26-year old switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio will go from super utility man to starting CF in 2012 for the Miami Marlins. Bonifacio played in 152 games for the Marlins last year and he was 167 of 565 (.296 avg, .753 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 5 homers, 36 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. He has now played in 352 games in his first three years with the Marlins and he is 330 of 1,206 (.274 avg, .684 OPS) with 180 runs scored, 6 homers, 73 RBIs and 73 stolen bases. He has now played in 412 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 376 of 1,398 (.269 avg, .676 OPS) with 211 runs scored, 6 homers, 89 RBIs and 80 stolen bases. Bonifacio played in 16 error-free games in CF last year while showing slightly below average range there. Bonifacio is an Ozzie Guillen type player and I think he’s going to have another very solid year for the Marlins in 2012.
34-year old righty swinging Aaron Rowand will be trying to win a backup job this spring for the Marlins. Rowand played in 108 games for the Giants last year and he was 77 of 331 (.233 avg, .621 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 4 homers, 21 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,358 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 1,193 of 4,374 (.273 avg, .765 OPS) with 613 runs scored, 136 homers, 536 RBIs and 67 stolen bases. Rowand played in 60 error-free games in CF for the Giants last year and he had 2 errors while showing off excellent range. Rowand is a gamer and Ozzie Guillen really likes that kind of player.
26-year old lefty swinging Chris Coghlan has fallen a long way since winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2009. He played in 65 games for the Marlins last year and he was 62 of 269 (.230 avg, .664 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 5 homers, 22 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Coghlan has now played in 284 games in his first three years with the Marlins and he is 320 of 1,131 (.283 avg, .764 OPS) with 177 runs scored, 19 homers, 97 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Coghlan played in 65 games in CF for the Marlins last year and he didn’t have any errors and 3 assists. He showed slightly below average range in CF.
Bryan Petersen can also play CF if the need arises. Petersen played in 42 games for the Marlins in CF last year and he had 2 errors and 3 assists while showing poor range there.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2012: B