The Miami Marlins had Andrew Heaney named the best left-handed prospect in baseball at the beginning of the season by MLB.com. Heaney only cracked No. 25 on the Top 100 list, but still being considered a top lefty is something to talk about. However, only two others topped the 100 and it does not seem like the farm system is getting that much better.
Heaney is pitching well in the minors posting a 2.47 ERA with seven wins in 13 games between double-A Jacksonville and triple-A New Orleans. However, his recent major-league stint with the Marlins did not go well as the lefty failed to record a win and allowed opponents to bat .300 against him. Heaney was sent back to triple-A to regain his confidence and he will definitely see more time as the season moves on. There are a few other factors that the Marlins should be concerned about.
Miami did not have any prospects on the Baseball America Midseason Top-50 Prospects list, nor did any prospect make the MLB.com First-Half All-Prospect Team. To make matters sort of worse, the Marlins only have one representative in the MLB Futures Game July 13. His name is not Justin Nicolino, Colin Moran or Trevor Williams. Instead, it is Class-A right-handed pitcher Domingo German.
German has spent 2014 with the Greensboro Grasshoppers and has struck out a whopping 95 batters while recording a 2.93 ERA. German will represent Miami on the World Team Sunday in the Futures Game. The 21-year-old could also find himself cracking a top 10 Marlins’ prospect list if he continues his dominant season.
With Nicolino having a down year already, allowing 100 hits in his first 107.2 innings, and Moran starting to turn the corner a bit, Miami needs to hope as the summer heats up, its top prospects do the same. Depth is a good thing and on paper, Miami has a lot of it.