Florida Marlins Top Prospects: Who Cracks the Top Five?

Mike WatersContributor ISeptember 5, 2008

My top five Marlins prospects, with final regular-season statistics. I wrote this way back on July 5, but the info is still good.

1. SP Christopher Volstad - Age 21- AA Carolina

3.36 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 91 IP, 30 BB's, 57 K's

Volstad is having a solid consistent year after a rough FSL campaign in 2007. Since being called up to Florida, he's posted a 3.32 ERA over 62.1 innings. He's walked a batter in nearly have those innings (31 BBs), but has posted a 54 percent groundball rate.

2. OF Cameron Maybin - Age 21 - AA Carolina

.279 BA, .376 OBP, .459 SLG, .835 OPS, 13 HRs, 60 BBs, 123 Ks

Maybin has had slight contact issues this season, but it's encouraging that he is still getting on base at an exceptional rate. Its not out of the realm of possibility that he will get a shot before the end of the season.

3. OF Michael Stanton - Age 18 - A Greensboro

.293 BA, .381 OBP, .611 SLG, .992 OPS, 39 HRs, 58 BBs, 153 Ks

Stantonn is absolutely putting up a power hitting clinic in Greensboro. A 40-homer season is extremely impressive by any minor leaguer, but is practically unheard of by an 18-year-old, and Stanton improved on his pace after having 21 in July!

Now, he strikes out quite a bit, but he has plenty of time to improve.

For comparison's sake, Miguel Cabrera's numbers in A-ball as an 18-year-old were: .268 BA, .328 OBP, .382 SLG, .710 OPS, 12 HRs.

4. OF John Raynor - Age 24 - AA Carolina

.309 BA, .399 OBP, .487 SLG, .886 OPS, 13 HRs, 62 BBs, 122 Ks

Raynor has once again pieced together another solid season. He's hitting, walking, and doing everything else asked of him. Entering the 2009 season, the Marlins seem to have a bit of a logjam in the outfield. A possible solution could be trading Mike Jacobs, moving Willingham to first, and letting Raynor-Maybin-Jeremy Hermida fill out the outfield. 

5. 2B Chris Coghlan - Age 23 - AA Carolina

.299 BA, .396 OBP, .429 SLG, .825 OPS, 7 HRs, 67 BBs, 65 Ks

Coghlan, like Volstad, struggled in his brief FSL season last year after an impressive campaign in Greensboro. However, he has righted his ship, posting a phenomenal BB:K ratio. He also has 34 steals in 44 attempts.

Coghlan presents another problem for the FO next year, as he is blocked by Dan Uggla. a possible solution being suggested is moving Uggla to third base and letting Coghlan take over at second, but I'm not sure Uggla can handle the hot corner and Coghlan made 23 errors on the year.