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Expansion Era Minor League All-Star Rosters – Marlins

Founded on my research for the “Minors vs Majors” chapter in my book, “Hardball Retroactive” paired with complementary articles “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Batters in the Expansion Era” and “Minors vs. Majors: The Top Minor League Pitchers in the Expansion Era“, the ensuing series will reveal the Minor League All-Star rosters for every MLB franchise based primarily on single-season statistics in Runs Created / 140 Games (batters) and Fielding Independent Pitching (pitchers).

Selection Criteria

  • individual seasons in the Expansion Era (1961 – 2017)
  • levels A through AAA
  • ages 24 or younger (A and A+)
  • age 25 seasons (AA and AAA)
  • age 26 seasons (AAA)

Terminology

RC – Runs Created – using the basic formula devised by Bill James:

((H + BB) * TB) / (AB + BB)

Note: I utilized the basic formula as opposed to the Technical Version due to

incomplete GIDP and IBB data.

RC/140 – Runs Created per 140 Games as Minor League ballplayers

RC / (G / 140)

FIP – Fielding Independent Pitching – “Fielding Independent Pitching converts a pitcher’s three true outcomes into an earned run average-like number. The formula is (13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP, plus a constant (usually around 3.2) to put it on the same scale as earned run average.

FIP is a component ERA inspired by the work of Voros McCracken on defense-independent pitching statistics, but has become more widely used because of the ease of computation – it requires only four easily-found box score stats, uses only basic arithmetic operations and has four easily-memorized constants. It was conceived of by both Tom Tango and Clay Dreslough, the latter of who called it Defense-Independent Component ERA.” (definition courtesy of Baseball Prospectus Glossary).

((13*HR+3*(HBP+BB)-2*K)/IP)+3.2)

Assessment

The Miami Marlins 

Tim Clark (.363/17/126) blistered opposing hurlers throughout 1993 while playing for the High Desert Mavericks (A+). Clark paced the circuit in batting average, RBI, base hits (185) and triples (10) while finishing runner-up with 42 doubles and 109 runs scored. After spending nearly three seasons in the Mexican League, Clark retired from pro ball following the 1998 season, deprived of a cup of coffee in the Majors. Kevin Millar drilled 30+ two-base knocks in four consecutive campaigns (2001-04) with Florida and Boston after producing a .342 BA with 32 jacks and 131 ribbies as a Portland Sea Dogs (AA) corner infielder in ’97. Giancarlo Stanton flashed light-tower power in his age-18 season with the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A), dialing long-distance 39 times and slugging .611. “Bigfoot” merited 2017 NL MVP honors as he topped the leader boards with 59 dingers, 132 RBI and a .631 SLG. Brian Daubach destroyed International League pitching over two years with the Charlotte Knights (AAA) as he averaged 43 doubles, 28 homers and 109 RBI (1997-98). The “Belleville Basher” clouted 20+ blasts in four straight seasons for the Red Sox (1999-2002). Mark Kotsay (#1, 1996) played for 7 MLB franchises over 17 seasons subsequent to recording 103 tallies and hitting at a .306 clip for Portland (AA) in 1997. The Yankees first-round selection in 1990, Carl “C-Rex” Everett earned a cup of coffee after nabbing 36 bags and combining for a .296 BA between High Desert (A+) and Edmonton (AAA) in ’93. The two-time All-Star registered 14 big-league campaigns for 8 different teams. Logan Morrison established personal-bests with 38 round-trippers and 85 ribbies as the primary first-sacker for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. “LoMo” claimed the Florida State League batting crown as he hit .332 BA for the Jupiter Hammerheads (A+). Preston Wilson, a former Mets’ first-round pick from 1992, promptly clubbed 25 doubles and 25 dingers at Charlotte (AAA) after joining the Marlins organization along with fellow prospects Geoff Geotz and Ed Yarnall in exchange for future Hall of Fame backstop Mike Piazza. Wilson swatted 26 big-flies and finished runner-up in the 1999 NL Rookie of the Year vote. Carolina Mudcats’ catcher Josh Willingham walloped 24 blasts in 2004. Spending the majority of the 11-year MLB career as a left fielder, Willingham set career-highs with 35 four-baggers and 110 rib-eye steaks for Minnesota in 2012. Adrian Gonzalez (#1, 2000) flourished in the Midwest League during the 2001 season as he drove in 103 runs with .312 BA and 55 extra-base hits. Shipped to Texas in July 2003 for reliever Ugueth Urbina, “El Titan” went on to appear in 5 All-Star contests and crush 30+ homers in four consecutive seasons.

