The future is not here yet, but it's coming.
When the Miami Marlins opened camp last month, 11 of the organization's top 12 prospects, according to MLB.com's 2013 prospect watch, were either on the team's 40-man roster or were invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Some flashed potential, but a select few showed they can be the crown jewels the Marlins can build around. The only question that remained for the cream of the crop was whether they would start the season with the Marlins or in the minors.
- Marcell Ozuna: Rated the No. 7 prospect in the organization by MLB.com, Ozuna batted .364 (4-for-11) with one home run and seven RBI before he was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on March 11.
"This has been good," the outfielder told MLB.com of being in big league camp. "I learned how it is to be here."
- Derek Dietrich: The No. 9 prospect in the organization was solid as he hit .375 (3-for-8) before being re-assigned to minor league camp March 8.
- Zack Cox: Ranked right behind Dietrich, Cox was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville the same day as Dietrich. The third baseman batted .300 (3-for-10) during his time with the Marlins this spring.
"The biggest thing for him is his bat," first-year manager Mike Redmond told the Sun-Sentinel. "His ticket to the big leagues is his bat and that's his biggest value to this team. Where he fits in defensively, if it's third base or second base, if he hits he becomes a serious weapon. That's what we talked about in the office."
Now, without further ado, in order of least impressive to the most impressive, here are four youngsters the Marlins can build around.