Jake Marisnick, one of the top hitting prospects in the Miami Marlins system, had been making quite a splash in the spring.
The 21-year old was one of the main pieces acquired from the blockbuster trade between Miami and the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season, and with five hits in 11 at-bats over eight Grapefruit League games, including a double and triple, he was certainly doing his part to give the team a glimpse of what the future could hold.
But just like that, one Trevor Rosenthal fastball later, the preview was over.
The plunking occurred on last Wednesday, game but the team did not receive the final diagnosis of the broken hand until Monday.
Rosenthal, of course, is no ordinary hurler, capable of getting his heater up in the triple digits. Marisnick unfortunately discovered what that kind of velocity could do to somebody’s left hand, and the outfield prospect will now be out for about four weeks.
Not that he would have had a shot of breaking camp with the majors, but the fact that he’ll now miss a couple of weeks of the Double-A season is a disappointment, considering that Marisnick had been going into this year looking for a bit of redemption.
Though having been considered one of the best pure athletes in the Blue Jays system ever since he was drafted out of high school in 2009, Marisnick, fast track to the majors hit a major speed bump in 2012.
He’d hit pretty well in Advanced-A, putting together a decent, if not spectacular .263/.349/.451 triple slash with six homers and 10 steals over 306 PA. That was enough to earn him a promotion to Double-A Lansing, where the No. 67 prospect in the majors (Baseball America) found himself struggling, hitting just .233 with a OBP at a poor .286 thanks to a plummeting walk rate.
Still, given the age and the potential of the five-tool upside he still possesses, Marisnick’s stock did not drop (in fact, he’s ranked No. 64 according to BA headed into this season), and it was believed that he would conquer Double-A in his second year there, just as he’d done in Single-A.
Whether he can do that remains to be seen, of course, but the pace he was on in Spring Training was a good sign. As a result of the bad break, what he might be capable of will now remain to be seen for a few weeks longer.