Fish Bites: Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney continues to develop

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Miami Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney thrived in his AFL debut. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Joe Espada, and Jose Fernandez.

-Marlins Way: Ex-Marlin Hanley Ramirez Stars In Playoffs - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

This year’s playoff rosters seem to be littered with ex-Marlins and several of them are playing pivotal roles for their new teams.  Maybe none bigger than Marlins hero turned villain, Hanley Ramirez who appears on his way to carrying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a series victory over the Atlanta Braves.

-10th anniversary: the Steve Bartman Game

Ten years ago was a day of infamy on the North Side of Chicago. It was one of the most famous collapses any team ever…

-Marlins Way: AFL Season Underway - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Games in the Arizona Fall League are underway. The Miami Marlins have quite a few of their prospects participating in the league, hoping to gain some experience and get some at bats under their belt to prepare for the 2014 season.

-Henderson Alvarez Masterful No-Hitter- a Pitch F/X analysis - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Alvarez has a reputation as being a sinker/slider type pitcher. Unsurprisingly his two most effective pitches yesterday’s game were the sinker and the slider. If you look at the chart Alvarez was able to keep those pitches down in the zone. By keeping those sliders, changeups and sinkers down in the zone Alvarez was able to get a 58.33% groundball percentage.

-Brett Butler, Frank Menechino join Marlins' coaching staff | Fish Bytes

Former major league player Brett Butler has been hired by the Marlins to be the team's new third base coach. In addition, the Marlins also announced the hiring of Frank Menechino as hitting coach.

-Brothers Donovan and Jhonatan Solano on same professional starting lineup card for first time - Sun Sentinel

At National Park at least, Washington looked more like the city of brotherly love. For the first time in their professional careers, brothers Donovan Solano and Jhonatan Solano were on the same starting lineup card.

-Miami Marlins: Butler, Menechino join 2014 coaching staff - Sun Sentinel

The Miami Marlins added a couple of accomplished ex-major leaguers to their 2014 coaching staff. A former All-Star, Brett Butler joins the club as the third base/outfield/bunting coach. The Marlins' new hitting coach is Frank Menechino, who spent seven seasons in the majors from 1999-2005. Butler replaces Joe Espada, who is earmarked to manage the organization's Florida State League affiliate in Jupiter. Menechino replaces interim hitting coach John Pierson.

-Miami Marlins reassign third-base coach Joe Espada - Sun Sentinel

A fixture on the Marlins’ major league coaching staff the last four seasons, Joe Espada is going back to his player development roots. A source confirmed the Marlins have reassigned Espada from the big league staff, on which he served as third-base and outfield/base running coach, to manage Class-A Jupiter. The source said the Marlins see Espada as a future managerial candidate and approached him about getting some experience in the minors.

-Desert Dogs ride stellar debut from Marlins' Andrew Heaney | marlins.com: News

In his first start for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League, left-hander Andrew Heaney picked up right where he left off this summer. Heaney, the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, struck out six batters in three scoreless innings against Scottsdale on Friday, leading Glendale to a 5-1 victory at Scottsdale Stadium. Heaney used his low-90s fastball, slider and changeup to shut down the Scorpions. He said his full complement of pitches felt good. "I had all three pitches working tonight, which was nice," Heaney said. "It was nice to compete again."

-Marlins finalize '14 coaching staff with two new faces, Brett Butler and Frank Menechino | marlins.com: News

A couple of new faces are joining Marlins manager Mike Redmond's staff for next season. Brett Butler, regarded as one of the best bunters and baserunners during his playing days, joins the organization as the new third-base and outfield coach. Taking over as the hitting coach will be Frank Menechino, who has spent five seasons as a hitting coach in the Yankees organization. Butler replaces Joe Espada, who will manage Miami's Class A Jupiter affiliate. And interim hitting coach John Pierson has been reassigned to the Minor League staff. The rest of the staff from Redmond's first season managing the club will be back.

Around The League

-Anibal Sanchez's four-K frame just the beginning of big night | MLB.com: News

Anibal Sanchez now shares a piece of history after striking out four batters in one inning during Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.

-Carlos Beltran's legendary October resume grows. | SportsonEarth.com : Howard Megdal Article

Carlos Beltran proved again Friday why he is one of baseball's best when it comes to the postseason. In October, he takes situations where he has the advantage and maximizes them, again and again, earning him comparisons to one of the best ball players ever.

-Richard Justice: Game 1 sets high bar for American League Championship Series | MLB.com: News

If the Tigers' 1-0 margin over the Red Sox seems like a nice, tidy score at the end of a nice, tidy game, guess again. Game 1 of the ALCS was a game of nooks and crannies, a game that offered everything a close postseason game is supposed to offer.

-Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox - October 12, 2013 | MLB.com DET Recap

The Red Sox are a dangerous foe for the Tigers, because they can score runs in so many different ways. The Tigers met their challenge to open the American League Championship Series by daring them to score without a hit.

At Fish Stripes

-2013 Marlins Season Review: Adeiny Hechavarria - Fish Stripes

Adeiny Hechavarria was supposed to be an elite defender at shortstop who might struggle at the plate, but instead the 2013 Marlins got negative results on both ends en route to one of the worst individual seasons in 2013.

2013 Marlins Season Review: The Toronto Blue Jays fire sale trade - Fish Stripes
Last year, the Miami Marlins made a landmark trade and acquired prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays in favor of much of their 2012 core. The return in 2013 was favorable.

-2013 Marlins Season Review: The other first basemen - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins did not rely on too many other players at first base in 2013, but the ones whom they did play did not perform well either.

-2013 Marlins Season Review: Donovan Solano - Fish Stripes

Donovan Solano bounced around the majors and Triple-A and did most things wrong, but his luck with runners on base kept him in the lineup for the Miami Marlins.

-Fish Bites: Giancarlo Stanton named candidate for NL Aaron Award - Fish Stripes

Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was named a candidate for the Hank Aaron Award, given to the best offensive player in each league. Plus links on Logan Morrison, Colin Moran and Jack McKeon.

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