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Marlins release 7 minor league prospects

Shedding a handful of fringy reliever prospects doesn’t come as a surprise, though outfielder John Norwood could have a real future at the major league level.

John Norwood appeared in some 2018 Grapefruit League Spring Training games for the Marlins
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Matt Eddy of Baseball America draws our attention to the dismissal of seven players from the Marlins farm system (subscription required). The following prospects were released last week:

All seven had been acquired under previous Marlins ownership.

The 26-year-old Norwood certainly stick outs from this group. Earlier in his career, the Vanderbilt University alum was regarded as a Top 30 prospect in the organization by both BA and MLB Pipeline. He enjoyed a career year in 2017 with the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, slashing .285/.367/.459 (141 wRC+) as their everyday right fielder.

But Norwood failed to impress at the plate when repeating Double-A (.242/.313/.351, 91 wRC+). It doesn’t help that the Marlins buried him on the depth chart behind fellow outfielders Lewis Brinson, Víctor Víctor Mesa, Monte Harrison, Harold Ramírez and Gabriel Guerrero, just to name a few.

At least his strong throwing arm should help him land another opportunity soon.

Jacksonville teammate Max Duval did not build a strong case to stick around, either. The converted position player logged 88 innings at a 7.16 ERA and 6.33 FIP this past season.

On the other hand, he was revered in that clubhouse and refreshingly honest in telling Fish Stripes about his unorthodox journey.

Please join us in wishing all these guys the best of luck in continuing their baseball careers.