With all that Miguel Cabrera has already achieved in the majors it’s easy to forget that he’s only going to be 24 years old this season! I still remember his rookie season when Roger Clemens threw a pitch under his chin and then Cabrera hit the next pitch out of the ballpark to right field (he was only 20 years old)! That was just the beginning for Cabrera as he’s gotten better every single season! He’s improved his batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage every year he’s been in the majors….so will he improve on a .339 batting average, .430 OBP and .568 Slugging Pct.? I wouldn’t best against him doing exactly that this season. Cabrera played in 158 games last season and he hit .339 with 112 runs scored, 50 doubles, 26 homers, 114 RBIs and a .998 OPS! The one area that Cabrera can improve on is his defense. He made 17 errors in 157 games at 3B and he didn’t show much range. Hopefully he will improve his defense now that he can concentrate on the hot corner. Look for Cabrera to be a serious contender for the MVP of the National League this season!
34 year old Aaron Boone will be the likely back up at third base for the Marlins. He didn’t show much range and made 15 errors there in 101 games for the Cleveland Indians. Boone will likely improve on defense with Perry Hill around to push him as he used to be a really solid defender.
36 year old Jason Wood will also get a chance to earn a reserve job for the Marlins this season. He hit .288 with 11 homers, 77 RBIs and a .775 OPS for the Marlins AAA team last year. Wood then played in 12 games for the Marlins and went 6 for 13 (.462 avg). Wood will likely be in AAA for the Marlins and called up if the Marlins suffer any injuries to the corner infield slots.
31 year old Scott Seabol played in 71 games in AAA and he was dominating. He hit .314 with 17 homers, 46 RBIs and a .998 OPS. He last played in the majors in 2005 with the St. Louis Cardinals and has played in 60 games in his major league career and has a .217 batting average and a .562 OPS. He likely will also start the season in the minors.
31 year old Joe Dillon has returned to the Marlins after he found out that Japanese Baseball is as hard as the majors. Dillon played in 31 games in Japan and only hit .195 with a .585 OPS before his team in Japan sent him home. Dillon played in 27 games for the Marlins in 2005 and he only hit .167 with a .489 OPS. Dillon will likely play in the minors and have to work his way up.
The Marlins also brought in 30 year old switch hitter Zach Sorensen to compete for a job on the bench. He played in 75 games in AAA last season and hit .262 with 2 homers, 22 RBIs and a .681 OPS. He last played in the majors in 2005 with the Angels and he has a career batting average of .143 with a .495 OPS. He will likely start the year in the minors and give the Marlins depth in their minor league system.