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Yelich leaves Double A game with lower abdominal discomfort; Stanton running the bases

Prized prospect Christian Yelich left his Monday afternoon game at Double A Jacksonville with discomfort in his lower abdominal area according to skipper Andy Barkett

Yelich, hitting .262 with six homers and 28 RBI for the Suns, injured himself diving for a ball in center field Sunday night, but "didn't mention anything about it" until Monday.

"He thought it was a little dull pain, but as he was playing the game [Monday] he was feeling it a little bit more," Barkett told the Suns' radio network. "So as a precautionary measure we took him out to get him checked out, see how he's feeling."

Yelich, the No. 2 prospect in the organization behind pitcher Jose Fernandez, is expected to be called up to the big leagues at some point this season. Depending on what kind of shape his abdomen is in after his MRI that might put the breaks on those plans. 


> Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Giancarlo Stanton ran the bases in Single A Jupiter Monday, a sign of progress for the injured All-Star right fielder who has been out with a grade two hamstring strain since April 30. Redmond said he still isn't sure when Stanton will begin playing in rehab games.

"Hopefully everything will go well with then he's getting close to playing in a game I would think," Redmond said. "At this point we go day-to-day and see how he feels."

> Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will make his third rehab start Tuesday for the Suns. Eovaldi went 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a nine combined innings pitched in his first two starts with Jupiter. "We'll see how he throws and make a decision from there," Redmond said. 

> Third baseman Placido Polanco was pulled from Monday's lineup because he's battling a cold. "He's been playing a lot and it just made sense to get [Ed] Lucas back in there and give [Polanco] another day to recuperate and feel better," Redmond said. 


> Marlins (16-41): 1. Juan Pierre LF, 2. Ed Lucas 3B, 2. Derek Dietrich 2B, 4. Marcell Ozuna RF, 5. Chris Coghlan CF, 6. Casey Kotchman 1B, 7. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 8. Rob Brantly C, 9. Tom Koehler RHP.

> Phillies (27-30): 1. Ben Revere CF, 2. Cesar Hernandez 2B, 3. Jimmy Rollins SS, 4. Ryan Howard 1B, 5. Domonic Brown LF, 6. Delmon Young RF, 7. Erik Kratz C, 8. Freddy Galvis 3B, 9. Kyle Kendrick RHP.


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I'm calling Marcel Ozuna "O-Zone" from now on. Pretty soon everybody will call him that and I'll be rich and famous. Right?


I'm calling him the BIG O.

Orlando A.

already taken

Who's on first base

hey Juan Yanes...are you happy that Redmond made a double switch today? You can celebrate now...

Who's on first base

soooo....Series against Mets is over...now back to reality!


Juan Yanes is at his English Composition Writing class


gotta believe as long as Coghlan and Ozuna are hitting Pierre either hits the pine or is DFAd once Stanton rejoins the team. Or Pierre becomes a 4th OF while the team still has Ruggiano and Stanton goes somewhere in a blockbuster. Marlins will have a crowded OF real soon.

Marlin Fan

Like the new energy Lucas , Dietrich , Ozuna , and Coughlan bring . Unfortuantely nonone else . Liked Olmos 's first outing . .........let me put this in perspective , the marlins had to win three games in a row ,JUST TO KEEP PACE with the 62 Mets.

Marlin Fan

Bring Yelich up already , why waste him in double A? Dietrich and Ozuna are doing fine with the jump. Make the needed roster moved to make it happen .

Flav C.


Ruggiano is arb eligible next season and out of options already. He'll be gone pretty soon.

In my humble opinion, trading Stanton would be a pretty dumb move. He's been hurt a lot, but even hurt, no other Marlins player has produced so much as Stanton over the last 2-3 years.

All those kids still have so many flaws in their at-bats and fielding, we don't know how they will look like by the end of the season.

Flav C.

Marlins Fan,

Yelich got hurt during the game today (some abdominal injury) and will go through MRI.

Besides, I'd say it would be a big mistake to bring a hitter with a .161 bat avg against lefties to a left-pitching rich NL East right now. Also, he's hitting .238 against high-level pitchers (1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks). He has a lot to develop in the minors yet.

Keep an eye on Ozuna's numbers. They will start to drop as he starts to face better pitchers, specially the ones who scouted he can't hit sliders.

Stn M

Flav, where have they been hiding this kid lefty? Beautiful motion, excellent speed, and for that brief appearance, mound presence and control. Unfortunately. I agree about Ozuna. It's not so much that he can't hit that low outside spinner as that no one can. George Foster (he of the 50 HRs) and Gil Hodges each could be made to look awful on that pitch. He's got to lay off of it, and to his credit he has improved in that regard. They've found out that Dietrich is vulnerable to outside benders and high fastballs. He has some adjusting to do as well. If Yelich is brought up, I think he should sit down against LHers for Ruggiano.

Flav C.


Olmos was a starter in A- and A+ ball. In Jupiter he showed very good stuff, but as he went deeper in the games, control became a serious issue. I was happy to see they realized he would be a very good relieve arm out of the bullpen and now as a reliever, he is able to throw 96-98 heaters, while back as a starter he would never go more than 92 mph. He will give you 2 quality innings of relieve, day in, day out. Last night he had his FB, slider and changeup working well.


