MIAMI -- From representing the hometown Marlins in July's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to making his MLB debut as a September call-up, Brian Anderson has made a splash this season.Meanwhile, another homegrown prospect -- right-hander Trevor Richards -- has taken steps forward in the Minor Leagues this season and could
MIAMI -- From representing the hometown Marlins in July's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to making his MLB debut as a September call-up, Brian Anderson has made a splash this season.
Meanwhile, another homegrown prospect -- right-hander Trevor Richards -- has taken steps forward in the Minor Leagues this season and could be a rotation candidate out of Spring Training next year.
Marlins' Prospects of the Year
The two were named Miami's top hitting and pitching prospects of the year by MLBPipeline.com for their accomplishments. To receive consideration, both players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors, appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list and played the entire year in the organization.
Anderson, Miami's No. 3 prospect, clobbered 22 homers and 81 RBIs while hitting .275 between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans before debuting with the Marlins on Sept. 1.
While the power hasn't quite translated to the Major Leagues yet, the 24-year-old third baseman has held his own in his first 21 games. He's slashing .268/.346/.366 with five doubles and one triple and has committed three errors in 170 innings at the hot corner.
"You see a guy that's made some really nice plays at third. He's had some really good at-bats at times and he takes a lot of pitches to get himself into counts," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "But we also see a kid that's still developing and is young, but definitely has promise."
Anderson, a native of Edmond, Oklahoma, was a third-round pick by the Marlins out of Arkansas in 2014. The Marlins hope he'll develop into an everyday third baseman, despite the two years left on Martin Prado's contract.
Richards, Miami's No. 18 prospect, led Miami's Minor League system in ERA and strikeouts this year en route to being named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Between Class A Advanced Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville, the 24-year-old went 12-11 with a 2.53 ERA and fanned 158 batters over 146 innings, while issuing just 30 walks.
Richards' rise in the club's prospect ranks is surprising given he went undrafted out of Drury University in 2016. The Marlins signed the Aviston, Illinois, native as a non-drafted free agent out of the Frontier League last July and he's been consistently good at every level.
Impressive numbers alone made Richards an ideal candidate to be a September call-up this season, but No. 4 prospect Dillon Peters was ultimately promoted to make a handful of starts.
Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami.