the time it’s all said and done, prospect rankers around the world are going to be absolutely sick and tired of ranking Isan Diaz. As most of you know, Diaz is a prototypical-case of AVG vs. OBP variance. The 26.3% strikeout rate (which is numbingly consistent with his career numbers) is much more acceptable with a .368 OBP (the walk rate is 15.5%) than it is with a .239 AVG. The Marlins seem content with playing Diaz at second base, so the main mystery remaining is the untapped power most folks think the 22 year old possesses.

  • OF Connor Scott, No. 194 (preseason: ineligible)
  • LHP Braxton Garrett, No. 197 (preseason: No. 183)
  • RHP Pablo López, No. 200 (preseason: unranked)
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Pablo López during his major league debut last month.
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  • OF Lewis Brinson, graduated (preseason: No. 30)
  • 3B Brian Anderson, graduated (preseason: No. 124)
  • LHP Dillon Peters, graduated (preseason: No. 177)

Poll

Which Marlins prospect is most overrated by Prospects 365?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    138. Sandy Alcántara
    (34 votes)
  • 21%
    163. Isan Diaz
    (40 votes)
  • 13%
    197. Braxton Garrett
    (24 votes)
  • 6%
    107. Jorge Guzman
    (11 votes)
  • 21%
    93. Monte Harrison
    (39 votes)
  • 6%
    200. Pablo López
    (12 votes)
  • 3%
    144. Nick Neidert
    (7 votes)
  • 8%
    194. Connor Scott
    (16 votes)
183 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which Marlins prospect is most underrated by Prospects 365?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    138. Sandy Alcántara
    (14 votes)
  • 5%
    163. Isan Diaz
    (8 votes)
  • 9%
    197. Braxton Garrett
    (15 votes)
  • 10%
    107. Jorge Guzman
    (16 votes)
  • 11%
    93. Monte Harrison
    (18 votes)
  • 27%
    200. Pablo López
    (42 votes)
  • 19%
    144. Nick Neidert
    (29 votes)
  • 6%
    194. Connor Scott
    (10 votes)
152 votes total Vote Now