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Sixteen Hammerheads Crack Marlins Top 30 Prospect List

JJ Bleday. Lakeland Flying Tigers v Jupiter Hammerheads. Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Lakeland, Fla. Aug, 22, 2019. (Photo by Tom Hagerty.) (Tom Hagerty)
March 3, 2020

As Spring Training continues to chug along, MLB Pipeline has been unveiling their prospect rankings for all 30 teams. With the recent release of their Top 30 Marlins prospects, here's a look at where Hammerheads alum stack up and how they fared during their time in Jupiter. Pitchers: Marlins pitching

As Spring Training continues to chug along, MLB Pipeline has been unveiling their prospect rankings for all 30 teams. With the recent release of their Top 30 Marlins prospects, here's a look at where Hammerheads alum stack up and how they fared during their time in Jupiter.

Pitchers:
Marlins pitching prospects have clearly benefited from their time in Jupiter. Ten of the pitchers that rank inside the Top 30 Marlins prospect list spent time on the mound at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium including: Sixto Sanchez (No. 1), Edward Cabrera (no. 5), Braxton Garrett (No. 6), Trevor Rogers (No. 8), Nick Neidert (No. 10), Jorge Guzman (No. 19), Jordan Holloway (No. 20), Humberto Mejia (No. 23), Alex Vesia (No. 27), and Robert Dugger (No. 30).

Cabrera began his 2019 in Jupiter. Following 11 starts for the Hammerheads, to a tune of a 2.02 ERA and 5-3 record in Jupiter, he earned a call-up to Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. In Jacksonville the 21-year-old started 8 games and continued to shine. The Dominican Republic native ended 2019 with a 4-1 record, 2.56 ERA, and 43 Ks with the Jumbo Shrimp.

After spending 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery, Garrett showed why he was worthy of the 7th overall pick in 2016. The lefty started 20 games for the Hammerheads, had a 3.24 ERA, and was second on the team in strikeouts with 118.

The only Hammerhead who had more strikeouts than Garrett in 2019, was Trevor Rogers. The former 13th overall pick, started 18 games for Jupiter garnering a 2.53 ERA while racking up 122 Ks.

Holloway started 21 games for Jupiter and struckout 93 batters in 2019. The 23-year-old played in the Florida State League All-Star game.

Infielders:
On the dirt, Jose Devers (No. 11) donned a Jupiter Hammerheads uniform in 2018 and 2019. The 20-year-old had a .325 batting average across 33 games.. The left-handed hitter also tallied a .384 OBP and a .365 slugging percentage during his 2019 campaign in Jupiter.

Outfielders:
Patrolling the outfield, Hammerhead alum JJ Bleday (No. 2), Monte Harrison (No. 9), Connor Scott (No. 13), Jerar Encarnacion (No. 15), and Víctor Víctor Mesa (No. 26) all cracked the prestigious list.

Bleday, the fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft, played 38 games for the Hammerheads. The Vanderbilt alumni totaled 36 hits and finished 2019 with a .379 slugging percentage and a .311 OBP.
After starting 2019 with Single-A Clinton Lumberkings, Scott moved up to Jupiter and played 27 games in a Hammerheads uniform to finish the season. The lefty drew 11 walks in his short time in Jupiter.

Encarnacion spent the second half of the season in Jupiter. The Dominican Republic native's big body and raw power led to a .425 slugging percentage and 16 total home runs in 2019.
Rounding out the list is Victor Victor Mesa, who played 89 games for Jupiter and earned a call-up to Jacksonville at the end of 2019. The son of former center fielder Victor Mesa showed off his speed with 15 stolen bases last season, which led the Hammerheads.