6. Josh Johnson (2006)
Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 MLB Draft, Johnson was the second pitcher from the 2006 rookie crop to make this list going 12-7 with a 3.10 ERA and 133 K’s. Even with these strong numbers, Johnson finished in fourth place for NL Rookie of the Year voting behind a couple of other Marlins (more on that later).
Johnson was tied for the most wins on the team during his first year along with two other teammates, while also leading the team in ERA. Johnson would eventually become a two-time All-Star, and win the ERA title in 2010 making him not only one of the best rookies, but best pitchers in Marlins history.
5. Chris Coghlan (2009)
The third player to win the Rookie of the Year award for the franchise, Coghlan played in 128 games during his rookie season. Coghlan slashed .321/.390/.460 during the 2009 season, and was sixth in the National League with his .321 AVG, to pair with 31 doubles, 9 HR’s, and 47 RBI’s.
Coghlan was never able to reproduce the success he had during his rookie run, but his great rookie season is enshrined forever with him winning the NL Rookie of the Year. While he struggled after this rookie season, Coghlan certainly made a big and memorable impact during 2009 with the organization that will be remembered for years to come.