Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Tom Koehler early favorite to win starting job

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Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler is making a strong case to earn the fifth rotation spot. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Henry Rodriguez, and Carter Capps.

-Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #22 Kevin Brown Near Perfect Game - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

On June 10, 1997 the Marlins were 3Com Park in San Francisco to face the Giants. With only about 10,000 fans at the game they were in for a treat. Kevin got to work early, going 1-2-3 in the 1st on only 10 pitches. Leading off the 2nd inning for the Giants was Home Run King Barry Bonds who went down on 1 pitch, a ground ball to Luis Castillo.

-MLB Rumors: Giancarlo Stanton to the Boston Red Sox? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Spring Training is in full bloom and baseball is here once again. That means the constant Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are soon to get under way as well. The Marlins have recently shown a willingness to extend Stanton’s contract, but Stanton, who is under team control through the 2017 season, has not expressed a willingness to sign a long-term deal with the team, unless the franchise shows Stanton that they are headed in the right direction.

-Jarrod Saltlamacchia dons Jose Fernandez’s purple jeans, gold shoes for stretch | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post

Jarrod Saltalamacchia lightened up the Marlins stretch today when he walked out of the clubhouse wearing Jose Fernandez’s purple jeans, gold shoes and jersey.

-Redmond runs out his "A" lineup for Tigers | Fish Bytes

Mike Redmond is going with his projected Opening Day lineup this afternoon when the Marlins face the Detroit Tigers. It marks the first time this spring that Redmond is going with his "A" team, with only the addition of designated hitter Greg Dobbs distinguishing today's starting eight (Tom Koehler, not Jose Fernandez, is starting this afternoon) with the one he'll likely employ against the Colorado Rockies on March 31 in the season opener.

-Carlos Marmol to make spring debut; Marlins bullpen battles wide open | Fish Bytes

The Marlins and manager Mike Redmond will be looking for some clarity to an extremely muddled bullpen picture when Carlos Marmol makes his spring debut this afternoon. Marmol's first outing for the Marlins was delayed due to his return to the Dominican Republic to sort out visa issues. It's hard to envision any scenario in which Marmol doesn't make the team.

-JUPITER: Henry Rodriguez, Carter Capps among candidates for open Miami Marlins bullpen spots - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

Carlos Marmol survived a shaky outing in his debut for the Marlins, one in which he walked a pair of batters before working out of a bases-loaded jam with a swinging strikeout on a 94-mph pitch in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Detroit. In other words, Marmol looked very much like the erratic pitcher who tortured Cubs fans for years with his lack of control and eventually led to his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers midway through the 2013 season.

-Jeff Baker is Mr. Versatility for the Miami Marlins - Sun Sentinel

Anything and everything. It's what Jeff Baker is willing to do in his role as utility player for the Miami Marlins. Whether its playing first base – as he did Saturday against the Atlanta Braves – or second, third or even the outfield, Baker's adaptability makes him a commodity for manager Mike Redmond.

-Miami Marlins: Tom Koehler setting pace in fifth starter race - Sun Sentinel

The Miami Marlins' fifth starter competition figured to be among the most compelling positional battles in camp. It's looking like a no-brainer. Tom Koehler continued solidifying his case Sunday, retiring 12 of the 13 Detroit Tigers he faced with no walks and four strikeouts. In seven Grapefruit League innings, he's allowed a run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

-Bullpen competition starting to heat up | marlins.com: News

It's about to get interesting for a couple of bullpen openings at Marlins camp. There are a number of candidates for what may ultimately be two or three spots.

-Hill sees encouraging signs as spring evolves | marlins.com: News

Opening Day is 22 days away, and thus far, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill is encouraged by what he's seeing in Spring Training. As expected, the pitching overall has been promising. The offense, which finished last in the Majors in runs scored a year ago, is showing signs. It may not be the most feared lineup in the game, but there are signs of improvement.

-Koehler making case for fifth rotation spot | marlins.com: News

A frontrunner appears to be emerging for the Marlins' fifth starter spot. Tom Koehler, the incumbent, is certainly helping his cause. On Sunday, the right-hander held the Tigers in check for four shutout innings, striking out four, while allowing only a first-inning single to Miguel Cabrera.

-Marlins hitting coach Frank Menechino is making his message heard | marlins.com: News

The line drives up the middle, the balls blistered into the gaps and the majestic home runs are things of beauty in batting practice. But the hard work in the cages and on the back fields in Spring Training means little if the process doesn't carry over to the games. The mission in Marlins' camp is getting the players to replicate and duplicate. Copy the good points, and repeat them when the swings matter.

-Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton hit his first spring homer on Sunday vs. Tigers | marlins.com: News

Giancarlo Stanton provided the "wow factor" with his monstrous solo home run in the fourth inning. But the decisive blow was delivered by Alex Avila, who lined a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning that vaulted the Tigers to a 3-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. Avila, used in a designated hitter role, had left four on base in his first three at-bats. He came through in his final trip to the plate, ripping his double into the gap in right-center off A.J. Ramos.

Around The League

-Taveras has setback with tight right hamstring | cardinals.com: News

Plans to push Oscar Taveras so that he could make up for missed at-bats have now been hampered by a hamstring issue that forced the top prospect out of the lineup on Sunday.

-Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen exits due to injury in fourth inning | MLB.com: News

Braves right-hander Kris Medlen walked directly toward the dugout after throwing a pitch during the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon's game against the Mets at Tradition Field. The Braves announced that Medlen has a right forearm strain.

-Sliding next for Machado as he makes progress | orioles.com: News

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache on March 18, but he hopes to begin sliding before he's re-evaluated and potentially cleared to begin playing in games.

-Timetable could have Latos ready for Opening Day | reds.com: News

Reds starter Mat Latos is progressing well enough from recent surgeries on his right elbow and left knee that he could be ready to open the season on the big league roster, manager Bryan Price said Sunday.

At Fish Stripes

-Fish Stripes 2014 Top Marlins Prospects: #4 Justin Nicolino - Fish Stripes

Justin Nicolino will bring elite fastball command and a plus changeup to the Marlins rotation as early as mid-2014.

-Miami Marlins' infielder Ed Lucas quietly looking to earn roster spot - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins utility infielder Ed Lucashas taken a "humble approach" in order to try and win a roster spot this spring. Lucas, who received significant playing time a season ago, is looking to win a bench spot with the squad.

-Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: Position player overview - Fish Stripes

The Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview has gone over all of the team's expected position players. How much of an impact can we expect from them as a group?

-Fish Stripes 2014 Top Marlins Prospects: #3 Colin Moran - Fish Stripes

2013 first-round pick Colin Moran will have a chance to provide the Marlins with a reliable bat at the hot corner in the future.

-Fish Bites: Giancarlo Stanton willing to become a leader - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is willing to emerge as a leader on a young team. Plus links on Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Rafael Furcal, and Nathan Eovaldi.

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