The start of the regular season is less then two weeks away. In fact, my countdown to the season says there is just 11 days until opening day 2012 for the Miami Marlins. As spring training is nearing winding down, I though this would be an appropiate time to look at some spring training surprises for the Marlins in 2012.
Here is a list of four good surprises for the Marlins and four possible dangerous surprises for the Marlins thus far.
|Spring Training||14 2/3||0.83||15||0.61|
|ZiPS Proj||164 2/3||.267||124||4.40|
It is obvious that LeBlanc is pitching way over his head so far. If you are a Marlins fan, nothing of this sort should be expected from LeBlanc in 2012. He is at least showing that he can be an effective pitcher at the Major League level. Lets hope that LeBlanc has some of this dominant pitching left for the season. LeBlanc is actually starting today’s game against the Boston Red Sox.
Kearns before a long battle with injuries, had a very strong rookie campaign in 2002, when he posted a WAR of 5.2 in just 407 at-bats. The Marlins are very unlikely to get that type of production from Kearns, but if he does make the Marlins final roster, the Marlins should expect a righty bat that can provide some good power. Kearns is also a strong defender in the corner outfield positions. His chances of making the team seem really good right now.
Hanley looks great so far coming off of his shoulder surgery. Looking at his spring stats, Ramirez seems poised for a big comeback season. I would like fans to stay on the side of caution right now. The buzz around Ramirez this spring has been great for Marlins fans to hear. But we have heard Hanley sing this same tune only to revert to his old habits. What Marlins fans should take out of Hanley’s spring performance is that he is finally healthy. Whether or not he produces is another story.
Obviously, Solano is not a real threat based off of his projections. Solano’s numbers in the minors do not indicate that he will ever be a very strong Major League player. His fast start to spring training is likely going to provide him a chance to prove himself in 2012. Solano has clearly played above his head so far and might earn himself a roster spot due to that. That is great for the kid, but he likely will not amount to much.
Rowand came into camp hoping to compete for a spot on the Marlins. Instead, he is proving all his critics that said he was done correct. ZiPS did not have much hope for Rowand posting the valuable numbers he had in the past. At this point, it is very unlikely that Rowand makes the Marlins roster. It will be interesting to see if he accepts a minor league assignment with the Marlins or if he moves on.
|Spring Training||6 1/3||4.3||4.3||9.95|
Ozzie Guillen warned the Marlins that Buehrle was a slow starter and never had good springs. Buehrle has done his best to keep up his managers promise. This is just a blip on the radar for Buehrle. Not much should be taken from his spring at all.
Is this the Bonifacio we will see in 2012 or is this just Bonifacio having a spring training we should discount. Bonifacio is going to be the Marlins starting center fielder and I do not know if I trust him yet. Yes, he had a very strong 2010, but a player has to prove himself for more then one year in order to be seen as a reliable player. It will be interesting to see if Bonifacio regresses or continues to improve in 2012.
This has been a spring to forget for Cousins. He has not looked good at the plate at all. Cousins was sent down to Triple-A yesterday, eliminating him from the outfield competition going on right now. It will be interesting to see if Cousins can have a bounce back season and stay healthy in 2012.
Thanks for tuning in, we will get back to the Miami Marlins season preview on Monday. We will be looking at the staff ace, Josh Johnson.