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Fresh Fish News, 3/31/19: First win of the season, Osiris Johnson injury, minor league rosters

Feels great to be covering real baseball again.

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It is finally here folks, the regular season! Opening Day has come and gone, but that has not stopped many fans from being excited to see their Miami Marlins try and win some games. Let’s get you caught up...

Fish Stripes 2019 Season Preview

The staff dedicated articles to nearly every player on the Marlins active roster, including plenty of others on the 40-man and beyond. That depth will be needed in the majors at some point before the season is done.

Also, our roundtable is back to evaluate the present and future of the Miami Marlins with five questions about the organization. We combined 13 perspectives to break down the young starting rotation and make 2019 predictions. The full discussion can be read here.

Osiris Johnson Injured

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Miami’s No. 12 prospect Osiris Johnson, as ranked by MLB Pipeline, had surgery to repair a tibial stress fracture on Friday. The anticipated recovery time is 5-6 months, effectively wiping out what would have been his first full professional season.

We wish him well in his recovery and hope he gets to play again as soon as possible.

Minor League Affiliate Rosters

MiLB action returns this Thursday! This figures to be the most highly anticipated season for the Marlins farm system in several years considering the impressive depth that they’re building.

Roster announcements from Triple-A New Orleans and Double-A Jacksonville are coming shortly. For the time being, we have High-A Jupiter and Low-A Clinton (Baseball America Top 30 prospects colored in blue):

Jupiter Hammerheads
Clinton LumberKings

MLB Game Recaps

The Marlins lost their first two regular season contests against the visiting Rockies before rebounding Saturday night.

March 28—Rockies 6, Marlins 3; Opening Day for the 2019 season saw José Ureña go 4 23 innings giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits against the Colorado Rockies. The bullpen didn’t allow a hit the rest of the way, giving the Marlins a fighting chance. The home team’s offense came on three solo HRs by Neil Walker, JT Riddle, and Jorge Alfaro.

March 29—Rockies 6, Marlins 1; The second game of the season saw Trevor Richards go six innings giving up one earned run on four hits. Richards’ changeup was in midseason form and several highlights of his signature pitch went viral.

Colorado added on insurance runs in the seventh against Adam Conley and Sergio Romo in the ninth. Curtis Granderson provided the only run for the Marlins, hitting a solo HR off of German Márquez in the fourth inning.

March 30—Marlins 7, Rockies 3; Pablo López started this game and got the win for Miami going 5 13 innings against the Rockies with a career-high seven strikeouts and allowing three runs on five hits. Meanwhile, the Marlins offense exploded for seven runs on 16 hits with both Miguel Rojas and Martín Prado providing three hits each and combining for 4 RBIs. Granderson also had 2 RBIs. Chad Wallach, Rosell Herrera and Lewis Brinson had two hits apiece.

Submit Your Fish Picks!

A new addition to our Marlins game coverage this season, managing editor Ely Sussman will be customizing daily prop bets leading up to first pitch. Earn a point for each correct Fish Pick. Monthly points leaders will get special prizes.

With a full week of baseball starting on Monday, stay tuned to Fish Stripes for all your Miami Marlins news, analysis and discussion.