Mark Canha is getting there in age in the Miami Marlins farm system but he is still considered to be in his prime. He is one of the top first basemen in the system and is 23-years-old. In 2012, Canha spent the entire year with the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League. Canha was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 MLB Draft, right around where fellow prospects Austin Brice and Grant Dayton were drafted. He is ranked as the 18th best Marlins prospect by MLB.com, 19th by Baseball Prospectus and 22nd by Baseball America.
Coming into the 2012, Canha was expected to continue the power surge that he left off with in 2011 finishing second in the farm with 25 home runs and leading it with 86 RBI. However, this season was a different story for Canha. His slugging percentage dropped 100 points but in the meantime he still was able to hit. He batted .293/.382/.411 with six home runs and 68 RBI. Switching it up a little bit proves that Canha is not just a power guy and that he can hit for contact and be a team player when he needs to be.
What’s even better about Canha is his ability to play all-round the field. He has been utilized in both corners of the outfield as well as the infield. But he seems to be way more comfortable at first base than anywhere else.
Luckily for Canha, he is the top first baseman in the organization and if he keeps improving like he has been, he could wind up in the Majors faster than anyone thought. If the Marlins do not pick up a big piece at first base this offseason or do not keep Carlos Lee there, Canha is looking like to be next in line if Gaby Sanchez does not pan out.
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