Miami Marlins news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:16:37 -0800
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (face) played four innings and had two at-bats in his first spring game Thursday, March 5, and he flied out twice and made two nice plays in the outfield. "It felt great," the slugger said. "I felt good in the box. We're right on track. But it was good to be in a game setting again." Any concerns about Stanton being hesitant at the plate were answered with St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez humming heaters in at 95-96 mph. Stanton isn't being held back at all this spring, and he's in the process of getting his timing down at the plate. He feels mentally and physically ready, but he is wearing a wire attachment on his helmet as a precaution.
Fantasy Tip: In the aftermath of Stanton's beaning last September and facial surgery that followed, the only real concern about him that fantasy owners had going into 2015 was how he would react to pitches this spring. Now that that doesn't seem to be a concern, you shouldn't have any hesitations making Stanton a top-five pick in drafts.
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:18:09 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Stanton doesn't seem to be dealing with any lingering effects after being hit in the face with a fastball last September, and he should be an early first-round selection in all fantasy formats.
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:05:10 -0800
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch from SP Henderson Alvarez during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, Feb. 28, but Stanton said it didn't bother him at all. "Feels good," Stanton said. "No thoughts, 100% fine. Didn't have one thought about it." Stanton was hit with a fastball in the face last September that cut short his season.
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners may have been curious how Stanton would react to pitches high and tight after his injury last year. He appears to be fine, and Stanton should be a top-five fantasy baseball draft pick. Stanton's power stroke is unmatched in the majors, and he'll have a better lineup around him in Miami in 2015.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:31:00 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Fernandez appears to be making progress in his recovery but is not expected to rejoin the starting rotation until June. He will be a risky option in fantasy drafts since he is coming back from an injury, but he could be selected in one of the middle rounds of a draft.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:48:44 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Several clubs have been linked to Soriano, whose ratio (19 walks, 59 strikeouts) could help fantasy owners in leagues where ratio is one of the categories. Still, it's best to see where Soriano lands as his fantasy value is non-existent at the moment.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:06:20 -0800
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (face) will wear a personalized mask attached to his batting helmet during spring training. The 25-year-old outfielder was hit by a fastball last September and broke his orbital bone and damaged five teeth. It is not known whether Stanton will wear the mask during the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: The reigning National League home run leader, Stanton should be viewed as a potential top-five selection in drafts. He is arguably the top power hitter in baseball and will be hitting in an improved Marlins lineup this season.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:02:24 -0800
The Miami Marlins continue to talk with free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers), and ideally would like a quick resolution before getting too deep in the spring. The Marlins and Milwaukee Brewers continue to pursue Rodriguez, and the Washington Nationals might also be in the mix.
Fantasy Tip: If K-Rod were to land in Miami he would be used as the eighth-inning man ahead of closer Steve Cishek, so his fantasy appeal wouldn't be as great as Milwaukee, where he likely would close.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:43:41 -0800
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (face) said he is fully recovered from being hit by a pitch in the face last September. His eyesight is fine, and he has no pain or fear about facing live pitching again. "What happened to me isn't one of my focuses to get past," Stanton said. "I'm just looking at this as a normal spring training." However, he will try out a face guard to protect his left cheek this spring.
Fantasy Tip: The only question about Stanton this year is whether the beaning incident will affect him at the plate for pitches up and in. It's unlikely to be a factor, but keep an eye on him in spring training. Otherwise, he's a top-five fantasy baseball pick.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:12:18 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Fernandez is expected to return no earlier than June. He'll likely be a SP3 or SP4 in traditional drafts, but he carries significant risk to go with his immense talent.
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:26:20 -0800
Miami Marlins C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who hit just .220 with a .681 OPS and a career-high 143 strikeouts in 2014, led all catchers with 15 errors in 922 2/3 innings last year. The Marlins want to see Saltalamacchia improve his defense and create more strikes for the pitchers by improving his framing. According to Baseball Prospectus, Saltalamacchia cost his pitchers 125.6 strikes, roughly 50 more than the second worst framing catcher last year. He was also charged with 17 wild pitches and passed balls.
Fantasy Tip: Saltalamacchia was expected to take a big dip in offensive production last season with the move from Boston to Miami. While he may not be as bad as he was in 2014 at the plate, don't expect a dramatic rebound in his second season with the Fish. He will, however, offer decent power as your second catcher in two-catcher leagues.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:14:29 -0800
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez (elbow) is staying patient as he recovers from Tommy John surgery this offseason. He's projected to return to the mound in mid-summer; doctors gave him a target date of July 16. Fernandez may begin throwing off a mound in the first week of March during spring training. He's been throwing off flat ground from 150 feet and started throwing breaking pitches for the first time earlier this week. Fernandez hasn't experienced any setbacks.
Fantasy Tip: We all know how electric Fernandez can be when healthy. However, don't let that idea cloud your judgment on draft day and force you to overpay for a young pitcher that'll miss at least half the season. Starting pitchers often suffer from a lack of control initially, too, when returning from TJS, so there's no guarantee that Fernandez will return to his dominant form immediately. He's a risky selection as you approach the late middle rounds of drafts.
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:56:46 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The 34-year-old Haren has lost a significant amount of velocity on his pitches these last few years, and he's a hurler that relies mainly on finesse these days. While his new home digs should help his cause, there's virtually no upside left here. Haren is strictly an NL-only arm.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:16:33 -0800
Miami Marlins SP Jose Fernandez (elbow) will throw off a mound at some point within the next few weeks for the first time since his Tommy John surgery. Fernandez is still on pace to return sometime between mid-June and mid-July.
Fantasy Tip: Fernandez's 2015 outlook largely depends on how far he falls on draft day. There is plenty of value, if everything goes right, but there is also the risk of setbacks and ineffectiveness upon returning. Name value will likely drive Fernandez into middle-round consideration, which may be a steep price, especially given he'll likely miss at least half the season.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 15:58:28 -0800
Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich will bat second between SS Dee Gordon and OF Giancarlo Stanton, according to manager Mike Redmond. Redmond noted he will try a few lineups in spring training, though, and he wants to see Yelich batting third and Stanton fourth.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Yelich to come off the board in the early-middle rounds on draft day, as he is capable of contributing across all five categories. However, his true value lies in his speed and likely high run total with the power and run production more of a bonus. Entering his second full season, look for Yelich's production trajectory to continue heading straight up.
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:45:22 -0800
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