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July, 24, 2013

Things haven't been going so well for the Miami Marlins lately, a fact underscored by the team literally not scoring a run in Milwaukee this past weekend, but perhaps all it takes is a few top prospects to change fortunes. On Tuesday, the Marlins not only scored, but won their second consecutive game at Coors Field, and did so after promoting outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville.

Yelich, the sweet-swinging lefty who was on display at the Futures Game at Citi Field recently, had three singles and a pair of RBIs out of the No. 2 lineup slot. Marisnick, a right-handed hitting center fielder secured in the seemingly lopsided offseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, went hitless in four at-bats from the No. 6 spot. The third starting outfielder, by the way, is someone you've probably never heard of. Get used to Giancarlo Stanton hitting plenty more home runs the rest of 2013 and in future years. It really is an impressive outfield, and we can finally say goodbye to the likes of Juan Pierre and Justin Ruggiano having value, though it'd be nice if they were on other teams supplying some.

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Christian Yelich
AP Photo/Jeff RobersonChristian Yelich was the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft.

As noted in this Tuesday video, Yelich is the better prospect, but he has had a challenging season dealing with injuries, and Marisnick might offer more initial fantasy value because he has run more. I can't make a great case for either in 10- or 12-team formats this season, but if you're in a dynasty league, act now.

Of course, that's not why the Marlins won Tuesday: They did so because right-hander Jose Fernandez is really special. He might not have quite the numbers of young New York Mets ace Matt Harvey, but the Cuban import seems to be flying way under the radar in terms of value for 2013 and the future. With his seven innings of two-run ball at Coors Field Tuesday, Fernandez boasts a 2.74 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and a strikeout per inning. He's got only two fewer wins than Harvey in one fewer outing and it's worth reminding that both pitchers are likely to be shut down before the second half of September. Why not enjoy their numbers the next six or seven weeks?