er of the Year) are among the 11 honorees in the Marlins farm system."This season’s Marlins Minor League award winners Ryan Rua Jersey , led by Player of the Year AustinDean and Pitcher of the Year NickNeidert, include 11 individuals who thrived within the organization, both on and off the field. The team announced the full class on Wednesday and will hold a presentation for them at Marlins Park prior to Friday’s game against the Reds.Entering 2018, Dean’s career had been stagnant due to injuries and unspectacular production. However, everything clicked for him at the plate when opening the season at Double-A Jacksonville. The former fourth-round draft pick earned Southern League Player of the Month honors in April. He forced a promotion all the way to The Show as minor leaguers were simply unable to cool him off (.345/.410/.511, 12 HR in 109 G at AA/AAA).Likewise, you could see Neidert coming as an eventual award winner from miles away.The 21-year-old right-hander started more games on the mound than any other Marlins prospect. According to Baseball-Reference, 97.2 percent of batters that Neidert faced were older than him, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the stellar results (152.2 IP, 3.24 ERA, 154 K in 26 GS at AA). Health permitting, he’s very likely to break through to the big leagues during the first half of the 2019 season.New ownership put its fingerprints all over this announcement by recognizing a Student of the Year: Dominican infielder WalnerEspinal. “He logged the most hours of any player in his Burlington English software in the computer lab, helping him advance and achieve success with his teachers, coaches, and teammates,” the press release reads.The Marlins have preached how a professional baseball career is the culmination of work at the ballpark and in the classroom. The decision to include Espinal among these award winners—he wasn’t a slouch in the Gulf Coast League Drew Robinson Jersey , either (.252/.308/.377, 3 HR in 45 G)—further incentivizes farmhands to hone their communication and leadership skills.Pitching coach Bruce Walton gets Staff Member of the Year for his contributions to the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads. They were the only Marlins full-season affiliate to post a winning record in 2018. The press release notes that this was Walton’s first year in that role.In addition to these organizational honorees, each affiliate selected a Most Valuable Player: Triple-A New Orleans MVP—RHP Jeff Brigham (95.1 IP, 2.36 ERA, 94 K in 17 GS at Rk/AA/AAA)Double-A Jacksonville MVP—IF IsanDiaz (.232/.340/.399, 13 HR in 119 G at AA/AAA)High-A Jupiter MVP: RHP ParkerBugg (67.1 IP, 3.07 IP, 81 K in 37 G/1 GS at A+)Low-A Greensboro MVP—IF JoseDevers (.272/.313/.330, 13 SB in 87 G at A/A+)Short Season A Batavia MVP—LHP Manuel Rodriguez (76.0 IP, 2.13 ERA, 65 K in 30 G/4 GS at A-/A)Gulf Coast League Marlins MVP—OF DavisBradshaw (.345/.418/.427, 20 SB in 46 G at Rk/A-)Dominican Summer League Marlins MVP—LHP Luis Palacios (63.2 IP, 0.85 ERA, 62 K in 15 G/4 GS at FRk) Jasseel De La Cruz struggled through an injury plagued 2018. The Atlanta Braves right-handed prospect put that behind him Tuesday night in Rome."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Talking Chop User’s GuideTalking Chop PodcastAround the NL EastBaseball Analysis PrimerThoughts on Braves RHP prospect Jasseel De La CruzNew,3commentsJasseel De La Cruz struggled through an injury plagued 2018. The Atlanta Braves right-handed prospect put that behind him Tuesday night in Rome.EDTShareTweetShareShareThoughts on Braves RHP prospect Jasseel De La CruzWayne Cavadi | Talking ChopROME, GA — Jasseel De La Cruz took the bump in the Rome Braves home opener Thursday night from State Mutual Stadium. To say he delivered would be an understatement. De La Cruz went 4 1/3strong innings leaving the R-Braves in a position for a much-needed win. Let’s take a look at what we can take away from the 21-year-old righty’s start.De La Cruz was signed by the Braves as an 18-year-old out of the Dominican Republic back in 2015. A lanky raw prospect then http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , he spent his first three seasons in Rookie ball learning how to hold his command and velocity through a lineup before making his Rome full-season debut last season at the age of 20.He was still lanky then, listed at 6’1” and 175 pounds. He came out of the gates red hot, allowing one unearned run in his first two starts, striking out 14 and walking three in his first 10 innings. But then, in late April, injury struck, and then in June again, and then in August again. Simply put, De La Cruz wasn’t the same pitcher the remainder of the season.De La Cruz works from the first base side of the mound, nearly off the rubber as he begins his wind up. Last year he seemed a little herky-jerky in his delivery, but this year he looks much more comfortable, and in turn, confident. He had good, full extension and a leg kick that works in a pump-style fashion.He certainly bulked up this season, which could help both his durability and power. In a report from that second April start in 2018, De La Cruz was listed at 175. Exactly one year later he’s listed at 215. It didn’t seem like he had gained 40 pounds http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , but there was extra weight for sure, more likely in the 20 pound range. In his second start of the 2018 season, De La Cruz was sitting 92-93 comfortably with his fastball. He was up in his second start of the 2019 season, sitting 95 well into the fourth. He touched a little higher on the gun, but the command wavered a bit when he did. His slider was sharp last season, but had even more bite to it this year, getting people to chase. That pitch roughly stayed the same velocity-wise as 2018 (mid to high-80s) with a little more shape. The change picked up a tick or two from last season (high of 89 but sat 86-87 in 2018) and froze people a couple of times, deceptively looking like his fastball delivery at times. His Thursday start was reminiscent of the De La Cruz that enticed Braves fans at the beginning of 2018. Never mind the velocity spike, he was fearless in attacking the strike zone. In the first inning, he pounded the zone landing eight of his ten pitches for strikes (primarily fastballs). He struck out his first batter on three-straight pitches, catching him looking for the backwards K. The second inning was more of the same. Twelve pitches, nine strikes, two more strikeouts. He was getting people to chase the slider, badly at times. He labored in the third and even more so in the fourth, and started to fall behind a little bit in the counts, but was able to get out of it with big strikeout after big strikeout.“He was nasty Curtis Granderson Jersey ,” Rome skipper Matt Tuiasosopo said. “His stuff was electric. He throws so hard, and his off speed stuff is just unhittable. He’s a tough guy to face. He threw the ball well last start, but he threw better this time out. He felt good being able to pitch the home opener.”De La Cruz final line was impressive. He went 4.1 innings, allowing seven hits and no runs or walks while striking out nine. Of his seven hits, none were hit very hard, in large part because hitters simply couldn’t square up and get a good barrel on it. He landed 49 of his 71 pitches for strikes, but the balls were inflated in the fourth and fifth. He was lights out through two, and still relatively sharp in the third. The strength of his first three innings and fall off thereafter still may project De La Cruz to be a reliever when it’s all said and done. However, he hasn’t given the Braves a reason to give up on him as a starter. De La Cruz had to show he was healthy, and he did that Thursday. Another strong day in Rome, and he should start his climb up the ladder.