The Miami Marlins are not a good team right now. They’re downright terrible, if we’re being honest. The Marlins will lose many, many games this year.
The future is bright(ish) in Miami. It always is when you trade the bulk of your active roster for prospects – it’s called strength in numbers, look it up. The Marlins minor league pipeline is stocked with prospects in volume and in quality. Their double-A affliate in particular figured to be pretty terrific this year, featuring top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez and three of the better Marlins future bats in outfielders Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick, and Marcell Ozuna.
And then Jose Fernandez was promoted all the way to the big leagues after injuries beset the Fish starters. Not the worst problem to have, moving a stud pitcher up the chain to fill a need and see what he can do. Losing the entire starting outfield of your double-A team is somewhat less-than-optimal, I fear.
After both Marisnick and Ozuna are out with hand injuries until early May at best. Marisnick was hit on the hand with a pitch while Ozuna suffered his injury crashing into an outfield wall, breaking bones in their hands.
Yelich, who impressed many Marlins fans with his during his time in big league camp this spring, is set to miss two weeks with plantar fasciitis. The Marlins! Get your season ticket package now!