2008 Top 5 Prospects: Florida Marlins

As we lead up to both the start of the 2008 season and our “Diamond Cutter” top 100 prospects list, I will be taking a look at the top five prospects from every single Major League team. Each team will have its top five prospects along with a brief scouting report on each player that I have pulled from my scouting notes. Today I touch on our next team in the NL East with the pitcher deep Florida Marlins. As always, let me know how you feel about the rankings in the comments section below or via email.

1.) Cameron Maybin, OF: Maybin has a lighting quick bat and long arms that can generate a lot of power. Also due to his speed and stellar base running instincts, he’s a prime 30/30 candidate. Great range and powerful arm in center field which is perfect in Florida (entire “Prospect Spotlight” scouting report).

2.) Chris Volstad, RHP: Volstad is a tall, lanky righty who is a groundball pitcher with a low-90’s sinking plus fastball to go along with a plus curve and very strong changeup. Very good make-up on the mound with great control of his pitches. Needs to find a way to finish hitters off better as he tends to struggle with this. With some tinkering in approach could be a frontline starter very quickly.

3.) Brett Sinkbeil, RHP: Sinkbeil has the make-up to be a very good Major League pitcher but has been continually plagued by injuries. He has a strong fastball and a plus slider and if he can stay healthy should make a nice starter for the Marlins.

4.) Ryan Tucker, RHP: Tucker has a strong mid-90’s fastball and a developing change-up. It’s iffy now on where he will place on a staff as he could be either a starter or a reliever at this point. Needs to work on picking up a good third pitch.

5.) Gabby Hernandez, RHP: Yet another right handed pitcher in the top five brings us Hernandez with a hard fastball and improving change-up. Has a nice build and is developing nicely in the Marlins organization.

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