My guest is that Stanton does not what to play for Loria. Who would?

But it could be that he needs to be a DH. If Loria was smart he send Stanton to the Red Sox along with Logan and Coughlan.

Heck the Sox love Irish guys. Stanton as a DH in that park would be another Jim Rice.

And what might the Marlins get in return? Nothing! Which should make Loria and his supplicants delighted.

Flav C.


I wrote this somewhere else. Basically, its a lot of data I put together on Yelich. It gives a good picture of how major league ready he is (or isn't).

Overall: At Bats: 168 Bat Avg: .262 Run: 25 RBI: 28 2B: 12 3B: 6 HR: 6 BB: 22 SO:50

Vs Starters: At Bats: 110 Bat Avg: .245 Run: 13 RBI: 11 2B: 7 3B: 5 HR: 3 BB:14 SO: 22

Vs. Bullpen: At Bats: 58 Bat Avg: .319 Run: 12 RBI: 17 2B: 5 3B: 1 HR: 3 BB: 8 SO: 28

Vs. Lefties: At Bats: 56 Bat Avg: .161 Run: 0 RBI: 7 2B: 4 3B: 0 HR: 2 BB: 7 SO: 21

Now, some interesting stats I put together, looking at Yelich vs. Starting Pitchers only.

I will call QP (Quality Pitching), starting pitchers Yelich faced who had an ERA of 4.00 or less.

I will call HDP (High Draft Picks), starting pitchers Yelich faced who were 1st, 2nd or 3rd round draft picks.

And finally, I will call LDP (Low Draft Picks), starting pitchers he faced who were drafted on 4th round and over.

Vs. HDP: At Bats: 45 Bat Avg: .133 Run: 6 RBI: 5 2B: 2 3B: 1 HR: 2 BB: 5 SO: 13

Vs. QP: At Bats: 79 Bat Avg: .240 Run: 8 RBI: 4 2B: 7 3B: 5 HR: 0 BB: 11 SO: 16

Vs. LDP: At Bats: 31 Bat AVg: .258 Run: 5 RBI: 7 2B: 0 3B: 0 HR: 3 BB: 3 SO: 12

So, what y'all think? Interesting, isn't it?


Flav C.,
Great work. Based on those stats, it doesn't look like our savior-in-waiting is anywhere near ready for prime time.
I'm sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree with my fellow bloggers who seem so eager to see Yelich in a Marlins uniform. Stan M., who knows a lot more about baseball than I do, suggests promoting him and platooning him with Moulin Ruggiano, but that doesn't make sense to me. If there's anyplace the Marlins have a glut of warm bodies, it's in the outfield. And in a season where wins and losses don't mean anything (except to Lou, whose kneecaps could undergo severe rearranging at the hands of no-necks if the Marlins win too many games), it seems smart to leave Yelich where he is and let him get his full complement of swings against both righties and lefties.
I'm bored, you're bored, we're all bored, and we'd like to see Yelich come up just to add a hint of excitement to the proceedings. And I'm sure he'll be here in a flash if Loria thinks it will lure an extra 2.5 fans into the ballpark every night. But I don't think it's in the best interest of the kid to do that, and if the Fish are truly rebuilding rather than just flopping around on the riverbank sucking air, that should be the major concern right now.

Flav C.


Completely agree with you.

Just to give a concrete example on Yelich, he faced 3 highly touted pitching prospects: Zach Lee (Dodgers), and the 1-2 punch from the DBacks, Archie Bradley and Andrew Chaffin.

Results: They made Yelich look silly on the plate. He went 0 for 11, with 5 SOs and a mere BB.

Better adjusting and learning in Jacksonville than looking bad in the majors.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

I leave town for a few days and all hell breaks loose!

Mets sweep Yankees... Marlins sweep Mets... even our AL last-place brethren get in on the act and sweep the Angels!

What the ...


LB. are you hinting that the Marlins will not finish first this year? Rubbish! Flav, you make perfect sense and Yelich should probably get another month or two of seasoning. I'd value other opinions on the following. Looking at other team's prospects, and then at our own, it appears to me that there is not a lot to be gained by trading him for any pitchers unless they are reliever additional throw ins. The only position where we will need future help with a prospect is 3B. Therefore, if traded, I'd go for a performing ML catcher who has already shown that he can hit. Of course Profer would be an improvement over Dietrich, but not enough to give up Stanton. Could either of them move to 3B? The fly in the ointment is that Loria would want players in return who are not yet eligible for arbitration, and that makes the catcher thing problematic. At this stage, I personally have no trouble moving him, but I don't see suitable trading partners. Do you? Also SF could sure use Nolasco, but I see nothing there to trade for.


Didn't mention Stanton by name. Sorry


Stanton will need to come back and play the rest of the year healthy and play well before the Marlins can get anything close to true value for him. He's got to prove he isn't damaged goods or the Marlins will end up giving him away.


so what else is new...Cabrera trade

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