Laurila: Q&A with new Marlins prospect Jake Marisnick

From SABR mebmer Davis Laurila at FanGraphs on November 14, 2012:

The Miami Marlins acquired a lot of young talent in last night’s reported multi-player trade with Toronto. The most intriguing prospect heading south is 21-year-old centerfielder Jake Marisnick. Three years into his professional career, he has been more projection than production. The third-round draft pick logged a .719 OPS this season between high-A Dunedin and Double-A New Hampshire. Baseball America and Jonathan Mayo of rated him the second-best prospect in the Blue Jays system. Marc Hulett is less bullish, slotting him at number six.

Marisnick talked about his strengths and weaknesses late in the New Hampshire Fisher Cats‘ season.


David Laurila: How would you describe your game?

Jake Marisnick: I’m a guy who can impact the game in a lot of different ways. I can steal a base to get into scoring position, drive in runs, and make plays in the outfield, maybe by throwing a guy out. I like to look at myself as being a well-rounded player.

 DL: What do you most need to work on?

JM: Patience at the plate is the biggest thing. Being relaxed and getting a good pitch to hit is something I need to focus on, but that should come with more at bats. It’s kind of a rep thing, just getting more at bats at this level, as well as at higher levels. I have to see more pitches.

For me, [pitch recognition] comes down to relaxing, being calm, and waiting for a good pitch — not being jumpy and lunging at the ball. I need to stay relaxed and keep everything simple.

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Originally published: November 14, 2012. Last Updated: November 14, 2012.