Miami Marlins Morning Catch: Team to Incorporate More Analytics in 2016?

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As major league baseball moves into the analytic age, the Miami Marlins continue to fall behind, as the team continues to use the old school method of scouting alone.

Teams like the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, etc take both the anayltics available and use that along with their scouting staff to make the most informed decisions possible. Earlier this year, ESPN rated the Marlins as the second least analyitcal team in baseball, right ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies. Interestingly enough, these two teams are fighting for the worst record in baseball.

That could be changing in 2016 though, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro:

Of course, the main takeaway from the tweet is not any assurance the team will, as Joe says “I expect.” Either way, with the Miami Marlins already being behind the crowd in this and being a small market team that doesn’t spend much, they have a ton of work ahead of them to even the playing field with some of the smarter teams in baseball.

More Miami Marlins News Around the Web:

Christian Yelich has recovered from his early-season struggles – Michael Jong, Fishstripes

Assuming Christian Yelich returns from his knee contusion fairly shortly, here is an interesting question posed by Marlin Maniac manager Ehsan Kassim:

More valuable by the end of the season, Christian Yelich or Dee Gordon?

Both players are certainly trending in opposite directions for the Miami Marlins. On one side, Yelich has been fantastic since June, having hit .305/.372/.422 (.352 wOBA) through the last two and a half months. That line is a little better than the one he put for most of last year; he has hit 24 percent better than the league average over this time period. (Read More Here)

THE MIAMI MARLINS WILL BE A JOKE UNTIL THEY COMMIT TO A PLAN – Joe Lucia, Bloguin

The Miami Marlins are a walking disaster once again. Following a surprising 77-85 season in 2014, the Marlins were a chic playoff pick heading into 2015 season.

“They have the best outfield in baseball!” said many (myself included)
“They have a great young rotation!” said many (myself included)
“They had a great winter!” said many (myself included)

Of course, 2015 hasn’t gone as expected for the Marlins. Through 114 games, the Marlins are 46-68. They’re 16 games out in the NL East. Among all MLB teams, only the Phillies have a worse record. (Read More Here)

Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton Stands and Delivers – Haute Living

Giancarlo Stanton has had quite a roller coaster of a year. Just a year ago, the Miami Marlins slugger was hit in the head by an 88-mile-per-hour inside pitch thrown by the Brewers’ Mike Fiers in Milwaukee. The blow caused facial lacerations, multiple facial fractures, and dental damage.

“My ears were ringing,” said Stanton, who recalls hearing nothing else as he realized he had a mouth full of blood and loose teeth. The injury sidelined the player, a super-hitter who hits the league’s longest ball and was on his way to MVP status. Just two months later, the the 25-year-old player signed a re- cord-breaking $325 million, 13-year contract with the Marlins. The size and scope of the contract—the richest in not only baseball, but in all professional sports—is drawing even more attention than his very impressive homerun and RBI stats. (Read More Here)

Marlins reliever Aaron Crow living through physical, mental toll of Tommy John rehab – Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida

Miami Marlins right-hander Aaron Crow shows up early to the ballpark for work before batting practice. Afterward, he sits by his locker inside the clubhouse. During the National Anthem, he stands with his teammates along the third-base line wearing his No. 43 uniform.

Once first pitch rolls around, however, he situates himself inside the dugout rather than in the home bullpen located in right field. (Read More Here)

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