The Salt River Rafters, the Arizona Fall League team containing several Marlins prospects, took home the championship trophy Sunday, thanks in large part to Jerar Encarnación’s grand slam. We’ve got stats for all the prospects participating in offseason leagues. Perhaps of greater significance is Miami’s winning the AFL’s inaugural Organizational Leadership Award, given to the club for its teamwork during the league this year.
Baseball America recognized Nick Neidert’s stellar work at the AFL by listing him on their Hot Sheet of the top-10 highest performing prospects.
The five hottest prospects to close out the AFL season:— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) October 28, 2019
1. Seth Beer, @Dbacks
2. Spencer Howard, @Phillies
3. Reggie Lawson, @Padres
4. Royce Lewis, @Twins
5. Nick Neidert, @Marlins https://t.co/UiLKSQ8kso
In other news, Pablo López gave back to the community, delivering an anti-bullying talk at Kensington Park Elementary on Monday.
This week at Fish Stripes
Here is a new eposide of our own Fishbites pod wherein are discussed the following: new hitting coach, the Arizona Fall League, and next year’s first baseman.
NEW FISH BITES— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 28, 2019
Why should you care about what happened in the Arizona Fall League? Will the Marlins hit a zillion homers now that they took the Twins hitting coach? And who's gonna play first base for the Marlins next season?https://t.co/JTyluWZgn6
Check here for more good news from the Fish Stripes podcasting sphere.
Fish Bites wasn’t our only preview of next year. Dan Smith examines what the 40-man roster will look like heading into the upcoming season. If you’d like to take your own stab at what the 40-man will look like come next spring, be our guest and join our Fish Picks 40-man contest. Juan Páez chimes in, discussing three current Marlins who could take the next step in 2020.
There need to be changes to the Marlins roster this offseason, but a lot of their improvement from 2019 to 2020 will come from within as former top prospects get closer to their peaks. Bet on BA, Sandy and Isan to produce. https://t.co/6TuseVq8jC— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 26, 2019
Nor have we only been looking ahead. Aram Leighton highlighted some Marlins farmhands whose stock changed this year, for better or for worse. Check in on Isan Díaz, Monte Harrison, Víctor Víctor Mesa, and more.