Complicated league “groups” are extremely unconventional. At their core, you’ll discover loads of newly signed skilled baseball gamers, matriculating straight from highschool or faculty, or within the case of worldwide gamers, from the Dominican Summer season League. However the FCL can be a waystation for veterans rehabbing from accidents and imports from impartial circuits (Anthony Bender, Elieser Hernandez and Jordan Holloway are among the many Marlins large leaguers who handed by means of in 2022). In contrast to the DSL, in-season promotions are commonplace, so rosters lack continuity.
This evaluation focuses on the FCL Marlins gamers who have been truly there for developmental functions.
FCL Marlins (31-24)
It didn’t take lengthy for the toolsy Yiddi Cappe to outgrow the Florida Complicated League. He homered six occasions regardless of taking part in in just half of the staff’s video games, tying for the 2022 FCL lead. Defensively, Cappe cut up his workload between shortstop and third base. The 19-year-old was promoted to Low-A Jupiter on July 22.
Swap-hitting Venezuelan Ronald Hernández was the staff’s major catcher. His age-18 marketing campaign was in some ways just like what he had performed within the DSL final yr apart from the sharp discount in walks and run scored. He went simply 2-for-21 in opposition to lefties. I nonetheless take into account Hernández to be a Prime 30 prospect within the Marlins group.
The one true fixed for the FCL Marlins was Jordan McCants. After struggling in his first style of the league popping out of the 2021 MLB Draft, McCants boosted his wRC+ from 49 to 92. He simply led the staff in video games, runs scored, hits and triples. The previous third-rounder is poised to maneuver as much as Low-A subsequent spring.
Carlos Santiago (156 wRC+) and Javier Sanoja (143 wRC+) have been each phenomenal within the FCL and in the end performed nearly all of their summer season with the Hammerheads. Sanoja struck out solely six occasions in 124 plate appearances (4.8 Ok%). The video under is a Santiago grand slam courtesy of Fish On The Farm’s Alex Carver.
Method beneath the radar, outfielder Jhonny Melenciano deserves a shoutout. He produced poorly as a part-time participant within the season’s opening weeks, however in 25 July/August video games, he slashed .333/.442/.476 with 9 stolen bases.
Dameivi Tineo dominated the FCL, together with a 10-strikeout begin on July 28 that earned him a promotion. The 6-foot-3 left-hander has a low-90s fastball that performs up due to the good extension he will get off the mound. He additionally throws a changeup and a slurvy breaking ball. Tineo simply turned 19 in the course of the season, so there’s ample time for his command to enhance sufficient to be taken severely as a long-term starter candidate.
Proper-hander Jorge Mercedes had an eye-popping 41.7% strikeout charge. Signed manner again in 2018, his skilled debut was delayed till this season resulting from COVID and Tommy John surgical procedure. Mercedes doesn’t usually know the place the ball goes (25.0 IP, 17 BB, 5 HBP, 6 WP), however his fastball velo routinely tops 100 miles per hour.
This was a awful yr for infielders Cristhian Rodríguez and Junior Sánchez, signed by the Marlins for large bonuses in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Each slugged beneath .200.