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Instructional league opens for Miami prospects

Scott, Guzman, Devers among young talent participating
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NEW YORK -- The closing of the Minor League season didn't mark the end of the developmental process for many of the Marlins' top-ranked prospects.

On Wednesday, the organization opened its instructional league at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., with lower-level Minor League players getting additional work for the next three weeks.

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NEW YORK -- The closing of the Minor League season didn't mark the end of the developmental process for many of the Marlins' top-ranked prospects.

On Wednesday, the organization opened its instructional league at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., with lower-level Minor League players getting additional work for the next three weeks.

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"These are all young players that we're trying to continue their growth and development," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "Instructional league is a great opportunity to continue to give them their reps to accomplish those goals."

Miami's top four picks in the 2018 Draft -- outfielder Connor Scott, shortstop Osiris Johnson, catcher Will Banfield and outfielder Tristan Pompey -- are participating in workouts and games. Right-hander Jorge Guzman and shortstop Jose Devers, who both played at Class A Advanced Jupiter this season, will also take part.

Video: Top Prospects: Connor Scott, SS/2B, Marlins

Instructional league will also feature three pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery -- left-hander Braxton Garrett and right-handers Jordan Holloway and Tyler Kolek.

Garrett, ranked by MLB Pipeline as Miami's No. 9 prospect, was the seventh overall pick in the 2016 Draft. Holloway and Kolek saw some Minor League game action late in the season at Class A Short-Season Batavia.

Holloway, a right-hander, is an interesting prospect with an upper-90s fastball. In 7 2/3 innings combined in the Gulf Coast League and with Batavia, he struck out nine with no walks.

Video: Draft 2018: Marlins draft SS Osiris Johnson No. 53

"Holloway is 6-4, long, lean and explosive," Hill said. "He has a fastball, slider mix. He profiles as a front-of-the-rotation talent. We're excited to have him healthy and back on the mound. We're looking forward to seeing what he can do."

Garrett missed the entire season due to his surgery. In 2017, the left-hander had a 2.93 ERA in 15 1/3 innings.

"We weren't able to get him into a game there," Hill said of Garrett. "We're continuing with his mound progression. We look forward to continuing that through instructional league, and have him full-go and ready to compete in Spring Training."

Devers and Guzman were acquired from the Yankees as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade. Guzman is ranked as Miami's No. 5 prospect, and Devers is No. 12. Devers, 18, was shut down the final few weeks at Jupiter due to a tired right shoulder.

Video: WLD@USA: Guzman K's Knizner swinging in the 7th

Banfield, the No. 7 prospect, ended his season on the Minor League disabled list with a bruised toe.

Banfield and Devers are at the instructional league, but they are being moved along more slowly.

"We're excited to continue the development of our young players," Hill said. "Our top prospects, our top guys in the Draft will all be there. Just giving them additional opportunity, both on and off the field to improve their situations."

Video: Top Prospects: Will Banfield, C, Marlins

This is the first year the Marlins are having two instructional leagues. In October, they will have another three-week session at their complex in the Dominican Republic.

Worth noting

• A few Minor League managers and coaches will not be returning for the 2019 season. Triple-A New Orleans manager Arnie Beyeler and hitting coach Tommy Gregg will not be back, nor will Double-A Jacksonville manager Randy Ready. There will also be managerial changes in the Gulf Coast League and the Dominican Summer League, as John Pachot and Ray Nunez are not returning.

• Miami's agreement with Class A Greensboro has expired, and the organization is seeking another South Atlantic League location.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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