Visiting the Farms - NL East
Dax Fulton was the Marlins second round pick last year. This 6'7" lefty is almost recovered from his Tommy John surgery back in 2019. His fastball is projected around 93mph, but has some trailing movement on it. Fulton's curveball is also effective, averaging 85mph. His changeup is more of an afterthought at this point.
JJ Bleday's best attribute is his power. The former home run leader in college possess power that can push him past the 30 home run mark in the majors. His speed is decent enough for him to steal some bases or play center in a pinch. His arm is also above average, slotting him nicely into right field once he gets called up.
Sixto Sanchez already made waves in the show during last years pandemic shortened season. The Marlins received this top caliber pitcher back when they traded JT Realmuto to the Phillies. He showed off his two and four seam fastball, which both project to be 70 grade tools. Sanchez even added a cutter last year, which puts this starter at five plus pitches. Sanchez has the stuff and speed to be the Marlins best pitcher, once he returns from injury this year.
Jared Shuster was drafted by the Braves in the first round this past year, and scouts viewed this as a reach. Prior to drafting, Shuster's fastball was routinely around 92mph, but after some work, pushed it to 97mph. Shuster also features a two seamer as well as a plus changeup. He's prone to walking batters, but through 15 innings this year, his strikeout to walk ratio is 5.25.
Shea Langeliers was the other catcher taken behind Adely Rutschman back in 2019. What popped the most with Langeliers was his ability behind the plate. Although not shown above, his arm grades out at a 70. Langeliers defense is already major league ready thanks to his athleticism and agility behind the plate. His bat is average, but he is making progress in the minors. He's got nine homers and has a solid .882 OPS this year for the Mississippi Braves.