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All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapters 123-124

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A double dose of the countdown features a current rotational starter.

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Here’s a triple-dose of our offseason-long every-Marlins countdown.

Through the Florida and Miami Marlins first 28 seasons of competition, they’ve employed 630 players on the field in a regular season or playoff game. The players are ranked in this series by ascending bWAR value divided by plate appearances and/or batters faced. We’ve already profiled 569 of them in our comprehensive series. Here’s another six.

61. Matt Treanor

Matt Treanor is a six-foot right-handed catcher from Garden Grove, California. In 1994, Treanor was a fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Royals out of Mater Dei HS, in Santa Ana, CA. Although Treanor ultimately enjoyed a nine-season major league career, it took a full 10 years before he got to the bigs.

After spending his first three years as a professional in the Royals system, Treanor was traded to the Marlins for Matt Whisenant (#599 in our countdown). A Marlins minor-leaguer from 1997 through 2003, Treanor was granted free agency and resigned by the franchise following the 2000, 2002, and 2003 seasons.

As a change-of-pace backstop, Treanor was amongst the best employed through Florida/Miami history. He appeared in 274 games over five seasons with the club, hitting .237/.322/.317 with eight home runs and 70 RBI. Defensively, he ranked below the National League average in caught stealing percentage in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2006, he led the circuit with a 47 percent kill-rate (16-of-34).

The 2006 campaign would also rank as Treanor’s best overall major league season, judging by bWAR (he secured a career-best mark of 1.2). Although he only hit .229, he also drew 19 walks for a BB-rate over 10 percent.

In Treanor’s fifth career major league game, he earned his highest WPA with the franchise, on June 17, 2004. He entered a 1-1 tie with two outs in the bottom of the 11th and Luis Castillo on third against the Chicago White Sox, then drove him home with a walk-off single.

After the 2008 season, Treanor was released by Florida. He played another four seasons at baseball’s top level, making appearances with the Detroit Tigers, the Texas Rangers, the Royals, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

60. Pablo López

Pablo López is a six-foot-four, right-handed throwing, lefty batting pitcher from Cabimas, Venezuela. In 2012, he got his professional career underway when he signed with the Seattle Mariners through free agency while still just 16-years-old.

In 2016, for his age-20 season, López posted a 7-1 record with a 2.13 ERA through 17 appearances for the Clinton LumberKings, including 13 starts. His stellar control was already on full display even early on in his career. Although he only struck out 56 in 84 13 innings, he also walked only nine batters. In fact, López has only walked 128 through an eight-season professional career, for a 1.8 career BB/9 across all levels.

A week prior to the 2017 trade deadline, the Mariners sent López with Brandon Miller, Lukas Schiraldi, and Brayan Hernandez to the Marlins for reliever David Phelps. López is the only one of the four to get to the majors with Miami, while Phelps only pitched 8 23 innings in Seattle.

López has started 42 games for the Marlins since making his major league debut on June 30, 2018. He’s 13-16 with a 4.47 ERA and 200 K’s in 227 13 innings, with a 1.232 WHIP and 63 walks surrendered. He’s reliant on a five-pitch mix, with a 94-MPH fastball, a cutter, a curve, a sinker, and a changeup.

On May 18, 2019, López logged the best GameScore of his career to date, procuring a mark of 80 in a 2-0 victory against the New York Mets. He struck out seven and gave up one hit and a pair of walks in a combined one-hit victory. Now entering his fourth major league season, López is arbitration eligible in 2022, and will hit free agency in 2025.

59. Starlin Castro

Six-foot-two middle-infielder Starlin Castro is an 11-season major league veteran. He started his career in earnest after signing with the Chicago Cubs through free agency in 2006, at the age of 16.

Castro debuted with the Cubs in 2010, and made the National League All Star Team in three of his six seasons in the Windy City. He followed that with two seasons for the New York Yankees, making his first American League All Star Team in 2017. After that season, the Bombers traded Castro with Jose Devers and Jorge Guzman to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton.

Castro was solid for the Marlins, registering a 2.1 bWAR in 2018 (the fourth highest of his career) and leading the majors in 2019 by appearing in all 162 games. In 316 games in total for the Marlins, Castro hit .274/.314/.418 with 34 round-trippers and 140 RBI. That home run total includes a season-high 22 in 2019.

Defensively for the Marlins, Castro plate exclusively at second base in his first season. In 1314 innings in the field, he put up a .981 fielding percentage, which was right in line with the NL average. In 2019, Castro played another 1012 23 innings at second base, but also played 366 23 innings at the hot corner and another 134 13 at shortstop.

Despite making four errors at third base, advanced metrics show that Castro was actually a well-above fielder at the position, even more so than at second or at shortstop.

On August 30, 2019, Castro put up his best WPA figure while with the team, with a mark of .648 in a 7-6 loss to the Washington Nationals. He struck out in his first two plate appearances, then singled leading off the fifth, singled and later scored in the seventh, and added a two-run, go-ahead shot in the top of the ninth, turning a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead off Yankees reliever Daniel Hudson. Ryne Stanek couldn’t hold the lead in the bottom of the frame.

Going into the 2020 season, Castro signed with the Nationals through free agency for two years and $12 million. He only appeared in 16 games for the Nats last year, hitting .267 with four RBI.

58. Greg Colbrunn

Greg Colbrunn was a sixth round choice of the Montreal Expos in 1987 out of Fontana HS, out of his hometown in California. A six-foot first baseman, Colbrunn got to the majors with the Expos five seasons later.

After the 1993 season, the Marlins claimed Colbrunn off waivers from Montreal. He played in 326 games for Florida over the next three seasons, slashing .284/.325/.451 with 45 homers and 189 RBI. He posted a .995 fielding percentage during that time, which was slightly better than the National League average. He was 18 runs above average at the not-hot corner for Florida, leading the Senior Circuit in 1995 with eight total zone runs.

On July 30, 1995, Colbrunn singled in the sixth and added a two-run come-from-behind homer in the bottom of the eighth, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Florida won, 3-1. On September 19, he turned the same trick in a 5-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies, jacking another two-run shot in the ninth inning for a come-from-behind victory.

Granted free agency after the completion of the 1996 season, Colbrunn played another eight seasons at the major league level. He made appearances with the Minnesota Twins, the Atlanta Braves, the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Seattle Mariners.

Since his retirement as a player, Colbrunn has been a hitting coach with the Charleston River Dogs for nine of the past 14 seasons. In 2013 and 2014, he was the hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox.