No. 30: Michael Brady
No. 29: Grant Dayton
No. 28: Kyle Jensen
No. 27: Brent Keys
No. 26: Angel Sanchez
No. 25: J.T. Realmuto
No. 24: Jose Urena
The Marlins purchased the contracts of Brady, Dayton, Keys, Sanchez, Realmuto and Urena in November so they would ensure not to lose these players to the Rule 5 Draft. As a result, these players are on the 40-man roster.
Jensen was added to the 40-man roster under similar auspices in November 2012.
Brady is old for the minor leagues as he will be 27 years old when the season begins. However, Rodriguez believes Brady is a name to watch as someone who could be a part of the Marlins bullpen in 2014. In the last three years, Brady has accumulated 63 saves with a 2.28 ERA. He also struck out 200 batters in 169 2/3 innings.
Like Brady, Dayton is old for the minors as he's currently 26 years old. A left-hander, Dayton has been a reliever since the Marlins drafted him out of Auburn in the 11th round of the 2010 draft. According to this video, Dayton relies on a fastball-slider combination and his fastball sits in the low 90s.
Jensen is also old for the minors as he will turn 26 during the season, but he has a quality the Marlins lack: Power. Jensen has hit 97 home runs in the past four seasons, but he's profiles more of a three true outcomes hitter. Jensen is a career .263 minor league hitter with a .346 on-base percentage, but he's also struck out 608 times in 2,310 plate appearances.
Furthermore, Jensen plays the outfield, and the Marlins are already stacked with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Ozuna and Marisnick. Frisaro said he expects to see Jensen at first base. It could happen if Garrett Jones struggles against left-handed pitching as Jensen bats right-handed.
Brady, Dayton and Jensen are no longer considered prospects, which is why they were rated lower. Keys, though, is the Marlins' No. 17 prospect, according to MLB.com. Keys is an outfielder, which doesn't bode well given the guys ahead of him, but he's a 23-year-old speedster who won the organization's Minor League Player of the Year.
Keys won the Florida State League batting title with a .346 average in 95 games with Single-A Jupiter a year after winning the South Atlantic League batting crown (.335) with Single-A Greensboro. His .346 mark was the highest in Jupiter team history, besting Logan Morrison's .332 average in 2008. He also led the FSL with a .418 on-base percentage and ranked second in hits.
Sanchez, 24, is the team's No. 10 prospect after he was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Ricky Nolasco deal at the trade deadline. Sanchez went 4-3 with a 3.22 ERA, plus 42 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings in 10 starts for High-A Jupiter. MLB.com states Sanchez's fastballs can touch 95 mph with good movement, but his secondary stuff is more inconsistent, though he's shown glimpses of a strong, tilting slider and an effective changeup.
Realmuto struggled in 2013 as his slash line was .239/.310/.353 with five home runs and 39 RBI in 416 plate appearances, but he's the club's No. 7 prospect. Realmuto, who will turn 23 when the season begins, is considered a strong defender, but it remains to be seen if he might be the team's catcher of the future.
Urena is the best of the bunch, and there's good reason for that. Urena, who finished 10-7 with a 3.73 ERA for Jupiter in 27 games (26 starts) in 2013, is only 22 years old and relies on his explosive fastball that he throws consistently for strikes. MLB.com states Urena's slider should be at least average with some cut and deception to it, and he's working on a changeup that he'll need in order to remain a starter. At worst, Urena could be an effective reliever with the fastball-slider combination.