The Direction of The Miami Marlins

August 8, 2012

The Miami Marlins have had a disappointing season, and they’ll be the first to admit it.  They made some splashes this off-season by signing Jose Reyes, Heath Bell, and Mark Buehrle and trading for Carlos Zambrano.  The Marlins did it wrong, sure you can sign a few superstars and have a really good season like the Yankees in 2009, but the problem is the pieces have to gel together as a whole and the Marlins didn’t have that.  Hanley Ramirez stopped hitting and though I think he will again with the Dodgers that might have not happened if he stayed in Miami, reason being he needed a new start under new coaches and management somewhere else to motivate him like he was in 2006-10.  The Marlins also gave up pieces that were doing good in Anibal Sanchez, Randy Choate, and Omar Infante but they got some good prospects and young players who fit the team very well, so all in all that was worth it.  They traded Edward Mujica, a good reliever for Zach Cox, who was once a highly regarded prospect and still is very good, and they needed a future third baseman before the trade, they have one now and he’s good only for the cost of a bullpen arm that can be replaced.  Gaby Sanchez was a fan favorite and had some good seasons, but he wasn’t hitting and he’s not a for sure candidate to turn it around, although he can.  The Marlins got Gorkys Hernandez, a speedy, exciting and all-around good outfielder who can help the Marlins out right now.  The Marlins probably won’t have a winning record this year, but I think given the fact they’re building a team that should be good they could have success as early as 2013, but I think 2014 is the most realistic time for contention.  They have a core of Buehrle, Johnson, Stanton, Morrison, Reyes, and Cishek moving forward and put together with some of the prospects in the trades and a few signings or trade of veteran players that fill holes or make the team better can lead the Marlins to another playoff berth and possibly beyond.  Another note is I have seen Donovan Solano a bit now and I think he can stick around in the MLB and help the Marlins, adding another piece.  The Marlins have even found a good back-up outfielder in Justin Ruggiano who can help now and in the future.
Projected 2015 Line-Up

  1. SS Jose Reyes
  2. 2B Emilio Bonifacio
  3. CF Christian Yelich
  4. RF Giancarlo Stanton
  5. 1B Logan Morrison
  6. 3B Zack Cox
  7. LF Gorkys Hernandez
  8. C Rob Brantly

Bench
C JT Realmuto
OF Marcell Ozuna
IF Donovan Solano
OF Justin Ruggiano
OF Jesus Solarzano

Starters

  1. SP Josh Johnson
  2. SP Mark Buehrle
  3. SP Jose Fernandez
  4. SP Jacob Turner
  5. SP Nate Eovaldi

Bullpen is pretty unpredictable but the Marlins ahve lots of good arms and could make some nice signings and trades


Giancarlo Stanton: MVP?

May 28, 2012

You readers may think it’s a bit early for MVP talk, but we’re close to being a third of the way through the season and that’s when MVP talk heats up as far as who’s going to be in the race, and I say why not Giancarlo Stanton?  Many young players have won the award lately, guys like Ryan Howard, Joe Mauer, and Ryan Braun.  Stanton had a bad April but since May he’s carried the Marlins offense for the most part, and he’s an iting player to watch, especially his homers.  He will be great all year and he will be very valuable and his defense won’t hurt them either.  Stanton is going to be a Hall of Fame caliber player one day, as long as nothing happens to him, and he will win MVPs and it will start right now.  He should have huge months like this one a few times this year and he should continue to be a front runner for this award all year and he will improve a ton on his numbers last year and his average and on base will rise a bit too and he could reach the range of a .300 average. Stanton is just so good, he is one if the best players in the NL right now and the main reason the Marlins are winning aside form their good pitching.


Marlins Question #4: Will The Young Guys Develop?

March 25, 2012

The Marlins are loaded with young talent, some guys like Bonifacio and Sanchez broke out last year.  This year for me, it’s three specific players that need to develop to help the Marlins chances at the playoffs get better and those three guys are Logan Morrison, Gaby Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton.  I will look at each guy separately.

Giancarlo Stanton: You may be thinking, what more does this guy have to do?  Well, 34 homers was certainly good and if he repeats his 2011 he will be in good shape but he is better than that.  He could easily hit 40 or more home runs and have his average go up 15 points.  Stanton is a smart hitter and will start to solve pitchers and an increase is imminent, but his average will be the toughest.  His power will continue to develop and 40-41 HR is good enough for 2012 and around what he’s capable and should do.  His average may take some time, he will likely never be a .300 guy constantly but .280 is a good number and that may be out of reach for him in 2012.  His talent is enormous and he should shoot up in growth and be more than what the Marlins need in 2012.

Gaby Sanchez: You may be saying, he’s a good player as is for Sanchez too, and you would be right.  Sanchez showed he could be an all-star in 2011 but in the second half he fizzled off and the key to winning for the Marlins are the guys behind Stanton and Sanchez is one of them.  He needs to not slip up in the second half this year and if he doesn’t, he could be a tough hitter who hits 25 big flies.  He’s been constantly bad after the break and that isn’t good but the is younger and can change that, only time will tell but he has to do damage and he will and be one of the Marlins better first half hitters for sure and most likely good enough.

Logan Morrison: He’s got power but all the way up from the minors he hit for average too.  LoMo is going to develop more and my gut and his talent say he will be the biggest breakout in the MLB in 2012, yes I said it.  His power will only get better and last year was weird for him being demoted and he had some struggles but fought through them and he’s better than the stats suggest and with the talent he has, Logan and Giancarlo could be one of the best 4-5 combos in the NL and MLB in 2012 and in the many years after.  He should do good enough.

 

The young guys should all improve and as I answer these important questions, it keeps looking better and better for the Miami Marlins in 2012, but also in the years that follow.


Top 10 Miami Marlins Right Now

March 11, 2012

In the spirit of MLB Network’s Top 10 Right Now TV show, I thought it would be cool to make a list of the Top Marlins heading into 2012, looking at their ability, past stats, and future I made this list.  Feel free to post your Top 10 right below in the comments…

10 2B Omar Infante

9 1B Gaby Sanchez

8 OF Logan Morrison

7 SP Anibal Sanchez

6 RP Heath Bell

5 SP Mark Buehrle

4 SP Josh Johnson

3 SS Jose Reyes

2 RF Giancarlo Stanton

1 3B Hanley Ramirez

HM: Nolasco, Bonifacio, Buck, Coghlan, Zambrano

Some explanation too.  Hanley had a down year but is the best still and Stanton could overtake him with his bright future.  Reyes slots in a t number three, which goes to show you how deep the Marlins infield is and how fast it could be.  Josh Johnson is the Marlins best pitcher and could be even better, if he can stay healthy and Buehrle will do what he’s always done and is still in his prime.  Bell is still a great closer and near the top of guys I’d want to close out a game.  Sanchez is a good pitcher who gets strikeout and is great in the number three slot.  Morrison is an all-around threat besides on the base paths and could climb with his development in 2012.  Sanchez is a good first baseman who can hit and field and was the Marlins all-star in 2012.  Infante is underrated and does the small stuff.  Look for Nolasco and Boni to make the list with good years and Morrison to jump most from 2012’s list to next year’s, along with his ability this season.


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