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Best Marlins prospect performances through 13 weeks of 2022 MiLB season

Start off every week by checking out these updated minor league leaderboards.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Nick Neidert (29) delivers a pitch in the 2nd inning against the New York Mets at loanDepot park Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Fish Stripes will be starting off every new week of the Minor League Baseball season by posting updated leaderboards for Marlins MiLB players. I have selected a handful of key categories for hitting and pitching prospects. Players who have an asterisk* next to their names are among my Marlins Top 30 prospects.

The threshold to qualify for the leaderboards is determined by the number of weeks we are into the regular season multiplied by 10 plate appearances/batters faced.

Hitting Leaders (min. 130 PA)

Who’s Hot?

It’s been a rollercoaster season for 19-year-old Javier Sanoja. He looked like he belonged at Low-A during his first few games in April, but then fell into a prolonged slump and was sent to extended spring training to regroup.

Sanoja is now owning the complex league against more age-appropriate competition. He has struck out only once(!) over his last 70 plate appearances with an OPS well north of 1.000 during that span. He’s rotating between second base, third base, shortstop and center field.

Who’s Not?

Smells like a Fish Stripes jinx for Troy Johnston (Pensacola). No extra-base hits over his last 11 games, pumping the brakes on any talk of him forcing his way up to Triple-A for the foreseeable future.

Kahlil Watson (Jupiter) merits a mention here for the extracurricular activities that have sidelined him since Friday. There has actually been a big improvement to his contact rate in recent weeks—let’s see if that sustains once he is permitted back on the field.

Pitching Leaders (min. 130 BF)

Who’s Hot?

As MLB Pipeline notes on M.D. Johnson (Beloit), “he has recorded a 2.16 ERA with a .200 opponent average and a 31/3 K/BB ratio in his last four starts and 25 innings, and now ranks among the High-A Midwest League leaders in WHIP (0.94, first), opponents’ average (.203, third) and ERA (2.92, fourth).”

Jeff Lindgren (Pensacola) has made five straight starts of six-plus innings pitched.

Nick Neidert (Jacksonville) was designated for assignment, unclaimed, outrighted and moved to the bullpen, only to re-emerge as a possible rotation depth piece in recent weeks. The former Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Year is showing great control of his stuff since being utilized as a starter again, throwing 70% strikes in those five games.

Who’s Not?

Yeuris Jimenez (Jupiter) allowed more runs last Thursday (six) than he has in his other 20 appearances combined. Then the next time Jimenez took the mound on Sunday, he allowed his first homer of the 2022 campaign.

Just when it seemed that Jeff Brigham (Jacksonville) was on the cusp of a return to The Show, he has slid backwards. Only one perfect relief outing for him since the beginning of June, struggling with both control and managing quality of contact.

Brigham this season has been excellent at home (.521 OPS allowed), but horrendous on the road (1.054 OPS allowed). His 20.5% groundball rate is the third-lowest among all minor league pitchers with 20-plus innings of work.