Coming off Monday night’s lowest attended game of the season of 5,297, it is impossible to think of what could have been for the Miami Marlins.
In the standings, the Marlins have the worst record in the National League by 7.5 games and the fourth worst record in baseball. The team has scored the second least runs in the game, nearly 100 behind the team ahead of them. They have the third fewest hits and fewest home runs in the game. In fact, the Marlins rank last in the National League in runs, triples, home runs, walks, batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and total bases. Just to say that Miami is a poor offensive team is an understatement.
Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, Christian Yelich is working on trying to win his second consecutive MVP award. J.T Realmuto has been strong on both side of the plate. Giancarlo Stanton has had a disaster of 2019 campaign, but has hit 97 home runs in the two seasons prior. Marcell Ozuna has had another strong season for the Cardinals. Between Ozuna, Realmuto and Yelich, the group has 84 home runs in 2019. As an entire team, the Marlins have 110 this season.
Other players traded or let go by the Marlins include Jake Marisnick, Austin Barnes, and Derek Dietrich. While many of these secondary players do not have the best batting average, they could still be solid role players.
Mark Canha, Colin Moran, and Cameron Maybin were three other players who are having a strong 2019 season that were once property of the Marlins. Canha was let go in the Rule 5 Draft after he was left unprotected and is slashing .279/.391/.545 in 2019. Maybin was traded and spent time in the minor leagues prior to having a career resurgence with the Yankees, as so many others have this season. Moran has been solid for the Pirates at third in 2019 as well.
Other than hitters that the Marlins have let go, just the pitchers that were traded from the organization would form a pretty solid rotation. Trevor Williams, Chris Paddock, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeScalfani, and Domingo German were all traded away. In fact, the traded away rotation is actually much better than the current rotation. Their most promising starter, Zac Gallen was also traded away at their year’s deadline. The difference between the hitters and the pitchers were, the arms were dealt in a failed attempt to win. The best hitters were dealt because of the poor pitching trades and the team’s failure to win with it.
Another issue has been drafting for the organization. Since Jose Fernandez was drafted in the first round in 2011, the only players to appear in the big leagues were Moran, Josh Naylor, and Andrew Heaney. Moran and Naylor were not with the Marlins, and Heaney played in just seven games with the big league team.
The only promise that the Marlins have is that they were recently ranked the fourth best farm system by MLB Pipeline. Only time will tell if that results in a winner at the big league level, but regardless, the organization would be in great shape if not for trade decisions…and they would be drawing many more than just 5,000 and change to a game.