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Ely Sussman’s Top 30 Marlins prospects: Tier 6

Breaking down nine more Marlins prospects, plus several others who just missed cracking the Top 30.

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.


22) OF Griffin Conine

Acquired via trade in 2020

2022 MiLB stats entering June: .279/.358/.493, 122 wRC+ in 159 PA (AA)

Current level: Double-A

2022 is age-24 season (turns 25 on July 11)

23) C Ronald Hernández

Acquired via international free agency in 2021

2021 MiLB stats: .209/.365/.358, 110 wRC+ in 170 PA (Rk)

Current level: Rookie (FCL)

2022 is age-18 season

24) C Paul McIntosh

Acquired via nondrafted free agency in 2021

2022 MiLB stats entering June: .266/.374/.484, 126 wRC+ in 147 PA (AA)

Current level: Double-A

2022 is age-24 season

25) RHP Bryan Hoeing

Acquired via MLB Draft in 2019

2022 MiLB stats entering June: 2.26 ERA, 4.70 FIP, .230 BAA in 55.2 IP (AAA/AA)

Current level: Triple-A

2022 is age-25 season

26) INF José Devers

Acquired via trade in 2017

2022 MiLB stats entering June: .095/.130/.143, -33 wRC+ in 23 PA (AA)

Current level: Double-A

2022 is age-22 season

27) 1B Troy Johnston

When you’re at the bottom of the defensive spectrum, it takes a combination of plate discipline and power to be taken seriously as a prospect. In Johnston’s case, I have had my doubts about the latter, but his midseason hot streak has been illuminating. All of a sudden, his 2022 production is stacking up well with what he did in 2021 despite the superior quality of pitching he’s facing.

Johnston seldom takes a day off and sprays balls to all fields to overcome any opponent’s positioning strategy.

28) INF/OF Charles Leblanc

Leblanc surged at the end of his 2021 campaign with Triple-A Round Rock (Rangers affiliate). With his new organization, he has picked up exactly where he left off. Even on a Jumbo Shrimp team with lots of gaudy offensive stats, this utility man stands out.

I would consider ranking Leblanc even higher if he possessed passable shortstop skills. He hasn’t been used there in any official games since joining the Marlins.

29) RHP George Soriano

Acquired via international free agency in 2015

2022 MiLB stats entering June: 3.90 ERA, 4.86 FIP, .241 BAA in 30.0 IP (AA/AAA)

Current level: Double-A

2022 is age-23 season

30) LHP Josh Simpson

Acquired via MLB Draft in 2019

2022 MiLB stats entering June: 3.98 ERA, 1.92 FIP, .134 BAA in 20.1 IP (AA)

Current level: Double-A

2022 is age-24 season (turns 25 on August 19)


Just Missed

  • OF Tanner Allen (High-A)—The collegiate star hasn’t done much yet to distinguish himself from his pro competition. Great bat-to-ball skills.
  • RHP Evan Fitterer (High-A)—He’s got starting pitcher traits, but still lacks the efficiency for the role (averaging four pitches per plate appearance for his career).
  • RHP Jordan Holloway (Triple-A, IL)—Holloway showed legitimate potential in the bigs at this time a year ago (106 ERA+), but he has only pitched sparingly since then due to various injuries. Nearing his 26th birthday and in the midst of his final option year, he’s in a tough spot.
  • OF Osiris Johnson (Low-A)—Though still only 21 years old, Johnson has not hit a lick in several extended opportunities at full-season ball. The tools are there.
  • RHP Nick Neidert (Triple-A)—The former Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Year simply isn’t commanding his pitches as well as he did earlier in his development. He passed through waivers in April without being claimed.