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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Marlins finishing the MLB season with high hopes of the future.

The Marlins won 2 of 3 games in their final series against the Pirates. The Marlins had 15 rookies on the roster at the end of the season: 7 pitchers, 2 catchers, and 6 position players. They had 1 rookie pitcher in the starting rotation, a rookie catcher starting after the main catcher was put on probation and 2 others (rookie catchers) were injured, and 4 starting position players.

The Marlins have tons of great young players developing in the minors and even on the roster now like... Mike Stanton, #27 right fielder, joined the team in June. Stanton finished his first, partial, season in the MLB with a .259 batting average, 22 home runs, 59 RBI, .326 on-base-percentage, and .507 slugging percentage. Logan Morrison, #20 left fielder natural first baseman, joined the Marlins in July due to a celebration injury to Chris Coghlan, #8 left fielder. Morrison finished his rookie season with a .283 batting average, 2 home runs, 18 RBI, and .390 on-base-percentage. Alex Sanabia, #59 starting pitcher, made a good bid to be in the starting rotation again next season. Alex had been called up in July from Jacksonville, then was optioned to New Orleans, and then was recalled in August back to the Marlins. Alex ended the season 5-3, his first lose was because of defensive mishaps, 3.73 ERA, 47 strikeouts, and 1.24 WHIP. Hopefully if the Marlins are smart they start these 3 rookies next season for their sophomore season.

During spring training watch out for Elih Villanueva, Tom Koehler, Ozzie Martinez, Bryan Petersen, Scott Cousins, and other top Marlin's prospects to fight hard for a starting spot. I look forward to the future of the Marlins, filled with many respectable, young players.

I hope all the players to have a good offseason and great spring training, hoping to attend a few spring training games. I'll hope for some to make their way into the Marlins roster from the start.

Links:
Marlins.com: http://marlins.com/
Trio of rookies has Marlins on upswing, by Joe Frisaro: http://bit.ly/aooKcf
Stanton has plenty of clout among sluggers, by Joe Frisaro: http://bit.ly/cWmdJQ

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