Miami Marlins top 10 prospects for 2019

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: A detailed view of the Marlins home run sculpture in centerfield before Opening Day between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on March 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: A detailed view of the Marlins home run sculpture in centerfield before Opening Day between the Miami Marlins and the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on March 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 14: Victor Victor Mesa #32 of Team Cuba hits a two-run RBI single in the fourth inning during Game 4 of Pool E of the 2017 World Baseball Classic against Team Japan at the Tokyo Dome on Monday, March 14, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yuki Taguchi/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

1. Victor Mesa

Birthday: 7/20/1996 (22)
Acquired: International free agent, October 2017
Level(s): None
Statistics: None

Considered the top Cuban prospect available, Victor Mesa, aka Victor Victor, was signed by the Miami Marlins in October along with his brother.

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Mesa is an elite defender in center field that will be his carrying tool immediately as he comes to the Marlins system. He has excellent instincts in center field and has a plus arm to pair with those instincts.

At the plate, Mesa has flashed power at times, but his swing doesn’t exactly portend consistent over-the-fence power, more likely leading to plenty of doubles and triples with his plus to plus-plus speed.

How Mesa’s eye translates to the states will determine how fast he moves to the major leagues. He has shown good contact ability in Cuba and in international competition, and if he could show similar ability with the bat along with his speed on the bases, he would plug in well at the top of the lineup for the Marlins.

Most likely, barring a tremendous spring training, Mesa will open in AAA in 2019, but he could be playing in Miami by the end of the season.

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The signing of the Mesa brothers is a big coup for the Miami Marlins, but they will need to see more production from their farm system to return to competitiveness in the near future.