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Marlins' Jorge Alfaro: Will play Saturday
Alfaro (knee) will play in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Alfaro has been battling the knee issue throughout the past month but has yet to be ruled out for Opening Day. Given the length of the layoff and the defensive demands of being a catcher, it wouldn't be surprising for the 25-year-old to have a restricted starting workload even if cleared for next Thursday's opener.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Brian Anderson: Heating up ahead of Opening Day
Anderson went 2-for-2 with two walks, a triple, a run scored and two RBI in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
Hitting second in the order between veteran bats Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker in what could easily be the Marlins' Opening Day lineup, Anderson pushed his spring slash line up to .400/.500/.725 through 48 plate appearances with an impressive 7:6 BB:K. The 25-year-old is coming off a surprisingly productive rookie season, and while he was never considered a top prospect coming up through Miami's system, the third baseman seems poised to deliver another solid campaign.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Sergio Romo: Strong spring continues
Romo struck out one in a perfect ninth inning during Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
The veteran reliever now boasts a 10:2 K:BB through 7.1 spring innings. Romo's role in the Marlins' bullpen isn't yet clear, but he showed last season with the Rays he could handle just about any assignment while accumulating 25 saves, eight holds and five starts as an opener. Don't rule him out as part of the closer mix in Miami.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Neil Walker: Smacks third spring homer
Walker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
Hitting third in what could be the Marlins' Opening Day lineup, Walker took Daniel Ponce de Leon deep in the fourth inning for his third homer of the spring. The veteran infielder is slashing only .206/.308/.471 through 39 plate appearances, but he's still set to begin the campaign as the team's primary first baseman while potentially seeing occasional action at second and third as well. If he sticks in the three hole, Walker could be prove to be a useful source of RBI.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Pablo Lopez: Brilliant in final spring start
Lopez tossed six scoreless innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, scattering two hits and striking out five.
Facing most of St. Louis' likely Opening Day lineup, Lopez put the first two batters he faced on board via a single and HBP, but quickly snuffed out the rally with a double play and didn't allow a runner past first base after that. The right-hander has been impressive this spring, posting a 0.90 ERA and 16:1 K:BB over 20 innings, and if he remains on schedule he's lined up to start the Marlins' third game of the season, March 30 at home against the Rockies.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Hector Noesi: Reassigned to minors
Noesi was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Noesi failed to break camp with the Marlins after returning from three seasons in the KBO. In parts of five seasons in the majors from 2011 to 2015, Noesi recorded a 5.30 ERA.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Austin Dean: Optioned to Triple-A
Dean was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Dean failed to impress in his first taste of the majors last season, hitting just .221/.279/.363 in 34 games. He could get another chance at some point this season as the Marlins try to find out which of their young players are part of their future.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Curtis Granderson: Contract purchased by Marlins
Granderson's contract was purchased by the Marlins on Thursday, Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports.
The move confirms that Granderson will make the team. He's hit just .220 this spring but has walked a ton, giving him a .407 on-base percentage and an .846 OPS. He should fill at least a platoon role in an outfield corner this season.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Riley Ferrell: Having impressive spring
Ferrell has posted a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB through six innings this spring.
A Rule 5 pick from the Astros' system, Ferrell has given the Marlins no reason to send him back with his strong spring. The right-hander had control issues in 2018 at Triple-A, which got him left off Houston's 40-man roster, but he can touch the high 90s with his fastball and features a nasty slider -- a profile that could make Ferrell an effective high-leverage reliever if things begin to click. Look for Miami to keep him away from late-inning work to begin his MLB career, but given their wide-open closer picture, a hot month or two could have him moving way up in the bullpen pecking order.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Rosell Herrera: Could have edge for bench job
Herrera's ability to play center field could give him an advantage in the battle for a bench job with the Marlins, Wells Dusenbury of The Sun-Sentinel reports.
