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Tank Race Tuesday: Marlins clinging to top 2020 MLB Draft spot

Updating the 2019 MLB reverse standings, which will determine the following year’s amateur draft order.

Original photos by Getty Images (tank) and USA Today (Don Mattingly)

The Marlins still yearn for more cheap, controllable, high-upside talent to elevate their farm system to an elite level and lay the foundation for sustainable success. Stinking against major league competition this season is a critical step in that process. We don’t need to call it “tanking,” but let’s just say—behind closed doors—Miami’s front office will tolerate plenty of 2019 losses if it means selecting near the top of the 2020 MLB Draft and maximizing their 2020-21 international bonus pool. Fish Stripes will be monitoring this “race” for you.

FanGraphs ran performance projections for every team prior to Opening Day, but also continues to provide rest-of-season projections as the real games get played. See below for details regarding the six worst teams, including the Orioles, Marlins, Royals, White Sox, Tigers and Giants.


Orioles

2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 8-16, minus-56

2019 projected record and run differential: 60-102, minus-237

Upcoming schedule: 4/23-4/24 vs. White Sox, 4/26-4/28 at Twins, 4/29-5/1 at White Sox, 5/3-5/5 vs. Rays

Marlins

2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 6-16, minus-47

2019 projected record and run differential: 63-99, minus-170

Upcoming schedule: 4/23-4/24 at Indians, 4/25-4/28 at Phillies, 4/30-5/1 vs. Indians, 5/3-5/5 vs. Braves

Royals

2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 7-16, minus-23

2019 projected record and run differential: 67-95, minus-113

Upcoming schedule: 4/23-4/24 at Rays, 4/26-4/28 vs. Angels, 4/29-5/2 vs. Rays, 5/3-5/5 at Tigers

White Sox

2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 9-12, minus-10

2019 projected record and run differential: 70-92, minus-106

Upcoming schedule: 4/23-4/24 at Orioles, 4/26-4/28 vs. Tigers, 4/29-5/1 vs. Orioles, 5/2-5/5 vs. Red Sox

Tigers

2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 10-10, minus-13

2019 projected record and run differential: 70-92, minus-120

Upcoming schedule: 4/23-4/25 at Red Sox (four games), 4/26-4/28 at White Sox, 4/30-5/1 at Phillies, 5/3-5/5 vs. Royals

Giants

2019 record and run differential (entering Tuesday): 9-14, minus-13

2019 projected record and run differential: 73-89, minus-61

Upcoming schedule: 4/23-4/24 at Blue Jays, 4/26-4/28 vs. Yankees, 4/29-5/1 vs. Dodgers, 5/3-5/6 at Reds