Naturally, most people only talk about the headliners of the offseason trades (and with good reason). Giancarlo Stanton pairing up with Aaron Judge could threaten Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle for the greatest slugging duo in Yankees history. Dee Gordon adds a whole new dimension to an already potent Mariners lineup. However, the prospects who round out these deals are frequently just as intriguing. With that in mind, it’s time to investigate how the prospects traded to the Marlins in the past week will be affected by their change in scenery.
Jorge Guzman, RHP (Yankees → Marlins)
Guzman is a very intriguing arm. Just 21 years old, he can hit 100 miles per hour routinely and has control over his offerings to boot. The right-hander produced an 88:18 K:BB in 66.2 innings for short-season Staten Island last season. Better yet, his stellar 2.30 ERA was actually higher than his FIP at the end of the campaign. Guzman has the makings of a top pitching prospect if he can maintain his success during his transition to full-season ball. His age seems like the only thing keeping him in the lower levels of the minors, but he could rise quickly in the next year or two.
Jose Devers, INF (Yankees → Marlins)
It’s tough to analyze the statistics of a 18-year-old, even if he is only playing in rookie ball. Devers, the cousin of Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, certainly didn’t show as much promise at the plate as his Boston counterpart. A .245/.336/.342 slash line is hardly overwhelming, but he did swipe 16 bases in 53 games. It’s reasonable to expect that he’ll fill out his frame a bit more as his professional career moves along, and if familial pedigree is any indication of future success, this acquisition by the Marlins may prove to be quite shrewd.
Nick Neidert, RHP (Mariners → Marlins)
Neidert’s pro career has gotten off to a fast start barring a tough time at Double-A to close out 2017. However, for a 21-year-old to produce a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts at High-A and even earn a promotion to Double-A is still very impressive. Given how quickly he moved through the Mariners’ system, it’s not out of the question to see him in Miami at the tail-end of 2018 or early on in 2019. The Marlins’ rotation is less than stellar right now, so it seems like Neidert is in a great position to make himself one of the team’s top guns very soon.
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Chris Torres, SS (Mariners → Marlins)
Torres’ speed and patience at the plate are exciting to see. Despite hitting just .238 last season with short-season Everett, he got on base at a .329 clip and stole 14 bags in 52 games. His defense is also expected to be a plus attribute thanks to his excellent range and arm strength, although he committed 20 errors last season (19 at shortstop). Torres is just 19 years old, so he needs to develop a lot more in the minors. However, he’s one of the top infield prospects in his new organization, so an uptick in performance at the plate should have him playing in Miami in three or four years.
Robert Dugger, RHP (Mariners → Marlins)
Dugger doesn’t have anywhere near the prospect shine of the others in this article. However, his profile is intriguing despite what his 18th-round selection in 2016 may suggest. Across Low-A and High-A last season, the right-hander produced a 2.75 ERA and a 116:32 K:BB in 117.2 innings pitched. The Marlins have a glut of pitching prospects, so it may be tough to move overly quickly through the system. Nonetheless, a repeat performance could have Dugger rising up the organizational ladder sooner than expected.
All of these players are relatively far from the majors, but they are certainly worth watching. If the Marlins undergo a full-blown rebuild in the next season or two, more prospects could join the fray and make quite the lineup for 2021.