He hasn't done much at the plate this spring -- Herrera is slashing .216/.293/.297 through 17 games -- but he's 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts, and the Marlins need someone to back up Lewis Brinson in center. If Herrera does break camp on the 25-man roster, his defensive versatility would fit in well on a roster that already includes utility players like Miguel Rojas and Martin Prado, even if it doesn't afford him many opportunities for playing time.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Austin Dean: Continues to collect hits
Dean went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
The 25-year-old continues to rack up hits, and Dean now sports a .364/.421/.424 slash line through 15 games. He's also gone 3-for-3 in steal attempts, an interesting development after he went 3-for-5 between the majors and Triple-A New Orleans in all of 2018. His power stroke has been lacking, though -- only two of his 12 hits this spring have gone for extra bases, and both were doubles -- and Dean seems ticketed for a time share in left field with Curtis Granderson to begin the season.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Peter O'Brien: Big day at plate
O'Brien went 2-for-3 with a double and five RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
While the 28-year-old is still looking for his first spring homer and is hitting only .216 (8-for-37) through 16 games with a 6:18 BB:K, half of those hits have been two-baggers. The Marlins are counting on O'Brien to supply some much-needed power to the heart of their lineup, which should give him a long leash to begin the regular season even if his contact issues carry forward. He remains a risky fantasy option, albeit one with intriguing upside.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Caleb Smith: Fans seven against Nats
Smith allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven over five innings in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.
Facing a Washington lineup featuring every likely Opening Day starter except Juan Soto, Smith was simply dominant. The southpaw hasn't gotten much work this spring, as the Marlins brought him along slowly after last season's lat surgery, but Smith now carries a 1.00 ERA and dazzling 13:0 K:BB through nine innings and should have a spot in the rotation locked down.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Wei-Yin Chen: May be used out of bullpen
Chen could occasionally be deployed out of the bullpen this season even if he breaks camp with a spot in Miami's rotation, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The Marlins have yet to formally outline their rotation plans, but Frisaro suggests the club could be leaning toward carrying seven starters into Opening Day and using two of them as relief/spot-start options. With 12 runs allowed over 11.1 innings this spring, Chen hasn't helped his case for solidifying a permanent rotation spot, so he may be earmarked for one of the swing roles that Frisaro envisions. After demoting Jarlin Garcia and Brian Moran to their minor-league camp Tuesday, the Marlins are lacking in other lefty bullpen arms besides Adam Conley, which offers further incentive for the team to keep another southpaw in Chen on hand in relief, at least occasionally.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jarlin Garcia: Bound for minors
The Marlins optioned Garcia to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.
Miami's decision to demote Garcia and reassign another lefty reliever to the minors in Brian Moran might signal that the team could be eyeing southpaw Wei-Yin Chen for a relief role, per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Garcia didn't make much of a splash in the fantasy realm as a reliever or part-time rotation member for the Marlins a season ago, posting a 4.91 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 5.5 K/9 across 66 innings in his 29 appearances (seven starts).... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Trevor Richards: No-hits Cards over six frames
Richards struck out six over six scoreless, no-hit innings during Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
Fielding errors accounted for the only baserunners to reach on Richards' watch, and his dazzling outing didn't come against minor-league scrubs, either -- Matt Carpenter (back) was the only name missing from the Cards' likely Opening Day lineup. The right-hander now has a 1.86 ERA and 20:4 K:BB through 19.1 spring innings, and it's hard to imagine the Marlins won't find room for him in their rotation to begin the season.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Adam Conley: Strong spring continues
Conley struck out two and gave up a hit in 1.2 scoreless innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
The southpaw now boasts a 7:1 K:BB through 7.1 spring innings, with the only two runs he's allowed coming on solo shots. Conley should be a key part of the late-inning mix in the Marlins' bullpen this season, but whether that role leads to significant save totals, or a more Andrew Miller-like usage, remains to be seen.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Sandy Alcantara: Erratic outing against Mets
Alcantara gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk over 3.1 innings but also struck out seven in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
The hard-throwing right-hander had walked 10 batters in 12 innings coming into Saturday, so his improved control was encouraging, but catching too much of the strike zone brought its own issues. Alcantara may be better suited for the bullpen in the long run, but for now the Marlins will continue developing him as a starter, whether at the back of the big-league rotation or at Triple-A New Orleans.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Pedro Alvarez: Clubs two homers
Alvarez went 2-for-2 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI in Saturday's spring game against the Mets.
Alvarez had only two extra-base hits this spring prior to Saturday, but was able to go deep twice after entering the game as a pinch runner. The 32-year-old joined the Marlins on a minor-league deal in December and is fighting for a place on the Opening Day roster.... See More ... See Less