JJ Bleday Miami Marlins

Age: 24 (November 10, 1997) | 6' 3" | 205lbs. | Bats: Left Minors: of-89 lf-28 cf-23 rf-38 dh-21
MIA AA 2021 110 397 52 84 64 101 22 3 12 54 5 3 .212 .323 .373 14 22 .250 n/a
MIA NL 2022 19 66 7 15 7 21 4 1 2 3 2 0 .227 .301 .409 10 29 .302 33/29/38 2 2
Career 1yr 19 66 7 15 7 21 4 1 2 3 2 0 .227 .301 .409 10 29 .302 n/a
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From BA...

Miami Marlins

—Marlins’ No. 2 prospect JJ Bleday Friday hit a long home run to right field off lefthander Daniel Castano during the team’s intrasquad game. Bleday, an outfielder, hit .257/.311/.379 with three home runs in 140 at-bats at high Class A in his professional debut after getting drafted No. 4 overall in 2019.

<video of HR. Bleday picks up his bat when he reaches home. Seems clubs aren't paying for batboys -- health conscious? or cheap?>

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 20 '20

And more from Gammons today at The Athletic (thanks Peter!)...

One can argue that the Marlins are the example in the National League. For all the criticism they took shifting and, presumably, eventually re-allocating, a payroll that never would have allowed them to win, they are loaded with high-ceiling young players. Sixto Sanchez has thrown 103 innings as high as Triple A. Edward Cabrera has less than 40 as high as Double A. Trevor Rogers has 26 above Single A. Braxton Garrett has 128 above Double A. Pablo López has 111 1/3 big-league innings. They have the makings of a big-time, contending rotation, but every year — especially in the case of López — counts when the service time clock begins ticking.

Brian Anderson looks like a very good major-league player, but he’ll be 27 in May and needs to play every day. Ditto Jorge Alfaro, 27 in June. Isan Díaz, Monte Harrison, Jazz Chisholm, Lewis Brinson and Lewin Diaz are guys they can dream on, but have to translate athletic tools into hand-eye performance.

Everyone believes the Marlins had a great draft last June with Bleday, the power-hitting Kameron Misner, outfielder Peyton Burdick and multi-dimensional shortstop Nasim Nunez, but they need their first full professional season.

Ownership is working hard to develop the trust the previous ownership lost. But if in 2021 and 2022 they are losing 90 games in the summer South Florida heat, what will their fans think they are come 2023? If they go into that year having finished below .500 for 12 consecutive seasons, this isn’t Springsteen’s Promised Land.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 18 '20