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Earning Their Stripes Episode 40: 2021’s Marlins Breakout Prospects

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Discussing players from all levels of the Marlins farm system whose success this season took us by surprise.

Photo courtesy of @troy_johnston21

Here’s a show dedicated to the Marlins players who performed at a special level in 2021 without necessarily having the tools, track record or the hype of conventional top prospects. Swimming Upstream co-hosts Alex Carver and Daniel De Vivo join Ely Sussman to break down Eury Pérez, Troy Johnston, Jake Eder, Nick Fortes, Antonio Velez, Ian Lewis and more.

Enjoy Episode 40!

(My apologies for the background noise—there was a cricket loitering directly outside my window throughout the show.)

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Here are 2021 Minor League Baseball stats for each of the featured players:

2021 MiLB stats for Nick Fortes, Kevin Guerrero, Bennett Hostetler, Troy Johnston, Ian Lewis and Paul McIntosh
2021 MiLB stats for Nick Fortes, Kevin Guerrero, Bennett Hostetler, Troy Johnston, Ian Lewis and Paul McIntosh
Baseball-Reference
2021 MiLB stats for Jake Eder, M.D. Johnson, Eury Pérez, George Soriano and Antonio Velez
2021 MiLB stats for Jake Eder, M.D. Johnson, Eury Pérez, George Soriano and Antonio Velez
Baseball-Reference

Don’t close the book yet on all of them for this year! Fortes, of course, has been called up to the majors where he’s been impressing as a part-time catcher/pinch-hitter for the Marlins. Johnston has confirmed that he’ll be participating in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, which begins October 13.

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