Sandy Alcantara may be new to the Marlins, but the hard-throwing right-hander is no stranger to seeing one of the game’s top-rated prospects.
Listed at 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, Magneuris Sierra is one of the smallest players in Marlins camp. But the number the 21-year-old outfielder dons is a tribute to one of this generation of players’ biggest stars.
Marlins prospect Lewis Brinson was among the top prospect performers on the first full day of Spring Training games.
The Marlins took the field on Friday sporting a new look while being united in a common cause.
First impressions don’t get much better than what Scott Van Slyke displayed on Friday in the Marlins’ 6-4 victory over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Marlins management delivered a clear message to the players on the first day of full-squad workouts — roster spots are up for grabs.
In just two days, Cameron Maybin picked up on what the Marlins’ front office spent an entire offseason assembling — swift and athletic outfielders. As part of their organizational reconstruction, Miami has targeted high-impact athletes with plus speed to help cover ground in the outfield and create havoc on the bases.
After eight days of refreshing the fundamentals and getting into playing shape, it’s time for the games to begin. The Marlins open Grapefruit League action on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Cameron Maybin, who spent the 2008-10 seasons with the Marlins after being acquired in the Miguel Cabrera trade with the Tigers, signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $3.25 million plus incentives for performance with the club.
With Spring Training working on a compressed timeline between full-squad workouts, the Grapefruit League opener and an earlier Opening Day, Marlins manager Don Mattingly is emphasizing the basics this year.
Spring Training will determine a number of roles for the Marlins, but the closer position is not one of them. The tentative plan is for Brad Ziegler to get the call to lock down games.