Florida Marlins’ All-Time ERA Leaders
The Florida Marlins have been a major league baseball franchise since 1993, and amazingly, have two championships. They have also reached the pinnacle only to disassemble their team twice. But they always manage to develop great young talent and become competitive a year or two later. The Marlins have especially been good at developing young pitchers. Here is a short list of the team’s all-time leaders in ERA to date:
Josh Beckett (3.46)—Josh Beckett began his major league career with the Marlins in 2001 and helped them win a title in 2003. Beckett leads the team all-time with a 3.46 ERA, and he had a career best 1.50 mark in his rookie year, but that was only in four starts. Beckett’s best overall season with Florida was 2005, when he went 15-8 with a 3.38 ERA and 166 strikeouts.
A.J. Burnett (3.73)—Before going on to have major success in both Toronto and New York (Yankees), A.J. Burnett began his career in Florida and pitched for the Marlins from 1999 to 2005. Burnett ranks second in franchise history with a 3.73 earned run average and his best season for the Marlins was 2002. That year, Burnett went 12-9 with a career best 3.30 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 204 innings of work.
Dontrelle Willis (3.78)—Dontrelle Willis was one of the game’s best young players for a couple of years, but he hasn’t re-discovered his magic in Detroit since being traded from Florida in 2008. Willis pitched for the Marlins from 2003 to 2007, and he ranks third in the team’s history with a 3.78 ERA. Willis had his best overall season in 2005, when he had career best numbers in wins (22-10), ERA (2.63) and strikeouts (170). He also had 7 complete games and 5 shutouts that season, both of which led the National League.
Brad Penny (4.04)—Brad Penny pitched for Florida from 2000 to 2004, and he ranks fourth in Marlins’ history with a 4.04 earned run average. Penny had some of his best seasons in Los Angeles, but his best season as a Marlin was 2001. That year, he went 10-10 with a 3.69 ERA and career high 154 strikeouts.
Pat Rapp (4.18)—Pat Rapp pitched for the Marlins from 1993 to 1997, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with a 4.18 ERA. Rapp had his best season while in a Marlins’ uniform in 1995. That year, he had career best numbers in wins (14-7) and ERA (3.44) with 102 strikeouts.