Right-handed pitcher Anthony DeSclafini cracks the top-five on my Miami Marlins top prospects list, but he may still be a year away from cracking a big league roster. The former sixth-round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 got his first crack in the Marlins organization last year after being involved in the big trade between the two teams.
DeSclafini split time between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in 2013. In Jupiter, he started 12 games and recorded a 1.67 ERA. He struck out 53 batters and had an 8.8 K/9. DeSclafini performed well enough to get promoted to Jacksonville with some of the better talent in the majors. With the Suns, DeSclafini had 13 starts and posted s 3.36 ERA.
He managed to handle himself well with the Suns, though his ERA ballooned a bit. He did strikeout 62 batters during his time there.
The Marlins see DeSclafini as a powerful weapon as he moves up the ranks in the minors, but other scouts believe that he may not maintain his success as a starter when he does come up. He spent a majority of his time in the bullpen when he was with the Florida Gators. The transition is important because of his high ceiling.
He will probably start the year off in Double-A again in 2014, but may get moved up to Triple-A if he continues to do well with the Suns. His spring is going to be important as well as he is going to be heavily scrutinized this year.