Left-hander Bryan Flynn has been dominant on the mount since being promoted to Triple-A.
With 54 games remaining after last night’s win, the Marlins would need to play .500 ball the rest of the season to reach 70 wins, one more win than last season.
Outfielder Juan Pierre was named the Marlins winner of the Heart and Hustle Award by the baseball’s alumni association. Pierre’s charity, Beast Mode for Christ, works to highlight the relationship between players and their faith. The award will being presented by Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, who works for the Marlins as a special assistant to the president.
Pitcher Jose Fernandez may be getting the most attention among the Marlins’ rookies, but Miami has another newcomer to the majors who stands out for a different reason. Interim hitting coach John Pierson looks more like a grandfather than somebody who just a week ago got his first call-up to the big leagues. Pierson, 59, was summoned when Miami scrambled to fill the job vacated when Tino Martinez resigned because of allegations of player abuse.
Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan roamed through the team’s clubhouse on Friday, and in about a month he might be roaming the infield of Marlins Park. Coghlan, placed on the disabled list in early June, has been battling a right calf injury for the last half of the season.
The Marlins have had three players — Dontrelle Willis, Hanley Ramirez and Chris Coghlan — capture National League Rookie of the Year honors. In Jose Fernandez, they believe they have a fourth in the making.
The next rung up the ladder proved no more difficult than the one below it for Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney, who turned in six scoreless innings in his debut Thursday night for Double A Jacksonville. (Read story here.) Heaney, the Marlins' first-round draft pick in 2012, extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 33 consecutive with Thursday's performance. The left-hander closed out his stay at Single A Jupiter on a 27-inning scoreless streak before receiving his promotion papers on Wednesday.
The catcher didn’t necessarily stay within himself earlier in the game, and his up-and-down play ultimately benefitted Cleveland’s offense. The Indians stole six bases, and he said their aggression on the basepaths led him to be "a little overaggressive" in return. "That was good, hard baseball," Brantly said. "The anticipation of their aggression got me a little over-amped, and that ended up costing us a little bit."
Although Marcell Ozuna's season ended prematurely because of injury, he aims to make up for lost time playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. "I'm playing winter ball so I can get ready for next season and Spring Training," Ozuna said. "Then, I can make the team."
From 2003-09, three Marlins captured National League Rookie of the Year honors. The organization is hoping to add to the list in 2013. Jose Fernandez, the team's dominating right-hander, is making a case to receive serious consideration. It is hard to overlook what Fernandez has been doing, especially of late. On Friday night, two days after turning 21, Fernandez struck out 14 while scattering three hits over eight scoreless innings in Miami's 10-0 win over the Indians. In his prior outing, he struck out 13 Pirates.
One positive Redmond has seen from the process is the tenacity of the players in disciplining the users. Closer Steve Cishek, Miami's union player representative, said on Tuesday that the players want "a level playing field." Cishek believes the threat of suspension will deter future use of PEDs. "I think the good thing is that the players, they're mad," Redmond said. "They're getting tired of it, and they should." But current players are not the only ones concerned by the issue. Redmond, a former MLB catcher, is also eager to see the abuse of PEDs end.
The Marlins began Sunday 22 games out of first place and with four rookies playing the field. But they aren't simply angling to earn some experience during the season's final two months. They want to win.
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For every bit as compelling as the start to Alex Rodriguez's latest rehab stint at Double-A Trenton was Friday -- complete with a sellout crowd, an overflowing press box and punctuated with a home run -- his follow up on Saturday was that much more subdued.
All isn't perfect with the chronically sprained right middle finger of Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, but he was back in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, hoping new hand positioning on the bat will help.
Rays right-hander Alex Cobb appears to be on his way back to the starting rotation after he threw 4 1/3 innings in a rehab appearance for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Saturday. Like Cobb, Joe Maddon hopes to have Matt Moore return to the rotation after the road trip.
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Kyle Jensen had four hits in the Zephyr's win at home, Andrew Heaney was awesome in his Double-A debut, Angel Sanchez continued to make his case for a promotion, and Felix Munoz had two home runs to earn Batavia a 3-2 win in Connecticut.
Former 1st round pick Andrew Heaney has been making waves with his continued progression with Miami's High-A affiliate. What kind of pitcher is Andrew Heaney and what could be his future impact on the overall landscape of the Marlins rotation?
Aside from trading Ricky Nolasco and minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, the Marlins remained quiet as the July 31 trade deadline approached. The club reportedly received several calls on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.