to the future in Clinton."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins Prospects and Draft CoverageThings We Love to SeeThings We Love to See Season Recap: Greensboro Grasshoppers Recapping the Marlins final year in Greensboro and looking ahead to the future in Clinton.this year in Greensboro. Trevor Rogers Impresses in Debut Season For me the biggest headline out of Greensboro this season was the impressive debut of TrevorRogers Lance Lynn Jersey , who the Marlins used the 13th pick in the 2017 draft to select. Rogers projected as another high school left-handed project that the Loria regime was very prone to take a chance on, causing me to be very skeptical about him coming into the year. My skepticism was well warranted when Rogers first made his debut in May, as he got off to an aggressively mediocre start to his pro career. While his surface numbers (ERA, win/loss record, batting average against, etc.) may suggest I still have plenty of reason to be skeptical, when taking a deeper look at Rogers’ year I think you can find plenty of reason to be optimistic about his development going forward. It starts with the strikeouts. Rogers’ season peaked in mid-late July when he put up three straight starts where he 19.2 IP and racked up 27 strikeouts, including a 7.2 IP 1H 12 K performance that was the climax of his debut season. Without a doubt the most intriguing thing we saw from Rogers this year was his ability to get swings and misses and by all reports he was very effective at doing so with his offspeed stuff, something that will be a major factor in his development. His K/9 this season was 10.53, a mark that would land him at 11th amongst major league pitchers for 2018, and struck out batters at a 26% clip, good enough to land in the top 20 amongst major league pitchers. The other reason I was intrigued by Rogers’ numbers is because there are plenty of other factors that go into stats such as win/loss record and ERA, and a lot of them have to do with the team around you. Based on these stats, Rogers got little to no help from the team around him which cause his stats to look somewhat inflated. Rogers’ ERA on the year was 5.82, but his FIP—a stat that “measures what a player’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing—was a very solid 3.04. Along with his incredibly high .392 BABIP, these numbers suggest that Rogers had a lot of bad luck behind him which caused his numbers to be hurt and his outings to be shortened. Whatever the case may be, his analytics and strikeout numbers were very intriguing for his development going forward. His 2018 should definitely be looked at as a success in the eyes of Marlins fans. Top Performer: Jos茅 Devers, SS-We talked a ton about Jos茅Devers in the “Things We Love to See” series and rightfully so. Devers did most of his damage this season with Greensboro before finishing up the year in High-A Jupiter. For those who haven’t been following along Mark McGwire Jersey , Devers projects as a glove-first shortstop with a leadoff hitting profile. He was tremendous with the glove this year, as to be expected, but his was his work at the plate that caught the eye of many in and around the Marlins organization. Devers hit .273 as an 18-year-old in Low-A, and while it’s not an eye popping average it is a very intriguing start for a kid that young who doesn’t project as a great hitter. The next step in his development at the plate is going to be working on getting on base more, his OBP sat just .313 and he tallied just a 4.1 BB%, something that must improve if he is going to be a legitimate threat in the leadoff position in the future. Devers is a work in progress but there is no denying that he got off on the right foot in 2018, and we now wait to see if it continues at the next level with High-A Jupiter in 2019. Under the Radar Guy: Brady Puckett-SP-An imposing figure standing at 6’8” 220, BradyPuckett was the Marlins 15th round draft pick in 2017. The 23-year-old right hander had a very solid 2017, getting most of his work as a reliever, and followed up with a dominant 2018 across two levels. He started the year in Greensboro, but actually made more starts with High-A Jupiter, and was just as impressive there. He had a 1.99 ERA in Greensboro, put up solid strikeout numbers (8.70 K/9) and barely walked anybody either with just a 0.72 BB/9. When talking to Alex Carver of Fish on The Farm, he said his size is what impresses him most: “Dude is massive. Have to think there’s room for him to grow. May just be being held back a bit.” He included that his “mechanics are good, he commands the lower half, and generates lots of groundouts.” His strikeouts dipped and his walks increased in Jupiter, something to be expected against tougher competition, but his ERA was still very impressive at 2.33 http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , as was his FIP which sat at 2.96. Puckett seems to be a guy that can eat up innings, he averaged 6 IP in 21 starts this year and 12 of those 21 starts lasted 7 innings or more. The big thing to watch going forward will be if he can add more velocity, and if he can get his strikeout numbers back up to what they were in Low-A. If he does that, he has a good chance of moving up to and making an impact AA Jacksonville at some point 2019.Guy That Let Us Down: Thomas Jones, RF-Jones is the Marlins #19 prospect currently, but after yet another disappointing campaign in 2018, there is a good chance he falls in the next