At one point last season, the Miami Marlins were highly considering trading outfielder Justin Ruggiano to see what prospect Jake Marisnick can do both offensively and in center field. In 40 games with Miami, he batted .183 with five RBIs.
Manager Mike Redmond ended Marisnick's season early after he had an apparent knee injury. The 22-year old prospect underwent surgery the day after the regular season ended, and is expected to be ready for Spring Training, he told MLB.com.
Marisnick has limited his offseason activity, most recently allowing himself to jog lightly.
"In another week or two, I'll be full activity," Marisnick said in an MLB.com interview. "I'm not too worried about running. In the next week or so, I should be able to dial it up and get back to full speed pretty soon."
Team physician Lee Kaplan reportedly repaired a torn meniscus in Marisnick's left knee.
On Sept. 30, surgery was performed by team physician Lee Kaplan to repair a torn meniscus and remove a piece of loose cartilage.
Immediately after surgery, he spent about a week in Miami before heading home to Riverside, Calif.
Ranked as the Marlins' top prospect by MLB.com, Marisnick anticipates being ready for the start of Spring Training.
In a season during which the organization sought to analyze its talent and depth, Marisnick couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. Acquired from Toronto last November, Marisnick's offensive struggles led to more playing time for Ruggiano and Juan Pierre.
Marcell Ozuna, coming off of a thumb injury, is expected to be Miami's starting center fielder. Marisnick will compete with Brian Bogusevic and Joe Benson for a backup outfield spot.
Marisnick said he took it upon himself to take things slowly, making sure everything healed properly before resuming baseball activities.
"Everything will be good to go for Spring Training," Marisnick said. "I just took the offseason a little bit slower to make sure everything heals up properly."
Despite having a hard time adjusting to major league pitching, Marisnick is considered to have one of the best arms in Miami's minor league system. Even in his time with the Blue Jays, it was a question of when his bat would come around. Defensively, he is considered to be a plus defender.
At the very least, having Marisnick healthy gives the Marlins depth. He is expected to open the season at Triple-A New Orleans, and with a solid offensive year, could be in Miami's outfield in 2015.
"I'm just excited to go out there and play," Marisnick said. "The main thing will be my comfort level. I'm real comfortable out there. Just to be playing baseball again with the guys should be really good."
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