Gordon posted a .289/.326/.378 slash line, good for a 102 wRC+ in 148 games and 650 plate appearances. The main statistic the Marlins loved about Dee is his 64 stolen bases. He hits for almost zero power (2 home runs & 0.89 ISO) and his batting line was inflated due to a .346 BABIP, which is .20 points higher than his career mark. His 4.9% walk rate is also not ideal for a lead-off man.
Adeiny Hechavarria has a polarizing reputation. In 2014, he was a Gold Glove finalist at shortstop. He also rated below average (Defensive Runs Saved) to well below average (Ultimate Zone Rating). Based on reputation and watching him play shortstop, he was among the top 3 at his position in the National League. Based off defensive metrics that record run values of the plays he makes and doesn’t make, he wasn’t even close to being a Gold Glove caliber shortstop.
The 10 a.m. class bell sounds at Tequesta Trace Middle School as 10 Major League Baseball players and prospects stretch yards away in an adjacent park. Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria should be along the third-base line with Chicago Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler and veteran right-hander Jose Veras, but he is running late for the morning workout.
Beyond the historic Giancarlo Stanton contract, they’ve clearly upgraded at first, second and third base, added a top-half-of-the-rotation starter (Mat Latos is one of only five pitchers with at least 15 starts and an ERA below 3.50 each of the past five seasons), acquired the best-available fourth outfielder (Ichiro) and augmented the rotation and bullpen. "They are going to be beyond interesting," Loria said of a team that now fields starters who have had big-league success at every position. "We’ve put together an incredible combination of players. We believe we have probably the best outfield in baseball."
Because Shields rejected the Royals $15.3 million qualifying offer in November, Miami would surrender the 12th overall pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Giving up a high first-round pick, plus the dollars it would take to pay Shields, would be too much for one season of service.
A projected future ace and the anticipated catcher of the future represent the Marlins on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which was announced Friday night on MLB Network. Tyler Kolek, who threw a 102-mph fastball in high school, cracked the list at No. 27, and J.T. Realmuto, who won a Double-A championship last year at Jacksonville, was ranked 70th.
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As good as Madison Bumgarner was during the 2014 postseason, it doesn't override his previous four years of performance. In other words: He's a great pitcher, but shouldn't be ranked among the best of the best just yet.
There's a new prospect rankings out on MLBPipeline.com. Please, go take a look at the 2015 Top 100 Prospects now. It will undoubtedly elicit opinions and critiques. That's why the list is created, after all -- to get people talking and debating about who is and who isn't on the list. It might even start with the No. 1 guy on the list, Byron Buxton. He was a no-brainer a year ago, but after an injury-filled campaign in 2014, there are some who worry about his ability to stay healthy. MLBPipeline.com isn't concerned, and neither are the Twins.
A team from Seattle vs. a team from Boston on the big stage. What's that you say? The Super what? No, no, I'm talking about the 2015 American League Championship Series.
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija is a year away from free agency, but he and his agent are at least willing to listen to any offers from the White Sox about a long-term contract extension.
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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, a Miley/Nathan Eovaldi swap was close to getting done. Plus links on Ichiro Suzuki and Arquimedes Caminero.
Miami lost several key pieces this offseason, and as a result dropped in the farm system rankings this offseason.
The Miami Marlins landed two players in Keith Law's top-100 prospects list this season, as Tyler Kolek and J.T. Realmuto cracked the latest edition.