It was an eventful year for nefarious owner Jeffrey Loria and the Miami Marlins, albeit for all the wrong reasons. After landing an enormous free-agent class—highlighted by Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell—prior to the 2012 season, the organization lacked consistency at the major-league level and failed to string together successes.
They began to clear house around the trade deadline in late July, moving high-contract veterans such as Hanley Ramirez and soon-to-be free agents such as Anibal Sanchez for projectable, minor league talent.
And just when it appeared the Marlins’ fire-sale was over, they decided to trade half of their big-league roster (Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and John Buck) to the Blue Jays in exchange for four high-upside prospects. Overall, the trades executed by the Marlins this past season landed them three of their top-10 prospects.
Right-hander Jose Fernandez and outfielder Christian Yelich, who rank among the top-15 prospects in the game, highlight the organization’s suddenly rich prospect pool. Both players are highly advanced for their age with projectable tools, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they reach the major leagues together later this season.
In general, six of the team’s top-10 prospects have the potential to reach the major leagues at some point during the 2013 season.
Beyond that, the Marlins’ system boasts an abundance of athleticism and loud tools. And if a majority of the players come close to reaching their respective ceilings, then they could once again be a serious presence in the National League East as early as the 2015 season.