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Colin Moran signs (w/video), plus Coghlan, Qualls, Kearns tidbits

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."


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Camera Mike

Interesting that they are going with Alvarez instead of Slowey. Do you guys think they are going to move Slowey back to the pen and call someone up after the break?

Stan M

Angel Sanchez, the "good" pitcher we got for Nolasco, had a good first start in high A ball. 5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run and 5 Ks. He is listed as our #10 prospect which seems like a stretch.
Does anyone know what level Moran will start at, and when he will begin?

Marlin Fan

So I'm assuming in regards to Moran, Cox has become just a roster spot ? I heard he's been struggling or at least not performing up to expectations. I think he was hurt for a little while.....give Kearns his release , get rid of Diaz and Kotchman . Open up some roster spots for others . .... Last few games Turner and Eovaldi( after the 1st ) pitched well. I'm not sold on Alvarez .


Sorry to break my moratorium on comments, however, I wanted to respond to Stan's question. Moran will start at Greensboro which is only about 30 minutes from where he played in Chapel Hill. I NOW have some sympathy for Kearns as it is obvious someone in his family is very sick. You would think if someone was going to leak details they would not wait for months and give the appearance of the guy being a slacker. Austin, I apologize.


Stan, we should meet in Asheville and check out Greensboro if they still have a series there. I might actually take the 3 1/2 hour trip up to Greensboro and check out the "talent"--I don't mean Loria "talent."


Tonite the Marlins have another 3rd World promotion called Columbian Heritage Nite. Do they give the people that come to the game tonite a taste of Columbia's #1 export to S FL? That oughta pack em in.


it's spelled Colombia. besides renteria and Solano. what other contributions did they have the first mlb latin player in 1902. and those third world have less national debt than this powerful country. and if you exclude the latino's from games how many people would actually go to a game in south Florida

George Jung

Loria tried to get Pablo Escobar to throw out the first pitch tonite,but was informed El Padrino is no longer available. Instead ,Loria called in favors to have Carlos Lehder escorted by US Marshalls for the ceremonial first pitch. Lehder will dazzle the crowd with his renowned Normans Cay split-fingered eight-ball


some power bars are just too sweet for my personal taste. is there a sugar no cost energy bar?~

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