The Miami Marlins have had four Rookie of the Year players grace the organization. Hopefully, the Marlins have drafted yet another future recipient for the prestigious award during this years draft.
From pitchers to position players, the Marlins have always done well to develop players, even having multiple players named all-stars during their rookie campaign. Even now, the Marlins have some great young talent on their roster headlined by current NL Rookie of the Year favorite and 2021 NL All-Star pitcher Trevor Rogers.
However, Rogers will not be considered for this list as his rookie season is still ongoing. The same goes for Jazz Chisholm and Anthony Bender, who are also having tremendous rookie seasons for the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins have seen some great rookie seasons in their franchise history.
This list will countdown the Top 10 rookie seasons in Marlins franchise history. However, just because a player won the Rookie of the Year does not mean they will automatically be ranked higher than others. This list will solely look at the numbers, as well as the impact the player had for the team that season.
But first, some honorable mentions:
HM. Luis Castillo (1996)
The all-time franchise leader in hits had a solid rookie year at 20 years and 331 days old. While he barely broke the rookie eligibility rule, Castillo had 164 AB’s and slashed .262/.320/.305. Just like his career, he never had a ton of pop on his bat as he only had one HR during his rookie season.
HM. Scott Olsen (2006)
Olsen had his best season in the majors as a rookie, finishing ninth in the NL Rookie of the Year race in 2006. During that season, Olsen had a 12-10 record with a 4.04 ERA to pair with 166 K’s. Olsen was a solid part of the Marlins rotation during the 2006 season, which saw four rookie pitchers have 10 wins (more on that later).
HM. Kevin Millar (1999)
A fan favorite in Marlins history, even though he only played 500 games for the Fish. However, he is still probably one of the better hitters the organization has had from a pure numbers point of view. Millar’s rookie eligibility ended in 1999 where he slashed .285/.362/.433 with 9 HR’s and 67 RBI’s.