2017 Miami Marlins Top 10 Insider

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SEASON IN A SENTENCE: A first-half surge that made the Marlins a playoff contender faded with a spate of second-half injuries, with the team finishing below .500, and the season ended in unbelievable sorrow with the death in a boating accident of star pitcher and staff ace Jose Fernandez, whose autopsy revealed he was drunk and had cocaine in his system at the time of his death.

HIGH POINT: The Marlins were above .500 every month through July and finished that month at 57-48, their high-water mark of the year. That July 31 victory, a 5-4 win against the Cardinals, came on a walk-off triple by Derek Dietrich. A week later, Miami hit another high note when 42-year-old outfielder Ichiro Suzuki got his 3,000th major league hit, a triple.

LOW POINT: The low point in franchise history came when Fernandez died early in the morning of Sept. 25 at age 24. That day’s game was cancelled as the team and the sport reeled from the death of one of the game’s biggest stars and most passionate players. Dee Gordon led off the next game on the 26th by taking the first pitch batting righthanded, mimicking Fernandez’s stance, then hit a leadoff homer off Bartolo Colon from the left side, breaking into tears on his way around the bases.

NOTABLE ROOKIES: Miami relied heavily on rookies in the bullpen, as righty Kyle Barraclough led the club with 75 appearances and struck out 113 in a strictly relief role. Nick Wittgren (48 games) and Brian Ellington also pitched enough to exhaust their prospect eligibility.

KEY TRANSACTIONS: With the Marlins in the thick of the wild-card race in late July, they traded 2015 first-round pick Josh Naylor, plus righties Jarred Cosart, Carter Capps and Luis Castillo, to the Padres for righthanders Andrew Cashner, Tayron Guerrero and Colin Rea. When Rea’s arm came up lame in his first Marlins start, Miami was able to trade him back to the Padres for Castillo after the Padres were revealed to have withheld injury information. After the season, Miami ended the one-year experiment of having Barry Bonds as hitting coach, firing him.

DOWN ON THE FARM: No Miami affiliate made the playoffs in the minors; cumulatively Marlins clubs went 311-374, 26th overall in the majors. Castillo emerged as the organization’s top performer, reaching Double-A and going 8-6, 2.26 overall to rank in the top 10 in the minors in ERA and WHIP (1.07).

OPENING DAY PAYROLL: $ 77,314,202 (26th)

Best Hitter for Average Brian Anderson
Best Power Hitter Isael Soto
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Brian Anderson
Fastest Baserunner Yefri Perez
Best Athlete Thomas Jones
Best Fastball Luis Castillo
Best Curveball Braxton Garrett
Best Slider Edward Cabrera
Best Changeup Jarlin Garcia
Best Control Dillon Peters
Best Defensive Catcher Roy Morales
Best Defensive Infielder Brian Anderson
Best Infield Arm Brian Anderson
Best Defensive Outfielder Aaron Knapp
Best Outfield Arm Isael Soto
Catcher J.T. Realmuto
First Base Justin Bour
Second Base Dee Gordon
Third Base Brian Anderson
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria
Left Field Christian Yelich
Center Field Marcell Ozuna
Right Field Giancarlo Stanton
No. 1 Starter Braxton Garrett
No. 2 Starter Luis Castillo
No. 3 Starter Adam Conley
No. 4 Starter Tom Koehler
No. 5 Starter Justin Nicolino
Closer Kyle Barraclough
Year Player, Pos. 2016 Org
2006 Jeremy Hermida, of Did not play
2007 Chris Volstad, rhp White Sox
2008 Cameron Maybin, of Tigers
2009 Cameron Maybin, of Tigers
2010 Giancarlo Stanton, of Marlins
2011 Matt Dominguez, 3b Blue Jays
2012 Christian Yelich, of Marlins
2013 Jose Fernandez, rhp Deceased
2014 Andrew Heaney, lhp Angels
2015 Tyler Kolek, rhp Marlins
2016 Braxton Garrett, lhp Marlins
Year Player, Pos. 2016 Org
2007 Matt Dominguez, 3b Blue Jays
2008 Kyle Skipworth, c Reds
2009 Chad James, lhp Did not play
2010 Christian Yelich, of Marlins
2011 Jose Fernandez, rhp Deceased
2012 Andrew Heaney, lhp Angels
2013 Colin Moran, 3b Astros
2014 Tyler Kolek, rhp Marlins
2015 Josh Naylor, 1b Padres
2016 Braxton Garrett, lhp Marlins
Tyler Kolek, 2014 $6,000,000
Braxton Garrett, 2016 $4,145,900
Josh Beckett, 1999 $3,625,000
Colin Moran, 2013 $3,516,500
Adrian Gonzalez, 2000 $3,000,000

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