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Yelich is only Marlin in Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects

     Outfielder Christian Yelich is the only member of the Marlins' organization to crack Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects list, not a surprise given the low opinion of the team's minor league system these past few years by virtually every expert out there.

     Yelich checks in at No. 48 overall on Law's rankings, which were published today and are available to ESPN Insider subscribers only. Yelich was the Marlins' first-round pick in 2010 and spent last season at Low A Greensboro, where he hit .319 with 15 homers and 32 stolen bases.

     But, as far as Law is concerned, the cupboard is bare for the Marlins beyond the 20-year-old Yelich. The only other organizations with just one player ranked in his top 100 are the Phillies, Giants, White Sox and Indians. The Rays, Padres and Cardinals lead the way with six players each making the list.

     Law has the Marlins' farm system ranked 28th of 30 teams, ahead of only the Indians and White Sox.

     "They have one top-100 guy and only two others who would merit consideration in the next 50 or so," Law wrote. "The system has produced a lot of big league talent in the past few years, including one star in Mike Stanton and another future star in Logan Morrison, that doesn't count here."Yelich

       For his rankings, Law considers only players who are currently in the organization that have not lost their rookie status. Law's ranking of the top 10 players in the Marlins organization: 1. Yelich; 2. Jose Fernandez, rhp; 3. J.T. Realmuto, c; 4. Chad James, lhp; 5. Marcell Ozuna, rf; 6. Matt Dominguez, 3b; 7. Austin Brice, rhp; 8. Rob Rasmussen, lhp; 9. Jose Ceda, rhp; 10. Mason Hope, rhp.

      How concerned do you think the Marlins should be that, based on what is an almost universal belief, their farm system is so thin on talent?


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Not really all that concerned. The talent that has come up will be with the Marlins for a while. Morrison and Stanton will be here for a while. In CF, Bonifacio will be cheap, there's the possibility of Cespedes, Coghlan can always turn it around, and then there's others like Scott Cousins. In the infield, Gaby has shown he's reliable. The Marlins have Hanley and Reyes for a while. Maybe 2B with Infante is a concern unless they extend him. And at catcher, they have John Buck right now, and Brett Hayes is becoming a good catcher.

Possibly the only concern is in the rotation. The only guys the Fish have signed up for several seasons are JJ, Buehrle, and Ricky (who is up in '13). Anibal still hasn't been offered a long term deal, and Zambrano is, well, Zambrano. The Marlins only have one other good pitcher in their system, Alex Sanabia. If they can sign Anibal for a few more seasons and Sanabia can step up, then the Marlins will have several seasons to restock their farm system. And hey, look at the bright side: the fact that they melted down so precipitously last year means they have better picking of prospects this year.


Marlins will do better signing free agents and making trades for established major leaguers. Beinfest and Co have stunk the past several years in the amateur draft.Besides,the pressure is on to win now, in the new stadium and they cant do that with the draft. Spend money now on proven ML ballplayers.

'Gersh' is a phony

Marcell Ozuna is underrated here. He's risky, but he has a chance to make a big leap this year. Probably more talented than Christian Yelich.


probably not right away but long term, the farm system's inadequacy will make a difference. teams that succeed year after year usually have plenty of quality players in their minor league chains and keep reloading them.

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