After landing three potential impact position players on Monday, the Marlins hope to identify some hidden gems in Rounds 3-10.
Who will join outfielders J.J. Bleday and Kameron Misner and shortstop Nasim Nuñez in the 2019 Marlins MLB Draft class? Tuesday is Day 2 of the draft, which includes Rounds 3-10. The Fish own the No. 82, No. 111, No. 141, No. 171, No. 201, No. 231, No. 261 and No. 291 overall picks.
This article will update throughout the afternoon and evening with details about the new additions.
Even with the worst overall record in the National League, don’t let the outsiders get you down—celebrate the Marlins’ recent success.
Recently at a gathering with my friends, we were in a sports discussion like we usually are, and I had brought up the fact that the Marlins had won 10 of their last 15 games (this was after Saturday’s win). While I was excited and raving about Miami, my friends didn’t bat an eye, reminding me about the team’s “lowly” overall record.
However, I'm here to tell you, that even though the Marlins still currently sit at a 21-36 record, there’s still reason to be cheerful with the teams recent success!
WE ARE HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THE MIAMI MARLINS HAVE WON 11 OF THEIR LAST 16 GAMES.
Those who keep up with this franchise and are well informed understand that the Marlins are in a rebuilding process. We can grasp what Derek Jeter is trying to do. We didn’t enter the 2019 season expecting an NL East title.
Yes, it’s been painful at times to see Miami’s offense at certain points, but the positives have definitely outweighed the negatives.
Two series, two sweeps! Awesome @Marlins ! So nice to see this team progress! Sweet! #JuntosMiami ⚾❤
In my opinion, that’s the great part of a rebuilding team; when you realize how young this squad is, and how low expectations are when looked at by those around the country, seeing Caleb Smith dominate or Jorge Alfaro on his recent hot streak is worth celebrating.
Jorge Alfaro continues to rake as he blasts his ninth HR of the season — 412 feet to center.
Among catchers, he's tied for 4th in home runs. #Marlins
I talk to way too many people. Some are actually fans, but most aren't, because you don’t meet too many Marlins fans out here on the west coast.
Anyway, a majority of the people I talk to don’t acknowledge the fact that Miami has won 11 out of 16—they just keep mentioning that Jeter is driving the franchise into the ground. They ignore the positives, pivoting to success of ex-Marlins like Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich.
Meanwhile, I'm over here jumping out of my seat because Trevor Richards has won three of his last four starts and Jose Ureña has won his last three straight. Long-term building blocks are justifying the hype, while potential trade chips continue to boost their value with strong performances.
Just remember that rebuilds take time. I mean, the Astros bottomed out at 111 losses under general manager Jeff Luhnow, then showed the patience to trust Luhnow’s vision, which now has them as a perennial World Series contender. I'm not saying that Jeter is going to build Miami into what Houston is, but you have to be happy with some of the moves he’s made already.
Enjoy these “lowly” 2019 Marlins. They will be our little secret, easy to ignore for now...but a threat to be feared down the road.
LumberKings RHP Tanner Andrews talks about coming from a small town in Indiana, the role of other sports in his development, and working to become a starting pitcher.
In this episode, Erik Oas offers a full report on the Clinton LumberKings. J.D. Osborne, Jerar Encarnación and Connor Scott are each swinging a hot bat. Then, Marlins 2018 draftee Tanner Andrews joins the podcast (10:40) to talk about coming from a small town in Indiana, the role of other sports in his development, developing his arsenal of pitches (21:45) and working to become a starting pitcher. He also explains how fellow Purdue pitcher Nick Wittgren influenced his career plans (23:30).
Andrews has made 20 career appearances (five starts) since being selected by the Marlins in the 10th round last June. In 62 1⁄3 innings pitched, he owns a 4.04 earned run average and has racked up 47 strikeouts. The strong right-hander had arguably his best outing last Thursday (6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K vs. Low-A Wisconsin).
Follow Erik Oas (@erik_oas) on Twitter and listen to all LumberKings radio broadcasts on 100.3 WCCI. Follow Fish Stripes on Twitter (@fishstripes) and visit FishStripes.com for full coverage of the Marlins farm system this season.
