Fish Bites: Miami Marlins Roster Taking Shape

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The Miami Marlins' roster is taking shape after a second round of cuts, with only a few competitions left for certain positions. Fish Bites has links on Kevin Kouzmanoff, Kevin Slowey, and prospect Jake Marisnick.

- Kevin Kouzmanoff and Donovan Solano continue to hit the ball real well in Spring Training. In fact, Kouz hit his third home run, while Solano raised his average to .500. How can you vote against both of these players not being named starters at their positions?

- Slowly, the Marlins roster is taking shape. A few more players were sent down on Monday. And with all the injuries, the Marlins will certainly have to place quite a few on the disabled list as they recover (Placido Polanco, Logan Morrison, Greg Dobbs, Justin Ruggiano, among others). This will make the roster decisions not as tough to start the season.

- Now that Alex Sanabia and Brad Hand have been sent down, the competition for the Marlins' fifth starter is really down to Kevin Slowey and Wade LeBlanc. Guess who caught Slowey's major league debut in 2007? It was his current manager, Mike Redmond. Read more on Slowey here.

- Marlin Maniac interviews Jason Collette of Baseball Prospectus. Check out what Jason had to say about how many home runs Giancarlo Stanton might his this season. Great interview.

- Read a great piece on Jake Marisnick from Bullpen Banter. He is only 22 and is still learning. However, he has bust potential because his long swing was exposed last season.

Around The League

- Guess who is going to start at third base for the Houston Astros this season? Former Marlin Matt Dominguez is having a great Spring Training. The Marlins traded him to the Astros last season for Carlos Lee. Matt is batting .380 with two home runs thus far in Grapefruit League play. Good for him.

- Matt Harrison will probably be named the Opening Day starter for the Texas Rangers soon. Even though there has not been an official announcement, the Rangers have put him on track to start the season opener on March 31 in Houston.

- Even though there are troubling signs (for example, his velocity is dropping), Roy Halladay insists he is pain free after his latest start. For the former Cy Young winner, there are three weeks left to figure it all out before the start of the season. My guess is he will do just that.

At Fish Stripes

- At the site we continue to preview the Marlins in 2013. Next up is shortstop. Obviously Adeiny Hechavarria will take over here full time. I think he will surprise a lot of us with his play. Read more here.

- Just in case you missed it, Christian Yelich walked off against the Red Sox on Monday. Yelich is an amazing hitter. I expect him to be up with the big league club sooner than expected.

- Regardless if Juan Pierre is only keeping left field warm until Christian Yelich is called up, I am excited to see the fan favorite play everyday. See a preview of left field for the upcoming season here.

- Want to know more about the Miami Marlins number eight prospect, Rob Brantly? Just click here.

- If you are like me, you would like to see super prospect Christian Yelich up with the Marlins as soon as possible. However, a lot of things have to happen for him to come up this season. Read about this here.

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