|C||John Baker||SP 1||Josh Johnson|
|1B||Gaby Sanchez||SP 2||Ricky Nolasco|
|2B||Dan Uggla||SP 3||Anibal Sanchez|
|3B||Jorge Cantu||SP 4||Sean West|
|SS||Hanley Ramirez||SP 5||Andrew Miller|
|CF||Cameron Maybin||CL||Leo Nunez|
|RF||Cody Ross||RP||Dan Meyer|
|IF||Emilio Bonifacio||RP||Reynel Pinto|
|C||Ronny Paulino||RP||Brian Sanches|
Additional roster information can be found at MLB Depth Charts.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|RP||Mike MacDougal||Free Agency||1B||Nick Johnson||Free Agency|
|RP||Matt Lindstrom||Trade (HOU)|
|RF||Jeremy Hermida||Trade (BOS)|
Top Prospects: Mike Stanton (OF), Logan Morrison (1B), Matt Dominguez (3B), Kyle Skipworth (C)
The Marlins finished the 2009 season with an 87-75 record, good for 2nd place in the NL East. The offense was led by SS Hanley Ramirez (.342, 24 HR, 27 SB) and his newly signed contract extension. That extension was really one of the big stories of the year for the Marlins, as they committed long term to a player, which they had not really been known for doing to that point. They also got solid performance on the offense from 2B Dan Uggla (31 HR, 90 RBI), 3B Jorge Cantu (16 HR, 100 RBI), and CF Cody Ross (24 HR, 90 RBI). The pitching staff was anchored by Josh Johnson (15-5, 3.23 ERA) and Anibal Sanchez (13-9, 195 K).
Team Outlook for 2010
The Marlins really didn’t do a whole lot during the offseason, mostly choosing to take low-risk, high-upside free agents like Mike MacDougal. They didn’t really need to improve at too many positions, as nearly every position was staffed by a solid player. They will need to see some improvement out of the starting rotation, mostly due to consistency issues. If they can get solid performances out of Anibal Sanchez, Sean West, and Andrew Miller, They will also look for some reasonable performance from rookie Gaby Sanchez. Sanchez will most likely feel some pressure though, as Logan Morrison is probably only between 1 and 2 seasons away at most.
The hard part for the Marlins at this point is to convince the fans that they are really trying to win. They have outperformed expectations in each of the last 2 seasons, but probably need to take the next step to get to the playoffs. The thing to me with the Marlins is that they need everything to fall their way for them to have that happen. If they are lacking in offense late in the season, they could call on OF Mike Stanton, one of the top prospects in all the minor leagues. Although he is only 20 years old, he could conceivably play a big role in their end of season performance.
Fantasy Outlook for 2010
Hanley Ramirez stands out amongst everyone else on the Marlins, and realistically everyone not named Albert Pujols. Other solid fantasy players include 2B Dan Uggla, SP Josh Johnson, and 3B Jorge Cantu. Someone to target in my opinion is SP Ricky Nolasco. His ERA doesn’t really tell the whole story from 2009, and he should see some improvement in that category.
Prediction for 2010
The Marlins should be competitive in their division again this season, and I think that with a little luck they could conceivably make a playoff run. But unless something unusual happens, it’s going to be as a Wild Card, because the Phillies are going to be hard to get past in the division.
85-77, 2nd in the NL East