There are some big names that stand out in the Miami Marlins farm system but there is someone that you probably did not hear about. The person you probably did not hear about is outfielder Kolby Copeland. Copeland is rated as the No. 11 prospect by MLB.com. Copeland is making waves already in the Marlins organization and he has not even been in the franchise a full year yet.
Copeland was drafted in 2012 in the third round and is seen has more of a pure hitter than a power hitter. Copeland also has the outfielding tools to be considered to be in the Marlins outfield in the future. In the outfield, Copeland has not been confined to one spot and will not have a certain spot determined for him until he gets more time down in the minor leagues.
In 2012, Copeland started out playing for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. He played in 56 games for the baby Fish and batted .286. Copeland did not hit any home runs but drove in 34 runs and hit six triples. By the end of the GCL Marlins’ season, Copeland was promoted to the Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League. However, Copeland only played in six games.
Copeland has a lot of time before he will be up at the Major League level but for him to already crack the Top 20 Marlins prospects list is impressive. Copeland could end up being in an outfield that could include Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich. What a force that would be.
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