The first impression might be the best impression.
So it goes without saying that while performances in April represent a small sample size, a hot start might give off the impression that a player is ready to turn a corner or, more importantly, the prospect is ready to be promoted to the majors.
Whether the player can keep up with the blistering pace over the course of a season remains to be seen. At least he has gotten himself on the radar, if he hasn't done so already. For a prospect, being on the radar is certainly good news.
What? You thought we were going to select 29-year-old infielder Josh Rodriguez (.311/.410/.567, six home runs, 12 RBI) or 27-year-old pitcher Elih Villanueva (1-1 record, 2.77 ERA, six walks and 18 strikeouts in 26 innings)? While those two career minor leaguers have been excellent thus far, they are not considered prospects as they present no upside and little development left in them to be staples at the major league level. Then again, they can always pull an Ed Lucas.
In descending order based on the team's top 20 prospects on MLB.com, here are the five Marlins prospects who are off to the hottest starts this year.