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Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto solid in major league debut

Miami Marlins catching prospect J.T. Realmuto was solid in his major league debut on Thursday afternoon. Plus links on Justin Bour, Nathan Eovaldi, and Kevin Gregg.

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-MTV2 Off The Bat: Giancarlo Stanton - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Giancarlo make another appearance on MTV2 Off the Bat, and didn't damage a car this time.

-Miami Marlins Almost Traded for A's Jim Johnson - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Marlins have been looking all over for bullpen help, in the form of washed-up former closers. According to Ken Rosenthal, Jim Johnson was on the list of possible targets to fill the Marlin’s setup role.

-Hechavarria showing signs of growth with his glove | Fish Bytes

It might not seem like it to the average baseball fan who has seen Adeiny Hechavarria make many a sterling defensive play, but in the eyes of his position coach and those who measure fielding metrics there's still plenty of room for the Marlins' shortstop to grow. And in Wednesday's thrilling 5-4 win over the Rays, a game where Hechavarria made seven assists and turned three big double plays, Marlins infield coach Perry Hill saw growth were most others probably couldn't.

-Mike Redmond sees Kevin Gregg filling eighth-inning setup role in Marlins bullpen | Fish Tank - Miami Marlins

Mike Redmond is feeling better about his bullpen, not only because he got three scoreless innings in Monday’s series opening win against the Rays, but because help is on the way. Miami officially announced the signing of veteran Kevin Gregg Tuesday, the second reliever the Marlins added this week, joining Bryan Morris, who came over from the Pirates for a draft pick. "The bullpen has been a concern and it’s great we made a trade and signed a guy and now hopefully these pieces come to together and help us and give us a chance to win ballgames," Redmond said.

-Marlins option 2B Derek Dietrich to Class AAA New Orleans; could have cleared way for Rafael Furcal to join team | Fish Tank - Miami Marlins

Second baseman Derek Dietrich was optioned to Class AAA New Orleans following the Marlins’ 1-0 victory over the Rays Tuesday. Dietrich has struggled in the field all season. He has eight errors and has been bailed out a few times by first baseman Garrett Jones on errant throws. The move could clear the way for Rafael Furcal to make his Marlins debut after signing a $3.5 million contract in the off season.

-Miami Marlins-Chicago Cubs series has alumni weekend feel - Sun Sentinel

This coming three-game set at Wrigley Field is like a reunion weekend of Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins alumni. Four different Marlins have ties to the Cubs, who drafted Casey McGehee (2003) and Justin Bour (2009). McGehee made his major league debut for the Cubs in 2008. Jeff Baker (2009-’12) and Reed Johnson (2008-’09 and 2011-’12) also called Wrigley Field home for a while. The Marlins plucked Bour off the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee roster in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft last December. Bour wasn’t even aware he was draft eligible.

-Miami Marlins notes: Broken bat nearly impales Casey McGehee - Sun Sentinel

As soon as he saw the business end of Giancarlo Stanton’s broken bat strike Casey McGehee in the on-deck circle Tuesday, Baker flashed back to Sept. 19, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium. Baker was a Cubs teammate of Tyler Colvin, who was on third base when a broken bat impaled in his chest. Colvin, who missed the season's final three weeks, suffered a collapsed lung and was hospitalized before ultimately driving home to South Carolina.

-Miami Marlins saddened over loss of Don Zimmer - Sun Sentinel

Marlins' pitching coach Chuck Hernandez's eyes' reddened and his voice softened as he began speaking about Don Zimmer after Wednesday's 5-4 win at Tropicana Field. A baseball icon who devoted 66 years to the game, Zimmer passed away in Dunedin at the age of 83. Growing up in Tampa and during his time in the Rays' organization, Hernandez developed a special relationship with Zimmer.

-Miami Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays - June 5, 2014 | MIA Recap

Rookie catcher J.T. Realmuto, making his Major League debut, delivered two hits and drove in three runs, and Giancarlo Stanton belted his National League-leading 17th home run of the season Thursday as the Marlins won their 12th Interleague game in a row, 11-6, over the reeling Rays, who have now lost 10 straight. With the victory, Miami moved into a tie for first place in the National League East with idle Atlanta.

-Bour, Realmuto make MLB debuts in St. Pete | News

Marlins rookies Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto both made their Major League debuts Thursday. And manager Mike Redmond was as excited about it as his two players. "This is the fun part of managing -- being able to watch guys in their Major League debuts," Redmond said before Bour, Realmuto and the rest of the Marlins took the field in the Citrus Series finale against the Rays. "This is something they'll never forget. I told them to just relax and have fun. Just allow their ability and talent to come forward.

-Miami Marlins at Chicago Cubs - June 6, 2014 | Preview

Nathan Eovaldi's fastball is one of the fastest in the Majors, and the Marlins right-hander should be able to use that to his advantage when he faces the Cubs for the first time in his career on Friday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had the lowest batting average against fastballs of any team in baseball at .234 coming into Thursday night's game against the Mets. Eovaldi's fastball has averaged 95.8 mph this year, and he's held batters to a .244 clip with it.

Around The League

-White Sox take lefty Rodon with third pick | News

Carlos Rodon, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound left-handed throwing standout from North Carolina State, was selected No. 3 overall by the White Sox in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.

-A tribute to Don Zimmer, a beloved baseball lifer. | : Leigh Montville Article

He never earned a paycheck that wasn't from baseball. That was the quiet boast of the 83-year-old character called Zip and Zim and Zimmie and Popeye who died on Wednesday in Dunedin, Fla. His legacy, though, was immeasurable.

-Two draftees have Tommy John surgery before getting picked | News

Erick Fedde, a righty from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, went 18th overall to the Nationals in the Draft on Thursday night, joining the Blue Jays' No. 9 overall pick, righty Jeff Hoffman from East Carolina, as first-round selections who recently went under the knife to repair their torn ulnar collateral ligaments.

-Astros go with prep lefty Aiken at No. 1 in Draft | News

For the second time in three years, the Astros selected a 17-year-old with the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The Astros on Thursday tabbed left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego with the top pick, making it the second year in a row the club took a pitcher with the first selection.

At Fish Stripes

-MLB Draft 2014: Miami Marlins draft primer - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins will be participating in a critical 2014 MLB Draft tonight. Here is all you need to know to follow along with tonight's proceedings here at Fish Stripes.

-MLB Draft 2014: Miami Marlins opt for upside project in Tyler Kolek - Fish Stripes

With the second overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, the Miami Marlins selected Tyler Kolek out of Shepherd High School in Texas.

-MLB Draft 2014: Miami Marlins select Blake Anderson with 36th pick in MLB Draft - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins make a surprising move in the competitive balance round, as the Fish use the 36th pick in the draft to take West Lauderdale High School catcher Blake Anderson.

-MLB Draft 2014: Miami Marlins select Justin Twine with 43rd pick in MLB Draft - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins went for another high-variance selection, as they targeted multi-sport star and freak athlete Justin Twine with the 43rd pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.

-MLB Draft 2014: Marlins dig deep to draft catcher Blake Anderson. - Fish Stripes

Blake Anderson, a high school catcher out of West Lauderdale High School in Collinsville, MS, gets selected by the Marlins with the 36th pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.