With six games left to play this spring, time is running out for some of these players to make the team.
Throughout Spring Training, Marlin Maniac is taking a deeper look into every part of the Miami Marlins possible active Opening Day roster. On Monday, we pick apart the rotation. Tuesdays, we check out the outfield. Wednesdays it’s the bullpen. The catchers get a turn on Thursdays, and Friday we take a trip around the infield.
Like I said, we’re down to just six more games this spring. The Miami Marlins have quite a few players who are vying for only four (maybe five) outfield spots on the roster when March 28th rolls around.
The statistics spotlighted in this article are for the last seven days. Chances at making the Opening Day roster are estimated entirely by me, and does not reflect the opinion of FanSided.
Fish Stripes have it right. The Miami Marlins are on a 10-game winning streak, and it seems like most everyone is hitting pretty well. Meanwhile, there’s only nine outfielders left with a chance to get onto the Opening Day roster. Let’s take a look at the active roster first.
Lewis Brinson one-for-16, two RBI, five strikeouts, one assist
Brinson collected five solo home runs in his first week of play, but has tailed off since then. He’s still hitting .286, and is expected to start Opening Day in center field. Opening Day Roster Chance: 100 percent
Garrett Cooper six-for-10, one double, two walks, one double, five runs, five RBI, one SF
Most of the outfield is already hot – Cooper is on fire. Coming into the week, he was seven-for-22 – already a .318 average. With his six-for-10 performance, he’s boosted that average up to .406. The 6’6″ Auburn, Alabama native seems to be trying to make up for the time he lost last season with a variety of injuries. Opening Day Roster Chance: 60 percent
Austin Dean six-for-11, one walk, two runs, four RBI, one SF
Hitting .364 by collecting 12 hits in 33 at bats thus far, Dean is also making a case for himself to make the cut. His three stolen bases shouldn’t be a complete surprise, either. In 2015, he swiped 18 bases in 136 games with the Jupiter Hammerheads. Opening Day Roster Chance: 60 percent
Rosell Herrera four-for-13, one walk, four runs, two RBI, four strikeouts, one SB
Despite a strong week, Herrera’s hit just .216 over 37 at bats this spring, with only one RBI. On the plus side, he shares the team lead with Yadiel Rivera with four stolen bases to his credit. Opening Day Roster Chance: 20 percent
Peter O’Brien four-for-11, two doubles, four walks, six RBI, three strikeouts, one SB
O’Brien’s hitting just .216 this spring, and has struck out 18 times in 37 at bats. He also leads the Miami Marlins with 11 RBI, and has been a lot better lately. Look for him to open with the parent club. Opening Day Roster Chance: 80 percent
Isaac Galloway two-for-six, one double, one triple, one walk, three runs, one strikeout
After spending 11 seasons in the Miami Marlins minor league system, Galloway finally got his first taste of the major leagues late last season. His performance this spring shows that he’s pretty focused on sticking around. He’s nine-for-27 overall with two doubles and two triples, along with a pair of RBI and as many stolen bases. Opening Day Roster Chance: 25 percent
Curtis Granderson two-for-11, one double, one walk, one run, two RBI, two strikeouts
Opening Day Roster Chance: 80 percent
Gabriel Guerrero 0-for-five, one walk, two strikeouts
Guerrero had a rough week, but he’s still tracking a .292 average and has five RBI with two doubles and a homer over 24 at bats. It’s likely, however, that he opens this season with the New Orleans Baby Cakes. Opening Day Roster Chance: 10 percent
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Harold Ramirez three-for-seven, one walk, two runs, three RBI, one SF, one error
Ramirez has been raking as well. An eight-for-25 showing thus far through spring, this will be his eighth professional season. Although he’s yet to appear in the majors, he is a .301 career hitter in the minor leagues. He probably won’t open the season with the Miami Marlins, but is likely to join the club at some point when injury opens a door for him. Opening Day Roster Chance: 15 percent
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