Major League Baseball owners may have locked players out, triggering the league’s first work stoppage since 1994-95 and stopping the offseason, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting it derail our lives. typical offseason shots. This is because CBS Sports is in the process of highlighting the top three prospects for the 30 teams, as well as naming the top 50 prospects for minors, regardless of team affiliation.

This journey brings us today to focus on the farming system of the Miami Marlins.

Note that these rosters are formed after conversations with scouts, analysts, and player development managers from across the league. There are personal biases, as one would expect from subjective exercises, so some disagreement is to be expected.

Now on to the gasbaggery.

Watson, who slipped midway through the first round, could turn out to be one of the biggest steals in the draft. He has a nice left-handed swing that he delivers with an explosiveness that bodes well for his quality of contact. His boosters across the industry believe he will become a complete hitter as he gains experience against more advanced pitchers. Opinions are more divided on his long-term defensive house, with some evaluators imagining him ending up in the outfield, where his above-average speed and arm strength could make him a dynamic asset.

2. Eury Perez, RHP

Not to be confused with the former major league outfielder he shares a name with, this Perez is a lanky 6-foot-8 right-hander who posted a 1.96 ERA and strike-to-walk ratio of 4, 15 out of 20 departures in Low-A and High-A. Perez’s fastball sat in the mid-90s with heavy spin and boring action. His curve trumps his change as his best side offering, though that’s not surprising given he won’t be celebrating his 19th birthday until next April. Perez, whose frame looks like it needs to contain more muscle as he grows up, has above-average starting potential; the Marlins just need to be disciplined with how they approach his development.

3. Max Meyer, RHP

Meyer, the third pick in the 2020 Draft, split his pro debut between Double- and Triple-A, amassing a 2.27 ERA and a strike-to-walk ratio of 3.10 in 111 innings. He continues to have two more or better offers, in his fastpitch and his signature slider. Meyer still has to work on his change and his command. His progress in this arena will ultimately dictate whether he’s able to stay in the middle of a rotation, or whether he’s chosen as the end-of-inning reliever. Meyer is set to make his big league debut next season, so he may have to learn on the job.