Florida Marlins 2011 Preview

2010 Record: 80-82

2011 Projected Roster

  • Catchers: John Buck, Brett Hayes
  • Infielders: Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Matt Dominguez, Gaby Sanchez, Wes Helms, Donnie Murphy
  • Outfielders: Chris Coghlan, Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, Emilio Bonifacio, Scott Cousins
  • Starters: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Javier Vazquez, Chris Volstad
  • Bullpen: Leo Nunez, Clay Hensley, Ryan Webb, Mike Dunn, Ed Mujica, Randy Choate, Burke Badenhop

Notable Signings

  1. Omar Infante: traded for Dan Uggla
  2. John Buck: 3 years, $18MM
  3. Javier Vazquez: 1 year, $7MM
  4. Randy Choate: 2 years, $2.5MM

Notable Losses

  1. Dan Uggla
  2. Ronny Paulino
  3. Will Ohman
  4. Cameron Maybin

Top Prospects

  1. Matt Dominguez: 3B
  2. Christian Yelich: OF
  3. Chad James: LHP

Key Position Battles

  • Third Base/Centerfield: Matt Dominguez vs. Emilio Bonifacio vs. Scott Cousins – Chris Coghlan will be the starter at one of these two positions but who wins the other will determine where he plays. The Marlins could opt for the speedster Bonifacio in center and Coghlan at third but Emilio’s skills outside of his speed are lacking. Matt Dominguez, who is only 21 years old, is the best prospect the Marlins have and he has a tremendous glove over at third base and has shown decent offensive strides in A and AA ball. The jump from AA to the majors may be a bit much but he should be given a shot; meaning Coghlan ends up in center. Third Base Pick: Matt Dominguez
  • Closer: Leo Nunez vs. Clay Hensley – Despite the fact that Nunez lost his closer job late in 2010 to Hensley, he should still be the favorite for saves going into the 2011 campaign. Nunez saved 30 games last year and was nasty for a long stretch but then hit the skids in August posting a 9.31 ERA. Hensley took over and was serviceable but should only see save opps if Nunez continues his inconsistent ways. Closer Pick: Leo Nunez

It seems as though the Marlins are tough to read every year. People seem to find one thing or another that they love about this team but then when we realize their payroll is usually somewhere around 44 million dollars we can’t imagine them actually being good. Though they currently do not have much of a farm system the young talent they have in the bigs could mesh into something special very soon. Mike Stanton will add some pop to a potent line up that already sports one of the most well rounded players in the league in Hanley Ramirez. Look for Hanley to go close to 30-30 and Stanton to launch 35 home runs of his own. Omar Infante surprised everyone by making the All Star game in 2010 and will find a way to get on base consistently at the top of Florida’s lineup. However, I expect a bit of a regression from veteran catcher John Buck who produced well above the numbers on the back of his baseball card last season. Buck signed a big contract(by his standards) this offseason and will likely not live up to it. The Marlins rotation is usually what is discussed year in and year out as the reason that they will stay in the hunt for a playoff spot. It is headlined by bonafide ace, Josh Johnson, who could very likely win a Cy Young before it is all said and done. Javier Vazquez makes his return to the NL East where he had one of his best overall seasons in 2009 with the Braves. Look for him to bounce back from his awful “replacement level” performance with the Yanks in 2010. Expect them to be slightly better in 2011 but not a playoff team.

WTP Projected 2011 Record: 81-81

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