Ureña was the anchor and only constant of the 2018 rotation. After losing seven straight to open the campaign, he closed strong with six wins in a row. He was the top performer against replacement level on the pitching staff, finishing the year with a 1.0 WAR. While not considered an ace in the conventional sense of the word, he’s clearly the “ace by default” on the 2019 version of the Miami Marlins.
One of only 11 players in the Miami Marlins system over the age of 30, Straily is a workhorse in comparison to our current generation of starting pitchers. Despite missing approximately 10 starts last season due to injury, Straily didn’t miss any starts over the two preceding seasons. Likely a trade-deadline loss to the Marlins, he should give us four months of solid production in the number two spot.
Outside of these two starters, there are many who could play their way into the rotation come Opening Day. Three of these next seven should fill those spots.