Keith Law: Miami Marlins

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With the help of Christopher Crawford of MLB Draft Insider, we have compiled the minor league assignments for all prospects in Keith Law's organizational top 10 rankings.

Due to injuries and late assignments, some minor league rosters are not yet official. In those instances, we took our best guess as to where those prospects will be assigned to begin the year.

Note: Players with an asterisk have been traded since the top-10 lists came out, and they are listed with their assignment for their new club.


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Yu DarvishAP Photo/Darron CummingsThe AL leader in strikeout rate last year, Yu Darvish is an AL Cy Young frontrunner.
Keith Law offers up his win-loss predictions for all 30 teams and winners for the six major postseason awards. Furthermore, explanations for each team are included, along with notes on key players or possible impact call-ups. Award predictions follow the division picks.

AL East

It's hard to pick against a Boston Red Sox team that returns so many of the players who helped them win the World Series last year, losing Stephen Drew but replacing him with one of the majors' best rookies in Xander Bogaerts.

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Now that the 2014 preseason top prospect package is complete, here are links to all of the rankings, videos, podcasts and chat wraps.

Top 100 prospects Insider
Index | Prospects No. 1-50 | Prospects 51-00
10 who just missed
Top 20 impact prospects for 2014

Top 10 prospects by team Insider
AL East | AL Central | AL West
NL East | NL Central | NL West
Astros No. 1 in farm system rankings

Videos Video
Why Buxton is the No. 1 prospect
AL breakout prospects | NL breakout prospects
Twins, Pirates just behind Astros in farm rankings

Podcast Listen
Discussing the top 100 rankings
Xander Bogaerts and Mets GM Sandy Alderson

Chat wraps
Keith Law
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow
Byron Buxton
Addison Russell

Top 20 impact prospects for 2014 

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Nick CastellanosBrian D. Kersey/Getty ImagesThe path is clear for Nick Castellanos to get at-bats and improve Detroit's defense.
My top 100 prospects ranking from late January focused on long-term career value, which meant the list included many teenaged prospects who easily could be five years from producing any positive value for a major league team. If we're looking just at this upcoming season, however, the rankings are very different, and I've produced my ranking of the top 20 impact prospects for 2014.

After those 20, I've listed a number of other players who could come up this season and be above replacement-level if they get the chance.

I do not rank players with experience in a foreign major league as prospects, though those players are still officially considered rookies in MLB when they debut here.

If I included them on my rankings, Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu would be 1-2 on this list;

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My National League ROY ballot 

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Jose Fernandez and Yasiel PuigGetty ImagesVoters had a tough choice between Fernandez and Puig for National League ROY.
The National League rookie class was stacked this year, and it would have been easy to find enough names to put on a ballot with 10 slots -- although ranking the players after the first three would have been difficult. The actual NL Rookie of the Year ballot includes only those three slots, however, so it was more painful to omit rookies who had great seasons such as Shelby Miller or Gerrit Cole than it was to decide how to rank the players who did make the cut.

As I did last year, I filled out my NL Rookie of the Year ballot by first considering each player's performance during this season, and then giving secondary consideration to factors such as the player's age and future projection. I wouldn't consider any of these variables when voting on the MVP or Cy Young Awards, where the purpose of each award is very clear. I believe the Rookie of the Year award intends to highlight an emerging star, not merely the rookie with the best stats, and I vote in that vein.

I think most fans and voters agree that this race came down to two players, Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, both of whom were born in Cuba and both of whom played like superstars at different points during the 2013 season.

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By acquiring Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins for minor league pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez, the Dodgers got the starter they desperately needed, while the Marlins got to remind local taxpayers that it was a very bad idea to trust Jeff Loria.

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Picking the 'real' All-Star teams 

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If we are supposed to believe that the All-Star Game counts for something other than TV ratings and MLB revenues, why don't we see rosters built to win the game? It's part popularity contest, part reward for having a good two months to start the season, but very little about how the rosters are selected makes it look as though the teams are there to win.

Lineups built to win the game would look like All-Star lineups but would move some players around to different positions to try to build the strongest team possible, while also avoiding those hot-start players who aren't the best choices at their respective positions.

Here are the lineups, including one starter and one reliever per team, that I'd set up to give each league the best chance to win one game.

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