Florida Marlins: Why the Fish Have the Best Outfield in the National League

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIMay 24, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - MAY 18:  Mike Stanton #27 of the Florida Marlins tosses the ball after making a catch during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Sun Life Stadium on May 18, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The National League has plenty of good outfielders, but no team has a better combination than the Florida Marlins.

Mike Stanton, Logan Morrison, and Chris Coghlan are three of the most exciting up-and-coming players in all of MLB.

Throw in a versatile player like Emilio Bonifacio as the fourth outfielder and it is hard to find a better combination than the one the Marlins have.

Stanton, 21, brings the raw power and is starting to develop good plate discipline (though he does have a ways to go with cutting down on his strikeouts). His power is unbelievable, check out this video of his HR at Citi Field. It was probably the farthest ever hit there and the conditions were horrible for hitting HRs—that is how good this kid is.

Morrison (or better known as Lo-Mo), 23, is a great all-around hitter. He has some power (six HRs so far in 2011), can go the other way, hits for average (.311), and has good discipline (14 BB to 20 K).

Coghlan, 25 about to be 26, is not the hitter that Stanton and Morrison are but his defense and athletic ability is top-notch. Coghlan took on the challenge of moving to CF this season for the good of the team, despite never playing the position before. He has made some amazing catches so far this season and more are sure to come.

Bonifacio, 26, is the speedster of the group who has greatly improved his plate discipline and is starting to figure out that he is best when he hits the ball on the ground.

Obviously, good arguments can be made for the St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Berkman, John Jay, Matt Holliday, and Colby Rasmus), Chicago Cubs (Marlon Byrd, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, and Reed Johnson), and Los Angeles Dodgers (Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier).

However, when you look at the overall balance and how each compliments the other, the Marlins outfield is the best. The Cardinals' best OFs are up there in age and the same can be applied to the entire Cubs OF. The Dodgers' best OFs are both young studs but they do not have any quality OFs after Kemp and Ethier.

The sky is the limit for this young Marlins OF, and as a South Florida resident, I am excited to watch them grow-up.