Miami Marlins Top Prospects
The Miami Marlins finished 2016 a 79-82 record (.491 winning percentage). Miami made a run at the wild card position as they ended the season 7.5 games back and seventh overall in the National League. The team faltered down the stretch as they lost 21 of their final 33 games, a run prompted by a 1-10 stretch at the end of August and beginning of September. Miami looked to be headed in the right direction as a franchise, but the entire organization took a step back following the loss of Jose Fernandez in a fatal boating accident on September 25th. Beyond the tragedy of his death is the fact that the Marlins no longer have an ace in the rotation. Edinson Volquez and Wei-Yin Chen currently lead a rotation that is the clear Achilles heel of the team. Fortunately for fans, there are still a number of exciting position players to watch. Giancarlo Stanton remains arguably the most dominant power hitter in the game, and the likes of Dee Goron, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Adeiny Hechavarria provide fair production on both offense and defense. Miami made a number of moves in the offseason to sure up the bullpen and expectations are still optimistic going into 2017. Last year marked the best season for the Marlins since 2010 and the main goal remains creating an upward trend towards the team’s first division title.