Andrew Miller & Hanley Ramirez

5 12 2007

A month ago I wrote about how much potential 23-year old Hanley Ramirez possesses and that he might one day become the first-ever player to do the fabled “50-50“. I was a huge supporter of Hanley but my favorite player on the Marlins was without a doubt Miguel Cabrera. No, it wasn’t just because he and I are from Venezuela and are just three years apart. Miguel proved that it doesn’t just take a Hulk-like 6’4, 250 Lbs. monster to hit home runs. Despite his weight problems I do believe that one day he will be a 45-50 home run guy, unfortunately, just not with the Florida Marlins.

In just his second full-season in baseball Hanley hit 12 more home runs, 22 more RBI, and added .40 points to his average, not to mention stole 50 bases once more. Hanley is not just the future of the Marlins but perhaps the second-coming of Willie Mays. Remember, he is only 23 years old. I predict that if he stays off the Juice, out of trouble, and off the D.L, by the age of 27 Hanley will average 45 home runs, 140 RBI, 40 stolen bases, and a .350 average per season, unfortunately, just not with the Florida Marlins.

Andrew Miller is the one bright spot in this trade for me and I believe in the long run the Tigers will regret trading this prospect. Look at these numbers—at just 22 years of age he won 5 games for the Tigers last season and struck out 56. Did I mention that he is a Southpaw that stands at 6 feet, 6 inches? Randy Johnson, anyone?


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5 12 2007
Jason K

“…by the age of 27 Hanley will average 45 home runs, 140 RBI, 40 stolen bases, and a .350 average per season”

That is a bold statement.

5 12 2007
Mario C.

Thanks for your comment, Jason.

I believe it is very possible but only if he doesn’t get hurt or get into personal trouble.

I believe calling him the second coming of Mays was a lot bolder, BTW.

5 12 2007
Dylan

I also think it’s a bold statement. While I like Hanley more than Reyes, I think numbers like that may be a bit of a reach. I think he’ll have one of those great years you’re talking about but will probably average around 30-33 HRs, 110-115 RBIS, 40 SBs a season. This trade really hurts him. Who’s going to drive him in? Reggie Abercrombie? Dontrelle was a better hitter than most of the Marlins.

5 12 2007
Dylan

P.S. Have you seen the Marlins homepage? The featured players are Dontrelle and Cabrera on the top flag. Besides Hanley, who do you think’s going to go up there now?

5 12 2007
Mario C.

Joe Kennedy, maybe?

Oh wait…..too soon?

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