2015 Recap: Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins (71-91, third place in NL East)
The Marlins struck gold with Dee Gordon, who was one of the best players in baseball this year. Gordon won the National League batting title, the stolen base crown and had the most hits. But the absence of the franchise’s two cornerstone players – Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez for most of the season sent the Marlins to their sixth consecutive losing season. It’s the longest stretch in their 21-year history. But you’d be hard pressed to find two better starting points on any franchise than Stanton and Fernandez.
2B Dee Gordon: G 145, AB 615, BA .333
RF Giancarlo Stanton: G 74, AB 279, HR 27
LF Christian Yelich: G 126, AB 476, BA .300
3B Martin Prado: G 129, AB 500, BA .288
C J.T. Realmuto: G 126, AB 441, HR 10
Biggest need: Bench help
The player who played the most games was 41-year old Ichiro Suzuki. He filled in for Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich who all failed to play 130 games and hit .229. Derek Dietrich played infield and outfield and hit 10 home runs but hurt in the field. Mike Morse didn’t contribute and Justin Bour’s left handed power moved to first base and hit 23 home runs. Even Gordon played only 145 games. They need a pinch-hitter.