Last year was the Marlins first year under a new ownership group led by Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman. The Marlins have retooled their roster and the broader vision includes redefining the baseball culture and fan experience in South Florida. 2019 continues a rebuilding phase, but the organization has been injected with a lot of young talent and the Marlins should be in a much better place to compete in the National League this season.
The Marlins return a legitimate building block for the future in 3rd baseman Brian Anderson. Anderson is a homegrown talent and he hit .273 with 65 RBIs last season. It was his first full season, so it’s reasonable to expect an increase in his power numbers next season. The Marlins will rely on production from their 2nd baseman Starlin Castro. Castro is a 4x All-Star and should be a coveted trade piece throughout the season. In the offseason, the Marlins added veteran hitters Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker, and pitcher Sergio Ramos. In recent trade returns, the Marlins added two elite prospects, Sixto Sanchez and Victor Mesa. Sixto Sanchez is a consensus top-30 MLB prospect.
On the pitching front, Jose Urena, is the projected ace of the Marlins rotation. The Marlins have plenty of other young arms as well. As the Marlins continue to re-define themselves, they should see the most improvement in their young pitching staff. Mel Stottlemyre, the current pitching coach, is well respected across the league and he believes the rotation has elite potential. Sandy Alcantara, Caleb Smith and Trevor Richards, to name a few, are high-ceiling prospects that should take a step forward in 2019.
Under Derek Jeter, the Marlins aim to redefine the baseball experience in South Florida. Marlins Park, built in 2012, is a unique and state-of-the-art venue and could be a destination attraction in Miami. The Premium spaces at Marlins Park are phenomenal, a fantastic place to entertain clients, family or friends with your next group outing.