Giancarlo Stanton
It’s always fun to generate and debate lists. We’ll continue with the All-2000 to Present Marlins Lineup.
C – Mike Redmond
1B – Miguel Cabrera
2B – Luis Castillo
3B – Mike Lowell
SS – Hanley Ramirez
RF – Giancarlo Stanton
LF – Cliff Floyd
CF – Juan Pierre
SP – Jose Fernandez
SP – Josh Johnson
SP – Josh Beckett
SP – Dontrelle Willis
SP – Ricky Nolasco
Closer – A.J. Ramos
Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
Oakland A’s
Seattle Mariners
Tampa Bay Rays
Texas Rangers
Toronto Blue Jays

In five starts starting with a epic disaster that saw Ricky give up eight runs on fifteen hits over five innings on May 29th through June 18th, Nolasco was 0-3 with a 8.20 ERA. Obviously giving up eight runs in five innings is going to skew your numbers a bit, but he gave up at least five runs in three of those five outings, and four in another. To be blunt, he stunk.
It was frustrating because prior to that implosion on May 29th, Ricky was 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA. He had seven quality starts in his first eight starts.
In his past two starts, Ricky has settled in, firing two more quality starts, including a complete game shutout against Oakland. His ERA over that two-game stretch is 1.69. Those starts did come against Seattle and Oakland though, which certainly aren’t the cream of the crop offensively.
The real test should come today when he takes on the Phillies again. Last time he held them to one earned run over 6-1/3 innings (1.42 ERA). Though he’s been hot of late, I wouldn’t blame you for sitting that one out.
Time will tell if he’s turned the corner, but it does appear that better days are ahead. He’s been slightly better at home (3.70 home ERA, 4.47 road ERA), but not significant enough to alter your plans. I’d use him when his match-ups are favorable until he proves that he is truly back to form.

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Gaby Sanchez did a great Jorge Cantu impression last year hitting .273 with 72 runs, 19 HRs, 85 RBI, and 5 SBs. The Marlins have essentially had that line from their first basemen for the past three seasons.
Sanchez did not excel in any particular category, but he was solid enough to be a useful fantasy option. I wouldn’t dare use him as a starting first basemen, but he has use in the corner infield slot.
Don’t expect raw power from Sanchez. That’s just not his strength. He hit 62 in 1753 at bats (28.3 AB/HR) in the minors. Last year for the Marlins he hit 19 HRs in 572 at bats (30.1 HR/AB). However, with 16 HRs in 318 ABs (19.9 AB/HR) in 2009 for Triple-A New Orleans, there is potential to improve in that category.
What he has done well is hit for average and drive in runs. He hit .314 for Double-A Carolina with 92 RBI in 478 at bats. He followed that up by hitting .289 with 56 RBI in 318 ABs.
Sanchez was particularly effective when there were runners on base. He hit .237 with the bases empty and .310 with runners on. He hit .291 with runners in scoring position, knocking in 64 in 165 at bats.
The splits weren’t all favorable for Sanchez though, as he hit .302 before the All-Star Game and .237 after the break. He had nine HRs with 38 RBI before the break in 315 ABs. Despite the big difference in average, Sanchez hit ten HRs with 47 RBI in 257 ABs after the break.
Sanchez has the 17th highest ADP among first basemen according to Mock Draft Central, and 195th overall, which puts him in the 17th round.  Not a bad spot for a solid corner infielder and 1B insurance. I’m not going to make it a point to target Sanchez, but I won’t shy away from him when the time is right.
What are your thoughts on Sanchez in 2011?

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Cameron Maybin was on the short list of potential 2009 NL Rookies of the Year. In retrospect, that was a pretty silly prediction given his track record. He hadn’t played Triple-A ball prior to last year, and he had mixed results in for Double-A Carolina in 2008.

He had impressive numbers like 73 runs, 8 triples, 13 HRs, and 21 SBs in 390 ABs. He did, however, hit just .277, which is fine by big league standards, but far from elite in Double-A ball. Even worse were the 124 strikeouts. He struck out once every 3.1 at bats. For a player with his gift of speed, not putting the ball in play is a crime.

He started the year in the bigs, but struggled mightily. He hit just .202 with 11 runs, 1 HR, and 3 RBIs in 84 ABs. He struck out 31 times, or once every 2.7 at bats.

He was sent down to Triple-A New Orleans where he hit .319, but wasn’t the force he was in Double-A with just 44 runs, 3 HRs, and 8 SBs in 298 ABs. He did, however, manage to cut his strikeout total down to 58, or once every 5.1 at bats.

