2 Prospects the Miami Marlins Can Build Around

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2 Prospects the Miami Marlins Can Build Around
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Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich, right, are two Marlins who went from prospects to franchise cornerstones in 2013. What Marlins prospects will follow in their footsteps?

When you finished 62-100, lost more games than the previous season for four consecutive years, haven't qualified for the playoffs since 2003 and slashed payroll to less than $40 million less than a year after opening a brand new ballpark, you do what the Miami Marlins do.

You look toward the future.

In 2013, the world was introduced to starting right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez and outfielder Christian Yelich. Fernandez posted a 12-6 record with a 2.19 ERA, second lowest in the majors only to Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. Fernandez also tallied 187 strikeouts in 172 2/3 innings and had a 6.3 WAR (wins above replacement), tied sixth in the majors. Oh, and did we mention Fernandez made the jump from Single-A to the majors to begin the season?

Meanwhile, Yelich was called up in late July and finished the season with a slash line of .288/.370/.396 with four home runs, 16 RBI and a 1.6 WAR as a 21-year-old with a sweet left-handed swing.

Back in April, this guy viewed Fernandez and Yelich as two players whom the Marlins should think of as franchise cornerstones. While the foundation might have been laid, the Marlins are still looking for more prospects to build around.

Today, we look at another pair of prospects the Marlins have in the pipeline that they can build around in addition to Fernandez and Yelich.

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