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Fish Stripes 22 hours ago
Where do young Marlins stars rank on 2020 MLB top prospects lists?

Where do young Marlins stars rank on 2020 MLB top prospects lists?

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports To make themselves relevant at the major league level, the Marlins must develop steady, everyday-caliber players from within. Five prospects are being widely projected to fit the bill. For the first time in recent memory, each of the leading national baseball talent evaluation outlets agree that five Marlins players rank among the sport’s top 100 prospects overall. Be careful not to overstate the significance of these distinctions—the majority of ranked prospects never realize their full potential, and any major league contender relies on unheralded...
Fish Stripes 23 hours ago
Fish Bites Episode 58: Reacting to Brandon Kintzler signing, top prospects lists

Fish Bites Episode 58: Reacting to Brandon Kintzler signing, top prospects lists

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ The Marlins have seemingly secured their closer for the 2020 season, and their young talent continues to receive praise from all corners of the scouting industry MLB Opening Day can’t get here soon enough. The Marlins, one move at a time, have assembled—by far—their most intriguing roster since this rebuild began. Ely rejoices over the pick-up of veteran right-hander Brandon Kintzler (1:10), checks in on some “old friends” remaining on the free agent market like Henderson Alvarez and David Phelps (17:45) and cautions fans not to overreact to preseason...
Fish Stripes Jan 26, 2020
Marlins to sign outfielder Matt Joyce

Marlins to sign outfielder Matt Joyce

Photo by Mark Brown/ Joyce has done plenty of damage against Marlins pitching through the years. Now, he’ll try to make the club, adding even more depth to the 2020 lineup. Capping off a busy weekend, the Marlins have reportedly reached a deal with free agent outfielder Matt Joyce. The news came late Saturday night via Twitter user @ChopOnCorey, then was confirmed Sunday by veteran MLB insiders Jon Heyman and Mark Feinsand. It’s safe to assume this is a one-year commitment, but additional details haven’t been reported yet. The 35-year-old Florida native had a strong 2019 campaign...
Fish Stripes Jan 26, 2020
Marlins players react to tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant

Marlins players react to tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant

David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/Tribune News Service via Bryant’s accomplishments with the Lakers and his relentless competitiveness influenced an entire generation of athletes, including baseball players. Kobe Bryant, the former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard and five-time NBA champion, died Sunday in a helicopter crash at the age of 41. Beyond the rings and his prolific scoring (fourth-highest career points total in league history), the Black Mamba transcended basketball, influencing an entire generation of athletes with his relentless competitiveness. That includes Marlins...
Fish Stripes Jan 25, 2020
Marlins to sign free agent Brandon Kintzler

Marlins to sign free agent Brandon Kintzler

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports The veteran Kintzler is set to earn $3 million this season with a $4 million club option for 2021. The Marlins landed their veteran closer late Saturday night, agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Brandon Kintzler. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman was first to report that the sides were “working on a deal,” while ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers followed with the financial details: Reliever Brandon Kintzler is singing with the Marlins: 1 year, $3 million with a $4 mil option for 2021 (or $250k buyout).— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs)...
Fish Stripes Jan 25, 2020
2020 Marlins Season Preview: Lewin Díaz

2020 Marlins Season Preview: Lewin Díaz

Díaz... The annual tradition has returned. Leading up to Opening Day, Fish Stripes will be previewing the 2020 Marlins season, one player at a time. Find every article of the series here. Where Did He Come From? The Marlins acquired first baseman Lewin Díaz in the July 2019 trade that sent Sergio Romo and Chris Vallimont to the Twins. 2019 Performance .270 BA | .321 OBP | .530 SLG | 27 HR | 143 wRC+ | 501 PA (Double-A/High-A levels combined) We interrupt the World Series to bring you inside the world of Lewin Díaz! Marlins top 1B prospect continues wrecking the Dominican Winter...
Fish Stripes Jan 24, 2020
Marlins 2020 MLB Draft Targets: Florida Gators

Marlins 2020 MLB Draft Targets: Florida Gators

Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports For the second straight year, Fish Stripes is evaluating talented draft prospects who play at schools throughout the state of Florida. The 2020 MLB Draft will be the Miami Marlins’ third draft under the Derek Jeter regime. In the first two drafts, the Fish focused on getting hitters like JJ Bleday, Connor Scott, Kameron Misner, Nasim Nuñez and Osiris Johnson during the early rounds. In order to acquire even more impact talent this time around, the Marlins should put a special emphasis on scouting their own backyard. They are surrounded by some of...
Fish Stripes Jan 24, 2020
What can we expect from the 2020 Marlins?

What can we expect from the 2020 Marlins?

