Tuesday, February 23, 2016

DrB's 2016 NL Power Rankings: #'s 9,8- Marlins, D'Backs

#9  Florida Marlins

Starting Position Players:  C JT Realmuto, 1B  Justin Bour, 2B  Dee Gordon, 3B Martin Prado, SS Adeny Hechaverria, LF Christian Yelich, CF Marcell Ozuna, RF  Giancarlo Stanton.

Starting Rotation:  Jose Fernandez, Wei-Yin Chen, Tom Koehler, Jared Cozart, Edwin Jackson.

Bullpen:  AJ Ramos, Carter Capps, Bryan Morris, Mike Dunn, Brad Hand, Kyle Barraclough

Bench:  C Jeff Mathis, IF Chris Johnson, IF Miguel Rojas, OF Ichiro Suzuki, IF/OF Derek Dietrich

The Marlins have put together a competitive team and could be better than that.  A postseason berth is not at all out of the question although it is still probably a longshot.  They need full healthy seasons out of Fernandez and Stanton and need Ozuna and Realmuto to take the next steps forward.  They also need a better 5'th starter than Edwin Jackson.  Look for Adam Conley or Justin Nicolino before the season gets too far along.  Ramos and Capps will battle for the closer's role, but they are as good a 1-2 as anybody's bullpen.

8.  Arizona Diamondbacks

Starting Position Players:  C Welington Castillo, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 2B Chris Owings, 3B  Jake Lamb, SS Jean Segura, LF David Peralta, CF AJ Pollack, RF Yasmany Tomas.

Starting Rotation:  Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller, Patrick Corbin, Rubby De La Rosa, Robbie Ray.

Bullpen:  Brad Zeigler, Tyler Clippard, Daniel Hudson, Josh Collmenter, Silvio Bracho, Enrique Burgos, Randall Delgado.

Bench:  C Tuffy Gosewich, IF Phil Gosselin, IF Nick Ahmed, OF Gabby Guerrero, IF Brandon Drury

The D'Backs definitely made themselves more competitive by adding Greinke to the top of the rotation.  They hurt themselves in the OF and lineup by trading Inciarte for Shelby Miller, who could end up being the 5'th best starter on the team.  They added some bullpen depth with Clippard but don't have a classic closer.  I would include Socrates Brito in the bench mix, but MLB does not have his name in the Depth Chart.  The key to the season for the D'Backs may be whether Yasmany Tomas can take it to the next level and live up to the size of his contract.  Personally, I would not bet on that.

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