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2023 International Reviews: Miami Marlins

2023 International Reviews: Miami Marlins

The Marlins cut the ribbon on a sparkling new Dominican academy in Boca Chica after the 2022 season. With two teams in the Dominican Summer League, it will be home to one of the largest signing classes of any club this year. The Marlins spread their money around to an array of physical, athletic position players and came away with one of the more impressive groups of pitching prospects signed this year, with several arms already trending up.

Top Of The Class

A two-way player, Janero Miller has shown promise on the mound and as an outfielder signing for $950,000 from the Bahamas. Early on, he has already taken a significant leap forward on the mound. He’s 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, a lean, long-limbed player with excellent athleticism and more space to fill out. For much of the tryout process, Miller was throwing mid-to-upper 80s and starting to scrape the low 90s leading up to his signing. After going on a professional throwing program, Miller took the mound for his first live batting practice session at the Marlins academy in the Dominican Republic this spring and reached 96 mph. It’s already a big fastball, with good cut and riding life, and he has the physical projection that indicates there’s more in the tank. Miller shows good feel for a slider too, with spin rates up to 2,700 rpm. His breaking ball is ahead of his changeup, but he has big hands that should help his ability to manipulate that pitch. There’s still some rawness on the mound, but the stuff, athleticism and remaining strength projection stack up among the best in the world for his age. If Miller doesn’t hit well right away, it might be tempting to just convert him to full-time pitching, but he shows promise as a position prospect, too. He’s athletic, a plus runner and has good defensive instincts in center field, with a chance to stay there depending on how much speed he retains as he fills out. He’s a switch-hitter and some scouts had concerns about his higher swing-and-miss rate against live pitching, but those highest on him thought he did have a patient approach that could help offset some of his strikeouts, with good bat speed and power potential.

Names To Know

Andres Valor, OF, Venezuela: Valor was one of the big signings for the Marlins this year, landing a $520,000 bonus. In camp this spring, Valor has been the most electric position player in a group of players who signed this year and who played last year, with an exciting mix of size, athleticism, tools and…

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