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Full list of released Marlins minor leaguers

Financial pressures and looming MiLB contraction have led to dramatic reductions to the Marlins farm system. Fish Stripes will be updating the list of released players below.

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While most MLB organizations made minor league cuts at the end of May, the Marlins earned goodwill across the industry by keeping their farm system intact and extending weekly stipends through the end of August. However, they did not take the extra step and guarantee employment for all players in 2020 (as the Royals and Twins have).

Sure enough, at least 30 Marlins minor leaguers were released following the MLB Draft, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

No way to sugarcoat this: it’s disappointing.

As specific names are identified, Fish Stripes will bring you all of their stories and offer support to them entering the next chapter of their careers.

June 23, 3:51 p.m. ET

Right-hander Dustin Beggs, infielder J.C. Millan and left-hander McKenzie Mills were among the players released by the Marlins last week. They quickly signed contracts with teams in the American Association (an independent league)—Beggs signed with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, Millan with the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Mills with the St. Paul Saints.

The 27-year-old Beggs was drafted and developed by the Fish out of the University of Kentucky. He spent most of the 2019 season in the Triple-A New Orleans starting rotation, then continued to build up his endurance over the winter with a stint in Australian Baseball League.

Millan, now 24 years old, has demonstrated impressive defensive versatility. Like Beggs, he has spent the entirety of his affiliated ball career in the Marlins system. In his first four seasons as a pro (2016-2019), Millan posted a .246/.304/.349 slash line with 10 home runs in 200 games.

Mills was a prospect for the Nationals and Phillies before arriving in Miami as part of 2018’s Justin Bour trade. The large left-hander struggled in parts of two seasons with Double-A Jacksonville (5.81 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 82 K in 100.2 IP). Mills turns 25 years old in November.

June 23, 4:24 p.m. ET

Chris Hillburn-Trenkle of Baseball America has reported the full list of cuts. A total of 31 players.

In addition to Beggs, Millan and Mills: