The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters were announced on Tuesday, and four Miami Marlins players are included on that list. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and pitchers Jose Fernandez, A.J. Ramos, and Fernando Rodney will be making their way to Petco Park in San Diego.
Four matches the most Marlins to ever be named to the National League’s squad, with the last time being in 2005 when Luis Castillo, Paul Lo Duca, Dontrelle Willis, and Miguel Cabrera were named to the NL’s team.
While players will still be added as others decline the invitation due to injury or inability to pitch on the given day, the four players representing the Marlins are likely to stay on the roster.
Outfielder Ozuna is currently hitting .310/.362/.546 and playing great defense. He has accumulated 3.2 fWAR and is well on his way to the best season of his career (2014’s 3.7 fWAR).
Ace Fernandez is coming off one of the worst starts in his career, but he still has a 10-4 record and a 2.69 ERA. He strikes out 13.10 and walks just 2.78 per nine innings. Several metrics actually show that Fernandez could be even better than his numbers have shown, as his FIP is 2.18 and his HR/FB rate is higher than it has ever been. Given the fact that Clayton Kershaw is injured and Jake Arrieta has been less than stellar, there is a chance for Fernandez to start the All-Star Game for the National League, although that honor is still likely to be Arrieta’s.
Closer Ramos was perfect in save opportunities up until a few days ago, when he blew his first save since last September. Still, he has 24 saves in 25 chances to go with a 2.45 ERA and 11.18 K/9. His issue this season, as it has been his entire career, has been his control. He is currently walking 5.18 per nine innings. He is on pace for a similar season as his 2015 by fWAR, as he has 0.6 right now, halfway to 2015’s 1.2.
Finally, Marlins setup man and recent San Diego Padres closer Rodney was named to the National League team. Rodney has a 0.85 ERA and 17 saves this season, with all of his appearances except for his most recent three coming with the Padres. He was acquired recently in exchange for Single-A pitching prospect Chris Paddack.