Florida Marlin Prospects Highlight thePit/Card-Bored.com Prospect Report for 11/28
As a result of the Josh Beckett trade to the Boston Red Sox, I thought that it would be appropriate to take a closer look at the Florida Marlins farm team. Let's start with the two main guys received from the Bo Sox, shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Ramirez has long been considered the prize of the Boston system and the Red Sox have finally realized that a shortstop that hits .271 with 7 home runs and 26 stolen bases is not difficult to replace. Those were precisely the numbers put up by Ramirez in 2005 with Double-A Portland. As it turns out, Sanchez may be the prize of the deal as he can throw smoke. In 11 starts with Portland, Sanchez posted a modest 3-5 record with a 3.45 ERA but struck out an impressive 63 in only 57 innings pitched. Sanchez is definitely the one to watch.
The Marlins are in a postion where they must, again, reduce payroll but in contrast to the late 90's Wayne Huizenga dump, they are stocked with minor league depth. The Marlins are shopping Juan Pierre who will be replaced by Jeremy Hermida. Hermida hit .293 with 18 home runs, 63 RBIs and 23 stolen bases in only 386 at bats. Hermida does strike out alot (111 times in 2005) but also walked 89 times so he will be on base all the time.
If Florida wants to ship Paul Lo Duca out of Miami then Josh Willingham will likely share a piece of his backstop role. Willingham hits for average and has much more power than Lo Duca. In only 219 at-bats with Triple-A Albuquerque, Willingham hit .324 with 19 home runs and 54 RBIs. Now bear in mind that my grandmother can hit home runs in Albuquerque but Willingham's power should be taken seriously.
Carlos Delgado is also on his way out of town and the Marlins have one firstbase prospect that may be able to take over in 2007. Brad McCann had a tremendous 2005 campaign as he hit .295 with 28 home runs and 97 RBIs in 478 at-bats.
Pitching prospects to watch: Keep an eye on Scott Olsen (6-4, 3.92 ERA 94 K's in 80 IP), Adam Bostick, Josh Johnson, Paul Mildren, James Russ, and Jeff Allison.
Disappointments: Jai Miller (.207, 13 HR, 34 RBI), Cole Seifrig (.219, 10 HR, 34 RBI), Jason Stokes (only 46 at-bats in 2005).
Notes: What was Kenny Williams, the White Sox general manager, thinking when he took Jim Thome and $22 Million for Aaron Rowand, Daniel Haigwood, and Gio Gonzalez? They are currently dancing in Philly as the former "Stand Pat" Gillick committed highway robbery. Haigwood and Gonzalez were the Chi-Sox top pitching prospects (excluding Brandon McCarthy) so hats off to Gillick. Williams better hope that the White Sox can resign Paul Konerko or he may end up plattooning Thome and Frank Thomas (if he re-signs for less $).