Won/Loss (place in division) & Playoffs: 70-92 (3rd), missed playoffs
Offense: 621 runs (15th)
Pitching: 3.89 ERA (8th)
FA Departures: C Donne Mercedes
Left via Trade: OF Dave Diaz
Rule V: RP P.T. SaenzPromoted: 1B Rey Tamura (Sea 18 IFA), 2B Howie McLaughlin (Sea 18 #1 overall), SS Ricardo Ayala (Sea 17 IFA), SS Wilbur Kirby (Sea 17 #12 overall), SP Desmond Wengert (Sea 18 #14 overall)
Lurking in AAA: OF Louie Chiasson (Sea 18 #23 overall)
Season 21 OutlookThe Marlins continue to accumulate young talent. A good bit of it has found its way to the majors, especially on the pitching staff, and there's a healthy minor league pipeline in place.
The rotation has 2 young stud aces, Taylor Cashman (6th pick of the Sea 15 draft) and Vic Villalona (Sea 17's #1). Both a big, hard-throwing righties with good pitches and particular toughness on righty batters. Both are potential 20-game winners - they'll be anchoring this staff for a long time.
Behind those 2 are Grover Thames, a workhorse with a solid 4.01 ERA in 4 seasons; Desmond Wengert, who was the prime compensation in the Mark Payton trade last year; and Andy Brantley - 3.86 ERA in 163 IP as a rookie.
That's a damn nice rotation top to bottom. The bullpen might not be up to those standards, but it's pretty good. Jarred Cunningham posted a 2.99 ERA in 72 innings, and Julio Aviles notched a 1.59 in his 22 late-season innings.
The lineup has not caught up to the staff's talent yet, and at this point is incomplete. C Jim Fasano is the top power source; rookies McLaughlin and Kirby look like they'll be at least decent hitters for infielders. Florida has no OF's currently on the ML roster; I'm guessing Louie Chiasson in AAA will get the call shortly. He'll strike out a lot, but has good power and should be a pretty good all-round hitter.
With their pitching, the Marlins might actually contend if they go out and get a couple of hitters. Short of that, they'll still improve and maybe put a scare into the Cards and Braves if they slide any.