The Marlins’ recent hot streak has them in the same spot where they just drafted J.J. Bleday
The Marlins still yearn for more cheap, controllable, high-upside talent to elevate their farm system to an elite level and lay the foundation for sustainable success. Stinking against major league competition this season is a critical step in that process. We don’t need to call it “tanking,” but let’s just say—behind closed doors—Miami’s front office will tolerate plenty of 2019 losses if it means selecting near the top of the 2020 MLB Draft and maximizing their 2020-21 international bonus pool. Fish Stripes will be monitoring this “race” for you (and creating new merch inspired by it).
2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 18-41, minus-121
2019 projected record and run differential: 57-105, minus-253
Upcoming schedule: 6/4-6/6 at Rangers, 6/7-6-9 at Astros, 6/11-6/13 vs. Blue Jays, 6/14-6/16 vs. Red Sox
The Orioles dropped four of five and thereby maintained the no. 1 spot in the tank race. They currently hold a one-game lead over the Royals but picked up two games over everybody in the end-of-season projections.
2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 25-38, minus-73
2019 projected record and run differential: 71-91, minus-112
Upcoming schedule: 6/4-6/6 vs. Houston, 6/7-6/9 at Angels, 6/11-6/13 at Twins, 6/14-6/16 at A’s
Congrats to the M’s on being the latest team to appear here. After a 13-2 start to the season, they’ve gone 12-36 since, including 1-6 over the past week. Having already foreshadowed a full-on firesale with the trade of Jay Bruce to the Phillies over the weekend, Seattle has an excellent chance to continue to move up.
Introducing Nasim Nuñez, a tiny but gifted prep shortstop who could make a big impact on the Marlins farm system...if they’re able to sign him.
Closing out Day 1 of the 2019 MLB Draft and joining outfielders J.J. Bleday (No. 4 overall pick) and Kameron Misner (No. 35), the Marlins selected shortstop Nasim Nuñez with their second-round pick. Here’s everything that fans ought to know about him.
School: Collins Hill HS (GA); committed to Clemson University
NASIM (N SQUARED) NUNEZ - PROSPECT VIDEO - CLASS OF 2019 - YouTube
“There are some questions about the amount of offensive impact Nunez might possess, but there is no doubting his defensive skill and toolset. The Clemson commit projects as a plus defensive shortstop because of his plus arm and plus running ability, and he has elite, quick-twitch hands and a knack for throwing accurately from tough arm angles and while on the run. Watching Nunez play defense can be mesmerizing—both in pregame warmups and during the game—because of his fluid actions, immense athleticism and overall joy for the game.” —Baseball America
“He offers little in the way of power, though he’s a well above-average runner who’s aggressive on the bases. A contact-oriented switch-hitter, he has a better swing from the right side of the plate.” —MLB Pipeline
Nuñez was rumored to be a Marlins target several weeks in advance. In fact, on the Fish Stripes podcast, our own Daniel Martinez described how he’s a possible fit at No. 46.
In summary, the Georgia native is comparable in several ways to current Marlins shortstop prospect (and Florida State League All-Star Game selection) José Devers. The question is whether the club will need to spend above slot value to persuade him to turn pro.
Introducing Kameron Misner, a dynamic college outfielder who should make a big impact on the Marlins farm system.
Joining Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday atop the Marlins’ 2019 MLB Draft class, outfielder Kameron Misner was selected by Miami in Competitive Balance Round A at No. 35 overall. Here’s everything that fans ought to know about him.
Previously Drafted? Yes (2016, 33rd round by Kansas City Royals)
Slot Value: $2,095,800
2019: .286, 10 HR, 54 RBI, 20 SB, 9 BB, 58 K in 57 G
“There’s not a single tool Misner doesn’t possess, as he’s an above-average runner at 6-foot-4, 213 pounds and plays a solid center field with good instincts and an explosive first step. He also has above-average arm strength that should serve him well in right field, where his size likely allows him to fit best, and he has the plus-plus raw power necessary to profile in a corner outfield position. Scouts think Misner has an outstanding feel for the strike zone, but a passive approach has hurt him at times this spring, putting him in poor spots to hit with authority.” —Baseball America
Previously Drafted? Yes (2016, 39th round by San Diego Padres)
Slot Value: $6,664,000
“Bleday brings an appealing mix of hit and power to the table, with above average strike zone awareness, and the ability to barrel balls to all fields.” —2080 Baseball
“Defensively, Bleday moves well and could handle center field in a pinch, but he profiles best as a corner outfielder—where his newfound power should allow him to succeed.” —Baseball America
JJ Bleday (07-28-2018) CCBL vs Wareham (Orleans, Mass.) - YouTube
Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics:
Nickname is J squared... Favorites include: Robinson Cano (player), Pittsburgh Pirates (team), Tommy Boy and Anchorman (movies), The Office (TV show), Johnny Depp (actor), chicken parmesan (meal), Mumford & Sons (band), Captain Crunch (late night snack)...Says he’d be a lawyer if not an athlete...Names Johnny Depp as the actor to play him in a movie...Uses relaxed as the one word to describe himself.
