(last year: 40)
An international signee, Jose Ceballos is considered to be a pretty big sleeper in the Marlins organization. For the second season in a row, he spent most of his time in the Gulf Coast League and extended spring training. His offensive numbers still have yet to impress but at just 18 years old, the front office still raves about this kid. Physically, he compares to a thicker version of Jorge Posada. He has shown to be a great defensive catcher and blocks balls in the dirt better than anyone in the system. He has just an average arm but with improved footwork and release, his ability to nab would-be baserunners has been improving. When rehabbing pitchers would make a stop in Jupiter, Ceballos was usually the man to do their catching.
Offensively, he needs alot of work but that is to be expected of such a young player. Contact is an issue for him right now, but he shows some real good raw power. Management loves his makeup as he is always asking questions and trying to improve. He was given a bunch of English DVDs from catching guru Tim Cossins, in hopes that he would be able to improve his ability to communicate, although those skills were already decent. Being so young, his body is obviously going to change so you don’t know if he will be a catcher long term. He’ll start the season as a 19 year old and should finally begin at a level higher than the GCL. Depending on where Kyle Skipworth is, it could be Jamestown or even Greensboro.