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Marlins State of the Fish address
« on: 21 Feb 2013 8:09:01 PM »
A Whirlwind 2013 Offseason starting in November has the Marlins on paper, primed to make their strongest bid for post season in their long, but so far not lusterous DMBO tenure. The Marlins turned over virtually their entire Roster from 2012. The only regular position player who remains with the fish from the 2012 squad is 23 year old budding Superstar catcher Salvador Perez (who was a backup in 2012) - The rest of the team, was moved to concentrate on both quality talent, overall depth, and financial responsibility.

25 Man Roster

Position Players

Catcher - Salvador Perez
Backup -  Nick Hundley

     Perez is one of the crown jewels of the franchise and projects as over a 4 WAR player with his ability to hit, and his defensive prowess. Hundley adds stability and veteran depth and won't hurt the Marlins when they want to rest their 23 year old stalwart.

First Base - Justin Morneau
Backup -    Justin Smoak

     Morneau was a key and unexpected pickup in Tier 1. With a small supply of capable 1B on the Market, Morneau signed with the fish to a contract that was well within their means. He adds some firepower to a lineup that for the most part is lined with defensive players. Smoak is a Rookie with still some upside. He will be one of the Marlins main weapons off the bench in the later innings as a pinch hitter and a strong DH Candidate.

Second Base - Mark Ellis
Backup - Nick Punto

     Ellis is a defensive stalwart that came over to the Fish in a trade that netted them 2nd year Closer Ernesto Frieri. He helps solidify a very strong defensive unit, especially up the middle. Punto gives them more of the same and is a key pinch hitter off the bench. Punto upgrades the Middle infield depth of the Marlins, a portion of their team that has been weak the past few seasons.

Shortstop - Mike Aviles  / Hiroyuki Nakajima   - A major upgrade over the past few seasons for the Marlins, both aquisitions are capable of starting, and both will get plenty of at bats in 2013.

Third Base - Anthony Rendon
Backup - Nick Punto

     Hot prospect Rendon comes over to the Cardinals and fills a much needed void at 3B. Capable with both the bat and glove, Rendon is a true Marlin type player. If he can develop into the talent that many people think he will be. The Marlins will be set at this position for a long time. Punto provides the same stability at 3B as he does at 2B.

Left Field - David Murphy -

     Murphy is a steady veteran, that provides a quality bat in the order as well as a nice glove in Left Field.

Center Field - Austin Jackson -

     Jackson is probably the prized acquisition of the 2013 off season for the Marlins. He is on the cusp of major stardom, and Marlins management felt this was the season to get him. If he continues to develop, he would have never hit the open market. He is one of the better bats for Florida, and he has a tremendous glove.

Right Field - Torii Hunter
4th OF - Brett Jackson

     Hunter is a quality Veteran who provides the Marlins with exactly what they look for in a player. Steady with both the bat and glove. Brett Jackson is a young player with tremendous tools, and will be a key player coming off the bench and a strong candidate as DH (much like Justin Smoak)

Starting Rotation -

Gio Gonzalez - The Ace of the staff
Alexi Ogando- One of the best fastballs in Major League Baseball has proven to be a key member of starting staffs and bullpens.
Neftali Feliz - Like Ogando, Feliz has dominant stuff, he's been a lights out pitcher since he arrived at the MLB level.
Brandon McCarthy - Solid Steady veteran, provides well above average ability, and is currently the Marlins all time leading Wins leader.
Mike Fiers - Funky Delivery, but a welcome addition to the staff in 2013. The Marlins were happy to take him with the #1 overall pick in the Winter draft.

Bullpen -
Ernesto Frieri RH
Buzz Oliver LH
Luke Gregerson RH
Scott ElbertLH
Heath BellRH
Sean BurnettLH

Sticking to the Marlins new blueprint the Marlins made it a point to pick a bullpen that was both above average, and balanced. 3 Right Handers, and 3 Left Handers, all well above average in terms of MR projections have this staff where management wants it.

There are high hopes in Miami this year. The National League East is BRUTAL in 2013, but the Marlins feel they have a team to be reckoned with. Let the game begin !
« Last Edit: 21 Feb 2013 8:13:12 PM by Marlins JM »
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