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5 Miami Marlins Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training

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5 Marlins Prospects You Must Watch During Spring Training

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Two years ago, you knew it was going to happen. The Miami Marlins would be getting ready to showcase its young stars and the team would turn into a real, big-time winner and not rely on big-time free agents to fill in the roster. It is 2014 and the Marlins are about to do just that, but we will wait and see on the big-time winner part.

Christian Yelich, Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi and Marcell Ozuna are just some of the top talent the Marlins will field this season. All of which will hopefully be healthy to start the season. Entering spring training this season, Miami is going to carry a few top prospects as non-roster invitees to spring training and taking a look at the list is something to get excited about.

Fans will be able to see Anthony DeSclafini, Adam Conley, Kyle Skipworth, Mark Canha and Joe Benson compete to make the major-league roster. DeSclafini and Coley are two of the top prospects the Marlins are carrying. This slideshow will feature five other top prospects to watch this spring training.

From taking a look at this list, you can imagine that at least one of the five will be traded because of Miami’s influx of top talent and there is no where to put everybody. It looks like, at this point, that everyone will have an equal chance to compete and there will not be any rash decisions made by the front office.

Here are the most exciting prospects to watch for this spring training.

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5. Avery Romero

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Second baseman Avery Romero is still about a year or two away from joining the Marlins full-time. But if there's any infielder you should watch during Miami's spring training games, it is Romero. He batted .276 last season with 35 RBI and 19 doubles. He is the one waiting in line for a shot at the bigs.

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4. Justin Nicolino

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Justin Nicolino may have an outside shot at making the majors this season, but will have to jump about five other eligible pitchers to do so. Nicolino is a young lefty who could produce major numbers for the Marlins in the future. He had a 3.11 ERA in 27 minor-league starts.

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3. Nick Wittgren

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If the Marlins ever give up Steve Cishek in the next couple of years, Nick Wittgren will be next in line to get a shot at the closer role. He pitched in 52 games in 2013 and posted an incredible 0.77 ERA and recorded 26 saves. Wittgren has the ability to add a big punch to the Marlins' bullpen and it would be great to see him and Cishek together in the pen.

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2. Colin Moran

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At the third base position, Colin Moran is one of the best and he has not had a full minor-league season yet. He is next in line to become the starting third baseman for the Marlins. Moran had an excellent season in the minors in 2013 and played in the Arizona Fall League. Marlins fans will get to see him a little bit in spring training where he could make a good first impression.

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1. Andrew Heaney

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The is the best left-handed pitching prospect in the minors. He will also be pitching next to one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in a year or two. Andrew Heaney is becoming an unstoppable force in the minors and has a good shot at hopping over Tom Koehler and others to become the fifth starter. Heaney has immense talent and it will be showcased at some point this season.