2016 MLB Opening Day Countdown: Miami Marlins Team Preview

By: Kyle May

As the 2016 MLB season draws closer, we will preview every single team in the reverse regular season standings order of the 2015 season. Today we will provide analysis on the Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres.

2015 Record: 71-91 | 3rd in NL East

2015 Recap: The Marlins struggled in 2015 largely thanks to ace Jose Fernandez’s extended absence and Giancarlo Stanton’s injury that shut him down for the last 8 weeks of the season. The Marlins added Dee Gordon, who had a breakout season. They had a relatively young roster that still boasts lots of potential. Hechavarria continued to be a defensive wizard for the Marlins. Overall, 2015 was not that bad for the Marlins, given their circumstances.

2016 Outlook: 2016 looks to be a lot more promising than 2015 for the Marlins if they can stay healthy. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton was leading the league in homeruns before his season-ending injury last year. If he can continue to crush baseballs, the Marlins will win. Jose Fernandez will be back for a full season for the Marlins and will be a clear-cut ace that the Marlins lacked for the majority of 2015. Expect the Marlins to contend in the NL East, especially if the Mets and Nationals do not live up to their expectations this year.

Key Additions: Wei-Yen Chen, SP

Key Losses: none

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
  5. Justin Bour, 1B
  6. Martin Prado, 3B
  7. JT Realmuto, C
  8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
  9. Pitcher Spot

Projected Pitching Rotation:

1: Jose Fernandez
2: Wei-Yen Chen*
3: Jarred Cosart
4: Tom Koehler
5: Adam Conley
Closer: AJ Ramos

*Named Opening Day Starter due to Jose Fernandez 2016 Innings Limit

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