He was able to translate those numbers to the majors when he received his September call-up from the Marlins. He hit .293 with 19 runs, 3 HRs, and 10 RBIs in 92 at bats. Even more importantly he struck out just 20 times, or once every 4.6 at bats.

So does that means he’s ready to break out in 2010? I don’t think so. He’s still very young, he’ll turn 23 the day before the Marlins’ 2010 season kicks off, and has a lot to learn. He has the potential to be a 5th outfielder, but he’s more likely a guy I’d stash on my bench or plug in to get some SBs.

How about you? Are you high on Maybin this year or do you think he still needs time to develop?

Prediction:  .265, 70 runs, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs, 20 SBs

Past profiles:
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles:  Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox:  Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs:  Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox:  Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds:  Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians:  Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera

Now an early look at the NL East.

1.  Will Tommy Hanson lead the Braves in Wins?
There is a decent chance he does. Jair Jurrjens pitched about as well as you can imagine last year and only managed to win 14 games. Tim Hudson always has question marks. Derek Lowe hasn’t won 16 games since 2006. That leave Hanson who won 11 in 21 starts. He stumbled a bit in July (1-2, 3.94 ERA), but rebounded nicely to finish the year off.

2.  Can Billy Wagner hold up?
He sure looked good for Boston last year. He had good velocity. He’s getting up there in age, but I believe the lefty could put together a 30 save season.

3.  Will Ricky Nolasco bounce back?
Nolasco was high on everyone’s list going into last year after his 15-8, 3.52 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 2008. Sure, his ERA bloated to 5.06, but his WHIP was a very respectable 1.25. What’s more is he had a better strikout ratio (9.49 K/9 compared to 7.88). Plus, he was 11-4 with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP from June through the end of the year. Hopefully his first half struggles and overall numbers let him slide in your drafts making him a great value in 2010.

4.  Will Leo Nunez hold on to the Closer gig?
It’s his job to lose, but do note that he blew seven of his 33 save opportunites (21 percent). He was even worse in December with three blown saves in 11 chances with a 6.10 ERA.

5.  Is Citi Field cursed?
I can’t recall a team going through as many injuries at the Mets did last year. Reyes, Wright (see where he ranks among 2010 Third Basemen), Johan, Beltran, the list goes on and on. Seriously though, I think the offense will be fine. Jason Bay adds his big bat to an already impressive lineup (when healthy). The trouble is their pitching. I don’t see them having enough starting pitching to compete with Atlanta or Philadelphia.

6. Will Cole Hamels return to form?
I can’t think of a more important question for the Phillies. I think the role of Superman in the postseason may have got to his head a bit. He received a lot of negative attention when he said he couldn’t wait until the season was over. I didn’t take it as him quitting rather the year took a toll on him. I think he’ll work hard to get back to the level he and his fantasy owners have grown accustomed to. Despite his struggles, he did manage to produce a decent ERA (4.32) and a solid WHIP (1.29). He doesn’t have the pressure of being the ace of the staff anymore either.

7.  Will Jayson Werth continue to be a fantasy beast?
After a solid 2008 season, Werth’s numbers exploded last year as he scored 98 runs, hit 36 HRs, and had 99 RBIs. He matched his 2008 SB total with 20. He’ll turn 31 early in the year, and I see no reason he can’t continue to produce at a high level, especially in that lineup.

8.  Should you draft Stephen Strasburg?
Only in deep keeper leagues. He means too much to the future of the Nationals for them to rush him along. If you’re in a league with three or four keepers, he won’t be worth hanging onto just yet. Be patient with him, like the Nationals will be.

9.  Will Nyjer Morgan continue to produce?
I don’t see why not. He was solid for Pittsburgh before being dealt to Washington, where he was even better. He hit .351 with 35 runs and 24 SBs in 49 games with the Nationals.


All-time Florida Marlins

16 April 2009

Face of the Franchise:
Hanley Ramirez
Photo courtesy of Icon SMI
Manager: Jack McKeon

C – Charles Johnson
1B – Derrek Lee
2B – Luis Castillo
3B – Mike Lowell
SS – Hanley Ramirez
OF – Miguel Cabrera
OF – Cliff Floyd
OF – Juan Pierre
DH – Jeff Conine
Bench:  2B Dan Uggla, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Gary Sheffield, OF Preston Wilson
SP – Dontrelle Willis
SP – Kevin Brown
SP – Josh Beckett
SP – A.J. Burnett
SP – Brad Penny
P – Carl Pavano
P – Ryan Dempster
P – Al Leiter
P – Alex Fernandez
P – Ricky Nolasco
P – Josh Johnson
RP – Robb Nen

That’s the team I came up with. Do you have any changes you’d like to suggest? I’m always open to them.

Past Teams
Red Sox
Blue Jays
White Sox

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