The Miami Marlins have had a chance to see their future this Spring Training and on Friday, made moves to help prospects continue their run through their minor league system.
Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Yefri Perez and J.T. Riddle were optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while Dillon Peters and Austin Nola were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein was reassigned to Minor League camp.
After the Marlins tied the Nationals, 5-5, on Friday, three additional moves were made. Right-handers Drew Steckenrider and Tayron Guerrero and lefty Jarlin Garcia were optioned to New Orleans. Miami now has 47 in camp.
The team will get down to 25 players for opening day, with rumors swirling 13 pitchers will make the final roster.
"We got a real good look at these guys," manager Don Mattingly said. "J.T. we knew from last year. Austin we knew from last year. Dillon was the first time, really, to get our eyes on him. I thought all of these guys were really good in camp.
"It just gets to the point where you want them to get ready for their season. Get them off on a good foot. You don't want to keep them here, not playing on a regular basis."
For Garcia, this spring offered a chance to show the pitching that made him the team’s No. 4 prospect. He spent last season at Double-A Jacksonville, but was plagued by injuries.
Perez is a player the team has seen firsthand as he was in south Florida for 12 games last year and figures to see time once again on the major league level in 2017.
Riddle is a player to keep an eye on as he can play multiple infield roles.
"Yefri is another guy that, you like what he's doing," Mattingly said. "Definitely, he's a guy who is continuing to develop. He's learning short, learning second. We want to get him ready for the season, get him regular at-bats and get him into a routine for the season."
Riddle, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Miami's No. 13 prospect, is a left-handed hitter who projects to play shortstop with Steckenrider No. 9 and Guerrero No. 20.
Peters, a left-hander, is the Marlins' No. 5 prospect, and he made a strong showing in Spring Training. The 24-year-old posted a 2.00 ERA in nine innings, striking out four, and he ran his fastball between 91 and 94 mph.