Miami Marlins History: All-Time Top 20 OPS (an in-depth look, 20-11)
14) Justin Bour (.825)
Justin Bour already ranks 14th on the all-time Miami Marlins leaderboard, with 78 home runs. His 258 RBI rank 17th, and he’s 16th with 186 walks.
Bour was a 25th round choice of the Chicago Cubs in 2009, but didn’t progress through their system fast enough to make a major league debut with them before the Marlins got him. After the 2013 season, the Miami Marlins selected Bour in the rule 5 draft, which meant that the Marlins could not send Bour down to the minors or risk losing him back to the Cubs. He shouldn’t have worried.
Bour slashed .284/.361/.365 in limited action as a rookie in 2014, with only one home run. In 2015, he hit 23 with 73 RBI in 129 games. He slashed .262/.321/.479, and finished fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.
In 2016, Bour was held to 90 games by injury. He still slashed .264/.349/.475 with 15 round-trippers and 51 RBI. He continued to push his slashline forward in 2017, with a career-high 25 homers and 83 RBI in 108 games. He slashed .289/.366/.536 for the Marlins.
This season, Bour is slashing just .238/.364/.421, but has drawn a career-best 58 walks. He’s also leading the team with 14 homers and a team-second 40 RBI in a team-third 87 contests.
Bour is arbirtration eligible following this season. He can test out free agency in 2021.