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Podcast: Baseball America discusses Marlins 2019 top prospects

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Extra insight into BA’s Top 10 Marlins prospects list and several sleepers in their improving farm system.

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There is no individual publication that can perfectly predict the careers of professional baseball players, but Baseball America’s track record speaks for itself: it’s the gold standard for talent evaluation right now. More so than most national outlets, BA puts serious effort into covering the Marlins farm system. Their staff’s opinions on prospects are to be taken seriously.

Here is their preseason Top 10 list:

  1. OF Víctor Víctor Mesa
  2. RHP Sandy Alcántara
  3. OF Monte Harrison
  4. RHP Nick Neidert
  5. OF Connor Scott
  6. RHP Jorge Guzmán
  7. RHP Edward Cabrera
  8. 2B Isan Díaz
  9. C Will Banfield
  10. SS José Devers

Lots of overlap between theirs and ours.

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The 40-minute conversation between Kyle Glaser and Keegan Lowe is linked here.

Can’t listen to audio right now? These are the key takeaways from Lowe, who was the architect of BA’s Top 10 list:

There will certainly be movement atop the list in the coming months. The Marlins consider elite prospects to be a pre-requisite in any potential J.T. Realmuto trade. Somebody new needs to slide into the Top 10 once Alcántara “graduates” from prospect status. Also, whomever the franchise selects with the No. 4 overall pick in June’s draft figures to have as much upside as any current farmhands.

For the first time several years, it’s an exciting time to follow the Marlins minor leagues.