One of the four newest franchises in Major League Baseball, the Florida Marlins all-time wins leaders all have fewer than 100 wins. Those numbers are increasing, however, as two of the top five are currently in the Marlins rotation and one is a leading candidate for the 2010 NL Cy Young Award.
5. Josh Johnson: 44 wins*
Florida’s current ace, Josh Johnson is up to fifth and rising on the list of Florida Marlins’ all-time wins leaders. Johnson made his Major League debut with the Marlins in 2005 and pitched his first full season in 2006 when he notched a 3.10 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 157 innings. Despite undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2007, the six-foot-seven righty has since emerged as one of baseball’s most dominant arms. Johnson became an All-Star for the first time in 2009 with a 15-5 record. In 2010, he leads the Majors with a 1.97 ERA, adding 156 strikeouts through 155 innings.
4. Brad Penny: 48 wins
Brad Penny began his Major League career in Florida and ranks fourth on the Marlins’ all-time wins leaders list. In four-and-a-half seasons with the Marlins, Penny put together a 4.04 ERA in 781.2 innings, his longest stint with any team. In 2003, his last full year in Florida, he won 14 games for his best total there. After being traded to the Dodgers, he went on to become a two-time NL All-Star, even starting the 2006 All-Star Game.
3. A.J. Burnett: 49 wins
A.J. Burnett pitched for seven seasons in Florida and became one of the Marlins’ all-time wins leaders. Burnett recorded more than ten wins in 2001, 2002, and 2005 before jumping to the American League. Though his highest win total came in Toronto, his best overall season was 2002 in Florida when he threw 204.1 innings with a 3.30 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and five shutouts.
2. Ricky Nolasco: 52 wins*
Pitching in Florida since 2006, active right-handed starter Ricky Nolasco ranks second among Florida Marlins’ all-time wins leaders. Through four full seasons in the Major Leagues, Nolasco has recorded double-digit wins in all of them. Since 2008, he has been one of the top strikeout pitchers in the National League; in 397.1 combined innings in 2008 and 2009, he struck out 381 hitters for a rate of 8.6 per nine innings.
1. Dontrelle Willis: 68 wins
Dontrelle Willis is the Florida Marlins’ all-time wins leader. Willis pitched with the Marlins from 2003 to 2007 as one of the best young pitchers in baseball. A tall lefty with a deceptive delivery, he jumped straight from AA ball to the Major Leagues and took the bigs by storm to become an All-Star as a rookie. He made 27 starts with a 3.30 ERA and a 14-6 record to win the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year Award. His greatest performance came in 2005 when he led the NL with 22 wins and five shutouts on a 2.63 ERA to finish second in the Cy Young Award voting. His career began to take a downward spiral in 2007 and he has been in and out of the Majors since.
* Indicates the player is active with the team.
Florida Marlins Player Career Pitching Register. Baseball-Reference.com