3. Jake Marisnick, OF
Drafted: 2009 3rd round, 104th overall from Riverside Poly HS (CA)
Age: 21 Height: 6'4" Weight: 200 lbs.
The criticism directed at the Miami Marlins front office after November's blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays unfortunately overshadowed the talent of the young players headed to South Beach. While the Miami faithful certainly have every right to be upset with the trade, they cannot deny the talent of outfield prospect Jake Marisnick, who finishes third on our Fish Stripes Top 20 Miami Marlins Prospects list.
At 6'4", 200 lbs., Marisnick is a tremendous athlete whose five-tool potential could make him a valuable presence in center field at the big league level. He was ranked the 67th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the 2012 season and the 70th-best prospect by MLB.com entering this season. Since being drafted, Marisnick has flashed his potential for all five tools at a variety of different levels. His best season to date came in 2011 for the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts, where he posted a slash line of .320/.392/.496 to go along with 14 home runs and 37 stolen bases.
Marisnick uses his 6'4" frame to generate good bat speed, and as a result, shows the potential for plus power down the road. Right now, Marisnick has more of a line-drive swing that is perfect for reaching the gaps, but with further development he could certainly add loft that would start turning many of his doubles and triples into home runs. It may be a stretch to project him for 30-plus home run seasons at this point, but you can still expect 20-25 to be a reasonable number. Though Marisnick does not possess blazing speed, he is a smart enough baserunner to make an impact at the big league level. Over his minor league career, Marisnick has posted an impressive 82.3 stolen base percentage in just over 100 attempts and likely the potential for 20-25 steal seasons down the road.
Fish Stripes 2013 Top Marlins Prospects: #3 Jake Marisnick
Fish Stripes | Feb 19