The Arizona Fall League announced its selections Tuesday afternoon as the best young talent that each MLB team has to offer will take the field starting Oct. 8. This year’s crop of prospects is one of the most talented as fans will get to see top young players like Minnesota Twins‘ top prospect Bryan Buxton and others go head-to-head.
Seven players from the Miami Marlins farm system were selected to play for the Glendale Desert Dogs this season. Left-handers Andrew Heaney and Edgar Olmos, right-handers Colby Suggs and Nick Wittigren, infielders Derek Dietrich and Colin Moran and outfielder Brent Keys will all be playing along side each other to see what they can do against the best of baseball’s future.
Two players that people should keep an eye on are 2012’s first-round pick Heaney and 2013’s first-round pick Moran. Heaney is the next guy in line to advance to the starting rotation, and there is a lot riding on him to become a dominant 1-2 punch with Jose Fernandez, who is already flourishing in the majors. At Double-A Jacksonville, Heaney was 4-1 with a 2.60. While he was at Single-A Jupiter, his ERA was an astonishing 0.88 in 15 starts.
As for Moran, the third baseman was thrown into the mix at Single-A Greensboro in the South Atlantic League. After a slow start, Moran finished with a .301/.359/.436 average with four home runs and 22 RBIs. He may not be up in the majors for another few years, but his progress is something for Marlins fans to watch.
The future of the Marlins will be on display come October. It is up to those prospects to compete and learn from any mistakes they may make. The fall league is the best place to do just that.