Last week, the Marlins shared their 2019 regular season schedule. Now, we know more about the exhibitions leading up to it. They released details Wednesday afternoon about the Grapefruit League schedule, which will be an opportunity to observe talented prospects months—or even years—before their official MLB debuts.
League play begins on February 21, but the Marlins open up two days later. As is tradition, it will be a matchup with the Cardinals, who share Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium and the surrounding facilities with the Fish every spring.
Though most of the start times are still unannounced, we can infer from previous years that first pitch is typically a few minutes after 1 p.m. ET:
For comparison’s sake, here is what their schedule looked like this past spring:
The Marlins have demonstrated that they evaluate preseason performance seriously for players on the active roster bubble.
Lewis Brinson, for example, was no sure thing to accompany the team for Opening Day 2018. He forced the issue by slashing .328/.365/.586 in 23 Grapefruit League games. Until his poor regular season performance forced a change, Brinson was an everyday player for the Marlins. Similarly, Trevor Richards “earned” his call-up in April despite no Triple-A experience because he executed so well against veterans in major league camp.
Top prospects who could be in their shoes entering 2019 include second baseman Isan Diaz, outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Nick Neidert.
Fish Stripes expects to be credentialed for many of these games to bring you the best coverage possible. We will have updates when tickets go on sale to the public.