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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Jake Marisnick adds valuable speed to lineup

Miami Marlins outfielder Jake Marisnick adds valuable speed to a Marlins' lineup that has at times been inconsistent on the base paths. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Kevin Gregg, and Nathan Eovaldi.

Rob Foldy

-The Marlins Outfield Dilemna - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Marisnick was an easy choice, as he has been tearing apart pitching in AAA New Orleans, and has all the tools to be a solid major leaguer. Many view Jake as the center fielder of the future for the Marlins, but his career got off to a bit of a slow start.

-Marlins Way: Pitching on Marlins' Wish List? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Miami Marlins executed Plan A on Monday, deciding to promote their two of their top pitching prospects. Andrew Heaney and Anthony DeSclafani were brought up on Monday, before the team took on the Chicago Cubs.

-Brad Penny agrees to minor league deal w/Marlins | Fish Bytes

The Marlins are reaching back into their past in an attempt to add veteran pitching depth, agreeing to terms Wednesday with Brad Penny on a minor-league deal.

-Bruised wrist OK, Marlins’ Stanton expects to play Thursday; Brad Penny signs | Fish Tank - Miami Marlins

Right-hander Brad Penny, who spent his first 4 1/2 years with the Marlins, signed a minor league contract pending a physical, according to reports. Penny, 36, last pitched in the big leagues in 2012, going 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA for San Francisco. Penny has played for six teams.  He is 119-100 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 years. His 48 wins with Miami are fifth best in franchise history.

-Miami Marlins: Administrative coach Pat Shine has rooting interest in College World Series - Sun Sentinel

Marlins' administrative coach Pat Shine has a rooting interest in the College World Series. Cal-Irvine, where Shine spent seven seasons on the coaching staff and in charge of recruiting, advanced to Omaha for the first time since 2007.

-Miami Marlins: Play-by-play man Dave Van Horne heads to second Hall - Sun Sentinel

Already enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Miami Marlins’ radio play-by-play man Dave Van Horne is headed to another. Saturday, Van Horne will be inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario.

-Miami Marlins: Kevin Gregg back for second stint in bullpen - Sun Sentinel

Coming off a 33-save season for the Cubs in 2013, Kevin Gregg never imagined his first pitch of 2014 wouldn't come until sometime in June. Gregg never got what he deemed an acceptable offer and sat out until the Marlins presented him with a palatable minor league contract. After a rust-shedding stretch in the minors, Gregg reported to the big league club Thursday in time for the start of a four-game series against the Mets.

-Marisnick adds speed dimension to Marlins' arsenal | News

Standing tall and letting natural ability take over has been the secret to Jake Marisnick's success on the bases. One of the fastest players in the organization, the No. 3 prospect has wasted little time infusing speed to the Marlins' lineup. The 23-year-old swiped two bases on Monday, his first game with Miami after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Christian Yelich, who is on the disabled list with a lower-back strain

-Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins - June 18, 2014 | MIA Recap

Nathan Eovaldi surrendered a big blast, and the Marlins almost endured a huge jolt when Giancarlo Stanton was lifted with a bruised left wrist.

-No changes for Salty upon return from concussion | News

A mild concussion hasn't prompted Jarrod Saltalamacchia to change from wearing a traditional catcher's mask. "There's no evidence saying the hockey mask [makes a difference], but I know the traditional masks are better," the Miami catcher said. "I'm going to stick with the same mask. It was just a matter of hitting that spot."

-Stanton in lineup a day after bruising wrist | News

The Marlins may have lost the game on Wednesday afternoon, but they regained their most feared slugger on Thursday. Giancarlo Stanton, who bruised his left wrist in Wednesday's 6-1 loss to the Cubs, was back in the starting lineup for the series opener with the Mets at Marlins Park.

-Gregg returns to Marlins, likes new setup in Miami | News

Kevin Gregg is back with a familiar organization, but so much has changed since he was traded by the Marlins to the Cubs after the 2008 season. On Thursday, the right-hander had his contract selected, and he will be looked upon as a late-innings relief option.

Around The League

-How did the Royals climb to the top of the AL Central? | : Jonathan Bernhardt Article

A month ago, most people had written off the Royals. But after Tuesday's action, they hold a slim lead over the Tigers for first place. And though things can (and usually do) change drastically over the season, with a little tinkering, Kansas City can stay on top.

-Actually, this isn't the first time Clayton Kershaw has thrown a 15-K no-hitter |

On Wednesday night, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw put on one of the greatest pitching performances you'll ever see. The lefty struck out 15 batters en route to his first career no-hitter -- a whiff number matched in a no-no by only Nolan Ryan, Warren Spahn and Don Wilson.

-Rehabbing Harper puts on show in batting practice | News

Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper put on an awe-inspiring display early Thursday when he took live batting practice on the field for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left thumb in April.

-As feats pile up, link between Clayton Kershaw and Sandy Koufax grows clearer | News

The only obvious comparison for Clayton Kershaw is the greatest Dodgers pitcher of all time, and possibly the greatest lefty of all time, Sandy Koufax, who had this to say Thursday. "I'm thrilled for him and [a no-hitter was] not unexpected," Koufax said.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins' Andrew Heaney promoted without restrictions - Fish Stripes

After promoting top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney on Monday, the Miami Marlins noted that even considering his innings limit, he should be able to pitch late into the season as necessary. 160-170 innings is the reported target for Heaney.

-Examining Chris Hatcher's Relief Pitching Dominance - Fish Stripes

As a prospect who toiled in the minors since 2006, the 29-year-old Chris Hatcher has quickly elevated himself as one of the best strikeout artists in baseball. Can he maintain his current level of dominance? Or will he struggle and be sent back down

-Marlins news: Miami Marlins sign Brad Penny to minor league deal - Fish Stripes

In order to foster starting pitching depth in an already packed minor league system, the Miami Marlins signed former Fish starter Brad Penny to a minor league contract.

-The Andrew Heaney Major League debut primer - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins will start Andrew Heaney tonight against the New York Mets in his first career start in the Major Leagues. Here is all you need to know about the top prospect in the Marlins' organization.

-Miami Marlins option Dan Jennings, J.T. Realmuto - Fish Stripes

In a pair of roster moves Wednesday, the Miami Marlins outrighted reliever Dan Jennings to Triple-A and catcher J.T. Realmuto to Double-A Jacksonville. Kevin Gregg and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were added in the corresponding roster moves.