Will Leitch of MLB.com brought up a great question in his most recent story. Which current player on the Miami Marlins roster will still be with the team in 2025?
Leitch wondered out loud (on the Internet) if any player from the Miami Marlins 25-man roster today would still be wearing the same uniform only seven years from now. It’s logical to think with all the changes team owner Derek Jeter has made, and the ones forthcoming in time, this organization will do another 180-degree turn.
I beg to differ with Leitch, believing from the additions in the Marlins farm system and the roster set by manager Don Mattingly, there will be a few youngsters who will trot onto the field for batting practice.
"“How long is seven years in baseball? MLB’s 2011 leaders in games played (Prince Fielder), at-bats (Ichiro Suzuki), Wins Above Replacement (Cliff Lee), hits (Adrian Gonzalez and Michael Young) and stolen bases (Michael Bourn) are all out of baseball,” Leitch writes. “Your top home-run hitter was Jose Bautista; your best position player by WAR (Baseball-Reference) was Jacoby Ellsbury. It was a long time ago. Seven years is a lifetime.”"
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Brian Anderson, the Marlins outfielder/third baseman, was the player of choice (Leitch only named one star from each of the 30 MLB teams), but youngsters like outfielder Lewis Brinson, and pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez, could all be All-Stars.
Of course, this is all conjecture. We have no idea which direction the Marlins will turn in one year, let alone seven. If a long-term deal is worked out, would catcher J.T. Realmuto still be the face of the franchise at 34 years old? Heck, would Mattingly still be the manager, or would Jeter consider someone else to skipper the team?
Anderson’s stats this season – nine home runs, 52 RBI and a .288 batting average – are a solid start to a Major League career. He is young, at 25-years-old and at 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, he could still develop into a power hitter in the middle of the lineup. He and Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (the Marlins Double-A affiliate) centerfielder Monte’ Harrison, could be the team’s third and fourth hitters.
Miami did a solid job this offseason acquiring young prospects, although it will take time for young arms to develop. The everyday players the Marlins have drafted in recent years could be on this roster in 2019 or 2020.