Team preview: Florida Marlins

BY John Halpin • February 1, 2011

Projected lineup

1. CF: Chris Coghlan
2. 2B: Omar Infante
3. SS: Hanley Ramirez
4. RF: Mike Stanton
5. 1B: Gaby Sanchez
6. LF: Logan Morrison
7. C: John Buck
8. 3B: Matt Dominguez

Projected rotation

1. SP: Josh Johnson
2. SP: Ricky Nolasco
3. SP: Javier Vazquez
4. SP: Anibal Sanchez
5. SP: Chris Volstad
CL: Leo Nunez

Five tips

• Ramirez had an off-year, but injuries had something to do with that. He’s still the second-best overall fantasy player behind Albert Pujols, of course. Did you know that Ramirez has averaged 112.4 runs per season in his five-year career?

• Stanton strikes out too much, but he has ridiculous power. Last season, at age 20, he hit 43 homers in 551 at bats between Double A and the majors. He’s a superstar in the making, and he’s going to hit at least 35 homers this season. His batting average should be your only concern, but it won’t be awful. He batted .259 last year with some bad luck in the BABIP department.

• You’re going to hear a lot about Morrison as a prospect, and he might become a really nice player. Just don’t expect a lot of power for him yet. He hit eight homers, 37 doubles and 11 triples between the minors and majors last season. Morrison is only a borderline candidate for a roster spot in your standard league.

• Yes, you should be somewhat concerned about the shoulder inflammation that ended Johnson’s season early. He’s still No. 5 in my starter rankings, because he’s a Grade-A stud. If you draft him, cross your fingers.

• Vazquez was a top-10 starter in 2009, and a bust of epic proportions in 2010. He killed countless fantasy owners that spent high draft picks on him. Do you know what to make of Vazquez now? I sure don’t, but I had to rank him somewhere on the starter list, and he ended up at No. 49. His decreased fastball velocity is worrisome, but there’s still a lot of talent.

Plus:

Odd man out: Wes Helms, if he loses the battle at third base to Dominguez, as expected. Also, speedy Emilio Bonifacio will once again be a utilityman, which good sense since he doesn’t hit enough to play every day.

Top prospects: Whenever hard-throwing relief pitchers Jose Ceda makes the big-league roster, he’ll become a closer candidate if he pitches well. . He had a run-in with the team over his weight, though, so don’t wait on the edge of your seat for him.

Backup closer: How did Clay Hensley become a strikeout pitcher all of a sudden? Anyways, figure that Hensley gets the first crack at the job if Nunez struggles.


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