- Jim Callis, Fantasy
Non-contending major league teams usually watch service time carefully, and rightfully so. If a team has no realistic chance of making the playoffs, there's no point in calling up a prospect if it's going to make him eligible for free agency and arbitration a year early. There's also no reason to rush them.
Yet the Miami Marlins decided to put Jose Fernandez on their Opening Day roster, which is going to make him expensive a year before he had to be. Now they're at it again, calling up Marcell Ozuna earlier this week.
When Giancarlo Stanton went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring on Tuesday, the Marlins lost by far the biggest threat in a lineup that ranks last in the major leagues in runs per game (2.79) and homers (13). To replace Stanton in right field, they summoned Ozuna.
Jim Callis profiles young Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who made his major league debut earlier this week, and updates his top 10 prospect rankings for the 2013 fantasy season.