Zac Gallen continues to show that he has absolutely nothing left to prove in the minor leagues.
Each week, Fish Stripes will be recapping the past week’s performances throughout the Marlinsminor league system. Highlighting the players who either had an outstanding week, or one they would like to put behind them.
After beginning the week 0-2, the Baby Cakes then went on to win four of their next five games to conclude the week. Unfortunately, their offense went through a little drought, as they were held to just four runs through their first three games of the week. Thankfully, the Cakes’ offense was then able to produce a combined 20 runs through their final four games to end the week.
For the third week in a row, the New Orleans pitching staff continued to pitch lights out. Their staff held the opposition to three runs or fewer in five of their seven games. The Baby Cakes currently own the 2nd-best team ERA throughout the PCL.
The No. 18 Marlins prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, Zac Gallen was dominant once again in his start against the Iowa Cubs. The 23-year-old went 6 2⁄3 innings, and struck out eight batters, while allowing just a single run via the long ball. The former third-round MLB Draft selection from 2016 is continuing to justify the Marlins’ decision to trade Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Gallen owns the best WHIP and highest strikeout total in the PCL. When it comes to ERA, he only trails teammate Elieser Hernandez.
Similar to the Baby Cakes, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp also began this past week with dropping their first pair of games. However, the Jumbo Shrimp were able to finish on a four-game winning streak. That’s in large part due to their offense waking up, recording an average of seven runs/game during those wins.
Consistency was an issue for the Jumbo Shrimp’s pitching staff once again. Just like last week, the arms put this team in a position to win in four of their six games. However, their staff was then tagged for six runs in back-to-back games to conclude the week.
The No. 14 Marlins prospect Brian Miller continues to be an RBI machine for the Jumbo Shrimp this season. The 36th pick from 2017 draft added five more RBI this past week to add to his team-leading total of 23 for the season. He went 10-for-25 (.400 BA).
With Magneuris Sierra now up in New Orleans, Miller currently leads the team in AVG, OBP, SLG and OPS. He is also coming into this week on a 14-game hitting streak, which is the longest throughout Double-A.
The Jupiter Hammerheads have given us something positive to talk about. There should probably be a parade thrown—the Hammerheads weren’t held scoreless in any of their games this past week! Along with the pitching staff holding their opponents to three runs or fewer in four of their six games, this offense finally displayed some life. As they were able to record more than three runs for the first time since May 17.
The 23-year-old infielder has quickly risen through the Marlins minor league system. Demetrius Sims showed everyone why he deserved to be promoted to High-A Jupiter during his four games with the Hammerheads. Sims hit 7-for-11 along with a triple, two home runs and seven RBI through his four games.
At this rate, it’s not out of the question that we could see Sims up with the Jumbo Shrimp before the end of the 2019 season.
Unfortunately, the Clinton LumberKings weren’t able to build off of their impressive performance last week. While their offense wasn’t the problem this past week, as they averaged 4.5 runs/game.
The pitching staff was uncharacteristically poor this past week for the LumberKings. Their staff gave up a mind-blowing 38 runs through their six games this past week. They also surrendered an average of 8.5 runs/game in the four games that they lost.
It’s crazy with how things change so rapidly within the game of baseball. Just a week ago, we were debating if Chris Vallimont should be promoted up to the Hammerheads. But now, we may have to wait a little longer for that based off of the fifth-round pick’s latest start.
Vallimont surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks through just 1 2⁄3 innings.