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All-Time Marlins Countdown: Chapter 111

Dan Straily headlines today’s chapter in the all-time countdown.

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Through their first 28 seasons, the Florida and Miami Marlins have employed a total of 630 players in a regular season game.

We’re currently in the final bracket, which is comprised of players with 800 or more PA/BF while with the franchise. Marlins are ranked in ascending bWAR divided by PA/BF. Today’s group of three all finished their time with the team slightly above replacement level. Prospect rankings are courtesy of Baseball America, and statistics were culled from the Baseball Cube and Baseball Reference.

90. Jeremy Hermida

Left-handed batting outfielder Jeremy Hermida is a six-foot-three Atlanta native. In 2002, the Atlanta Braves chose him in the first round of the draft, with the 11th overall choice out of high school.

At the start of the 2003 season, Hermida was regarded as the Marlins number five prospect. In 133 games for the Single-A Greensboro Bats, he hit .284/.387/.393 with six homers and 49 RBI. He also stole 28 bases in 30 attempts, and drew 80 walks versus 100 strikeouts.

Hermida opened the following three seasons as the Marlins top overall prospect, and by 2006 was the number-four prospect in baseball. He was named the Southern League All-Star team in 2005, earning the All-Star game MVP and also getting named the Florida Marlins Minor League Player of the Year. He hit .293/.457/.518 with 18 round-trippers and 63 RBI, with 111 bases on balls against 89 strikeouts. He was again hard to catch, with 23 stolen bases in 25 attempts. In his major league debut for Florida the same year, he went 12-for-41 with four homers and 11 RBI in 23 games.

Hermida’s first major league game was one to remember, although the Marlins lost to the St. Louis Cardinals by a 10-5 final score. In his first career plate appearance, he pinch hit for Brian Moehler with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, and opened his MLB career with a grand slam. In the Marlins final game of the season, on October 2 against the Atlanta Braves, Hermida singled in the sixth and hit a game-tying two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Juan Pierre later had a walk-off RBI-single to give the Marlins a 7-6 victory.

Hermida followed his promising cup of coffee by spending the next four seasons at the major league level with the Marlins.

On June 2, 2008, Hermida tripled to lead off the fourth inning against the Braves, later scoring to get the Marlins within a run against Atlanta. In the top of the ninth, with the Marlins down by a run, two outs and two runners in scoring position, Hermida knocked them both in with a go-ahead single. The Marlins still lost in extras, 7-5.

On April 18, 2009, Hermida singled and scored in the fifth, hit a two-run game-tying homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and added a three-run jack in the 11th for the eventual winning margin of 9-6 over the Washington Nationals.

Overall, Hermida appeared in 516 games, and hit .265/.344/.425 with 57 homers, 210 RBI, and 20 stolen bases for the Marlins. Defensively, he played 3850 13 innings, with 15 assists and 23 errors in the outfield. On balance, he was regarded as a very slightly above average outfielder, mostly in right field. He was worth three runs more than the average National League outfielder defensively. After the 2009 season, the Marlins traded Hermida to the Boston Red Sox for Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones.

Hermida played another 116 major league games between the Red Sox, the Oakland Athletics, the Cincinnati Reds, and the San Diego Padres.

89. Dan Straily

Redlands, California native Dan Straily is a six-foot-two right-handed pitcher. He was originally a 24th round pick of the Oakland Athletics in the 2009 draft out of Marshall University.

Straily got to the majors with Oakland in 2012, and also appeared with the Chicago Cubs, the Houston Astros, and the Cincinnati Reds prior to his stop with the Marlins. He had his best season in 2016 for the Reds, going 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 191 13 innings. A month before 2017 Spring Training, the Reds sent to Miami for Austin Brice, Luis Castillo, and minor leaguer Zeek White.

Straily’s first season with the Marlins would see him start a National League leading 33 games for Miami. He went 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA and 170 K’s in 181 23 innings. He allowed opponents a 1.299 WHIP and a slash line of .256/.318/.466. He got 65 percent of his pitches over the plate, but surrendered 31 home runs.

On April 22, Straily struck out 14 in seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits and earning no-decision in a 6-3, 11-inning win over the San Diego Padres. On June 16, Straily earned his fifth win of the season by pitching 6 13 shutout innings, walking zero and striking out eight against four singles in a 5-0 victory against Atlanta.

In 2018, Straily was limited by injury to 23 starts at the major league level. He kept his basic stat line pretty much unchanged, with a 5-6 record, a 4.12 ERA, 99 whiffs in 122 13 innings, and a 1.300 WHIP. On May 18, he struck out six over seven shutout three-hit innings and earned the win in a 2-0 decision over the Braves. Near the end of 2019 Spring Training, the Marlins released Straily.

Straily started 56 games in his two seasons with the Marlins, going 15-15 with a 4.20 ERA. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles through free agency a week into the campaign, and racked up a 9.82 ERA in 47 23 innings. Purchased from Baltimore by the Philadelphia Phillies at the 2019 trade deadline, he was granted free agency following the season without appearing for them at the major league level. He remains available.

88. Kurt Abbott

Kurt Abbott is a five-foot-11 right-handed infielder from Zanesville, Ohio. Like Straily, he started his professional career getting drafted by the Athletics. They took him in the 15th round in 1989 out of St. Petersburg College.

Abbott got to the majors with Oakland in 1993, and went 15-for-61 in 20 games. After the season, they sent him to Florida for Kerwin Moore. Exactly four years later, the Marlins traded him back to Oakland for Eric Ludwick.

In the four years in-between, Abbott played at least 94 games in each for Florida. In 424 games in total, he slashed out a .257/.308/.428 line, with 40 home runs and 156 RBI. His best major league season was in 1995, when he clubbed 17 homers with 60 RBI, both career highs.

National League Championship Series - Atlanta Braves v Florida Marlins - Game Four

As a member of the Marlins, Abbott played exclusively at shortstop through his first two seasons, where he was an average National League fielder. He made 34 errors in 1800 13 innings for a .962 fielding percentage, then branched out to other positions in 1996. That year he played 44 games at short, 33 at third, and 20 at second base. His utility increased in 1997, when he played 54 games at second, 10 in left, seven at short, and four times at the hot corner.

In the 1997 postseason, Abbott went five-for-19 from the plate with one double as Florida won their first World Series Title.

After rejoining the A’s, Abbott later also played for the Colorado Rockies, the New York Mets, and the Atlanta Braves.