Miami Marlins' 3 Sleeper Prospects to Watch in Spring Training

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Miami Marlins' 3 Sleeper Prospects to Watch in Spring Training
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Colin Moran, right, is one of the Marlins top prospects, but you probably already knew that. So who are some unknown Marlins prospects who might surprise you during spring training?

In some shape or form, you've probably already heard Andrew Heaney, Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino are the next wave of highly touted prospects the Miami Marlins will depend on as the building blocks toward a brighter future.

But not every prospect can elicit the kind of hype such as a Jose Fernandez, Hanley Ramirez or this quartet. Otherwise, players such as Mark Buehrle, Dan Uggla, Antonio Alfonseca and Chris Coghlan would've been household names long before they arrived in the majors.

By the way, Buehrle, Uggla, Alfonseca and Coghlan were never named to Baseball America's Top 100 prospects list, and yet, these former Marlins have a combined seven All-Star Game appearances, four Gold Gloves, one Silver Slugger Award, one National League Rookie of the Year Award and one Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award.

Pretty impressive for players who were once nondescript prospects. 

So, while Heaney, Moran, Marisnick and Nicolino get all the attention, there are plenty of prospects chomping at the bit for a shot at the major leagues regardless of the spotlight. But in order for the coaching staff to notice these supposed lesser prospects, they need to be able to showcase their skills, and there probably is no better place than spring training.

After the Marlins latest move on Friday, they have 26 non-roster invitees in addition to the 40-man roster which will be at spring training this year. That's a lot of players in one setting, especially when the Marlins have to cut the roster down to 25 by Opening Day.

In this exercise, we will take a look at prospects who haven't had much publicity but could make some noise in spring training. The only prerequisite is these players must not have appeared in MLB.com's 2014 Top 100 Prospect Watch or Keith Law's 2014 Top 100 prospects (ESPN.com Insider subscription needed).

With that in mind, here are three sleeper prospects to watch in spring training for the Marlins.

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