Miami Marlins: Projecting the 2018 Starting Lineup
New owner and former New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter took over for the Miami Marlins. He immediately started trading away players on the team including Giancarlo Stanton, Marcel Ozuna, and Christian Yelich. The Marlins are looking to rebuild again but this time it’s going to be Derek Jeter’s way. He is looking to rebuild from scratch and is trading away all the pieces he won’t be able to afford. Some were astounded by how little he got for Stanton from his old team the Yankees. Well after a decent 2017, they finished 77-85, which is way better than anyone gave them credit for. They look to at least sustain that success. However, it will not be easy for them. As stated they lost a lot of key players. Here is a look at their opening day projected lineup.
- Magneuris Sierra – RF – One of the acquisitions for Marcel Ozuna, Sierra became the first player in Cardinals history to hit safely in all of his first 9 games. He was ranked the 6th best prospect in baseball prior to the 2016 season. This kid is a very good prospect and should be getting every day playing time while leading off for the fish.
- Martin Prado – 3B – After signing a 3-year extension with the team Martin Prado lost the rest of 2017 to a knee injury. He is hoping that he is ready for opening day and that he can rebound from last season.
- Justin Bour – 1B – Slowly becoming one of the more dangerous power hitting 1B in the league. Bour hit 25 home runs in just 377 at-bats last season and will look to play the entire year this year.
- Starlin Castro – 2B – Coming over in the trade for Giancarlo Stanton, Castro will take over as the everyday 2B and will look to continue his improvements. He hit 300 for the Yankees last season and will strive to do the same for the Miami Marlins.
- Derek Deitrich – LF – With Ozuna and Stanton both on new teams, this opens up LF for Deitrich as he was filling in for Prado last year at 3B. It will be his position and he will be the everyday LF.
- JT Realmuto – C – The team could still trade him but as for now will be staying put. He is a very good catcher and could see action during the trade deadline.
- JT Riddle – SS – After the Marlins traded Adeiny Hechavarria in mid-June, Riddle became the full-time shortstop until he tore his labrum in mid-July. The Marlins hope to have him back playing SS every day.
- Lewis Brinson – CF – The Miami Marlins received him as part of Christian Yelich trade. Brinson has not hit well in the majors although it’s a small sample of 21 games. He hit .106 and had 2 home runs. He will likely be the everyday CF.