Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton are both healthy. That matters more than any furor over whether Fernandez should be toeing the rubber in the opener or whether Stanton can outslug a 51-year-old Barry Bonds.
The Marlins didn’t go with the obvious in selecting their Opening Day starter. Instead, the club threw a curveball to many by picking Wei-Yin Chen to face the Tigers on April 5 at Marlins Park.
Chris Johnson broke an eighth-inning tie with an RBI double and helped spark a two-run frame that lifted the Marlins to a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday.
Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday, continues to come of age as he prepares for his first full big league season. The Oklahoma native is among the more athletic catchers in the game, offering speed and some power potential.
Nate Freiman’s walk-off hit by pitch gave the Braves a 6-5 win over the Marlins on Friday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.
Players’ children are welcome around the Marlins during their days at the ballpark, but the team has certain guidelines in place to make sure family time doesn’t interfere with preparation for games.
When Marcell Ozuna shows a little patience, he has a chance to drive the ball a long way. He did so in the third inning of the Marlins’ 6-5 loss to the Braves on Friday at Champion Stadium.
A month into Spring Training, Edwin Jackson’s role with the Marlins remains unclear. The 32-year-old was signed as a free agent to contend for a rotation spot, but he also offers flexibility to throw out of the bullpen.
An impressive first two innings turned quickly into a rough outing for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Thursday, as the 23-year-old was touched for six runs on five hits in a 6-5 loss to the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium.
On an afternoon that featured a couple of All-Star starters, Travis d’Arnaud and Curtis Granderson did the most damage, driving in three runs each in the Mets’ 6-5 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Marlins thinned out their pitching numbers on Wednesday by making eight moves. Included were three pitchers ranked by MLBPipeline.com among the organization’s top 10 prospects: Jarlin Garcia (No. 3), Kendry Flores (No. 5) and Jacob Esch (No. 9).