Mar 24, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Jake Marisnick (23) connects for a double during a game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
1. Jake Marisnick Wins Rookie of the Year
Marisnick turned in a strong season in Double-A for the Jacksonville Suns, before being promoted to the big leagues. He posted a .294/.358/.502 slash line with a .391 wOBA. Marisnick hit 12 home runs and stole 11 bases for the Suns, proving why he was such a high touted prospect before heading to the Marlins in their blockbuster deal.
However, a rough patch in just over a month in the majors brought in a lot of detractors that he’d never be able to do well in the majors, due to how long his swing was. That’s why despite a strong spring, the Marlins made the tough decision to demote Marisnick to Triple-A to begin the season.
I don’t believe Marcell Ozuna is ready for the majors and that will be proven over the first month of the season. While Ozuna struggles, Marisnick will get off to a hot start in New Orleans and force the Marlins hand. Once he gets up to the majors, he’ll stick around post a 20/20 season in the big leagues, winning Rookie of the Year honors.