Nobody could quite get the pulse of the Marlins before the first round of the draft; as it was unclear whether the team would go after a much needed position player with the second pick, or bolster their already deep crop of minor league pitching. The team elected to go the route of a young pitcher in the form of Tyler Kolek, a flame throwing righty from Shepherd, Texas.
The first two rounds of the MLB Draft were hosted yesterday, and the Miami Marlins selected RHP Tyler Kolek with the No. 2 pick in the draft. Kolek, a native of Shepard, Texas, is 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, wields a 100-mph fastball and is only 18 years old.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond expects catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to be transferred to the 15-day DL this weekend as he continues to recover from a concussion. Saltalamacchia was placed on the 7-day concussion DL Sunday after taking a foul tip off the mask the night before. He would be eligible to come off the DL next weekend.
After first baseman Garrett Jones fielded Luis Valbuena's hard smash, his flip to Alvarez was high and late. Alvarez leaped to make the catch and landed awkwardly on his left leg as Valbuena crossed safely. Alvarez returned to the mound under the supervision of trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Mike Redmond, threw one test pitch, and immediately walked off the mound, unable to continue. The Marlins reported he suffered a left hip strain and listed him as a day-to-day. It's uncertain whether the injury will cause Alvarez to miss his next start. If it turns out that Alvarez is forced to go on the DL, it could hasten the promotion of Andrew Heaney.
Giancarlo Stanton is having an All-Star caliber season. Heck, you'd have to include Stanton's name in the early MVP conversation at this point. Stanton leads the National League in homers and RBI, and he's hitting for average, too. But in Friday's 13-inning loss to the Cubs, Stanton had a day to forget. In six at bats, Stanton struck out four times and grounded into a double play. That's just not bad, it's historically bad
As part of the 100-year celebration of Wrigley Field, the Marlins joined the Cubs in wearing throwback uniforms Sunday, masquerading as the Miami Sun Sox. They were a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team from the 1940s and ‘50s (1946, 1949-54) that predated the minor league Marlins.
One of the more uplifting stories of the 2014 season has been the rise of the Marlins, a franchise gutted by ownership after the go-for-broke 2012 season and left for dead a month ago when ace Jose Fernandez suffered a season-ending elbow injury. With one rising star, Giancarlo Stanton, a bunch of young players and a collection of journeymen, the Marlins have climbed back to respectability, which just may be good enough to win the National League East.
Facing the prospect of a lost weekend to a last-place team, and seeing their most effective pitcher exit with an injury, the 100-year-old confines of Wrigley Field were closing in on the Miami Marlins on Sunday. The Marlins showed fortitude in rallying to salvage the finale of the three-game series with a 4-3 victory, aided by the home team serving the winning run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch.
Football or baseball? When J.T. Realmuto was a high school senior in Midwest City, Okla., he weighed his options. In football, he was a standout quarterback on a state championship team. He also was a shortstop in baseball.
When the Marlins visit the Rangers on Tuesday at Globe Life Park, the starting pitchers will get their first look at their respective opponent. Miami is visiting Arlington for the first time since 2011, and the teams are meeting for just their sixth series in the last 12 years. Giancarlo Stanton is the lone Marlins position player from that 2011 set vs. the Rangers.
The sharp single to center and the home run Christian Yelich hit on Saturday are reminders of what the 22-year-old is capable. The fact Yelich had two impressive hits off Jeff Samardzija, arguably the best right-hander in the National League this year, is also impressive.
Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez suffered a strained left hip on Sunday afternoon, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. "I feel good, thank God," Alvarez said. Initially, there was reason for concern. Alvarez was cruising along at Wrigley Field before his outing came to an abrupt halt in the sixth inning of Miami's 4-3 win over the Cubs.
Around The League
With one swing -- and toss -- of his bat, Manny Machado lost the respect of much of the A's clubhouse Sunday. The tossing of his bat toward third base in the eighth inning, when it was seemingly aimed at A's lefty Fernando Abad -- following a second brush-back pitch that nearly hit Machado -- marked the tipping point.
Another round of American League All-Star voting results have come in, and Yankees star Derek Jeter once again leads the way at his position while Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays has overtaken Mike Trout of the Angels as the overall AL leader.
After a 99-loss season in 2013, the White Sox now sit at.500, and the team's core of Cuban players has been a major factor. From Minnie Minoso forward, the Sox's commitment to their players has played well with the island's stars.
What was another multi-hit game for Miguel Cabrera ended early for him Sunday night, when he left the Tigers' series finale against the Red Sox at Comerica Park with left hamstring tightness. He's listed as day to day.
At Fish Stripes
On Day One of the draft, the Miami Marlins targeted three high-upside high school prospects who are long-term projects who could pan out extremely well for the Fish in Tyler Kolek, Blake Anderson, and Justin Twine.
The Miami Marlins take high school outfielder Casey Soltis with their fifth round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft.
The Miami Marlins looked to add depth on the final day of the MLB Draft on Saturday. Here are some reactions from around the league.
Miami Marlins stater Henderson Alvarez was injured on a play at first base in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon. Several reports indicate Alvarez left with a hip injury.
Through 10 rounds of the 2014 MLB Draft, the Miami Marlins have drafted on big tools and interesting names.