Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
Giancarlo Stanton set a career high in plate appearances while topping 100 RBI for the first time. Christian Yelich showed some signs he could be maturing into one of the better leadoff hitters in the league. Marcell Ozuna went from barely making the team to a mid-order force on the verge of becoming a solid run producer. Despite a worse ERA, Steve Cishek improved his peripherals suggesting he has lasting power as closer.
What Has Changed?
Promising fireballer Nathan Eovaldi is in the Bronx while Mat Latos has been added to from the rotation. Dan Haren was also acquired but is reticent to report, preferring a trade back to the west coast. Only Adeiny Hechevarria returns to a revamped infield. Dee Gordon is in town to provide some speed at the top of the order (and possibly more fastballs for Stanton to send into orbit). Martin Prado replaces Casey McGehee at the hot corner while Michael Morse takes up residence across the diamond in place of Garrett Jones.
What to Expect:
Offensively and defensively, the Fish have an intriguing squad. Their plight will depend on pitching and if they can hang in until Jose Fernandez returns. A healthy Latos and a change of heart from Haren would certainly go a long way towards making this happen. But even with those two and a healthy Fernandez, Miami appears one arm short of really making some noise. Offensively, if Stanton can stay healthy Yelich can be among the league leaders in runs scored.
This Year’s Surprise:
Ozuna outhits Morse, taking over the juicy clean-up spot following Stanton. In doing so, Ozuna threatens to hit 30 homers with 100 ribbies.
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