The Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Tuesday night to run their record to 6-1 in the opening weeks of the season. The Marlins, a team considered too young to compete in the stacked NL East has surprised many critics by showcasing their talent. One such individual, Emilio Bonifacio, has gotten out to a .485 start which included an inside the park home run on Opening Day. The average age of their pitching staff is 25.6 years of age. 25-year old Josh Johnson is 2-0 and 22-year old Chris Volstad is 2-0. Each has shown considerable talent and the possibility of being future 20-game winners since their stints last season.
Hanley Ramirez remains the single best athlete in baseball. He is 25 and has career totals of 81 homers and a .309 batting average in only three full seasons in the majors. He also has an average of 47 stolen bases per year.
The Marlins are known for putting together exceptional young talent only to hold firesales to keep payroll down. But if the Marlins were to keep this team intact, there could be a possible dynasty in South Florida. It will be interesting to see if Florida can compete with the more experienced teams in the NL East and clinch a playoff berth late in the season.