The Marlins, according to MLB.com, have the 5th best rated farm system in terms of yielding prospects rated in their top 100. They have 6 players in the top 100, matching the best by any club. In fact the Marlins and the Mets are the only two teams with 2 players in the top 13. Who are they? Jose Fernandez (7th), Christian Yelich (13th), Jake Marisnick (70th), Justin Nicolino (72nd), Andrew Heaney (81st), Adeiny Hechavarria (82nd).
Nicolino, Marisnick, and Hechavarria come over from the Blue Jays – and Hechavarria is already slated as the opening day starter at SS. Marisnick fares to be in the OF alongside Yelich to start the season where the two will surely continue to solidify their approaches in preparation for an arrival in the big leagues.
Jose Fernandez has arguably the best stuff in the entire class and is primed to become a fixture in the rotation sporting ace-quality pitches. Both he and Yelich figure to be impact players and along with the other members of this group are expected to form a new core around Giancarlo Stanton who, only 23, is going to anchor this lineup for the foreseeable future.
The fact is, the Marlins added some more top pieces to the farm and have more depth that should start reaching Miami by the end of this season and into next season. The future for the Fish is paved with greater potential, but it remains to be seen if that will translate into greater wins as well. The Marlins were able to transition back in 1998 after the fire sale and in 2006 with a young team under then-manager Joe Girardi who initiated a bunch of young players into competitive baseball.