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Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Posted on: November 20, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 4:05 pm
Ramirez Manager Edwin Rodriguez revealed Saturday that he already knows who will be the first three hitters in his lineup for 2011.

As Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reveals, Chris Coghlan will lead off, followed by new Marlin Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez (pictured).

Coghlan, who is expected to play center field (or possibly second or third base), is not a burner, but is still capable of keeing pitchers honest on the bases. He had 10 swiped bags in 91 games before suffering a season-ending injury. Coghlan struggled with a .335 OBP in 2010, but had a .390 mark the year prior and should settle in around a .380 OBP, more than capable enough for a leadoff man.

Infante, meanwhile, is slated to play second but could end up moved to third. It will be his first truly full season as a starter although he cracked 500 plate appearances twice in 2004 and 2010, when he was an All-Star with Atlanta and hit .321/.359/.416 in 506 PA. Infante's on-base percentage isn't exactly impressive (career .274/.319/.395 line) but has shown the last few seasons he can handle the stick and should hit for a bating average around .300. The No. 2 spot is general looked at to be filled with someone who has good contact skills, and that's Infante.

Then you have star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is one of the rare five-tool players in the game and can impact the game many different ways. Hitting Ramirez third is a no-brainer, as he's the best hitter on the team.

The rest of the lineup is unclear, although Rodriguez did say that power-hitter Mike Stanton should end up in the No. 5 or 6 spot. The club also has left fielder Logan Morrison, first baseman Gaby Sanchez and catcher John Buck in the fold, with one vacancy. Given the club's flexibility, that vacancy could be filled by either a center fielder, second baseman or third baseman, with Coghlan and Infante filling whichever spots are open.

Given Buck's power bat and pricey three-year, $18 million pact, he's likely to clean up. Assuming Stanton hits behind him, that likely leaves Morrison slotted in at the sixth spot. It's difficult to place Morrison in the No. 5 spot ahead of Stanton, but Rodriguez may want to break up the slew of right-handed batters starting with Infante and continuing through Buck. However, Stanton's power commands a spot near the top of the order, which will leave No. 6 for Morrison.

Behind Morrison figures to be first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who bats lefty. That leaves one vacant spot. If the Marlins opt to fill it internally, either Emilio Bonifacio -- who couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with a bat -- will fill in or prospect Matt Dominguez. Bonifacio is a switch-hitter, Dominguez bats right-handed.

Here's a projected Marlins lineup, plus their handedness:

Chris Coghlan, L
Omar Infante, R
Hanley Ramirez, R
John Buck, R
Mike Stanton, R
Logan Morrison, L
Gaby Sanchez, R

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2010 8:48 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Stupid Marlins, Gaby Sanchez is their best hitter yet they`ll hit him 8th where he won`t drive in runs & will be pitched around.  Does anyone else remember John Buck as the royals backup catcher?  He`s no cleanup hitter.  The inflater Blow Jay HR totals will not happen in the NL.  Marlins SUCK!!!! 

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2010 7:32 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Who cares about the Marlins.

Who cares about the Braves? Is Jane Fonda still the GM?

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2010 7:22 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Who cares about the Marlins.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:39 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

You're nuts. Nolasco is way better than Volstad. Keeping is the wise thing to do.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:25 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

This should be an interesting season. The defense in the infield has improved greatly with the trades of Cantu and Uggla. Stanton can match or exceed Uggla's power numbers and talk is Morrison can as well. The concern probably will be the defense of Coghlan in center and Morrison in Left. Both guys are infielders converted to outfielders. I think the Bullpen should be fine with the number of pitchers they picked up.

The biggest question will be the starting rotation. Josh Johnson and Anibal Sanchez was our best 2 pitchers with Alex Sanabia showing himself to be our 3rd best. Nolasco has been batting practice for most of the past 2 years. Volstad is a tad better than Nolasco. If the Marlins are looking to pick up Vazquez they should deal off Nolasco considering his age since this is what he is. You can't be paying a guy to be good for 5-8 starts a season knowing his other 20-25 he's going to give up 5+ runs every outing and in a PITCHERS PARK like Florida.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2010 5:26 pm

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Sure, they lack star power, but this young talented lineup is far from depleted. If Florida's bullpen shores up, they will still be contenders. Hopefully, their defense improves. They did rid themselves of Cantu and Uggla -- two solid hitters but liabilities on the field.

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