De Aza Wins Starting CF Job

To my personal glee (I'm a dark horse fanboy, I guess), Alejandro De Aza has won the starting center field job for the Marlins, according to this story.

The biggest surprise in camp, Alejandro De Aza, has won the Marlins center field job over Eric Reed and non-roster invitee Alex Sanchez.

The 22-year-old De Aza played 69 games at Double-A Carolina last season, and now the speedy Dominican Republic native will be the lone rookie on the Marlins' starting Opening Day roster.

De Aza is batting .351 (13-for-37) with four doubles, one triple and four RBIs this spring. He also has four stolen bases.

With De Aza securing the center-field spot, the Marlins have filled in their two biggest Spring Training needs.

What makes this especially sweet (at least until he delivers a .212 April) is that he barely registered on the prospect lists at the start of the year.

Still, he has such a fascinating mix of raw tools and unquestionable enthusiasm, I like his chances to succeed in the lineup.

Props to "The Good Alex". Let's hope he has a great season.

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