By Ryan Gaydos @RyanGaydos on March 17, 2014
A lot has changed since the top prospects list for the Miami Marlins was released. The organization's top prospects took the field in spring training and some surprised us. Here are the top five prospects of spring training so far.
Nick Wittigren has improved greatly since last season and is poised to have a good year this year. During his stint with the Marlins, he allowed one run in 2.2 innings. However, he allowed five hits in those innings. He should progress nicely in the minors.
Samuel Dyson could have had a chance at the starting rotation. However, the organization feels as though he needs some more seasoning. In 6.2 innings, Dyson struck out six batters and had a .240 batting average against. If he continues to pitch well, Miami might seem him up sooner than expected this season.
Although he may have lost his "prospect" title, Rob Brantly is still 24 years old and is still in need of progressing. Brantly made major improvements in the spring batting .350 with a home run and four RBI in 20 at-bats. He will not be the starting catcher this year, but he will have his chance soon.
Giving Marcell Ozuna a run for his money is what Jake Marisnick has accomplished this spring. Miami is definitely rethinking who should start at center this season. After a bad stint in the majors last year, Marisnick hit .346 with four RBI in 26 at-bats for Miami. He is sure to get reconsidered for the starting job.
Definitely still the No. 1 prospect coming out of spring training is Andrew Heaney. He got to pitch in 7.2 innings for the Marlins before being cut. In those innings, he recorded a 2.35 ERA and struck out four batters.
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