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Fish Bites Episode 44: Marlins manager-in-waiting, AFL champions

An Arizona Fall League review and the biggest coaching hire that the Marlins have made in years.

James Rowson comes to the Marlins with an outstanding reputation.
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The Salt River Rafters, featuring Marlins prospects Jerar Encarnación, Nick Neidert and Alex Vesia, clinched the 2019 Arizona Fall League championship on Saturday! On this new episode of Fish Bites, Ely analyzes their AFL production (2:48) and explains why the hiring of James Rowson as bench coach/offensive coordinator could have huge ramifications (14:10).

”Rowson” rhymes with wow-son, not mow-son. Sorry for butchering that on the pod!

The Ultimate Marlins Depth Charts series continues with a roundup of all the key catchers and first basemen within the organization (24:40).

Enjoy Episode 44!

These are the catchers and first basemen most critical to the present and long-term success of the Fish:

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