Miami Marlins: 2018 Minor League Awards

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Lewis Brinson #9 of the Miami Marlins and Brian Anderson #15 high five at home plate after scoring in the eighth inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25: Lewis Brinson #9 of the Miami Marlins and Brian Anderson #15 high five at home plate after scoring in the eighth inning during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Park on June 25, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – MARCH 07: Nick Neiddert #87 of the Miami Marlins in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at Fitteam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 7, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Marlins defeated the Astros 7-6. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Miami Marlins Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Nick Neidert

Level(s): AA Jacksonville
Stats: 12-7, 26 GS, 152 2/3 IP, 3.24 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 31/154 BB/K

Acquired in the deal that sent Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners, righty Nick Neidert was originally a second round pick by the Mariners out of high school in Georgia. He’s never been a guy with elite raw stuff, but his ability to sequence his pitches and developing his secondaries has allowed him to move up to the upper minors at 21.

Neidert has consistent mechanics that allows him to fill the zone, and his stuff all has just a little bit of wiggle to keep it off the true barrel. The Miami Marlins may not be bringing Neidert into their rotation in 2019 to open the season, but he certainly could factor by the end of the year, and he should be a guy who gives consistent innings as a solid #3/4 starter for a long time.

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All arms and legs from Venezuela, Luis Palacios pitched his second season with the DSL team, and he’s certainly earned a 2019 look stateside with his performance in 2018. He made 15 appearances, 4 of them starts, tossing 63 2/3 innings, with a 0.85 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, and a 4/62 BB/K ratio. His stuff is based around a loose, mid-90s fastball with movement that he’s learned to locate. Now if he can generate consistency with his secondaries, he’ll be able to move forward quickly.

Part of the Christian Yelich deal with the Brewers this winter, Jordan Yamamoto struggled with injury this season, but when he was on the mound, he was incredible, making 13 starts, tossing 68 2/3 innings, with a 1.83 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 14/85 BB/K ratio. He’ll open in AA to start 2019, and the Hawaii native will hope to factor in the Miami Marlins rotation plans by 2020.

Drafted in the 16th round in 2016, the Miami Marlins got Dustin Beggs for a fairly reasonable cost due to him being 23 already. In his age-25 season in 2018, he jumped up three levels, reaching AA for 4 starts to finish his season. Overall, he made 25 appearances, 15 of them starts, finishing with a 2.12 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and a 20/111 BB/K over 110 1/3 innings. Beggs doesn’t have a ton of velocity, but he can sequence very well, and he saw his curve and change both take big steps forward in 2018.

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The Miami Marlins had one of the most explosive offseasons in 2017-2018, and not in a good way. Now, Marlins fans can settle in to watching the raw talent of their team begin to ascend up the farm system.