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."
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?