Earlier this week I spoke with Jake Marisnick, the Miami Marlins‘ No. 3 prospect entering the 2013 season. Marisnick was one of the key young prospects that was shipped by Toronto to Miami in the Jose Reyes/Josh Johnson/Mark Buehrle blockbuster this offseason, so while the Marlins are in another round of fire-sale rebuilding, fans will hang some hope on guys like Marisnick for the future.
Marisnick is 21 and told me he’s living his childhood dream of playing baseball. I guess most all professional baseball players have that dream, but he spoke about it in a way that really made me believe he’s a little kid running out to center field with his glove and butterflies in his stomach — he genuinely is excited about where he’s at right now (the path to the Majors is a little less blocked for him in Miami as compared to Toronto, although he wouldn’t admit it) and, from what I can tell, he’ll get a chance at making his debut in the next summer or two.
MiLB.com: Baseball America ranked you as being the best athlete and best defensive outfielder in the Marlins system. Does that sound about right?
Jake Marisnick: There’s definitely a lot of good outfielders out here. I have no place to say that I’m the best out there, but it definitely something I’ve always worked on. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved running around out there. It’s a natural place for me.
MiLB.com: You said recently you wanted to golf with Christian Yelich this winter, but he turned you down. What’s up with that?
Marisnick: [Laughs] I guess he doesn’t golf much, but I definitely tried to get him out there a few times.
MiLB.com: Was that pretty much your offseason: working out and playing golf?
Marisnick: Working out, golfing, I went to the beach a few times and just hung out — nothing too crazy. Just relaxed.
MiLB.com: You and Yelich should form a pretty solid duo in Double-A Jacksonville to start the year. What’s your relationship like with him since the trade?
Marisnick: It’s been awesome. He’s kind of showed me the ropes since I came over here. I didn’t know any people, and my locker is next to his. It’s been a good relationship in terms of working out and pushing each other and just keeping a friendly competition going.
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