What once seemed like a promising future for the Miami Marlins has deteriorated into nothing by year two of their project. Miami attempted to stock their roster full of talent that would help build a fan base and fill their new, publicly-funded stadium. It’s hard to imagine that a forward thinking plan involving an illustrious new stadium and several long-term contracts could backfire so quickly. The Miami roster was almost entirely disbanded, leaving their franchise with no hope for 2013 and serious doubt moving forward. Miami now has more obscure names on their roster than fantasy baseball assets.
The noteworthy names in the Miami roster begin and end with Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton has a good chance to lead the MLB in home runs, a feat that he’ll accomplish several times over the course of his career. Having notched 93 home runs by the age of 22, Stanton is the front runner for recognition as the best power hitter of his generation. Depending on how poorly Miami plays over the first half of the season, there’s a possibility that Stanton could be playing elsewhere by season’s end. Although his superhuman power will have no problem translating into any stadium, a change of scenery would benefit his RBI totals.
There is not much about the Miami lineup worth discussing after finishing the praises for Stanton. Logan Morrison is the second best bat in the lineup but the appalling cast around him will offer no help in run production.
Miami was able to add a few talented young arms in their fire sale. Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi should benefit from the friendly dimensions of Marlin Park but suffer due to lack of run support. They may be fantasy options down the road as they progress and Miami improves but nobody in this rotation should be counted on in 2013.
Ricky Nolasco will serve as the Miami ace but has failed to post a sub-4.50 ERA other than his terrific 2008 season. Nolasco’s ERA should be expected to hover between 4.50 and 5.00 and his wins total will not surpass 10.
Miami’s top five fantasy hitters: 1.Giancarlo Stanton, 2. Logan Morrison, 3. Justin Ruggiano, 4. Juan Pierre, 5. Adeiny Hechavarria.
Miami’s top three fantasy pitchers: 1. Henderson Alvarez, 2. Ricky Nolasco, 3. Nathan Eovaldi
Miami projected record: 56-106
Stay tuned over the next month while I preview one team each day in preparation for the 2013 baseball season.