Even though the Miami Marlins were one of the worst teams in all of baseball, they should have a pair of players who will be among the most coveted in 2014 salary cap fantasy baseball drafts. Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez had impressive individual seasons in 2013, and the youngsters are hoping that the best is yet to come.
One advantage to constantly struggling in the standings is that you have the opportunity to pick up high draft picks and acquire young talent. Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez are just a few examples of that situation. Both of these guys figure to be integral parts of the rebuilding process, even if they are a little bit frustrated right now.
Stanton has always had power, and many people figure that he will improve on his 24 home runs he hit in 2013. He also needs to improve his batting average a little bit, and many figure that his approach at the plate is getting better. If you are in a keeper salary cap fantasy baseball league, he remains one of the most coveted players.
Speaking of young talent, Fernandez at 21 years old was able to dominate the National League on the mound by going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA. His 187 strikeouts were equally impressive, as he was able to fool batters almost the entire season. He will have to prove that he can do that on a consistent basis, but many people feel as though he can handle that type of pressure.
As far as salary cap fantasy baseball value is concerned, both of these guys are top 30 talents. Expect them to be gone after the 1st 4 rounds of drafts, and maybe even sooner. They are the building blocks for the Marlins, so the team is hoping that others will follow suit. 12 months ago