Early on in spring training, injuries have given the Miami Marlins trouble. Joe Mahoney recently got hurt, and Greg Dobbs is hoping to bounce back from an early injury. Plus links on Chone Figgins, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jose Fernandez.
Expectations are low for the Miami Marlins in the 2013 season as the current group of mostly recycled veterans on the down side of the their careers and youngsters getting a taste of the big leagues. When will Yelich be ready?
Here is an interview with Baseball Prospectus regarding the Marlins.
Miami Marlins fans do not have much to look forward to during the 2013 season, but one thing Marlins can certainly look forward to is the teams future. Starter Adam Conley is a guy fans can look forward to seeing in the future.
Though outfielder Christian Yelich is expected to start the season in Double A, his strong spring could rush his timetable to the majors. "He’s ready. He’s having a great spring, and he’s proved he can play at this level," hitting coach Tino Martinez gushed.
Nobody could have ever guessed from the smile on his face that Jose Fernandez had just been told he was being sent to the minors. But as the Marlins' top pitching prospect cleaned out his locker, Fernandez was anything but unhappy. "They were trying to make it easy for me and I told them, 'You don't have to. It's not a big deal,'" Fernandez said. "I understand how this works. I'm fine."
The injuries keep piling up for the Marlins' first basemen. Add Joe Mahoney's name to the list. Mahoney, who shares the team lead this spring with three homers, has an oblique injury that will keep him out of action indefinitely.
It was impossible not to think about the Marlins. It was impossible not to think about what might have been. Both Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez, former Marlins, were greeted with claps at Marlins Park during the World Baseball Classic
It’s no surprise to see Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins walking into the batting cage together every day at Roger Dean Stadium. Figgins is trying to earn a roster spot and reunite with Pierre, a longtime friend. It has been that way since 1998, when their friendship first took root at a minor-league complex in Portland, Ore., after Class A practice one day. "Everybody was gone,’’ Figgins recalled. "We kind of looked at each other, and he said, ‘Want to go to the cage?’ It was dark. We flicked the lights on and it has been the same ever since.’’.
As Opening Day draws near, the Marlins are not any closer to sorting out a number of open spots on the depth chart. "I think we kind of anticipated this coming in, that we were going to have a nice battle for a lot of different positions," manager Mike Redmond said. "Sitting here now, would I love to have somebody really step out in front of that utility-position role? Of course, but nobody's really stepped out in front of that. That's going to be one of those battles that might come down to one of the last days of spring."
Jose Fernandez, ranked No. 1 in the organization and No. 7 overall in baseball according to MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch, was reassigned to Minor League camp on Wednesday afternoon after just one official Grapefruit League appearance. "I'm pretty confident, and I think I can pitch in the big leagues today," Fernandez said. "That's my personal opinion. Maybe I'm not ready, but that's how I feel. I feel, at the same time, I've got to learn and I've got to do a lot of stuff that's going to help me be more successful in the big leagues, but I think I will. That's why I'm going down to put my work in."
Around The League
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With 18 days remaining until Opening Day, Tigers manager Jim Leyland expects certain jobs to come down to the wire. Outfield and bullpen positions are still up in the air.
At Fish Stripes
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