Miami Marlins Season Review: Reviewing Ehsan Kassim’s Preseason Bold Predictions

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Jul 28, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins player Rafael Furcal looks on from the dugout prior to a game against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Ballpark. Marlins won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

3. Rafael Furcal spends majority of season on DL; Derek Dietrich thrives

When Furcal hit the DL with his hamstring woes, nobody outside of the Marlins front office was the least bit surprised. A guy with a long injury history that missed the entirety of the previous season dealt with more injuries? How did you not see this coming?

Furcal played a grand total of 30 games all season, with only 9 of those being major league games with the Marlins. In the time that he did play, he was extremely unproductive. Furcal’s slash line for the 2014 season reads, .171/.216/.229 with a career high strikeout percentage of 18.9%.

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Dietrich started the season as the Marlins starting second baseman due to Furcal’s woes. Unfortunately, he had his own injury during Spring Training that caused issues for him. He was struck on the face on a funny hop groundball near the end of spring and had issues in the beginning of the season when fielding grounders because of his tentativeness due to the injury.

Despite being one of the Marlins better bats in his time in the majors, the Marlins decided to demote Dietrich and allow him to work on his defense in the minors. What actually happened was Dietrich dominating minor league pitching, but also spending a great deal of time on the DL down there.

The Marlins didn’t call him up when the rosters expanded in September, which puts his future as a Marlin in question now.

Half-Right (0.5/3)