The Miami Marlins season continues to take a nosedive, dropping 14 of their last 16 games. This is a team that is in complete disarray and looking towards the future by holding tryouts for some of their younger talents. As we enter the 142nd game, the Marlins are exactly nine games back from the second wild-card spot in the National League, nearly making it impossible to gain a bid, especially with the surging Colorado Rockies and consistent Arizona Diamondbacks. However, heads should not be all the way down, with the Marlins proving that they have the talent to compete offensively, ranking 7th in batting average. Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton have both led the charge for the Marlins, each hitting .305 and .281 respectively and combining for 86 homeruns and 222 RBI’s. With this said, there are massive holes in their starting rotation, as they have utilized 12 starting pitchers and have only four with winning records. In the rest of this article, I will analyze the 2018 starting lineup and rotation for the Miami Marlins.


The Marlins boast one of the best outfielder trios in the MLB with Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Giancarlo Stanton. They have been huge spark plugs offensively to keep the Marlins respectable in games. All three are hitting above .280 and produced 47% of the team’s runs this year. Their defense has also gone unnoticed as they only combined for 12% of the team’s error so far. With plenty of room for growth at such young ages, these players are going to continue impacting this Marlins organization and keeping the team afloat.

Third Base:

Heading into this offseason, this position raises some question marks, especially as it has seen very little production from it. Currently, the Marlin’s have Derek Dietrich listed as their third baseman in the depth chart, but in recent games, the Marlins are giving opportunities to some of their younger talents. He is hitting a paltry .243 with 10 home-runs and 43 RBI’s. Defensively, he has also been a liability, allowing eight errors, the same amount their outfield has combined.  For 2018, the team will most likely be seeking an everyday third-baseman that can provide some offensive juice and man the hot corner. So far, the Marlins have been playing 24 year old, Derek Anderson, out of Arkansas. He’s hit .257 in 10 games played and will continue to be monitored as the season progresses.


This position isn’t too clear cut, but it will most likely go to Miguel Rojas, who towards the beginning of the season, was pushing Adeiny Hechavarria for a starting spot at shortstop. He was on pace to set career highs in hits, walks, batting average, slugging percentage, and on base percentage. Unfortunately, the 28-year old was required surgery for a broken thumb he sustained sliding into third base against the New York Mets. However, once he came back on July 19th, he wasn’t exactly the same person, hitting a modest .242 and .217, in the months of July and August respectively. However, the Marlins do see his upside and potential. With possible fielding work and instruction by the best shortstop of all time and Marlins new general manager, Derek Jeter, the kinks, and other minor issues can be sorted out and fixed.

Second Base:

Flash Gordon will undoubtedly be the second basemen for the Marlins. He has been the stable rock for this team, hitting .303, producing the needed lead-off hits to get innings started. He is also menacing on the basepaths this year, ranking 2nd in the National League in stolen bases, and 4th in runs scored. Only room for improvement would be defensive baseball fundamentals, as he leads the team in errors with 11. This production must continue if the Marlins want to be contenders next year.

First Base:

Another easy position to select is first base. Justin Bour has also been a solid bat and staple for this Marlins lineup before he went down with an oblique strain. Before going down in late July, the George Mason product was hitting .289 with 21 home runs and 63 RBI’s. His hitting prowess alongside All-Star Giancarlo Stanton is a nightmare for pitchers to face and will continue for the next few years.


J.T Realmuto has also most likely secured his spot for the 2017-2018 season. Coming into 2017, his preseason rank position was eighth after having a breakout season in 2016. In 2016, the 26-year old hit .303/.343/.428 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI’s. He provided the offensive spark this team needed in a position that has lacked stability and production in recent years. This year, he has already surpassed his 2016 stats, hitting 16 home and 60 RBI’s alongside. His experience will play vital for a team looking to make a serious playoff push in 2018 with an improved pitching staff.


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