A.J. Burnett (10-4, 1.97) racked up 186 strikeouts over 119 innings (14.1 SO/9) with the Kane County Cougars (A) in ’98. One decade later, the fire-balling right-hander whiffed 231 batsmen to lead the American League in 2008. Josh Beckett (#1, 1999) split the 2001 campaign between Brevard County (A+) and Portland (AA) where he triumphed in 14 of 15 decisions while posting a 1.54 ERA, 0.829 WHIP and 13.1 strikeouts per 9 innings. A three-time All-Star, Beckett placed second in the 2007 AL Cy Young race as a member of the Red Sox as he fashioned a record of 20 wins against 7 losses. Jose D. Fernandez (#1, 2011) made the leap to the big leagues in 2013 following a superb performance as a 19-year-old in the low minors. His 2012 exploits included a 14-1 mark, an ERA of 1.75 and a 0.925 WHIP in 25 starts. The enthusiastic flame-thrower featured a 2.19 ERA and a WHIP of 0.979 to capture the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year Award.

Starting Lineup Age Year Teams Levels POS RC140 BA HR RBI OBP SLG
Amaury Garcia 24 1999 CGY AAA 2B 113.8 0.317 17 53 0.381 0.539
Billy McMillon* 24 1996 CHR AAA LF 124.4 0.352 17 70 0.418 0.602
Tim Clark* 24 1993 HDS A+ DH 138.8 0.363 17 126 0.420 0.584
Kevin Millar 25 1997 PRT AA 3B 133.9 0.342 32 131 0.423 0.605
Jason Stokes 20 2002 KNC A 1B 136.1 0.341 27 75 0.421 0.645
Brian Daubach* 26 1998 CHR AAA RF 129.4 0.316 35 124 0.421 0.634
Giancarlo Stanton 18 2008 GBO A CF 118.7 0.293 39 97 0.381 0.611
Ramon Castro 25 2001 CGY AAA C 125.4 0.336 27 90 0.393 0.628
Josh Wilson 23 2004 CAR,ABQ AA,AAA SS 94 0.299 15 64 0.371 0.452
Bench Age Year Teams Levels POS RC140 BA HR RBI OBP SLG
Nate Rolison* 23 2000 CGY AAA 1B 123.6 0.330 23 88 0.423 0.582
John Raynor 23 2007 GBO A LF 116.7 0.333 13 57 0.429 0.519
Mark Kotsay* 21 1997 PRT AA OF 112.6 0.306 20 77 0.405 0.514
Carl Everett# 22 1993 HDS,EDM A+,AAA OF 112.4 0.296 16 68 0.374 0.535
John Roskos 24 1999 CGY AAA OF 111.4 0.320 24 90 0.381 0.549
Jeremy Hermida* 21 2005 CAR AA RF 106.9 0.293 18 63 0.457 0.518
Reggie Abercrombie 26 2007 ABQ AAA RF 106.4 0.323 17 55 0.361 0.584
Adrian Gonzalez* 19 2001 KNC A 1B 105.3 0.312 17 103 0.382 0.486
Ryan Jackson* 25 1997 PRT AA OF 105.0 0.312 26 98 0.380 0.544
Logan Morrison* 20 2008 JUP A+ 1B 104.2 0.332 13 74 0.402 0.494
Preston Wilson 23 1998 CHR AAA OF 104.1 0.278 25 77 0.341 0.576
Brad McCann 22 2005 GBO A 1B 103.8 0.295 28 106 0.355 0.552
Josh Willingham 25 2004 CAR AA C 103.5 0.281 24 76 0.449 0.565
Gaby Sanchez 24 2008 CAR AA 1B 103.3 0.314 17 92 0.404 0.513
Austin Barnes 22 2012 GBO A 2B 102.9 0.318 12 65 0.401 0.481

 

