MIAMI - The Miami Marlins' 60-player club pool for the 2020 season is mostly set.
In simplest terms: The roster looks similar to the one they fielded when they originally started spring training back in February before the coronavirus pandemic put baseball on hold for three months.
Seen another way: It shows the team's plan to continue developing its future in the midst of this shortened 2020 season.
In addition to the players already on the Marlins' 40-man roster and most of the veteran non-roster invitees who still remained in spring training when baseball was put on hold March 12, Miami included a slew of its top prospects on its 57-player training roster submitted to the league on Sunday.
In total, 19 of the Marlins' top-30 prospects according to MLB Pipeline were on the team's initial list of players reporting to camp.
Twelve were already part of the team's 40-man roster: Right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez (No. 1 in organization), shortstop Jazz Chisholm (No. 3), outfielder Jesus Sanchez (No. 4), right-handed pitcher Edward Cabrera (No. 5), first baseman Lewin Diaz (No. 7), outfielder Monte Harrison (No. 9), right-handed pitcher Nick Neidert (No. 10), right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman (No. 19), right-handed pitcher Jordan Holloway (No. 20), right-handed pitcher Humberto Mejia (No. 23), right-handed pitcher Sterling Sharp (No. 28) and right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger (No. 30).
The other seven to join that group: 2019 first-round pick outfielder JJ Bleday (No. 2), 2016 first-round pick left-handed pitcher Braxton Garrett (No. 6), 2017 first-round pick left-handed pitcher Trevor Rogers (No. 8), infielder Jose Devers (No. 11), rising outfielder prospect Jerar Encarnacion (No. 15), 2019 second-round pick catcher Will Banfield (No. 25) and top left-handed relief pitcher prospect Alex Vesia (No. 27).
Other players of note who aren't part of the Marlins' 40-man roster but are part of the club pool include utility infielder Eddy Alvarez; pitchers Brad Boxberger, Ryan Cook and Aaron Northcraft; and catcher Ryan Lavarnway.
Max Meyer, the Marlins' 2020 first-round draft pick, is expected to fill one of the three remaining spots once he signs his contract, which is expected to be done this week. As is utility infielder and Miami native Sean Rodriguez, who attended spring training on a minor-league deal, after a few procedural issues get handled. The final spot is still to be determined.
Notable names not on the initial list: Veteran outfielder Matt Kemp, who the Marlins signed to a minor-league deal in the offseason; switch pitcher Pat Venditte; and outfielder prospect Victor Victor Mesa.
WHAT IT MEANS
So are these 57 guaranteed to get playing time when the season begins next month? Not exactly.
In fact, not everyone is even going to Marlins Park for spring training. Seventeen of the 57 players will open the training session at the Malrins' alternate training site at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Complex in Jupiter, where the team normally holds spring training.
Four of the Marlins' top prospects - Chisholm, Harrison, Neidert and Vesia - are among the 40 who will start at Marlins Park.
The players named rather serve as the pool for the Marlins to pick from for their big-league roster, which on Opening Day will consist of 30 players and eventually be dwindled down to a maximum of 26 after the first month of the season.
Those who aren't on the active roster during the season will be assigned to either the team's alternate training site - in the Marlins' case, the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium Complex in Jupiter - or be part of a three-player taxi squad on road games when the season begins. Intrasquad games and practices are allowed at the alternate training site.
By adding prospects who are unlikely to play in the big leagues this year - Bleday, Meyer (eventually) and Banfield most notably - it allows the organization to continue giving those players needed reps under team supervision with the minor-league season all but officially canceled.
Below is the full list of 57 players the Marlins have initially named to their club player pool, sorted by position. Those not on the 40-man roster are indicated with an asterisk ((ASTERISK)) following their name. Players are listed by the position the Marlins labeled them as on their roster.
- Right-handed pitchers: Sandy Alcantara, Brad Boxberger ((ASTERISK)), Jeff Brigham, Edward Cabrera, Robert Dugger, Tommy Eveld ((ASTERISK)), Yimi Garcia, Jorge Guzman, Elieser Hernandez, Jordan Holloway, Brandon Kintzler, Pablo Lopez, Humberto Mejia, Nick Neidert, Aaron Northcraft ((ASTERISK)), Johan Quezada ((ASTERISK)), Sixto Sanchez, Sterling Sharp, Josh A. Smith, Ryne Stanek, Drew Steckenrider, Stephen Tarpley, Jose Urena, Jordan Yamamoto
- Left-handed pitchers: Daniel Castano ((ASTERISK)), Adam Conley, Braxton Garrett ((ASTERISK)), Trevor Rogers ((ASTERISK)), Caleb Smith, Alex Vesia ((ASTERISK))
- Catchers: Jorge Alfaro, Will Banfield ((ASTERISK)), Francisco Cervelli, Ryan Lavarnway ((ASTERISK)), Brian Navaretto ((ASTERISK)), Chad Wallach
- Infielders: Jesus Aguilar, Eddy Alvarez ((ASTERISK)), Brian Anderson, Jon Berti, Jazz Chisholm, Jose Devers ((ASTERISK)), Isan Diaz, Lewin Diaz, Miguel Rojas, Jonathan Villar.
- Outfielders: JJ Bleday ((ASTERISK)), Lewis Brinson, Garrett Cooper, Corey Dickerson, Jerar Encarnacion ((ASTERISK)), Monte Harrison, Matt Joyce, Harold Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Magneuris Sierra
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