The Miami Marlins have imploded the team that was set on being a contender at the start of the 2012 season. With no hope and only 30-plus wins heading into the All-Star break, there is only one way the Marlins can go and that is up. From here on out, everyone will get to witness the future of the Marlins franchise.
It started with Jose Fernandez and now with Ricky Nolasco off the books, Fernandez becomes the No. 1 starter. After him, Marcell Ozuna gets to continue his nice performance in the Marlins outfield. Batting a near .300, Ozuna will have the rest of the season to put on a show for the league and for the beleaguered franchise.
After those guys who got the call-up this season, it looks like Christian Yelich and Andrew Heaney could be the next phenoms on the major league scene starting in September. Yelich and Heaney were named to Baseball America’s midseason Top 50 prospects, while Jake Marisnick was named to Baseball Prospectus’ midseason Top 50 prospects list.
Although the Marlins have given up a ton to get to this point of ‘hope,’ it is still good to see that the farm system is developing these young players quickly. The future of the organization as a whole is brighter than what it was to start the season.