Marlins Top Prospects of 2011
1. Christian Yelich | 1b/OF | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
2. Matt Dominguez | 3b | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
3. Rob Rasmussen | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B-
4. Chad James | LHP | Age – 20 | Grade – B-
5. Jhan Marinez | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – B-
6. Ozzie Martinez | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+
7. Brad Hand | LHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+
8. Scott Cousins | OF | Age – 26 | Grade – C+
9. Kyle Skipworth | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C
10. Marcell Ozuna | RF | Age – 20 | Grade – C
11. J.T. Realmuto | C | Age – 20 | Grade – C
12. Arquimedes Caminero | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C
13. Jose Ceda | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – C
14. Jose Alvarez | LHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C
15. Mark Canha | LF | Age – 22 | Grade – C
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Grades are based on a prospect’s projected value over the course of his career and how likely it is that prospect will fulfill his projected value. Various factors are accounted for including upside, red flags, actual performance, and closeness to the majors. See the 2011 Top Prospect List Primer for more information as it relates to prospect grading and philosophy.
Hitters must have 100 or fewer Major League ABs to qualify for this list. Starting pitchers must have 50 or fewer Major League innings to qualify. Relief pitchers must have 25 or fewer Major League innings to qualify. Ages are listed as of May 1st, 2011. Levels are based on the highest level in which a prospect played in 2010. All grades are subject to change based on any new information I receive before the season starts.
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Quick Rundown on Prospects 6 – 15
- 6. Ozzie Martinez | SS | Age – 22 | Grade – C+ … Doesn’t have a lot of upside, but he’s a good defensive shortstop with solid plate discipline
- 7. Brad Hand | LHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+ … Young lefty was overlooked last year, but he’s picked up attention after a strong 2010.
- 8. Scott Cousins | OF | Age – 26 | Grade – C+ … Does plenty of things well, but nothing great. Center field job may be his to win.
- 9. Kyle Skipworth | C | Age – 21 | Grade – C … Showed some progress offensively, but he still strikes out way too much…pitch recognition is still lacking. On the plus side, his defense showed a lot of improvement.
- 10. Marcell Ozuna | RF | Age – 20 | Grade – C … Really sold out for power last year. He needs to improve his contact rate and draw more walks.
- 11. J.T. Realmuto | C | Age – 20 | Grade – C … Interesting sleeper for the Marlins…a very good athlete with good bat speed, but an unusual set up and approach.
- 12. Arquimedes Caminero | RHP | Age – 23 | Grade – C … Might have the best arm in the system…finished the season very strong.
- 13. Jose Ceda | RHP | Age – 24 | Grade – C … Misses plenty of bats, but walks must come down.
- 14. Jose Alvarez | LHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C … Undersized lefty has three useable pitches and throws strikes, but upside is low.
- 15. Mark Canha | LF | Age – 22 | Grade – C … Solid power bat picked in the 2010 draft. A sleeper to watch out for.
HONORABLE MENTIONS (in no particular order) – Edgar Olmos (LHP) | Dan Jennings (LHP) | Steve Cishek (RHP) | Kyle Jennings (OF) | Josh Hodges (RHP) | Austin Brice (RHP) | Robert Morey (RHP) | Jake Smolinski (2b) | Ramon Benjamin (LHP) | Jay Buente (RHP) | Pete Andrelczyk (LHP) | Rett Varner (RHP) | Bryan Berglund (RHP) | Evan Reed (RHP) | Aaron Senne (1b) | Ryan Fisher (LF) | Zach Neal (RHP) | Jobduan Morales (C/1b) | Alejandro Ramos (RHP) | Isaac Galloway (OF) | Bryan Peterson (OF)
*Mike Stanton, Mike Dunn, Gaby Sanchez, Alejandro Sanabia, Chris Leroux, and Logan Morrison are no longer considered prospects based on the criteria set forth for these lists.
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Contact – 50 Now | 50 Future
Power – 30 | 35
Discipline – 50 | 55
Speed – 50/45 | 50/45
Defense – 55 | 55
Arm – 65 | 65
Instincts – 50 | 55
ETA – 2011
Final Grade – C+
Last Year’s Team Ranking- NR
Last Year’s Grade – NG (Not Graded)
Body Type – Short and a little stocky
Martinez enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2010, earning him a promotion to the Major League level at the end of the year. This was an important season for Martinez because he was coming off a disappointing one in 2009, where he managed to put up an OPS of only .641. Interestingly enough, the overall numbers look pretty similar. He walked and made contact at about the same rate, but he he added a little more power to his game and made harder contact as well.
Martinez has quick hands, good hand-eye coordination, and keeps a short, compact swing that allows him to consistently make contact. He’ll spray balls to all fields and the hope is that he can hit for enough of a batting average to maintain value offensively.
His biggest weakness is that he’s just not a very physical player. He doesn’t make particularly hard contact. His fly balls typically die in the outfield. His line drives aren’t hit with as much velocity as other hitters, nor are his ground balls as hard. So that really puts a cap on his production.
Martinez is an aggressive, but disciplined hitter. He has a good understanding of what he wants to do at the plate. In three of his past four years, Martinez has walked in 8.4% or 8.5% of his at bats. You’d like to see him up that number a bit so he could give you more of a presence on base.
Martinez can play both shortstop and second base though he is a natural shortstop. He has good range and soft hands, but his best asset is his tremendous arm strength. Martinez also possesses quick feet though that doesn’t exactly translate to foot speed.
Best Case Outcome – Average offensive shortstop with above average shortstop defense
More Likely Outcome – Below average offensive shortstop with above average shortstop defense…utility player is like a worst case scenario for Martinez.
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