update. I can pretty much let his MLB Pipeline profile do the talking here for a second so that you can understand why a guy with a .209 career average still sits in the Marlins top 20: Pipeline goes on to say that Jones could be the best athlete in the Marlins system, and while I usually love holding out hope guys based on their athleticism and tools, it’s hard to do so with Jones. He followed a 2017 campaign in Batavia that saw him hit .181 with a .222 average in Greensboro in 2018. Even Jones’s walk-rate, which had been the highlight of his offensive profile, plunged this season from 11.6% in 2017 to just 5.7% in 2018. With the Marlins continuing to add depth in the outfield and more expected this offseason, time is quickly running out on the ThomasJones experiment, but a change at the plate in 2019 could turn that around considering his elite athletic skill set and projectability. 2019 projects as another exciting year at the Low-A level for the Marlins, and it starts with the move to a new home. There is no doubt we’ll be seeing more players that project to be a big part of the Marlins future move through Clinton next year, and there’s a real possibility that prized Cuban outfielder and the Marlins’ newly minted #1 prospect V铆ctor V铆ctor Mesa could begin his pro career with the LumberKings next season. Trevor Rogers should start in High-A as well, and we could even see the return of 2016 first round pick and the Marlins #10 prospect BraxtonGarrett come April next year. There’s not much news in Birdland, so why not talk about what might happen?"Morning, Birdland!It’s been a mellow offseason across baseball so far. The Orioles additions of Mike Elias and Sig Mejdal in the front office are arguably the biggest moves in the league http://www.stlouiscardinalsteamshop.com/authentic-marcell-ozuna-jersey , with the possible exception of the Yankees trading for James Paxton.Teams, agents and players, in general, like to get past Thanksgiving and into December before making any commitments. Then there is a flurry of movement right before the week of Christmas into the New Year. Lather, rinse, repeat.Once business returns to usual this Monday there will be two weeks until the annual Winter Meetings. This year’s event will take place in Las Vegas from December 9th through the 13th. If any more major trades are going to happen this winter, they will take place right around then, or shortly after.The Orioles are highly unlikely to be a part of any of said deals. They do not have any big players that other teams want, and they are not in a position to acquire any of those players.That’s OK. If the Orioles offseason ended now I would probably be OK with it. Sure, it would be weird they didn’t have a manager, but Elias has my full confidence and they can just let Mejdal manage. The man worked for freakin’ NASA. He can surely strap on an ill-fitting uniform and write names on a lineup card.LinksOrioles need to make current roster changes to help jumpstart the rebuild - The AthleticFinding possible free agent fits is always fun. The O’s aren’t going to be too busy on the major league front this offseason, but they will almost certainly sign one or two players to provide some depth and tide them over until the youngsters arrive.Questions about Beckham, Joseph, Villar, pitching and 40-man - MASN SportsThe deadline to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players is Friday. Keeping Jonathan Villar is a no-brainer. Caleb Joseph is cheap enough that I would hold onto him as well. Tim Beckham? No thanks, not at $4.3 million. Maybe they can re-sign him for less.Finding a trade partner for Mark Trumbo - Birds WatcherMark Trumbo’s trade market is far from fully developed. It sounds as if he is unlikely to be traded prior to Opening Day. The O’s want him to bounce back, and other teams aren’t interested in a potentially injured, one-dimensional slugger. That said Paul DeJong Jersey , his complete inability to field likely leaves him stuck in the AL.O’s offering 30% bonus on gift certificates - Orioles.comThese can be used on tickets, concessions and merchandise. Looks like they have a $26 gift certificate available for $20, and a $65 gift certificate for $50. If you have someone on your shopping list that’s difficult to shop for but they love going to the park, this sounds like a pretty sweet stocking stuffer.Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Australian lefty Damian Moss is 42 years old. He pitched 50.2 innings over 10 games for the O’s in 2003, and may be best known around here as part of the package (along with Kurt Ainsworth) the team landed from the Giants in exchange for Sidney Ponson.The only number one overall draft choice (until next summer) in Orioles history, Ben McDonald, turns 51. The 6-foot-7 right hander was solid over seven seasons in Baltimore (937 innings, 3.89 ERA, 111 ERA+, 13.8 bWAR), but never quite lived up to his draft status.The late Jim Northup (b. 1939, d. 2011) would have been 81. He spent 92 games with the Birds between ‘74 and ‘75 as an outfielder and hit .284/.361/.438 in that time.Finally, happy 76th birthday to Fred Beene, a right-handed pitcher that tossed 9.2 innings across seven outings for the Orioles between 1968 and 1970 before being traded to the Padres in a deal that sent Pat Dobson to the Charm City.1982 - Cal Ripken Jr. is named American League Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old hit .264/.317/.475 with 32 doubles and 28 home runs.