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Highlights from Marlins hitters camp at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

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Baseball(-related activities) is back! The Marlins’ present and future collided at a hitters camp in Jupiter on Monday.

Entrance to the Marlins Spring Training facility, updated with Our Colores
Photo by @FischerNBC6/Twitter

With formal major league spring training still a month away, dozens of (mostly) young Marlins players reported to the team’s complex in Jupiter on Monday for a hitters camp. Many top prospects were in attendance, as were Opening Day roster probables like Miguel Rojas, Peter O’Brien and Garrett Cooper.

It was organized by vice president of player development and scouting Gary Denbo.

Outfielders Víctor Víctor Mesa and Víctor Mesa Jr. and shortstop Osiris Johnson took rounds of batting practice. Each of them were acquired under Denbo’s watch, as was athletic outfielder Monte Harrison, who earned some high praise:

As first observed earlier this winter, the practice fields surrounding Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium have been updated to match the new branding of the parent club. Here’s the Midnight Black, Caliente Red and Marlin Blue bathed in sunlight:

Inside those walls, it was time to get to work...

Cooper and O’Brien combined for only 36 games played and 112 plate appearances in 2018. Health permitting, those totals will skyrocket this season. The Marlins have been very quiet on the first-base market, indicating that the position is likely to be addressed with these internal options.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com confirms that these minor leaguers participated, too:

  • Joe Dunand
  • Riley Mahan
  • James Nelson
  • Milton Smith Jr.
  • Justin Twine

Right-hander Jordan Yamamoto was also at the facility (as a non-hitter, obviously).

Hitters camp continues for the next several days, though it’s unclear if there will be the same media availability.