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Colin Moran hits HR in first pro at bat

      Colin Moran made an instant splash in his pro debut tonight for Single A Greensboro. The Marlins' top draft pick homered in his very first at bat for the Grasshoppers.

       Moran's solo shot was hit to right.

       Not a bad way to debut for the third baseman out of North Carolina, who could make his way to the big club by the end of next season if everything works out just right.

       Moran flied to center in his second at bat and grounded to short in his third.

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in other Marlins related news ,Fox Sports is still interviewing ex Marlin Jason Grilli

mike

tied with placido polanco with 200 abs

Stan M

How will the team do from now on? Can they play .500 ball? Would love to hear some opinions.

Should the Marlins sweep the Brewers (a tall order), they would no longer have worst record in NL; Brewers would. At beginning of year, and before all of the injuries, many of us predicted how many games the team would win. I was the most optimistic and think I said 72. Well if they go 37 and 32 the rest of the way, roughly the same rate they've played since May, they would win 72 games. Probable? No. Possible, definitely. Here is food for thought. A winning team must be strong up the middle. IF Marisnick works out, our CF, SS, 2B (indirectly) and C (when Mathis catches) all came from the Toronto trade. I couldn't stand Mathis a month ago, but he is so good defensively that I'd live with his weak bat. His ERA for pitchers when he catches is so much better than Bradleys that it is important that he catch our young starters...in my opinion. A lot of the second half will depend on Alvarez. If Koehler doesn't work out we have Slowey, or a call up who can probably do as well as a #5 starter, but Alvarez at #4 starter is not now easily replaceable. A while ago I mentioned a AA pitcher named Jay Jackson who had very good secondary numbers and was 25 YO. Well he was just promoted to AAA and has an excellent 1st start there.
There is no drastic salary problem in the foreseeable future (for Loria to screw up), and if Stanton stays, next year should really be interesting.

Sunny Dee

Mathis has been outstanding defensively. His bat seems to be picking up as well. I think it's worth it having him catch even if he isn't hitting well.

I think the Marlins will play .500 ball the rest of the way. I would like to see Marisnick and Yelich come up shortly after the break.

Stan M

You are not alone in wanting them up, Sunny Dee. Marisnick made the AA All Star team. He's in top 10 in most offensive categories. Keith Law, in evaluating the prospects from the recent game (whose name I can't remember) said Yelich is only being held back by his health and he loves his swing.

Timinwpb

Nice to finally have a reason for some positive posts. I'll admit it, I've been pleasantly surprised with how the young core has been playing. Did we ever think we'd eventually have a surplus of excellent outfielders in Stanton, Ozuna, Yelich and Marisnick? Seems one of them will need to go but they would bring back some quality players.If Moran turns out what we hope, the current players continue to improve and they add some pieces, it could be an exciting team to watch in the next couple years. Now if only Loria would sell before he screws it up again!

Sunny Dee

Can either Yelich or Marisnick play second base? That seems to be a position of weakness. I'm sure either could play first base if asked. I don't think LoMo is the long term solution there. I would like the Marlins to keep all of them if they are successful at the MLB level.

Stan M

You are right and you left out Coghlan. What is your prediction? Can they play .500 ball? More or less?

JUAN YANES

I THINK IT IS A BIG MISTAKE HAVE STANTON AS NUMBER THREE IN THE LINE UP, BECAUSE HE DON'T QUALIFY FOR THIS SPOT. TO BE THIRD THE PLAYER NEED AN BATTING AVE OVER 0.280 AND SOME SPEED. STANTON HASN'T, BETTER FOR THIS ARE EITHER OZUNA, POLANCO OR MORRISON.

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