Sure, the Marlins had a rough year. But, 23-year old righty starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez gave the fans something to remember when he threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Tigers at Marlins’ Park earlier today. He walked 1 batter and he whiffed four of them to improve to 5-6 on the season. 66 of his 96 (68.8%) were strikes as he was on his game on Sunday. Alvarez’ no-hitter today was the fifth in Marlins’ history. Alvarez pitched in 17 games (all starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 5-6 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Alvarez gave up 90 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 57 batters in his 102 2/3 innings for the Marlins this year, which are solid numbers. Alvarez has now pitched in 58 games (all starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 15-23 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Alvarez is going to be a big part of the Marlins’ future.
Manager Mike Redmond has to look at the names he has to put in the lineup at catcher every night and he is likely thinking, “I should just be a player/manager as I am still better than these guys”. 24-year old lefty swinging Rob Brantly was supposed to be the answer for the Marlins behind the plate this year, but he has failed miserably. He has played in 66 games for the Fish this year and he is 47 of 220 (.214 avg, .532 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer and 18 RBIs. 30-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis has been sharing time behind the plate with Brantly this year and he hits like a pitcher. Mathis has played in 73 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 42 of 232 (.181 avg, .535 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 5 homers and 29 RBIs. 35-year old righty swinging Miguel Olivo pretty much quit on the team early this year, because of his lack of P.T. Olivo played in 33 games for the Fish this year and he was 15 of 74 (.203 avg, .642 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 4 homers and 9 RBIs. 34-year old switch-hitting Koyie Hill makes Mathis and Brantly look like good hitters. Hill has played in 16 games for the Fish so far this year and he is 8 for 52 (.154 avg, .377 OPS) with 2 runs scored. 23-year old left swinging Kyle Skipworth has had a cup of coffee with the Marlins this year, but he is not a legit prospect. He has played in 4 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 0 for 3 (.000 avg, .250 OPS). When the Marlins try to rebuild the roster, they need to start right here and add a legit catcher before the 2014 season starts.
The Marlins have re-signed 35-year old lefty swinging 1B/3B Greg Dobbs to a 1-year, $1.7 million bucks. Dobbs has played in 112 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 54 of 236 (.229 avg, .605 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 2 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Dobbs has now played in 366 games in his first three years with the Marlins and he is 258 of 966 (.267 avg, .677 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 15 homers, 110 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. This is stunning for me as the Marlins are cheap as hell, yet they re-sign a guy coming off one of his worst seasons for 2014 for $1.7 million bucks?
28-year old lefty reliever Mike Dunn has been a bright spot in a dim season for the Marlins in 2013. Dunn has pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Marlins so far this year and he is 3-4 with 2 saves, a 2.69 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He has given up only 52 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 72 batters in his first 67 innings pitched, which are impressive numbers. Dunn has now pitched in 206 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the Marlins and he is 8-13 with 3 saves, a 3.52 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He seems to keep getting better every year and that bodes well for the Marlins, providing that they keep him.
26-year old lefty swinging 1B Logan Morrison missed a big chunk of the 2013 season due to injury. Since he has come back, he is still playing like he is in a trance. He has played in 79 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 67 of 276 (.243 avg, .716 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 6 homers and 36 RBIs. Morrison has really been awful so far in September, as he has played in 17 games so far this month in which he is only 9 of 54 (.167 avg, .565 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. Morrison has now played in 357 games in his first four years with the Marlins and he is 318 of 1,278 (.249 avg, .767 OPS) with 159 runs scored, 42 homers, 162 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Morrison is running out of time with the Marlins if he doesn’t start to hit in the near future.
24-year old righty swinging SS Adeiny Hechavarria is a solid defensive player, but he can’t hit a lick. He has played in 136 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 112 of 500 (.224 avg, .557 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 37 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He has also been thrown out stealing 10 times this year and he has only walked 27 times while whiffing 88 times….and those are not good numbers. Since August 1st, Hechavarria has played in 44 games for the Marlins in which he is 31 of 162 (.191 avg) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 12 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Nothing he has done this year convinces me that he is the Marlins’ shortstop of the future.
The Marlins have shut down 21-year old rookie starting pitcher Jose Fernandez for the rest of the 2013 season. I think he will be the N.L. Rookie of the Year. He pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Marlins in 2013 and he was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He gave up 111 hits and 58 walks while whiffing 187 batters in only 172 2/3 innings for the Marlins this year, which are eye popping numbers. He also was 11 for 50 (.220 avg, .556) at the plate with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs for the Fish in 2013. Fernandez was just getting stronger as he pitched in 8 games (all starts) since August 1st, in which he was 5-1 with a 1.02 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. Fernandez was down right awesome at Marlins’ Park this year. He started 15 games at home for the Marlins this year and he was 9-0 with a 1.19 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP there. He is the future of the Marlins! He was also a N.L. All-Star in 2013 for the Marlins.
21-year old lefty swinging outfielder Christian Yelich is playing pretty well for the Marlins in his first taste of the majors so far. He has played in 44 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 50 for 177 (.282 avg, .745 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Yelich also played in 61 games in Rookie+A+AA-ball for the Marlins this year and he was 65 of 236 (.275 avg, .863 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 9 homers, 33 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Yelich came into this season as the Marlins’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America.
27-year old righty closer Steve Cishek is locked in for the Marlins right now. Since July 1st, Cishek has worked in 38 games (0 starts) for the Marlins in which he is 2-2 with 24 saves, a 1.41 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. He has now pitched in 60 games (0 starts) overall this year for the Marlins and he is 3-6 with 29 saves, a 2.52 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Cishek has given up 47 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 59 batters in his first 60 2/3 innings, which are impressive numbers. Cishek has saved 29 of the Marlins’ 52 wins (55.8%) of them so far this year, as he has probably been the Marlins’ MVP this year. He is already tied for #6 in Marlins’ history (with Armando Benitez) in saves with 47 of them so far in his career. The Marlins were smart not to deal Cishek at the trade deadline, as a lot of teams were calling about him.
The Marlins have designated 29-year old lefty swinging OF/1B Jordan Brown for assignment. Brown played in 14 games for the Marlins this year and he was 3 of 15 (.200 avg, .502 OPS) with 5 RBIs. Brown has now played in 40 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 23 of 102 (.225 avg, .570 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 7 RBIs. The Marlins won’t miss Brown too much moving forward.
UPDATE: (9/5/2013) - The Marlins have outrighted Jordan Brown to AAA.