On this date in Marlins History August 25th, 2013, Logan Morrison turns 26 years old. Morrison was drafted by the Marlins in the 22nd round of the 2005 Amateur Draft. Morrison spent four seasons in the minor leagues harnessing his talent by going from Rookie Ball to Triple A New Orleans. Half-way through the 2010 season Morrison finally got the call he dreamed about since he was a kid and he was going to the show. Over Morrison's first season with then named Florida Marlins produced a slash line of .283/.390/.447 to go along with a career high wOBA .372 for the 2010 season.
After big success in his first season in the big leagues Morrison was destined to start the 2011 season the same as he would get the chance to play for the Marlins for a complete season. He went on to play 123 games with the 2011 Marlins registering a slash line of .247/.330/.468. Early thoughts on his season show that he improved his slugging percentage by .21 points which showed in his career high of 23 home runs. One statistic that decreased and became worrisome was his OBP where it dropped .60 points and his wOBA decreased to .346. Now realistically with the added slugging percentage it made sense for the OBP to drop a little bit to a league average of around .330 OBP. During the 2011 season it wasn't all good for Morrison as if you remember one of the first This Day in Marlins History, he was demoted to the minors.
As we move to recent play Morrison is putting up a solid 2013 campaign. His walk ratio to strikeout ratio has calmed to only striking out 15.1 percent of the time to walking at 10.3 percent. In contrast, Morrison was projected by ZiPS to walk at 10.7 percent and strikeout at 17.0 percent very similar in his season stats. After a sub-par 2012 season Morrison improved on his low slash-line to a line of .267/.349/.417. His wOBA reflected this by reaching .336 and resembling more of his 2011 season than his 2012 season. Lately Morrison has seen far more time at first base than the outfield, as the Marlins found out he was a terrible outfielder.
The Marlins are slowly rebuilding their team to become a regular playoff team similar to the Chicago Cubs. Although a lot of the Marlins talent is more major league ready compared to the impact talent for the Cubs at the lower levels. We have seen many young players make their debuts with the Marlins in the past two years including Adeiny Hechavarria, Donovan Solano, Christian Yelich and Rookie of the Year candiate Jose Fernandez. This young talent has great promise and should be fun to watch over the next five years mixed with Giancarlo Stanton and Morrison they can surprise people in the years to come.