Well, let’s start with the best players in the Florida Marlins’ organization: Ryan Tucker and Logan Morrison.
Ryan Tucker had an amazing season, going 5-3 in 25 appearances but amassing a 1.58 ERA along the way. He allowed only 64 hits in 94 innings, and held batters to a .195 AVG. Starting in 12 games, Tucker pitched 70 innings and allowed only 11 ERs. The Marlins have different plans for Tucker, however, who is looking to figure into the Marlins’ future in the bullpen. After he was called up to the Marlins and won his MLB debut, he returned to the bullpen and had a 2.14 ERA in 13 appearances.
Logan Morrison, the minor league player of the year for the Marlins, hit .332 in 130 games for A Jupiter with 38 doubles and 13 home runs. He grabbed 162 hits and compiled a .402 OBP and with 74 RBIs which ranked him 6th in the Florida State League. The left-handed 1B also took home the 2008 FSL MVP award.
There was other success elsewhere on the Marlins Fish Farm. Dallas McPherson, hitting 42 home runs for AAA Isotopes, was named to the all-PCL team. Which begs the question, should the Marlins bring back Jorge Cantu, who had an impressive 2008 rebound season?
Successful 2008 campaigns
The Jupiter Hammerheads finished 2nd in their division at 41-28, finishing 1/2 game out of first place.
The AA Carolina Mudcats won their division, finishing up the 2008 season as the North Division champions.
The AAA Isotopes finished their season a few wins below .500, finishing 68-75 and 7.5 games out of 1st place for their division.
There are some changes for the Marlins minor league affiliates as well. The AAA Isotopes in Albuquerque has been moved to New Orleans.