Many MLB and Yankee fans think of Derek Jeter as one of the best Yankees of all time and one of the best leaders that the MLB has ever seen. For most Marlins fans, they think of him as the worst MLB owner of all time, but is he that bad?
Derek Jeter is currently the owner of the Miami Marlins. Most Marlins fans believe Jeter is a terrible owner, but for some he is just okay. During his time as a Marlins owner, he is known for getting rid of all star players such as Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T Realmuto, Chris Paddock, Luis Castillo and many other names. He is also notably known in Miami for changing Marlins Park by getting rid of the home run sculpture that stood in Center Field. Jeter also changed the Marlins uniforms. What would have been an all star team is now up for waste. Will the Marlins ever return to having all star players?
Christian Yelich, who was okay on the Marlins, turned into an MVP on the Brewers. In his first two years on the Brewers, Yelich was a 2x Batting Champion, a 2x All Star and Silver Slugger, NL MVP in 2018, and was in the 30-30 club in 2019. On the Marlins, Yelich received the Gold Glove Award in 2014, and the Silver Slugger Award in 2016. Yelich has dramatically improved since playing on the Marlins.
Giancarlo Stanton was easily the worst loss the Marlins suffered. Without a doubt, Stanton was a beast on the Marlins. On the Marlins, Stanton won MVP in 2017, he was a 4x All Star, 2x Silver Slugger, 2x NL home run leader, 2x Hank Aaron winner, and led the NL in RBI's. Stanton is still one of the best hitters in the game, but has not showed it while on the Yankees. This is due to the injuries he has suffered. Stanton currently has no awards on the Yankees, but that can easily change once he is healthy and spends time in the lineup.
The Marlins also got rid of Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto. Ozuna was an All Star, Gold Glover, and Silver Slugger on the Marlins. Ozuna, who was on the Cardinals last year, is now on the Braves. J.T. Realmuto was another huge loss. Realmuto is one of the best catchers currently in the game. Other losses due to Jeter included Chris Paddock, Domingo German, and Luis Castillo who are now star pitchers.
Will the Marlins ever be good again under Jeter and after the losses of All Star players?
YES! The Marlins have a strong future. What many fans don't realize is that Jeter got rid of these all star players to get top prospects that can turn into All Stars in the future. As a result, the Marlins have the 4th best farm system according to MLB Pipeline. This means that the Marlins future is strong and bright!
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Sixto Sanchez, RHP- Sixto Sanchez is MLB's 22nd top prospect and the Marlins Number 1. Sanchez is a fantastic pitcher and is the player that the Marlins staff and fans can not wait to see called up. According to Derek Jeter, Sixto Sanchez is the Marlins next ace. The Marlins acquired Sanchez via trade with the Philadelphia Phillies prior to 2019 spring training. They sent All Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies for Sanchez, starting catcher Jorge Alfaro, and minor league pitcher Will Stewart. Sanchez spent most of his first season with the Miami Marlins assigned to their Double-A Southern League affiliate, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. He started 18 games and posted an 8-4 record with a solid 2.53 ERA. In 103 innings, he struck out 97 while demonstrating a solid grasp of control, walking only 19 batters. Sanchez also held the opposition to just 87 hits, including only five homers for a 0.44 HR/9 rate and a 1.029 WHIP. Sanchez’ 70-grade fastball leads his arsenal, and sits from 95 to 99 MPH. The high grade is really for two pitches, as he relies on a two-seam sinking fastball and a four-seamer that can touch three digits. Sixto Sanchez definitely has a strong future, as well as the Marlins organization.
J.J. Bleday, OF- J.J Bleday is MLB Pipeline's 28th ranked prospect and the Marlins 2nd. Bleday was drafted 4th overall by the Marlins in last years(2019) MLB draft. Bleday was the best hitter in the draft class. Bleday attended Vanderbilt and helped them win the 2019 NCAA College Baseball Championship. Bleday led College Baseball last year with 27 home runs and total bases with 192. When J.J Bleday was a senior in 2016, he was drafted by the Padres in the 39th round, but turned it down to go to Vanderbilt. That shows you how good of a player he was, that he was drafted at the age of 18! Look what happens when you wait 3 years, you move up 38 rounds in the draft! Bleday has a great future ahead of him, especially on a Marlins team who needs a power hitter.
Jazz Chisholm, SS- Jazz Chisholm is MLB Pipeline's 66th best ranked prospect and the Marlins 3rd. Chisholm was acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the Diamondbacks where the Diamondbacks received prospect pitcher Zac Gallen. Chisholm is a speedster and tremendous fielder.
Jesús Sánchez, OF- Jesus Sanchez is MLB Pipeline's 80th best prospect and the Marlins 4th. Sanchez was acquired when the Marlins traded Nick Anderson, and Trevor Richards to the Rays. Besides acquiring Sanchez in this trade, the Marlins also received pitcher Ryne Stanek. Sanchez will bring power to the Marlins lineup in the future!
Jordan Yamamoto, RHP- Jordan Yamamoto is not a prospect anymore as he has made quite a few starts already for the Marlins last year, but he is still part of the Marlins bright future. Yamamoto was acquired by the Marlins in a trade with the Brewers. This was the trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers. The Marlins also got in this trade outfielders Lewis Brinson, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the organization, and Monte Harrison. The Marlins also got infielder Isan Diaz, who was the clubs' No. 6 prospect. Looking back, this was a terrible trade, but these 4 prospects have something to show. This can make the Yelich trade worth it after all. Lewis Brinson had a terrible year last year and was sent down to the minors. Despite that, Lewis was raking in Spring Training a few months ago and can definitely have a turn around season. Isan Diaz also has something to show. Diaz made his first MLB start last year and in that game he hit his 1st career home run against Cy Young pitcher Jacob DeGrom. Diaz will probably be the starting second baseman for the Marlins this year. Monte Harrison also has something to show and should finally get called up this year. Harrison is not the youngest, but is a power hitter and has shown he can rake in the minors and even in Spring Training. Jordan Yamamoto made his first start against the Cardinals. He pitched seven shutout innings with five strikeouts and earned the win as the Marlins defeated the Cardinals 9–0. In his next appearance, which happened to be against the Cardinals again, he pitched another seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts in the 6–0 victory. Yamamoto set a franchise record with 14 scoreless innings to start his career. This year, Yamamoto has much more to prove as he will be in the starting rotation Day 1.
Here is a video of Yamamotos fantastic first outing!
The Miami Marlins have a strong future! What seems like a bad job done by Derek Jeter was actually a smart decision. Derek Jeter is the true reason the Marlins will be good in a few years. This rebuild paid off as the Marlins saved tons of money and have one of the best farm systems in baseball! This is also why the Marlins are always one of the best teams in Spring Training.