Starters Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
A.J. Burnett 21 1998 KNC A 1.74 10-4 1.97 1.000 3.4 14.1
Josh Beckett 21 2001 PRT,BRE AA,A+ 1.86 14-1 1.54 0.829 2.2 13.1
Jose D. Fernandez 19 2012 GBO,JUP A,A+ 1.93 14-1 1.75 0.925 2.4 10.6
Trevor Richards 24 2017 JCK,JUP AA,A+ 2.35 12-11 2.53 1.034 1.8 9.7
Scott Comer* 22 1999 BRE A+ 2.38 9-4 2.35 0.962 0.3 5.9
Relievers Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Nick Wittgren 22 2013 JUP,JCK A+,AA 1.87 26 0.77 0.895 1.5 9.8
Casey Blalock 23 2003 GBO,JUP A,A+ 1.80 19 1.67 0.900 2.1 9.8
Corey Madden 24 2008 GBO,JUP A,A+ 1.62 6-0 1.04 0.897 2.6 13.5
Jose Quijada* 20 2016 GBO,JUP A,A+ 1.68 5-2 2.34 0.798 1.8 12.4
A.J. Battisto 24 2008 GBO A 1.75 8-1 1.55 0.900 1.2 11.2
Bench Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Ben Meyer 24 2017 JUP,GBO A+,A 2.06 6-3 2.03 0.936 1.9 10.9
Will Cunnane 20 1994 KNC A 2.48 11-3 1.43 0.962 1.5 6.9
Adam Conley* 22 2012 GBO,JUP A,A+ 2.57 11-5 3.47 1.260 3.0 9.6
Greg Nappo* 24 2013 JUP,NOR A+,AAA 1.81 5-1 1.11 0.912 1.4 8.8
Pete Andrelczyk 23 2009 GBO,JUP A,A+ 1.94 19 2.73 1.214 2.1 11.1
Todd Doolittle 23 2006 GBO,JUP A,A+ 2.01 7-2 1.24 0.949 3.1 11.8

Honorable Mention

Christian Yelich (#1, 2010) pilfered 32 bags in 37 tries, smacked 32 doubles and compiled a .312 BA for the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A) as a 19-year-old in 2011. “Yeli” merited 2018 NL MVP honors after slashing .326/.402/.598 with 36 bombs and 110 RBI for the Brew Crew. Dontrelle Willis’ 12-2 record, 1.83 ERA and 0.884 WHIP spanned two minor league stops in 2002, foreshadowing his 2003 NL Rookie of the Year campaign. The “D-Train” led the Senior Circuit in victories (22) and shutouts (5) to place runner-up in the 2005 NL Cy Young balloting. AJ Ramos (2.81, 40 SV) attained All-Star status in 2016, four years after locking down 21 contests with an ERA of 2.09, a 0.836 WHIP and 11.7 SO/9 with the Jacksonville Suns (AA).

Batters Age Year Teams Levels POS RC140 BA HR RBI OBP SLG
Justin Bour* 26 2014 NOR AAA 1B 100.2 0.306 18 72 0.372 0.517
Brett Carroll 24 2007 ABQ,CAR AAA,AA RF 99.4 0.304 22 82 0.361 0.572
Mark Canha 22 2011 GBO A 1B 98.9 0.276 25 85 0.374 0.529
Christian Yelich* 19 2011 GBO A LF 98.7 0.312 15 77 0.388 0.484
Pat Magness* 24 2002 JUP A+ 1B 98.6 0.292 16 73 0.412 0.487
Kyle Jensen 23 2011 JUP,JCK A+,AA LF 98.4 0.299 27 76 0.373 0.524
Ross Gload* 22 1998 KNC A 1B 97.9 0.313 12 92 0.386 0.479
Nigel Wilson* 23 1993 EDM AAA OF 97.7 0.292 17 68 0.351 0.538
Felix Munoz* 22 2014 GBO A 1B 97.1 0.300 16 91 0.368 0.476
Brent Keys* 21 2012 GBO A CF 95.6 0.335 5 51 0.394 0.449

 

Pitchers Age Year Teams Levels FIP WLSV ERA WHIP BB9 SO9
Luis M. Castillo 23 2016 JUP,JCK A+,AA 2.59 8-6 2.26 1.006 1.7 7.1
Dontrelle Willis* 20 2002 KNC,JUP A,A+ 2.61 12-2 1.83 0.884 1.4 7.3
Dillon Peters* 23 2016 JUP,JCK A+,AA 2.65 14-6 2.39 1.084 1.4 7.4
Michael Brady 24 2011 GBO,JCK A,AA 2.03 18 2.00 0.856 1.6 11.6
AJ Ramos 25 2012 JCK AA 2.09 21 1.45 0.836 2.8 11.7
Marcus Crescentini 24 2017 GBO,JUP A,A+ 2.10 3-1 1.41 0.900 2.8 12.0

References and Resources

Baseball-Reference

Bill James Baseball Abstract

Seamheads – Baseball Gauge

About the Author 

I am a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games who enjoys spending quality time with his family.

Hardball Retroactive”, published in June 2018, is available in paperback and digital (Kindle) format at Amazon.com along with digital eBook format at GooglePlay.com.  

“Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.

Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.

“Hardball Retrospective – Addendum 2014 to 2016” supplements my research for Hardball Retrospective, providing retroactive standings based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and Win Shares (WS) for each “original” team over the past three seasons (2014-2016). Team totals from 2010 – 2013 are included for reference purposes. “Addendum” is available in paperback and digital formats through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace.

 

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