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Offishial news, 1/29/21: Bass tours new tank; Marlins composite prospect rankings

Will the Marlins get anything in return for newly DFA’d Jordan Yamamoto?


Offishial signing

To the delight of punsters everywhere, journeyman right-hander Anthony Bass is now a Marlin. The club announced his signing—which was first reported last Friday—and gave the 33-year-old a tour of his new “office”. Bass has received uniform No. 52, most recently worn by reliever Brett Eibner last season and most famously worn by catcher Mike Redmond from 1998-2004.

Jordan Yamamoto was designated for assignment as the corresponding roster move. The Marlins better be confident in receiving some sort of trade compensation for him. Otherwise, I do not understand the urgency to sell low on Yamamoto now instead of using spring training to gauge his bounce-back potential as a starter or experiment with him as a short reliever.

Ultimately, this is a good problem to have. Yamamoto was viewed as the least significant prospect of the four that the Marlins acquired in exchange for Christian Yelich. He exceeded industry expectations by simply reaching the big leagues. Fish Stripes is rooting for him to steady himself and enjoy a long, lucrative career.

Composite prospect rankings

In recent weeks, Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and The Athletic have released their preseason 2021 MLB top prospects lists. MLB Pipeline joined the party on Thursday night. Five Marlins players are consensus Top 100 selections, with a sixth who’s been getting some league-wide recognition as well.

I value each of these perspectives, but don’t believe any particular outlet deserves our blind, unconditional trust. So here is a composite version (to be updated later in the spring with additional outlets):

  1. RHP Sixto Sánchez
  2. RHP Max Meyer
  3. OF JJ Bleday
  4. RHP Edward Cabrera
  5. SS Jazz Chisholm
  6. LHP Trevor Rogers

There is a substantial gap between Sánchez and Meyer in the rankings, as well as between Chisholm and Rogers. Outfielder Jesús Sánchez and first baseman Lewin Díaz are likely Miami’s No. 7 and No. 8 prospects.

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