Playing for the Gulf Coast Marlins this year, 18-year-old Austin Dean was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. Dean has quickly become one of the Marlins top outfield prospects being ranked by MLB.com as the 17th best prospect in the organization. Dean came out of the Texas high school baseball system and is described as a solid hitter with an unorthodox batting style at the plate. Almost similar to Jonny Gomes.
This was his fist year in the Marlins organization and in his first year Dean batted .223/.337/.338 with two home runs and 15 RBI in 47 games for the baby Fish. He was able to go 33-for-148 at the plate and of those 33 hits, Dean connected on 11 doubles. The GCL Marlins finished one game under .500 this season with a 29-30 record, 5.5 games behind the GCL Cardinals.
It is hard to decide how great Dean is going to be as he may not see Major League playing until the 2016 or 2017 unless he really surges through the ranks. The way it looks like right now, Dean could eventually see time in the corner outfield one day with the Marlins if he does not fizzle out. He did play a little bit on the infield but not too much to be considered relevant around the diamond.
What we do know, however, is that Dean still has a lot of grooming to go through. He is only at the rookie level which does not take much to prove yourself worthy. Dean will have to see how he does at High-A and Low-A ball when he gets promoted sometime between now and next season.
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