Meet The NL East: Miami Marlins Resemble Triple-A Squad

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Anything less than 100 losses would seem like a successful season in Miami. The Fish are just about a lock for last place in the East.

The Miami Marlins are one of the worst run franchises in professional sports. If it wasn't for two runs in October to land a couple of World Series titles, there's a pretty good chance they'd already be relocated out of Florida.

Back in November, the Marlins did the most Marlins thing ever: they traded away just about every player on their roster who a) is worth a damn, b) makes any kind of money and c) is worth paying to watch play. Now, there's a collection of young and unproven players in Miami, as well a couple of veterans hoping for one last chance to earn a few extra retirement bucks.

Manager Ozzie Guillen was also fired.

Basically, think of the Cleveland Indians from Major League. Only there's a better chance of Jake Taylor legging out a triple than this Marlins team being competitive.

Read More: Check out the Mets 2013 preview.

At the top of the lineup, two veterans project to be the table setters. Neither Juan Pierre nor Placido Polanco have much reason to be anything more than bench players at this point of their careers, but they figure to get a majority of the starts.

Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison and Justin Ruggiano could be a formidable middle of the order, if healthy. Stanton and Morrison have both missed time in their careers due to injuries. Ruggiano had a nice debut last year, but a .401 BABIP will likely regress substantially in 2013.

Rookie catcher Rob Brantly will be given a chance to stick behind the plate. Donovan Solano and Adeiny Hechavarria won't do too much damage at the backend of the order.

Projected Lineup, courtesy of MLB Depth Charts.

1 LF Juan Pierre
2 3B Placido Polanco
3 RF Giancarlo Stanton
4 1B Logan Morrison
5 CF Justin Ruggiano
6 C Rob Brantly
7 2B Donovan Solano
8 SS Adeiny Hechavarria

As far as pitching goes, the average age of the Marlins' starters is 24.8 years. The only one with any kind of proven track record, Ricky Nolasco, figures to be traded within the first few months of the regular season, if not sooner.

There's some upside here with Alvarez, Eovaldi and Turner, but these are three guys at least a few season away from being quality starters every fifth day. Expect a lot of runs to be scored against Miami this year.

Projected Rotation:

1 RHP Ricky Nolasco
2 RHP Henderson Alvarez
3 LHP Wade LeBlanc
4 RHP Nathan Eovaldi
5 RHP Jacob Turner

Projected Bullpen:

CL RHP Steven Cishek
SU RHP Jon Rauch
SU RHP Ryan Webb
MID LHP Mike Dunn
MID RHP Chris Hatcher
MID LHP Daniel Jennings
LR RHP Tom Koehler

Final Thoughts:

There are a couple of pieces to build around here, but this is a team that doesn't have the horses to compete for anything other than not having the worst record in the National League. More importantly, this is a team that doesn't even want to win in 2013. Anything more than 60 wins would probably be considered a success.

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