Apr 26, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) connects for a base hit during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to another Miami Marlins Round Table Discussion. On today’s agenda, we’ll be discussing the first three weeks of the Miami Marlins season. The team has gotten off to a slow 6-12 start, but a recent 5-game winning streak has brought a more positive outlook for the rest of the season.
1. Which Marlin has impressed you the most so far this season? Which has disappointed you the most?
Ehsan Kassim: Dee Gordon has to be the most impressive. His speed is a complete game changer, but he needs to harness that a bit, as he’s not been as successful on the base paths as you’d expect. Still, a .395 batting average is fun to see at the top of the lineup. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the biggest disappointment, but I still do think the team shouldn’t have given up on him just yet.
Travis Honeycutt: Gotta say Dee Gordon, although Adeiny Hechavarria could be answer 1B. Gordon, though, leads the National League in yesterday became the first Marlin in history to rack up 30 hits in the first 20 games of a season. Hech started dreadfully slow but has been pretty incredible the last week or so. But Gordon gets the nod from me, because he’s been consistent these first three weeks.
Daniel Zylberkan: I would say Dee Gordon, I knew that the speed was dangerous and that he had a great year in 2014 but also seems to have an ability to make good things happen with both the bat and on the base paths. Michael Morse has had a very slow start to the season and he seems overwhelmed out there sometimes he seems to be giving away at-bats.
Miller Lepree: Adeiny Hechavarria has been en fuego lately, and it’s been really fun to watch. Christian Yelich was off to a slow start, then got injured, the team will need him to come back at full strength.
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Dillon Murrell: It’s hard to determine who has been the most impressive or disappointing this season since we aren’t yet at the point where a lot of rates are stabilizing. However, AJ Ramos has increased his swing strike rate so far, leading to an increase in strikeout rate. He’s increased his first pitch strike % which, in combination with throwing to Saltalamacchia’s league worst glove, has led to a decrease in walk rate. He’s continued to show the ability to suppress BABIP as well. Early returns on him look strong. Most disappointing would have to be Saltalamacchia, although he probably doesn’t deserve it much. No one should expect his .063 BABIP to represent his talent level considering his career average is .319, but his performance in his very, very small sample before getting DFA’d wasn’t good. It’s not fair to base this opinion off what is an inconclusive amount of plate appearances, but the circumstances point to him being the most disappointing player so far.
Michael Sonbeek: Dee Gordon has impressed me the most the so far, getting on base and hitting for a high average. Mat Latos has been the biggest disappointment to me so far, I think that’s the obvious answer as his first 3 starts were brutal.
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