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Fantasy Quotient: Florida Marlins

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Florida Marlins interim manager Jack McKeon (R) speaks with first baseman Gaby Sanchez before their MLB inter-league baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Miami June 20, 2011. The Marlins named 80-year-old McKeon as interim manager on Monday in the hope that the former Manager of the Year can help spark a revival for the last placed club. REUTERS/Joe Skipper (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

The Fighting Fish were floundering so they brought the 80 year old Jack McKeon out of retirement to try and right the ship. McKeon won a World Series with the Marlins in ’03 and will look to put a once promising season back on track. Let’s explore the fantasy value that exists among the youthful Marlins.

Outfield:

Mike Stanton can hit a baseball to land from the middle of the Pacific and has the “future superstar” look about him, but what about his value this year? Stanton’s tremendous power makes him ownable in all formats. Despite missing some time to injury he has hit 16 round trippers. Expect that number to continue to climb. The Marlins 22 year-old right fielder has the type of natural power that will likely have him in the thick of the home run crown over the course of his career.

24 year old Logan Morrison has cooled considerably after a hot start. LoMo’s ho-hum home run total of 9, and below average .264 BA coupled with very little speed are signs to look elsewhere for more fantasy production.

Speedster Emilio Bonifacio has not swiped nearly enough bags (5) to make up for his lack of power and poor batting average.

First Base:

Whether it’s a photo of you and a buddy carrying a 30 lb bass or a shot next to Gaby Sánchez, one thing is true, you have a photo of a big fish. Sanchez has been a surprise performer this season, posting 13 bombs, 45 fish driven in all at a tidy .301 clip. Those who took a chance on Sanchez early in the season have received big dividends.

Second Base:

Omar Infante is scrappy player and a solid defender but this fantasy minnow has not put forward his best performance this season, struggling in all offensive categories.

Shortstop:

Hanley Ramírez, a perennial top three fantasy draft pick has been a major disappointment so far this season. There has really been no clear explanation to the biggest fish’s first half flop. Ramirez, who usually is an all-cat producer is killing owners in batting average, RBI’s and bombs. H-Ram will look to bounce back in the second half with old baseball sage Jack McKeon back at the controls to help sturdy the shaky star. Ramirez has remained a fantasy asset in the speed (14 steals) department. Look for a strong second half from a player too talented to be kept down for long.

Third Baseman:

Gregg Dobbs boasts a worthy .305 BA but a fantasy owner won’t find any power or speed (1 bomb, 0 steals) from the Marlins hot corner. As a result Dobbs is not worth a look in most formats.

Catcher:

John Buck can hit it out when he makes contact but he does that so rarely that the Marlins everyday backstop can be added to the list of Marlins to pass on in the fantasy department.

Starting 5:

This is where things get interesting for the Fish as they boast two of the finest fantasy commodities in the game at the top of their rotation. The talented Anibal Sánchez has really put it together this season with 107 K’s a 2.82 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. The fact that right the handed fire-baller has only been able to snag 6 wins has to do with the feeble Fish’s hitting during his starts. Josh Johnson, one of the best and most dynamic starters in all of baseball, has been on the injured list since May 17th and is scheduled to rejoin the Marlins after the All-Star Break. Johnson was terrorizing the National League before he was hurt and will be a huge boost to both fantasy owners and his team upon returning.

Bullpen:

Leo Núñez has really shut the door when called upon in the 9th as the Marlins closer, saving 21 games. In fact, the 28 year old right-hander is a strong candidate to be the Marlins lone representative at this seasons Mid Summer Classic.

Overall:

Right now the Fish are floundering, both in the standings and in fantasy leagues. They possess a very talented group of young players and will likely heat up and improve their overall standing in the second half. As it stands right now, the Marlins have to few fantasy contributors, and too many disappointments to hang with the leagues fantasy elite.

Marlins Fantasy Quotient: 51/100

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