Miami Marlins: Six Players to Watch

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Justin Bour
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Justin Bour /
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JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Braxton Lee
JUPITER, FL – FEBRUARY 22: Braxton Lee /

The 2018 season is getting underway and it seems everyone has already counted the Miami Marlins out. What they’re all forgetting is that there is a reason they actually play the games.

Nothing is won or lost on predictions. “Experts” have the Miami Marlins pegged as a 100-loss club. Most prediction systems predict a similar fate. Pecota shows the Marlins will finish 65-97. has the Fish at 70-92. has Miami at 64-98, and so on.

Even the best simulation game in the world, OOTP19, has the Marlins looking squarely at a 64-98 record. Can anyone ever really tell, though, what the future holds? This slideshow features six players who could make a difference. Some of them are established, and some of them are just getting started.

I’ve featured mostly hitters in this slide deck, with one pitcher you may have heard of. That’s not to say the rest of the team will not perform well. Opening Day was a four-run loss to the Chicago Cubs, but Derek Dietrich, Brian Anderson, Tayron Guerrero, and Cameron Maybin all had decent performances in the losing effort.