Will Giancarlo Stanton get anything to hit this year?
If you look at the Miami lineup, you will see that there is no reason any pitcher should throw Giancarlo Stanton a fastball this year. In front of him are two players who will not be getting on base enough to prevent him from being pitched around and his protection in Logan Morrison. LoMo had a breakout season in 2011 but injuries caused him to miss nearly half the season last year. Stanton has the talent to hit any pitch out of the park and will probably end up with over 30 home runs, just donâ€™t expect him to top 100 RBIâ€™s. Look for Stanton to lead the league in intentional walks and be amongst the league leaders in OBP.
Who will be Miamiâ€™s best starting pitcher?
Though he may be slotted in the back of the rotation, Jacob Turner will be Miamiâ€™s best starter this year. He is young (21) but showed what he can do when he was traded to the Marlins late last year. When he came over from the Tigers Turner posted a 3.38 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP over 42.2 innings. His fastball sits in the low 90â€™s but since he is 6â€™5â€ his release point is much closer to home plate which makes it difficult to pick up. He will be someone to watch in standard leagues and can be a nice sleeper in deeper mixed leagues.
Is there anyone other than Giancarlo Stanton worth drafting?
Yes, and his name is Juan Pierre. Last year Pierre stole 37 bases and only played in 130 games. The fact that he wonâ€™t go for more than $3 in any auction draft makes him a great value pick. If he can get on base he has a chance of scoring a decent amount of runs with Stanton hitting two spots behind him-he just has to hope they give him something to hit. He will probably be available in the last three rounds of your draft so if you have room grab him. He is a great option for cheap stolen bases.
When will we see Jose Fernandez?
More than just the guy who plunked Giancarlo Stanton in the head during Miamiâ€™s first inter-squad game, Fernandez was named the Marlinâ€™s #1 pitching prospect after a phenomenal year in 2012. A 20 year old who has a fastball that sits in the mid to upper 90â€™s, Fernandez went 14-1 between Low-A and High-A with 158 strikeouts in 134 innings. Miami isnâ€™t really playing for anything this year as they are rebuilding so donâ€™t be surprised to see him up late this season. He has all the potential of a Taijuan Walker but he wonâ€™t cost you anything on draft day. Get him in your keeper league now and look like a genius down the line.
Is Steve Cishek worth a look?
No. Cishek pitched well last year but Miami wonâ€™t give him many opportunities to record saves. Cishek will only be valuable in NL-Only leagues. He does a good job striking out batters and has a low ERA but his WHIP is way too high for a closer 1.30. Unless he cuts back on his walks his ERA will continue to climb and he will eventually be replaced. To be perfectly honest, you are probably better off getting a solid set-up man like Drew Storen or David Robertson. (Ed. Note-the FSWA Award-winning Closer Identifier Algorithm diagrees).
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