The Top 5 Florida Marlins Keepers are a young bunch of players, as the Marlins have gone through another re-shuffling of talent to try and save on payroll. They have an interesting group of players on the team, but there are also a few really good players in the mix that could help out any fantasy baseball team. There are some risks in the group of the Florida Marlins top 5 though, because they are so young, some of them are a tad un-proven, but could provide a lot of dividends in the long run.
#1 Florida Marlins Keeper — Fantasy Baseball 2009; Hanley Ramirez, Shortstop
Hanley Ramirez is that blend of player that can pull in all 5 of the important offensive statistics for a fantasy team, and plays the tough to find position of shortstop, putting him at the top of the list. In 2008 he had a .301 batting average, with 33 home runs, 67 RBI, and 35 stolen bases. He has been known to steal more bases, and if he can get on more, he could get even better. At only 25 years of age, Ramirez can still get even better, and could be the cornerstone of a fantasy team in a keeper league
#2 Florida Marlins Keeper — Fantasy Baseball 2009; Dan Uggla, Second Baseman
Uggla is one of the best power-hitting 2nd baseman in the game right now. His only downfall is that he doesn’t put up the great batting average that some owners want to see on a fantasy baseball roster. The thing that does make him a hot commodity though, is that he puts up a lot of extra base hits, scores a lot of runs, and gains a lot of RBI. Look for Uggla to still score 100 runs, drive in another 100 runs and hit 30+ home runs for the next couple of years.
#3 Florida Marlins Keeper — Fantasy Baseball 2009; Jorge Cantu, Third Baseman
On his third team in as many seasons, Cantu put up some great stats for Florida by netting 29 home runs, 95 RBI, a .277 average and 92 runs scored in 2008. He should have the full time job nailed down in 2009, and give him a good edge and improving on those stats for a few years to come. It’s not beyond reach for him to get 100+ runs and RBI, as well as 30+ home runs in 2009.
#4 Florida Marlins Keeper — Fantasy Baseball 2009; Ricky Nolasco, Starting Pitcher
Nolasco finished the 2008 season with a record of 15-8, an ERA of only 3.52 and 186 strike-outs for the Marlins, easily making him the best pitcher on the team for the 2008 season. He looks to be able to do it again in 2009, and if he can get enough run support from the offense, it isn’t out of the possibility of thinking that Nolasco could reach 20 wins on the year.
#5 Florida Marlins Keeper — Fantasy Baseball 2009; Matt Lindstrom, Closer
Lindstrom will be the full time closer in 2009 after looking like he could do it towards the end of 2008. He only has 5 career saves for Florida, but he gets a good number of strike-outs and if he can keep his WHIP under control, he could be the next great closer in the National League. Look for him to put up decent statistics, and to be a really nice steal in the later rounds against owners who aren’t aware of him just yet.
Source of Statistics: www.mlb.com