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2015 Miami Marlins Season Preview: 40-Man Roster

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The Miami Marlins' current 40-man roster is filled with names of players both critical to the 2015 campaign and interesting for their prospect status.

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The Miami Marlins underwent a serious roster remodeling in preparation for the 2015 campaign. As a result, a number of names have come and gone to make this new roster, and the current 40-man roster reflects this wave of change. The club has revamped the cast around Giancarlo Stanton and the core of young talent that was crowned as the future of the team. The supporting players are universally changed, affecting all areas of the club, including the infield and the rotation.

Here is the current 40-man roster as reported by MLB.com.

# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
37 Henderson Alvarez R-R 6'0" 205 Apr 18, 1990
22 Carter Capps R-R 6'4" 230 Aug 7, 1990
31 Steve Cishek R-R 6'6" 215 Jun 18, 1986
54 Preston Claiborne R-R 6'2" 225 Jan 21, 1988
61 Adam Conley L-L 6'3" 215 May 24, 1990
23 Jarred Cosart R-R 6'3" 195 May 25, 1990
43 Aaron Crow R-R 6'3" 195 Nov 10, 1986
66 Grant Dayton L-L 6'1" 205 Nov 25, 1987
40 Mike Dunn L-L 6'0" 210 May 23, 1985
36 Sam Dyson R-R 6'1" 205 May 7, 1988
16 Jose Fernandez R-R 6'2" 225 Jul 31, 1992
63 Kendry Flores R-R 6'2" 175 Nov 24, 1991
52 Brad Hand L-L 6'3" 220 Mar 20, 1990
15 Dan Haren R-R 6'5" 215 Sep 17, 1980
34 Tom Koehler R-R 6'2" 235 Jun 29, 1986
35 Mat Latos R-R 6'6" 245 Dec 9, 1987
50 Andrew McKirahan R-L 6'2" 195 Feb 8, 1990
57 Bryan Morris L-R 6'3" 225 Mar 28, 1987
60 Justin Nicolino L-L 6'3" 190 Nov 22, 1991
41 David Phelps R-R 6'2" 200 Oct 9, 1986
44 A.J. Ramos R-R 5'10" 205 Sep 20, 1986
65 Matt Ramsey R-R 5'11" 205 Sep 24, 1989
25 Andre Rienzo R-R 6'3" 190 Jul 5, 1988
62 Jose Urena R-R 6'2" 195 Sep 12, 1991
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
6 Jeff Mathis R-R 6'0" 205 Mar 31, 1983
20 J.T. Realmuto R-R 6'1" 215 Mar 18, 1991
39 Jarrod Saltalamacchia S-R 6'3" 235 May 2, 1985
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
10 Jeff Baker R-R 6'2" 220 Jun 21, 1981
48 Justin Bour L-R 6'4" 250 May 28, 1988
32 Derek Dietrich L-R 6'0" 205 Jul 18, 1989
9 Dee Gordon L-R 5'11" 170 Apr 22, 1988
3 Adeiny Hechavarria R-R 5'11" 185 Apr 15, 1989
38 Michael Morse R-R 6'5" 245 Mar 22, 1982
24 Martin Prado R-R 6'1" 190 Oct 27, 1983
19 Miguel Rojas R-R 6'0" 150 Feb 24, 1989
17 Donovan Solano R-R 5'9" 205 Dec 17, 1987
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
13 Marcell Ozuna R-R 6'1" 230 Nov 12, 1990
27 Giancarlo Stanton R-R 6'6" 240 Nov 8, 1989
51 Ichiro Suzuki L-R 5'11" 170 Oct 22, 1973
21 Christian Yelich L-R 6'3" 200 Dec 5, 1991

You can see that the most important name to have not changed hands is Stanton. Rumors ran wild at the beginning of the offseason that the Marlins would consider offloading him, but then the team agreed to a record 13-year contract that became the richest in American sports history. Stanton is going nowhere, at least for six years.

It is fitting that the outfield around him is comprised of only a few names, because the best outfield in baseball should stand above the crowd. Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna make up the core position players on this roster. They roam the spacious outfield with fantastic Gold Glove range and rake at the plate with different approaches. Behind them is Ichiro Suzuki, who will play the role of fourth outfielder for the year while trying to get to 3000 hits for his MLB career.

The infield is brand new save for Adeiny Hechavarria and backups Donovan Solano, Derek Dietrich, and Jeff Baker. The chances of all three making the bench seems unlikely. Justin Bour had a solid season in Triple-A, but with Michael Morse on at first base, he will likely return to the minors instead of serving as the lefty off the bench.

The catcher situation is clear, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia claiming a starting spot, Jeff Mathis playing the backup role for a third straight year, and J.T. Realmuto waiting in the wings.

The pitching staff is set at the top, with the rotation clear as of right now. Miami has five starters set for the time before Jose Fernandez returns from injury. The questions are in the bullpen, where the slots behind Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, A.J. Ramos, Bryan Morris and Carter Capps are uncertain. Brad Hand figures to play a role in long relief, as he has no options left. Lefty Andrew McKirahan is a Rule 5 draft pick and is competing for the second LOOGY spot. Aaron Crow was a trade acquisition, but as we saw last year with Brian Bogusevic, the Marlins are still willing to cut their trade pickups if they play poorly. David Phelps and Andre Rienzo are two other relief names acquired this past offseason in trades.

Finally, some pitching prospects reside on the 40-man roster right now. Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena are expected to open 2015 in Triple-A, but struggles in the big leagues might bring them to the show earlier than expected. Adam Conley is looking to recover from elbow problems that plagued his 2014 year. Grant Dayton and Matt Ramsey had nice relief seasons in the minors last year and would like a chance at one of those final bullpens spots.

The roster is jam-packed with good names and interesting prospects. Who will make the final 25-man group? Stay tuned to Fish Stripes for all of your Spring Training news!