There have been 630 players to have appeared with the Florida and Miami Marlins through their first 28 seasons of MLB play.
Fish Stripes has counted down 629 of them. With one day until the opener, we finish off our offseason-long countdown with the number one Marlins player. He tops the list in both raw bWAR, at 35.7, and in bWAR per batter faced. For context, the number two player on the list, Kevin Brown, averaged .00712. bWAR per batter faced, and Stanton averaged .00867 during his time with the team. For additional context, his .00608 rate of bWAR since joining the New York Yankees would have placed ninth on the Marlins list, just below Christian Yelich.
#1 Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton is a six-foot-six right-handed hitting and throwing right fielder from Panorama City, California. Born on November 8, 1999, the Marlins took him in the second round of the 2007 draft out of Notre Dame HS with the 76th overall choice. It was an unusually loaded draft, with 13 players in the first two rounds totaling 10 bWAR or better to date. Stanton is second, with 41.0, to Josh Donaldson’s 41.5.
Stanton made good use of the minors, with 89 home runs through 324 contests. That includes 39 in 125 games for the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2008. In his rookie season of 2010, he slammed 22 homers with 59 RBI in 100 games, slashing a .259/.326/.507 line but striking out over 31 percent of the time. On September 12, Stanton belted two home runs, going three-for-four and knocking in three as the Marlins topped the Washington Nationals, 6-5.
Stanton put in his first full season of work at the major league level in 2011, appearing in 150 games. He hit .262/.356/.537 with 34 home runs and 87 RBI, while slightly improving his whiff-rate to 28 percent.
The 2012 campaign would see Stanton miss a month of the season with a right knee problem and an abdominal strain. Still, in 129 games, he set a then-career-best with 37 homers, knocking in 86 and leading the major leagues in slugging percentage by slashing .290/.361/.608. Although he was invited to the All-Star Game for the first time, he didn’t appear due to the aforementioned injury.
In 2013, Stanton again spent a large part of the season on the injured list, missing a month-and-a-half between a hamstring strain and shoulder soreness. On June 17, he accounted for all of Miami’s offense by hitting a two run homer in the sixth and a solo shot in the ninth in a 3-2 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks. When Stanton was healthy, his line regressed to .249/.365/.480, with 24 moonshots and 62 RBI.
Stanton earned his first National League Silver Slugger Award for right field in 2014, leading the NL with 37 homers, 299 total bases, and a .555 slugging percentage. He hit .288 and knocked in 105, stealing a career-best 13 bases in 14 attempts. He was good enough to finish second in the NL MVP race.
The 2015 season would see Stanton miss over half of the year with a broken bone in his left hand. He slashed .265/.346/.606 in 74 games, still managing to hit 27 balls out of the park with 67 RBI, and got his third invitation to the All Star Team.
In 2016, Stanton hit .240/.326/.489 in 119 games, and finished the year with a career-low .815 OPS. Even so, he led the Marlins with 27 homers and placed fourth on the club with 74 RBI.
Stanton finally put it all together in 2017 with a fully healthy season. In 159 games, he led the majors with 59 homers and 132 RBI, also leading the NL with a .631 SLG and 169 OPS+. He won the NL’s MVP Award, got his fourth All-Star invite, and his second NL Silver Slugger Award. He hit two homers 10 times for the Marlins, including on August 25, when he drove in five by going three-for-three in an 8-6 win against the San Diego Padres.
Although Stanton is understandably well known for his tremendous offensive capabilities, his defense has gone quietly unremarked-upon. In his seven seasons with Florida/Miami, Stanton was worth 40 runs DRS above the average National League outfielder.
After the 2017 season, Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees for infielder Jose Devers, two years of Starlin Castro, and fireballer Jorge Guzman.
Stanton was fully healthy for the Yanks in 2018, and hit 38 home runs in 158 games. Since then, he’s appeared in 41 regular season games through the two intervening seasons, totaling seven homers. Although largely free of Stanton on the books for the time being, the Marlins remain “on the hook,” so to speak, for $30 million on the back end of his deal, between 2026 and 2028.