Four other teams had as many as the Marlins, but no organization in baseball placed more prospects on the MLB.com top 100, announced Tuesday night on MLB Network.
Right-hander Jose Fernandez (seventh) and outfielder Christian Yelich (13th) are the blue chippers. The others who cracked the list: outfielder Jake Marisnick (70th), lefties Justin Nicolino (72nd) and Andrew Heaney (81st), and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (82nd).
Fernandez, Yelich and Heaney are Marlins’ first-round draft picks. Marisnick, Nicolino and Hechavarria arrived earlier this offseason in the blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays that sent Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck north.
“It’s just experience, playing at the higher level,” President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said of Fernandez and Yelich, both of whom are expected to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville. “There’s not a defined flaw for either one that we’ve identified.
“I know Christian has worked very hard on his throwing mechanics and done a great job adjusting to center field. They’ve done everything we’ve asked of them. To achieve at the level they’ve achieved already, there’s always things you can refine but the basics are there for them to be very successful.”