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Earning Their Stripes Episode 23: Prospect protection deadline, trade scenarios, bold predictions

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Everything you need to know about the Marlins’ Rule 5 Draft prep and how various prospects fit into the franchise’s long-term plans.

Nick Neidert is among those prospects who will be protected on the Marlins 40-man roster before Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline.
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Making his Earning Their Stripes debut, Spencer Morris joins Ethan and Ian to preview all of the key decisions facing the Marlins this offseason. The guys react to the Triple-A Wichita affiliate rebrand (2:25), identify key prospects who ought to be added to the 40-man roster to protect from Rule 5 Draft eligibility (4:20), shop for free agents to provide a boost to the major league lineup (13:00), and suggest a variety of trade targets from potential franchise cornerstones—Francisco Lindor and Mookie Betts—to intriguing role players (24:10).

Enjoy Episode 23!

The Wichita Wind Surge are “surging forward with new vibrancy, a new energy, and a fierce sense of purpose.” More details here.

The no-brainer prospects for the Fish to protect prior to Wednesday’s 8:00 p.m. ET deadline are Sixto Sánchez, Edward Cabrera, Jazz Chisholm, Nick Neidert and Lewin Díaz (all consensus top-15 players in the Miami farm system). Other notable Rule 5 eligibles are as follows: RHP Dustin Beggs, RHP Tommy Eveld, RHP Alberto Guerrero, RHP Kolton Mahoney, RHP Alejandro Mateo, RHP Humberto Mejía, RHP Cody Poteet, RHP Remey Reed, RHP Josh Roeder, RHP Chad Smith, LHP Daniel Castano, LHP Dylan Lee, LHP McKenzie Mills, LHP Will Stewart, INF Bryson Brigman, INF Christopher Torres and OF Stone Garrett.

The free agent segment focuses most heavily on outfielders Nicholas Castellanos, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Avisaíl García and Kole Calhoun.


The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas. All new episodes are posted to FishStripes.com/podcasts. You can subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Megaphone or wherever you normally get your pods from.

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