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Earning Their Stripes Episode 31: Let the kids play (in the pool)

Nearly half of the club’s 2020 player pool is comprised of guys with zero major league experience but extraordinary potential.

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We are back with more Marlins prospect talk! Ely, Ethan and Spencer react to how the club constructed its 60-man player pool for the upcoming season (2:00), breaking down which prospects will spend “Summer Camp” at Marlins Park (9:10) vs. the alternate training site in Jupiter (21:15). We acknowledge some notable minor leaguers who were recently released from the organization (36:15) and look forward to members of the 2020 MLB Draft class finally making their professional contracts official in the coming days (49:15).

Enjoy Episode 31!

The following Marlins with prospect eligibility were included in the initial pool (training in Jupiter unless otherwise noted): Eddy Álvarez (Marlins Park), Will Banfield, JJ Bleday, Edward Cabrera, Daniel Castano, Jazz Chisholm (Marlins Park), José Devers, Lewin Díaz, Robert Dugger (Marlins Park), Jerar Encarnación, Tommy Eveld, Braxton Garrett, Jorge Guzman, Monte Harrison (Marlins Park), Jordan Holloway, Humberto Mejía, Max Meyer, Brian Navarreto, Nick Neidert (Marlins Park), Aaron Northcraft (Marlins Park), Johan Quezada, Trevor Rogers, Jesús Sánchez, Sixto Sánchez, Sterling Sharp (Marlins Park) and Alex Vesia (Marlins Park).

President of baseball operations Michael Hill confirmed Monday that Meyer is about to finalize his signing. MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis is convinced that all other Marlins draft picks—Dax Fulton, Kyle Nicolas, Zach McCambley, Jake Eder and Kyle Hurt—will follow suit.

Recently released Marlins minor leaguers McKenzie Mills, J.C. Millan and Dustin Beggs begin the next chapter of their careers on Fourth of July weekend with the independent American Association. Interestingly, the league is attempting to sell a limited number of tickets despite the ongoing pandemic. Good luck to all involved! More details on their website.

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