The future is bright for the Marlins. Currently they are playing very good baseball as they battle their way into contention for the Wild Card and the NL East. The parent club is doing this with a modest payroll and a future that has an economic boon on the horizon with the new stadium opening in 2012.
In the meantime, their farm system is starting to churn out their own hits, too.
Currently, there are two Marlins prospects that have been deemed “untouchable” by the Marlins front office – Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton. In fact, Joe Frisaro, via his twitter account, has said that scouts rank the Marlins top prospects as follows:
In order to get a visual, Stanton is being compared to Dave Winfield and is quietly becoming one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Dominguez has been compared to Ryan Zimmerman and Mike Lowell.
But what do you notice about the current ranking of Marlin prospects that seems out of place? They are all hitters. This is an unusual feature of the Marlins farm system – typically, it is loaded with pitching talent. The pitching talent is still very much there, considering that Ryan Tucker is currently being rumored as a piece in a deal for Nick Johnson with the Nationals and the Marlins have called up prospects Sean West and Rick Vandenhurk to fill holes in the rotation.
Is it a shift in a paradigm for the Marlins? No, the basic tenet for the front office is to build with pitching as evidenced by this past draft where 3 of the 4 top picks of the Marlins are pitchers. It is simply a volume game in that the more you stock up the more likely you will find a strong pitching talent. As recent events have shown in the bigs, pitchers can net a lot of talent in return if you are in the market for dealing – see Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.