MIAMI -- Two of the Marlins' most highly regarded prospects will get a taste of big league camp when Spring Training opens on Feb. 14. On Thursday, Miami announced that left-hander Dillon Peters and third baseman Brian Anderson are among nine non-roster invitees to Spring Training.Anderson, a standout in the
MIAMI -- Two of the Marlins' most highly regarded prospects will get a taste of big league camp when Spring Training opens on Feb. 14. On Thursday, Miami announced that left-hander Dillon Peters and third baseman Brian Anderson are among nine non-roster invitees to Spring Training.
Anderson, a standout in the Arizona Fall League, is rated by MLBPipeline.com as the Marlins' fourth overall prospect, while Peters ranks 13th. The two were part of the 2014 Draft class; Anderson was a third-round pick from the University of Arkansas, while Peters was selected in the 10th round from the University of Texas.
The Marlins also invited left-handers Nick Maronde and Matt Tomshaw, infielder Matt Juengel and catchers Chris Hoo, Cam Maron and Rodrigo Vigil. They signed Minor League catcher Ramon Cabrera, who has a big league camp invite. Miami now has 63 players on its Spring Training roster.
Peters is close to being big league-ready, and some project he could be promoted during the 2017 season. The lefty combined for a 14-6 record with a 2.38 ERA with Class A Advanced Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in '16. In 128 2/3 innings, he struck out 105 and walked 20. He will likely open the season at either Jacksonville or Triple-A New Orleans.
Anderson made big strides in 2016 at both Jupiter and Jacksonville. He combined for a slash line of .265/.348/.389 with 11 home runs and 65 RBIs. In the Arizona Fall League, he belted five home runs and drove in 12 in 22 games.
The progress Anderson made in 2016 has some considering him as the Marlins' future third baseman. Martin Prado signed a three-year, $40 million extension at the end of the season, but in a few years, Anderson could take over.
Juengel, who played winter ball in Mexico, played in 110 games this past year at New Orleans. He hit 11 home runs and drove in 53.
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