Its the most highly anticipated season of prospect development in the Marlins organization in a handful of years , and Fish Stripes has you covered."The first off day of 2019 for the Miami Marlins is the first on day for their full-season minor league affiliates. The New Orleans Baby Cakes (Triple-A), Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A), Jupiter Hammerheads (High-A) and Clinton LumberKings (Low-A) each play games on Thursday.Courtesy of, here are some of 2018s most electric highlights from Marlins prospects:With the signings of the Mesa brothers, the nice talent haul received in the J.T. Realmuto trade and several bonafide starting pitchers returning from Tommy John surgery, the quality of the Marlins farm system now ranks 13th in Major League Baseball, according to Baseball America. What a pleasant change of pace from the previous several years when the system lacked both depth and high upside.Fish Stripes will be chronicling every step of the 2019 MiLB campaign with traditional articles, social media posts and podcasts. The latter was introduced officially on Wednesday with the launch of Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas.Opening Day rosters have been announced with in-depth analysis provided for you on ETS Episode 1, plus even more thoughts and predictions from Daniel Martinez here.Marlins CommunicationsThe latest Top 30 lists from Baseball America and MLB Pipeline are loaded with players who have been acquired since the late 2017 Marlins ownership change. Those names are shown in blue. (Sandy Alcantara graduated from prospect eligibility last weekend.)The greatest strength of the organization right now is pitching depth. Probable starters for each affiliate through the end of the week are listed below:ThursdayTriple-A New Orleans: RHP ZacGallen Double-A Jacksonville: RHP RobertDugger High-A Jupiter: LHP TrevorRogers Low-A Clinton: RHP ChrisVallimontFridayNew Orleans: RHP HectorNoesiJacksonville: RHP JorgeGuzmanJupiter: RHP EdwardCabreraClinton: RHP JoshRobersonSaturdayNew Orleans: RHP NickNeidertJacksonville: RHP DustinBeggsJupiter: LHP WillStewartClinton: RHP HumbertoMejiaSundayNew Orleans: RHP JoeGunkelJacksonville: RHP JordanYamamotoJupiter: RHP JordanHollowayClinton: RHP PeytonCulbertsonMost Marlins minor league gamesparticularly at the Double-A and Triple-A levelsare available to watch on MiLB.TV. A season-long subscription costs $49.99.You can also monitor the box scores and play-by-play details for free on the MiLB First Pitch app or this scoreboard on the Minor League Baseball website.Finally, make sure to follow @fishstripes on Twitter; there will be updates and observations that dont necessarily make it on the main website. TOKYO (AP) Talk about a serious home-field advantage.Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro Ichiromania in other words as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLBs opening game of the season.About 45,000 voices in a sellout crowd on Wednesday at the Tokyo Dome chanted his name as he took his place in right field. The scene is likely to be repeated on Thursday when the teams finish their Tokyo series. That game may also mark and end for the 45-year-old Ichiro Maury Wills Jersey , though no one is saying.I thought it was amazing to see the crowd come out here for him, Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon said after a 9-7 win. This whole situation is pretty much for him and he deserves it.Ichiro provided his usual flair early, catching a ball behind his back during batting practice.Cameras flashed and chants echoed all around the park when Ichiro came to bat in the third inning. But with fans eager to see him deliver, he popped up with a runner on second base.He worked a walk in his second at-bat in the fourth and, after taking his place in the outfield for the bottom half, was pulled from the game. He trotted off to another huge ovation and was hugged by Seattle players in the infield.The fans in Japan probably arent used to the reception I got from my teammates, but its not that unusual in the majors, Ichiro said.Mariners manager Scott Servais said Ichiro will play Thursday, but didnt say whether hell start.We certainly want to give him an opportunity to go out and play, but we also want to get some other guys in the game, Servais said. I understand everybody wants to see him go all nine innings. Were trying to do the best thing for the team and Ichiro understands.Hundreds wore Ichiro jerseys of different eras and colors emblazoned with No. 51 Fernando Valenzuela Jersey , and a military band played a Sousa march in the pregame ceremonies.A half-dozen fans lined up just behind the third-base dugout and held up cards spelling out his name in Japanese. Another wore a shirt that read: Ichiro I believe 3,090.As manager Bob Melvin knows Ichiro from their days with the Mariners.Every time he comes to the plate, every time the ball is hit to him, theres going to be a lot of moments. A lot is going on that circulates around him.Ichiro went into the game hitting ninth not exactly a vote of confidence despite having 3,089 hits since joining Seattle in 2001.Another fan was keeping count with his sign: Ichi-Meter, 3,089.And one sign had the clearest messageof all: We Love You Ichiro.Japanese fans are hoping its not the end, but they know its likely. They also thought that when Ichiro played here in 2012 with the Mariners also against the Athletics and had four hits in one game.Hes had only 2 hits in 31 at-bats in spring training, including two exhibition games in Japan perhaps the worst hitter anywhere this spring.Seven years ago it appeared he had played for the last time in Japan, Fumihiro Fujisawa, head of the Japanese Association of Baseball Research , told The Associated Press. I dont think anybody believed he would be active now.It may not last long. Neither the Mariners nor Ichiro are saying that happens next. But it seems likely he will not be on the Mariners 25-man roster when the regular season resumes with a four-game series in Seattle against the Boston Red Sox.He could be around, however, for two games against the San Diego Padres to end spring training in Seattle.Japanese pitcher Yusei Kikuchi will make his major league debut on Thursday for the Mariners. Its his beginning and it could be Ichiros end.Japanese fans secretly think that first game for Kikuchi might be the last one for Ichiro, Fujisawa said. We are afraid of that.Both managers said they are just fans on nights like this.There will be certain periods in the game here when you sit back and reflect and little bit, and certainly just watch, Melvin said.Added Servais: Its exciting, its fun for our team, its fun for myself. What Ichiro has done is unbelievable. Hes goes down in history as one of the all-time great players.