The Miami Marlins finalized their Opening Day 25-Man roster today.
Entering spring training, the Marlins made two proclamations: They would start the season with a four-man bench and Justin Bour would play everyday. At the dawn of a new season, only one of those remains true. The Marlins will enter Monday’s regular season opener against the Washington Nationals with a four man bench. However, Bour now has a platoon mate at first base. Tyler Moore, who lead the team with five home runs this spring, was the only non-roster invitee to make the team. A longtime member of the Nationals, he will see time in both the outfield and as a right-handed complement to Bour at first base.
The Marlins return eight familiar faces to their Opening Day lineup. J.T. Realmuto will look to take the next step in his third season as the everyday catcher. Christian Yelich makes the full-time move to centerfield as he swaps positions with Marcell Ozuna. They will once again stand next to the three-time all-star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The right side of the infield is composed of Dee Gordon and Bour, with Adeiny Hechavarria manning shortstop. With Martin Prado starting the season on the disabled list, Derek Dietrich will occupy the hot corner.
Edinson Volquez will make his Marlins regular season debut as the opening day starting pitcher. (Fun Fact: this will be his fifth opening day assignment with his fourth different team).
Dan Straily, Tom Koehler, and Wei-Yin Chen follow Volquez in the pecking order. Rounding out the rotation is Adam Conley, after narrowly beating out both Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena for the fifth spot in the rotation.
The Marlins have a deep collection of arms in their bullpen anchored by closer A.J. Ramos, as well as new additions Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa.
Starting Pitchers (5)
Relief Pitchers (8)
(* designates starter)