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Kevin Slowey heads list of 22 non-roster invitees to spring training

    Kevin Slowey, who worked out of the rotation and the bullpen for the Marlins in 2013 before an injury ended his season, heads a list of 22 non-roster players who received spring training invitations.

    Of that number, 16 are players who are already in the organization, such as minor leaguers Andrew Heaney, Colin Moran and Justin Niccolino.

    As he did this time a year ago, Slowey signed a minor league deal and will be trying to win an Opening Day roster spot again this spring.

    In addition to Slowey, those signing minor league deals with spring training invites are right-handed pitcher Jesus Sanchez, left-handed pitcher Josh Spence, infielder Juan Diaz, and outfielders Matt Angle and Joe Benson.

    Others already in the organization who will be on the Marlins' spring roster: Anthony DeSciafani, Bryan Evans, Colby Suggs, Rett Varner, Nick Wittgren, Adam Conley, James Leverton, Greg Nappo, Austin Barnes, Kyle Skipworth, Danny Black, Mark Canha and Austin Nola.

    As of today's announcement, the Marlins now have 62 players assigned to major league camp this spring. That number will likely grow as the Marlins look to sign a veteran reliever or two to add to the bullpen.

    Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on Feb. 16.


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Why isn't Slowey on the 40 man Roster? The guy pitched his heart out last year, in all types of roles, each with little or no run support. The Marlins Front Office could fill all casting roles in an Alfred Hitchcock Movie. Very mysterious.



Stan M

There's half a dozen guys mentioned above I never heard of...but no Brent Keys? Why? And does anyone know whether Coghlan has surfaced from Purgatory?

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Hey, Stan, I'm curious, what do you think of Lebatard's Hall of Fame move?


Thanks JuanV, I wasn't aware of that, but, I think they should want this guy based upon how well he performed under the worst situations, and with no set role to prepare for. As crappy an organization the Marlins are, they sure have been blessed with a lot of players with great attitudes and lots of hustle. Maybe loria will get hit by a bus

Stan M

Gauche. To protest is fine, but there are other ways that would be more constructive. His right to continue to vote has been correctly revoked...in my opinion.

I see where we were lumped together by a critic on the last blog. I was honored. Judging by his grammar, we probably have more college degrees between us than he has teeth in his mouth.

Did you see the top 15 prospect ranking? You can get it by going to SI.com (Sports Illustrated)and scrolling way down to the Marlin page. I go there every day.


Stan M..Brent Keys is on the 40-man roster, and everyone on the 40-man roster is invited to ST.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Yeah, Stan, if Lebatard's point is that known steroid users like Bonds, McGwire, and Sosa belong in the Hall, then I disagree ALTHOUGH I can see his pov (esp. the self-righteous sanctimony). But giving his ballot to deadspin was inappropriate on several levels, and ineffective unless he was just shooting for an easy headline.

Couldn't find the prospect listing you mention at SI. Got a link?

Stan M

Here is the page from bottom of SI site with all of the current articles. I believe it on the top right as of now


Dionysus Thelxinoe

Never mind, Stan. It's tough having to type with ten thumbs but I found it.

I think it's good practice to let your top prospects get a feel for a big league camp so as to motivate them further. I also saw SI's 2014 outlook for the Marlins, where they pretty much sum up much of what's been stated on this blog. Their summary of the winter changes is that (paraphrasing) a lot has to go right for them not to have one of the weakest lineups in the game again. Not very encouraging.

Juan Yanes

I remember Marlins need two more things: #1.- A lefty decent reliever for late innings to prevent loose in tie games and # 2.- Redmond need learn a little more how pencil a line-up batting order off lefties and righties, because until now he unknown these maneuver.

Juan Yanes

In the previous season the Marlins showed poor performance in make score run in most games, it was caused mainly for bad strategy in make the line up batting order; now with the add of better hitter the fans hope the things should change, and never a player who is in slump should be leave more than four games in the same batting order position (this is a rule) