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Our Noticias, 3/11/20: Fish keep rolling, roster trimmed down

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And a number of prospects continue to make waves.

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Yesterday’s game

The Marlins kept up their hot play this spring, beating the reigning world champs 3-2 on Tuesday. Caleb Smith gave up two earned runs in four innings, striking out four and walking just one in the process. A Juan Soto homer in Smith’s final inning of work accounted for all of the damage.

On offense, Brian Anderson doubled home the Marlins’ first run in the third, and Lewis Brinson added a sacrifice fly in the same frame. Harold Ramírez drove home the game-winner in the eighth with a single that scored Monte Harrison. Pat Venditte would earn the win in relief; Yimi García nailed down the ninth for the save. The Fish are now 11-5 in the preseason.

Elsewhere

We’re still rolling out player previews, and recent addition to the squad, Jonathan Villar, should pique your interest. And previews are great, but video highlights add to the fun. Another new Marlin, Jesús Aguilar was the latest subject of our YouTube channel.

Ten young Marlins were reassigned to minor-league camp on Friday, among them Víctor Víctor Mesa and Braxton Garrett.

Our sister site, The Good Phight, examined the value each team has generated via international free agent signings, and here is their piece on the Marlins. The team ranks ninth over the last 30 years, but seventh if you start in 1992, its first year of signing IFAs.

It’s spring, which means pitchers across the league are dropping like flies. Mr. Fish Stripes himself, Ely Sussman, examines the best trade fits for José Ureña.

The latest Fish Bites is out:

If you don’t understand the importance of defense in baseball, you will after this one! Ely talks with Mark Simon of Sports Info Solutions.

Fish food for thought

Robert Dugger has been the best in the big leagues this spring at run prevention.

Joe Frisaro takes a look at the impact of the Ryne Stanek injury on the rest of the bullpen.

The future is bright.

For Harold Ramirez, he of the game-winner Tuesday, the future should be now.