Giancarlo Stanton is healthy and ready to go, however he may not be prepared to face live pitching just yet. According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Stanton took every pitch he saw on the first day of live batting practice.
It was a significant step, but it wasn't very exciting, as Stanton tracked all 10 pitches he saw. The slugger didn't swing at any of the five offerings from right-hander Henderson Alvarez in his first round and lefty Brad Hand in his second.
Dee Gordon has become one of the best base stealing threats in all of baseball, but that is not what he is thinking about heading into 2015. Instead, Gordon is rightfully focused on helping the team score runs in order to assist a young pitching staff.
Pitchers faced live hitters for the first time on Thursday. Stanton discussed his new helmet while the rest of the Marlins' hitters took some swings. Simulated games with umpires will come over the weekend.
Miami has one of baseball's best young outfields, and it should be notably productive again in 2015. Manager Mike Redmond wants to keep the outfield fresh, and is going to utilize Ichiro Suzuki in various situations throughout the spring.
Nick Masset is feeling healthy and could have the chance to make the team with a solid spring. Masset would be a notable addition to the bullpen if he can succeed as he did in Cincinnati a few seasons ago before getting injured.
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