Ranking The Marlins Starting Rotation By Trade Value

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Tuesday, Aug 6th, 2013

Just two years ago, Marlins SP Jose Fernandez was pitching for Alonso HS in Tampa, Florida.  His story of how he came to the United States is absolutely astonishing and incredible as he defected from Cuba via boat , and then ultimately was part of a rescue effort in the water to save his mom's life, when she fell overboard in 2008 as a teenager.  He is 20 years old now, and one of the premier Starting Pitchers in the NL

Just two years ago, Marlins SP Jose Fernandez was pitching for Alonso HS in Tampa, Florida. His story of how he came to the United States is absolutely astonishing and incredible as he defected from Cuba via boat , and then ultimately was part of a rescue effort in the water to save his mom’s life, when she fell overboard in 2008 as a teenager. He is 20 years old now, and one of the premier Starting Pitchers in the NL.

Sam Evans ( Baseball Writer and Marlins, Mariners Correspondent):

Even though the trade deadline has already passed, it’s always interesting to evaluate pitchers based on their trade value.

Using age, experience, potential, contract, and reputation as guidelines, I ranked the current Miami Marlins starting rotation.

Tom Koehler, Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Nate Eovaldi, and Jacob Turner are the Marlins starting five and Miami has no real reason to trade any of them in the near future.

However, if they were to consider trading one of these pitchers, here’s how I feel other teams would rank these pitchers’ trade values.

6/29/13: Turner dominant, Lucas key in win

Jacob Turner was the key player brought back in the Anibal Sanchez trade with Detroit.

Jacob Turner was the key player brought back in the Anibal Sanchez trade with Detroit.  He will need to become a legitimate #2 or #3 Starter on this club for this trade not to be a bad move for the franchise

#5- Tom Koehler:

After spending the majority of his 2012 season with Triple-A New Orleans, Tom Koehler, 27, made his debut as a reliever in August of 2012 with the Marlins.

In 2013, he hasn’t been counted on to play a huge role with the club, but he has slowly proved himself as a fairly reliable innings-eater.

Koehler, who has been in the organization his entire career, probably won’t ever be the main piece in a trade, but he could be traded to a team in the rebuilding process that needs a back of the rotation starter.

Tom Koehler’s trade value is not very high at all compared to his other fellow Marlins starters; however, that’s not to say he couldn’t be moved in a minor deal. 

 #4- Henderson Alvarez:

Alvarez came over in the trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.  He should have more success pitching in the NL. Henderson Alvarez, 23, throws plenty of strikes and has a promising array of itches, but he has always struggled with strikeouts and giving up the long ball.

Alvarez came over in the trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.last winter. He throws plenty of strikes and has a promising array of pitches, but he has always struggled with strikeouts and giving up the long ball.

His move from Toronto to Miami has masked his homer issues, he’s yet to give up a bomb in six starts this season, but strikeouts are still very much an issue.

Similarly to the EX – Dodger Eovaldi, Alvarez’s strikeouts and injury issues have really been what’s kept him from shining in his limited time with the Marlins.

However, Eovaldi has more trade value and probably a brighter future than Alvarez because of his devastating fastball. 

 #3- Nate Eovaldi:

Nate Eovaldi leads MLB starting pitchers with an average 96.0 MPH fastball.   Nate Eovaldi’s appeal to teams across baseball would likely stem from his potent arsenal of pitches not his prior performance. Eovaldi, 23, is sporting a 3.19 ERA in nine starts this season, but he is only striking out 5.53 batters per nine innings. If Eovaldi could find a way to add more strikeouts to his game, he would become a much, much more promising pitcher.

Nate Eovaldi leads MLB Starting Pitchers with an average 96.0 MPH fastball.His appeal to teams across baseball would likely stem from his potent arsenal of pitches not his prior performance. At 23,  he is sporting a 3.19 ERA 9 GS this campaign, but he is only SO 5.53 batters per 9 IP. If Eovaldi could find a way to add more SO to his game, he would become a much, much more promising pitcher.

Nonetheless, teams would see his tumultuous injury history and his lack of strikeouts and be afraid to take a chance on him.

Nate Eovaldi has the potential of almost any pitcher in the Marlins organization, he just needs to find a way to develop an out pitch, and that’s much harder than it sounds. 

#2 – Jacob Turner: 

At the start of the 2013 season, who would have thought that Jacob Turner would be the Marlins second most valuable pitcher?

Turner, 22, seemed unlikely to live up to the high expectations set for him after being drafted ninth overall by Detroit in 2009 after struggling in Triple-A through the late months of 2012 and early on this season.

However, in twelve starts for the Marlins in 2013, Turner has been a completely different pitcher.

He currently has a 2.68 ERA with his highest K/9, 6.40, since 2011. Turner has used the spacious Marlins Park to his advantage and has really matured as a pitcher. Even though it may seem as if he has been around forever,

Turner is still young and has the potential to turn into a #3 starter, which earns him the #2 spot on this list. 

#1- Jose Fernandez: 

Despite having just turned 21 years old, Jose Fernandez is having a more impressive rookie season than any other pitcher in the Majors this season.

Fernandez is younger than a few of the pitchers drafted in the first round of this year’s draft, but he’s already providing problems for opposing hitters in the National League.

He has struck out over one batter per inning in 127 quality innings pitched and his 2.80 FIP is in the top ten amongst all the starting pitchers in Major League Baseball.

Jose Fernandez has successfully become the face of the Marlins franchise and one of the most coveted young arms in the game.

It has been awesome to watch Fernandez blossom into the pitcher he is today and the scary thing is that he still has a lot of room to get better. 

Jose Fernandez looks like he can be relied upon to be the ace in the Marlins starting rotation for years to come.  The man has been dominant in his rookie campaign, with a 8 - 5 record, impressive ERA of 2.54, and incredible 1.01 WHIP as a Starter.  He was a bonafide choice for the ALL - Star Game Selection from MIami in New York last month.

Jose Fernandez looks like he can be relied upon to be the ace in the Marlins Starting Rotation for years to come. The man has been dominant in his rookie campaign, with a 8 – 5 record, an impressive ERA of 2.54, and an incredible 1.01 WHIP as a Starter. He was a bonafide choice for the ALL – Star Game Selection from MIami in New York last month.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***

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