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Ely Sussman’s Top 30 Marlins prospects: Tier 4

Breaking down Jake Eder, José Salas, Ian Lewis, Dax Fulton, Lewin Díaz and Sixto Sánchez.

Prospects within the same tier are largely interchangeable—considering their ceiling, floor, injury risk, position, room for development, ability to adjust and intangibles, I expect them to have similar career value.

The notes below were last updated on June 5, 2022.


7) LHP Jake Eder

Acquired via MLB Draft in 2020

2021 MiLB stats: 1.77 ERA, 2.48 FIP, .168 BAA in 71.1 IP (AA)

Current level: Double-A (injured list, Tommy John surgery)

2022 is age-23 season

8) INF Ian Lewis

Acquired via international free agency in 2019

2022 MiLB stats entering June: .349/.386/.476, 145 wRC+ in 70 PA (A)

Current level: Low-A

2022 is age-19 season

9) INF José Salas

Acquired via international free agency in 2019

2022 MiLB stats entering June: .233/.313/.349, 94 wRC+ in 166 PA (A)

Current level: Low-A

2022 is age-19 season (turned 19 on April 26)

10) LHP Dax Fulton

Acquired via MLB Draft in 2020

2022 MiLB stats entering June: 4.26 ERA, 2.07 FIP, .245 BAA in 38.0 IP (A+)

Current level: High-A

2022 is age-20 season

11) 1B Lewin Díaz

There is so much to like about what Lewin Díaz does at the plate and with his glove, but the Marlins haven’t made him a priority. It took significant injuries to both Jesús Aguilar and Garrett Cooper to get him regular playing time in late 2021. Rather than trade one of them over the winter, they ran it back with the 30-something sluggers and continue to block Díaz from contributing, so he’s repeating a level that has little else to teach him.

I still like Díaz’s abilities, but the Marlins’ handling of him has been detrimental to his career. He will not have any minor league options beyond this season.

12) RHP Sixto Sánchez

Sánchez is a difficult prospect to place at the moment, 14 months removed from facing live batters. The Marlins don’t seem invested in his success anymore, burning his final option year in 2022 rather than stowing him on the major league injured list to preserve it. Talented as he may be, the Dominican right-hander will be on a short leash to produce if/when he makes it back up to Miami.

Sixto unquestionably has mid-rotation starter traits. It only matters if his body can withstand the workload of that role, though.