30. Miami Marlins
The Marlins don’t have too many Major League players and will struggle to draw fans to their ballpark yet again in 2019. New uniforms and young infielder Brian Anderson are the two most exciting elements of a team that’s failed to capture the attention of its fan base and build any sort of faithful following in Miami. Last year, Anderson batted .273/.357/.400 with 11 home runs in 156 games. Anderson is showing signs he could make another leap in 2019, batting .353/.450/.647 with six extra-base hits in Spring Training. The 26-year-old third baseman has five seasons remaining until he’s eligible for free agency, ample time for the Marlins to either sign him to an extension or trade him away for prospects, forever rebuilding and cutting salary in Miami.
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29. Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore finished last in the American League East with a 47-115 record, 11 games worse than the second-worst Royals. They’ll continue to descend this season as they look towards a future with new General Manager Mike Elias and new Manager Brandon Hyde. Chris Davis and Jonathan Villar are sad reminders of recent Orioles teams that never went far in the playoffs. Davis’s mediocrity is symbolic of how low the expectations should be for this Orioles team. Davis has struck out more than only three other active hitters, and will still probably bat clean-up for the Orioles. For the first time since 2007, Adam Jones won’t be in center field at Camden Yards. There’s not much to monitor in Baltimore, but Dylan Bundy and Alex Cobb could give the O’s a chance to win on some nights. It won’t be often, though.
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28. Kansas City Royals
Improvement will come to Kansas City when the Royals figure out who those next franchise guys will be. Right now, none of those slots are filled. Former Cubs prospect Jorge Soler, shortstop Adalberto Mondesi and new speedster Billy Hamilton probably have the best shots, but none have shown the consistency required for stardom. Hamilton’s speed will be the closest thing to entertaining baseball in Kansas City this season. Only five active players have more steals than the ex-Cincinnati Red, who also threw out more baserunners than anyone in the National League last year. Hamilton has stolen over 50 bags four times in his career, but is just a .245 career hitter.
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