Is this the season that 25-year old lefty swinging Jeremy Hermida finally lives up to the hype or will he continue to sleepwalk? Hermida played in 142 games for the Marlins last season and he was 125 for 502 (.249 avg, .729 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Those numbers just won’t get it done for the Marlins in 2009. He played in 132 games in RF last season for the Marlins making 5 errors while showing slightly below average range. Hermida often mis-plays fly balls that don’t go into the scorebook as errors. He needs to stay healthy and focused in 2009, period.
33-year old lefty swinging Ross Gload will likely be the top backup at the corner outfield spots for the Marlins in 2009. Gload played in 122 games for the Royals last season and he was 106 for 388 (.273 avg, .665 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 3 homers, 37 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Gload played 8 error-free games in LF for the Royals last season while showing outstanding range.
25-year old righty swinging John Raynor might get a chance to show what he can do in 2009 if Hermida gets injured again or plays poorly (both are distinct possibilities). Raynor is the Marlins’ #11 prospect according to Baseball America. Raynor played in 126 games in AA-ball last season and he was 141 for 452 (.312 avg, .891 OPS) with 104 runs scored, 13 homers, 51 RBIs and 48 stolen bases.
26-year old righty swinging Brett Carroll is running out of time for the Marlins. He played in 26 games for the Marlins last season and he was 1 for 17 (.059 avg, .287 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 1 RBI. Carroll also played in 38 games in AAA+A+Rookie Ball last season in which he was 42 for 146 (.288 avg) with 29 runs scored, 11 homers and 32 RBIs. Carroll played in 7 games in LF for the Marlins last season while showing outstanding range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C-