The Marlins made it official earlier today by signing their top draft pick, Colin Moran. First stop for Moran: Single A Greensboro, where he'll begin his pro career Monday.
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said Moran would be invited to major league spring training camp next year but gave no indication when he expected the third baseman to make his debut in a Marlins uniform.
"We haven't had a long-term third baseman since Mike Lowell left us (following the 2005 season), and we've been searching for that person," Beinfest said at Moran's introductory press conference. "Hopefully, it ends right here with you, Colin. We can't wait for you to assume that role and become our everyday third baseman, and that journey starts today."
Moran, who hails from New York, grew up a fan of the Yankees but has been studying up on the Marlins since being taken with the sixth overall pick in June.
"I've been following the team for a while and you can tell they're definitely headed in the right direction," he said.
Below is video from his press conference. But, first, a few additional notes:
-- Chris Coghlan received clearance from a back specialist in Texas on Thursday to resume "baseball activities," but it could still be a while before Coghlan is playing in games again. "He's been down for a while now and I think we've got to make sure we build him up, take our time and see how his back responds," said manager Mike Redmond.
-- Reliever Chad Qualls, whose wife is expecting their child, will be placed on the "paternity list" on Saturday and rejoin the club after the All-Star break. Redmond said the team would make a move Saturday to fill Qualls' roster spot.
-- Henderson Alvarez will start on Sunday instead of Kevin Slowey.
-- Austin Kearns is continuing to attend to a family medical issue, and it's appearing more and more unlikely he'll be rejoining the team this season. "He's got a very difficult family situation, and we feel for him," Beinfest said. "But it's getting late already. He's missed a lot of time. It would take him a while to ramp up now. You'd have to beat the clock to get back this year, probably."