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).
- 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)
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).
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.
|Jose D. Fernandez||19||2012||GBO,JUP||A,A+||1.93||14-1||1.75||0.925||2.4||10.6|
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).
|Luis M. Castillo||23||2016||JUP,JCK||A+,AA||2.59||8-6||2.26||1.006||1.7||7.1|
References and Resources
Bill James Baseball Abstract
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.
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“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.