The news about Christian Yelich being traded to the Brewers solely for prospects came out Thursday.
I know what you’re thinking “@#$%^&!” or “Who is next and who is on the team?!”.
Well to answer the first part of that question, probably catcher J.T. Realmuto, who has asked for a trade, as did Yelich.
Now the second part, I could make it easy and just give you the link to their roster, but that’s unprofessional, uninformative and lazy.
Let us start with the outfield.
Magneuris Sierra, prospect from the Cardinals farm system, who is familiar with the Miami Marlins since in Adv. A ball their share a stadium.
He was part of the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna away to the Cards.
He did play in the majors for a total of 22 games and had a 9 game hitting streak, in his first 9 games.
Lewis Brinson, prospect from the Brewers organization, and most recently acquired in the Yelich trade.
This guy is 6’5 and can hit ball out of the park with ease, but he will be the Marlins new Dan Uggla.
In the Minors (5 years) he has hit 162 extra base hit, 89 home runs, off 613 total hits and 2134 total at bats.
Only problem? The 608 strikeouts.
He did make it to the majors and with 47 at-bats he only his 5 times in which two hits were home runs and one a triple, but posted 17 strikeouts.
Get a good hitting coach and he will reach stardom.
That is it by the way, there is literally no more outfielders listed at the moment on the roster.
Now the infield.
Pretty much is the only solid piece of the puzzle, Brian Anderson who I have witnessed in the minors is a stout third baseman, tall, big, full of power and a decent glove. Marlins fans witnessed only the beginning of his success last year.
Shortstop is former Cubs and Yankees stud Starlin Castro, he is the highest and only player with a true major league salary.
Justin Bour is at first base who you can say is no joke, hitting 25 home runs last season.
The only problem is there is no true second baseman, which is not too much of an issue as the main third baseman is Derek Dietrich and you could see a rotation of the guys I named above along with veteran Martin Prado, JT Riddle and Miguel Rojas.
Pitchers and Catchers.
AJ Ellis is a free agent and Realmuto wants out.
So let’s say Realmuto stays, that’s great, because he still might play hard and perform well which could raise his trade value during the season. If not, he would be a good fit to pull an even offer for a decent outfielder.
That would leave Austin Nola and Chad Wallach.
I would think to go with a rotation between the two, Wallach at least has MLB experience with his old team the Reds, but Austin Nola’s brother is the Phillies hot handed pitcher Aaron Nola, yea he has had a full experience with talent.
In the minors Nola batting average was .243 but 20-percent of hits were doubles.
Wallach batting average was equivalent but not higher in totals.
Jose Urena will be the main starter.
Dan Straily and Adam Conley could follow and work in Sandy Alcantara into being a starting pitcher.
Nothing impressive here unless it was a minor league team and still that might questions of “who would win?”.
The Marlins franchise, in my opinion, is probably looking for a deal by Paramount for the new Major League reboot.