Photo by Joseph Guzy/Marlins After 105 losses in 2019, it can only improve from here...right? The Marlins have been active this offseason following the second-worst season in franchise history. The Marlins won just 57 games in 2019, the lowest total since 1998 when the Fish were only victorious 54 times. The Marlins moves were more understated, drowned out by other teams’ multi-hundred million dollar signings and big-name trades. While the Marlins did not bring in an MVP candidate, they added a couple former All-Stars in Corey Dickerson and Jesús Aguilar as well as Jonathan ...
Fish Stripes Jan 24, 2020
Marlins prospect Jazz Chisholm sees stock drop

Marlins prospect Jazz Chisholm sees stock drop

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ Touted as Miami's shortstop of the future, the Bahamian is no longer considered a top ten prospect at his position according to MLB Pipeline. Should fans be concerned? Prospects are a risky business. Sometimes difficult to understand and even harder to predict, the potential stars of tomorrow have been the focus of the Miami Marlins ever since ownership changed hands in 2017. In that time, the team's farm system has gone from one of the worst in the sport to top five, albeit with a little asterisk. Out of all 30 farm systems, Miami's may be the riskiest, with...
Fish Stripes Jan 24, 2020
Our Noticias, 1/24/20: Latest Captain's Camp attendees revealed

Our Noticias, 1/24/20: Latest Captain's Camp attendees revealed

Photo by Michael Reaves/ JJ Bleday and other top prospects are invited to the third annual workshop aimed at developing players both professionally and personally. Plus links on Pedro Strop and Brian Anderson. Captain’s Camp, Round Three As a 14-time All-Star and now a member of the MLB Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter’s passion, determination, work ethic, and baseball know-how has never been in question. Jeter has frequently described his role as Marlins CEO as a way to give back to the game, and his “Captain’s Camp” is the embodiment of that sentiment. Heading into its third...
Fish Stripes Jan 23, 2020
Marlins, Sinclair Broadcast Group have “ongoing, serious negotiations” about long-term TV deal

Marlins, Sinclair Broadcast Group have “ongoing, serious negotiations” about long-term TV deal

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The Marlins, mercifully wrapping up their current FOX Sports Florida contract, are projected to receive a significant television revenue boost in 2021 and beyond. As the Marlins game-plan for a return to competitive relevance at the major league level in the near future, it would help to have a clearer picture of the revenue coming in. A critical piece of that equation is their regional television contract, which will be expiring after the 2020 season. Negotiations on a new deal between the Marlins and FOX Sports Florida parent company Sinclair are in...
Fish Stripes Jan 23, 2020
2020 free agency roundup, Marlins edition

2020 free agency roundup, Marlins edition

Photo by Elsa/ Updating the statuses of former Marlins players and the club’s negotiations with veteran reliever Pedro Strop. With MLB teams solidifying their 2020 plans, there has been a surge of free agent activity lately. The names of plenty ex-Marlins are flying around as well as prospective future Fish. Did you miss any of the news? Probably! That’s why I felt this post was necessary. Old Friends—Major League Deals Photo by Rob Foldy/Miami Marlins via Marcell Ozuna has returned to the NL East, inking a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves. Despite...
Fish Stripes Jan 22, 2020
Our Noticias: Jeter makes the Hall, Five Fish make Baseball America’s Top 100

Our Noticias: Jeter makes the Hall, Five Fish make Baseball America’s Top 100

Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports Plus, Fish Bites has you stylin and profilin this preseason. We’ll start with the Election of Derek Jeter to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Captain (or the CEO, in the Marlins’ case) captured 99.7 percent of the vote and was just one ballot shy of becoming just the second ever unanimous selection after teammate Mariano Rivera. Our congrats to him! Captain. Champion. CEO. Legend.Welcome to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter #Re2pectTheProcess pic.twitter.com/7U6AnuNSqZ— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) January 21, 2020 We weren’t alone...
Fish Stripes Jan 22, 2020
Derek Jeter explains goals for Marlins franchise at Hall of Fame press conference

Derek Jeter explains goals for Marlins franchise at Hall of Fame press conference

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Jeter is being honored in Cooperstown for his playing career, but the Marlins CEO took a minute during Wednesday’s presser to discuss his new franchise. Derek Jeter and Larry Walker took the stage Wednesday afternoon for the BBWAA Hall of Fame press conference. It is, more than anything, an annual photo op to show the newly elected baseball immortals smiling in HOF-themed jerseys and hats. For Jeter, most of the questions predictably focused on his legendary MLB playing career with the Yankees. But near the end of the main event, a reporter asked about his role as...
Fish Stripes Jan 22, 2020
2020 Marlins Season Preview: Johan Quezada

2020 Marlins Season Preview: Johan Quezada

Quezada won’t begin 2020 on the Marlins roster, but he’s got intriguing upside and could earn an opportunity by season’s end. The massive Dominican right-hander throws 100, but doesn’t always know where it’s going. Health-permitting, he could make his MLB debut by the end of 2020. The annual tradition has returned. Leading up to Opening Day, Fish Stripes will be previewing the 2020 Marlins season, one player at a time. Find every article of the series here. Where Did He Come From? Right-hander Johan Quezada became a minor league free agent after the 2019 season and signed...

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