Logan Morrison has become an underrated asset and an overly criticized member of the Miami Marlins. Fans seem to forget the promise that LoMo has shown in his first few seasons in the majors, when he is 100% healthy.
Officially, Marlins manager Mike Redmond and his players claim they didn’t notice Domonic Brown’s stylish trot around the bases after the red-hot Phillies outfielder hit his 17th home run Monday night. Privately, however, several on the Marlins were incensed at the way Brown bunny-hopped out of the box, dramatically flipped his bat and took a wide turn toward his own dugout before heading to first base to begin his trot.
The Marlins used their first-round pick on a talented left-handed pitcher last year. This year, they waited just a little later to grab another. With their second pick, 35th overall, the Marlins took Matt Krook from St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco, a 6-4, 200-pound lanky southpaw who joins a growing list of lefties the Marlins have collected over the past couple years with high-end stuff.
Wade LeBlanc won't be coming back to the Marlins. The Astros claimed the left-hander on Saturday. LeBlanc, who was 3-10 with a combined 4.30 ERA in 38 appearances for the Marlins over the past two seasons, was designated for assignment on Monday.
Marlins rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich had one of those once-in-a-lifetime encounters in the Big Apple last week when he and agent David Meter bumped into three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis in Greenwich Village. "I had just finished up at the MLB Fan Cave with my agent, and we’re about to get on the subway when [Meter] said, ‘Hey D, that’s Daniel Day-Lewis,’" Dietrich said.
The Marlins began the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday with good fortune as UNC third baseman Colin Moran fell to them at the No. 6 spot. Drafting Moran is a huge addition for Miami, which has only one third baseman -- Zack Cox -- ranked among its Top 20 prospects. A tough 2012 slowed Cox's ascent to the Majors, making the addition of Moran even more valuable. Stan Meek, the Marlins VP of scouting, was "thrilled" Moran dropped to No. 6 and believes the third baseman has the potential to reach the Majors quickly. Moran's arrival could be a welcome sign of stability for Miami at the hot corner.
Logan Morrison's return to the Marlins came a day earlier than the club originally intended. The 25-year-old first baseman was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Sunday morning because Miami placed outfielder Chris Coghlan on the 15-day DL with right calf nerve irritation. Manager Mike Redmond wasted little time getting Morrison in the lineup, starting him at first base and hitting him fifth. Coghlan, who started in center field on Saturday, was replaced after eight innings. The Marlins went on to beat the Mets, 2-1, in 20 innings, which matched the longest game in franchise history.
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The Orioles are making noise again in the American League East, and they're making a few loud statements in the latest All-Star Game voting results as well.
The three-day 2013 First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Saturday, but also marked the beginning of the careers of a whole new generation of players with family ties and last names that every baseball fan has come to know.
Andy Pettitte has been quietly looking ahead to hitting the milestone of his 250th career victory, but the veteran Yankees left-hander never would have anticipated how memorable of a day it would turn out to be. Pettitte learned that his son, Josh, was selected by the Yankees in the 37th round of the First-Year Player Draft, moments before the Yankees made the 40-year-old's vintage performance hold up in a 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Saturday at Safeco Field.
D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall announced Arizona's 34th round pick on Saturday, and his voice grew with pride with each passing word. In a special moment, the team chose paralyzed former Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn.
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The Marlins selected Ryne Stanek's closer at Arkansas, Colby Suggs, with the 73rd overall pick in the Competitive Balance Round B.
It seems the Miami Marlins finally decided to show us what Chris Coghlan can do on the infield. Because the Marlins have a plethora of outfielders, the hot-hitting Coghlan will begin working at third base.
After several first round draft picks who struggled to have success at the Major League level, Miami’s front office should be hopeful that the organization’s 2013 draft picks will be successful.
The Miami Marlins drafted eight additional players on the second day of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. Curiously, not a single one of them was a pitcher.