Name: Henderson Alvarez
July stats: 2-1, 2.61 ERA, 12 R, 11 ER, 35 H, 10 BB, 17 SO, 38 IP
Analysis: Alvarez is the latest Marlins starting pitcher who has excelled since not starting the season with the Marlins, following in the footsteps of Turner (demoted to the minors in Spring Training) and Eovaldi (disabled list). Alvarez spent the first half of the season on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation before being activated July 4.
However, Alvarez still hasn't missed many bats. Currently, he's averaging four strikeouts per every nine innings, continuing last season's trend of 3.8 strikeouts per nine innings. In 2011, it was 5.7.
Name: Steve Cishek
July stats: 1-2, 8 saves, 3.14 ERA, 5 ER, 15 H, 5 BB, 15 SO, 14 1/3 IP
Analysis: Cishek is on a roll as he's converted 17 consecutive save opportunities. As a result, he earned National League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending July 28th with his teammate Jose Fernandez.
But when a save opportunity wasn't available, Cishek struggled as he gave up three runs to the Washington Nationals and two to the New York Mets. In both instances, the opposing team broke up a tied game.
Name: Jeff Mathis
July stats: .290 BA (18-62), .380 OBP, .323 SLG, 0 HR, 9 RBI
Analysis: Who is this guy and where has he been his entire career?
Sure, that .323 slugging percentage looks bad, but considering Mathis is a career batting average is under the Mendoza line, he gets a pass for that. More importantly, it seems Mathis is making a difference behind the plate as the Marlins are 21-16 in his starts while the Marlins are 20-49 when he doesn't.
"He brings a veteran presence to the catching position, where I talk about it to our guys all the time," Redmond told the Sun-Sentinel in early July. "We have to make sure we're developing our pitching staff, just like we do our hitters, defense and all that stuff. He's so important in that process because he has the experience. He's caught a lot of good pitchers."
Name: Ricky Nolasco
July stats: 1-0, 2.57 ERA, 2 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 SO, 7 IP with Marlins
Analysis: As expected, Nolasco was dealt before the trade deadline.
Nolasco was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Steven Ames, Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall on July 6, according to multiple reports. The haul the Marlins received did not net Nolasco this grade because only Sanchez was ranked among the top-20 prospects in the Dodgers system. Moreover, ESPN.com's Keith Law said all the Marlins got were relief prospects and salary relief, which is were Nolasco earns his grade.
According to the Miami Herald, the Dodgers pick up the remaining $5.7 million owed to Nolasco for this season. It also helped that Nolasco pitched a gem against the Braves in his final start as a Marlin, which could only help him and the Marlins find him a new home while getting at least a top prospect or salary relief.
Name: Placido Polanco
July stats: .348 BA (16-46), .373 OBP, .370 SLG, 0 HR, 7 RBI
Analysis: With the emergence of Lucas, Polanco is not considered an everyday player, which might suit him just fine.
After hitting just .228 in 193 at-bats during the first two months of the season, Polanco's at-bats have gone down and his production has gone up, evidenced by the .348 batting average in 46 at-bats in July. In June, Polanco hit .283, also in 46 at-bats.
Name: Giancarlo Stanton
July stats: .250 BA (22-88), .422 OBP, .511 SLG, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 14 R, 8 2B, 27 BB
Analysis: Well, it took awhile, but Stanton is finally the team's leader in home runs (13) and RBIs (34).
Stanton batted just .250, but he walked a whopping 27 times, which correlates as to why his on-base percentage is 172 points higher than his batting average. That's pretty much Barry Bonds territory, which is what happens when you're one of the most dangerous hitter in history or when you play with a bunch of lightweights, such is the case with Stanton. Of course, Bonds did that for 22 years, as he batted .298 with a .444 on-base percentage.
That said, when Stanton puts the bat to ball, good things happen, such as the case Sunday when his sixth-inning homer put the Marlins ahead for good in a 3-2 win.
Not surprisingly, Stanton stayed put at the trade deadline. But that didn't mean teams didn't make a run at him.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Biertempfel reported the Pittsburgh Pirates made repeated attempts to work a deal for Stanton and, according to another source, made an offer that caught the attention of Miami's front office. However, the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer refuted this claim. Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers asked the Marlins about Stanton every week, but they were declined at every turn, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
In all instances, the Marlins rebuffed the overtures because, as Rosenthal reports, owner Jeffrey Loria is hell-bent on winning in the near future to prove he made the right baseball decisions when he tore the roster apart.
Name: Ryan Webb
July stats: 0-1, 3.18 ERA, 4 ER, 14 H, 5 BB, 9 SO, 11 1/3 IP
Analysis: Webb had his best month since April, when he posted a 2.35 ERA. Perhaps some of his bullpen mates can learn a lesson from Webb as he hasn't allowed multiple earned runs since June 10 and has had just four all season.
Name: Christian Yelich
July stats: .243 BA (9-37), .300 OBP, .297 SLG, 0 HR, 2 RBI
Analysis: Like Marisnick, Yelich will be based on his overall performance.
If Yelich's grade was based on his major league performance, he would get a C. He hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been great either since he was promoted to the big leagues. For many, that comes with time. But he has impressed so far, starting with his debut when he had three hits and drove in two runs in the Marlins 4-2 victory. On Tuesday, Redmond entrusted the rookie to bat leadoff for the Marlins.
"He's been leading off all year in the Minor Leagues," Redmond told MLB.com. "So get him up there and maybe that gets [Adeiny Hechavarria] a few more better pitches to hit."
At the minor league level, Yelich gets a sterling A. Yelich hit .304 with three home runs and five RBIs in 56 at-bats in the minors in July. More importantly, he showed the world what his bat is made of when he had a pair of hits at the Futures Game, including a run-scoring double off left-hander Enny Romero for the game's first run in the second inning.