We reach #19 in our Pre Spring Training MLB Power Ranking countdown with the Miami Marlins.
Projected Record: 83-79 3rd in the NL East
Potential Lineup: 2B Gordon #9, LF Yelich #21, RF Stanton #27, 1B Bour #48, CF Ozuna #13, 3B Prado #14, C Realmuto #20, SS Hechavarria #3,Pitcher
Potential Rotation: 1.Fernandez #16, 2.Chen #54, 3.Cosart #24, 4.Koehler #34, 5.Jackson #TBD
Potential Bullpen: CL Ramos #44 , 8th Capps #22, 7th Dunn #20 Mid Relief: Morris #57, Barraclough #46, Hand #52, Phelps #41
Potential Bench: C Mathis #6, IF/OF Dietrich #32, OF Suzuki #51, IF/OF Johnson #TBD, OF Gillespie #28
After a busy offseason prior to the 2015 regular season the Miami Marlins were chosen by many to be a possible playoff threat in 2015. Unfortunately for Miami it wasn’t meant to be as the team lost 91 games, and suffered many injuries epically to their offense. The team’s season really came to an end with 325 million dollar man Giancarlo Stanton was lost to injury for the season after 74 games. While healthy Stanton still hit 27 home runs and proved he was worth the mega deal the Marlins signed him to. He will be a key piece to a Marlins offense that finished 29th in runs scored in 2016. The Marlins will also look for bounceback seasons from Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich young outfielders that made great impressions in 2014 but struggled in 2015. With a super slugger like Stanton in the middle of the lineup and a leadoff man like Dee Gordon 2015’s NL batting champion, and a power hitting First Basemen Justin Bour who slugged out 23 long balls, and drove in 73 runs in just 129 games, and a bunch of young players poised for bounceback seasons the Marlins offense should greatly improve in 2016. As for the starting staff the Marlins also suffered from the injury bug as ace Jose Fernandez missed the majority of the season and Henderson Alvarez now an Oakland Athletic missed nearly the entire season as well. As a result the Marlins starting staff finished 18th in rotation ERA. The Marlins in order to improve their rotation signed Wei Yin Chen from Baltimore to join Jose Fernandez atop the rotation, Jarred Cosart once a very promising prospect also missed a lot of time due to injury in 2015 and will look to be a solid middle of the rotation arm in 2016. Tom Kohler showed some signs that he could be a formidable mid rotation starter a year ago and with veteran Edwin Jackson in the back of the rotation the Marlins starting staff should be slightly improved next season. The bullpen for MIami was middle of the pack a season ago finishing 14th in bullpen ERA. The team does however have a very solid back-end with hard throwing side arm pitcher Carter Capps who pitched to a 1.16 ERA in 2015, and A.J. Ramos who pitched to a 2.30 ERA and saved 32 games. With a pretty strong bullpen, a lineup that has potential to be very talented, and improved starting rotation the Marlins can make a possible playoff run in a weak NL East. Yet in order to do so the team must stay healthy.