By: Jeffery Romeu
Photo Credit: Harvey Valentine
The small group of Miami Marlins fans still left must have felt as if they had won the World Series last night after the Marlins defeated the New York Yankees 9 – 3. Obviously, it was a purely symbolic win for the Marlins who are over 25 games from being .500 and the Yankees are attempting to make a mad dash to the playoffs in a division where the Red Sox are on pace to win well over 100 games. However, lately the Marlins have been showcasing a few young talented players that could create a solid core for years to come. It is understandable to not want to watch the Marlins given their terrible record, but I believe the Marlins have a few young players that will make the last month of the year for the fish enjoyable.
After spending so much time in the minor leagues, it’s clear that Galloway has no intention of returning. In only 16 games so far, he has hit a strong .320 batting average, with a homerun, and slugging percentage of .520. Additionally, Galloway’s speed makes him a solid outfielder and with great arm strength, it is easy to see him in the majors with the Marlins for years to come. Of course, it is very early, but it doesn’t hurt to be optimist given that the experimental year for Lewis Brinson has been a struggle since the first game of the year. For 2019, keep Galloway, and option Brinson.
Talk about a free swinging, aggressive running, fast-paced moving player who from his first at bat in the majors swung at the first pitch. Ortega has been trying to prove that he deserves a spot on the Marlins Major League Roster since he stepped up to the plate. He has hit a strong .300 in 50 at-bats, along with 4 stolen bases. His intensity is a breath of fresh air for the Marlins and majors, because most players and teams play “boring baseball” nowadays. Again, it is too soon to tell if he will have long-term success, but for now, option Sierra and keep Ortega for 2019.
With three hits against the Yankees in only his 6th game of his Major League Career, Dean has had quite a start. In just under 17 at-bats, Dean has 2 home runs, which equals to some power for the Marlins who strongly lack in that department. Again, it is way too early to determine how his future will play out, but for now, I believe that Dean deserves the same experimental year that Brinson got this year.
In my opinion, the Marlins will not compete for a championship for at least the next 5 to 7 years and a playoff spot for 4 to 6 years, but these players do give the fans some hope that the team may be heading in the right direction. This year is effectively over, but these young players continue to try to prove that they deserve a spot in the 25-Man Roster and that, in it of itself, will be fun to watch until the Winter Meetings.