Four Marlins are expected to attend Major League Baseball’s Rookie Career Development Program later this week, Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline reports. Shortstop Jazz Chisholm and right-handers Jorge Guzman, Nick Neidert and Sixto Sánchez and 100-plus of their closest friends from other MLB organizations will be learning about what life is like in The Show.
Mayo summarizes the RCDP itinerary:
All 30 Major League organizations send up-and-coming players on the cusp of reaching the big leagues to help them avoid the kinds of speed bumps or pitfalls that can keep them from reaching their on-field potential. There are sessions on dealing with the media, how to handle situations in the clubhouse, drugs in baseball, inclusion and financial planning, just to name a handful of issues addressed. Players get to interact with each other around these topics and there are breakout sessions with former big leaguers to allow smaller groups of players to drill further down on specific issues.
This will be the second straight year that Miami hosts the event, which has been held annually since 1992. Second baseman Isan Díaz, outfielder Monte Harrison and left-hander José Quijada represented the Fish in 2019; Díaz and Quijada spent large chunks of the regular season in the majors, while Harrison would’ve done the same if not for wrist injuries.
Chisholm (No. 4), Guzman (No. 15), Neidert (No. 9) and Sánchez (No. 1) were all ranked highly in December’s Fish Stripes Top 30 prospects list update, and they already have spots on the Marlins 40-man roster. Sánchez is the only one of them who doesn’t have at least a full season of experience at the Double-A level or higher—he made 18 starts for Jacksonville last year.
In case you missed it, here is Chisholm’s home run derby performance from Saturday:
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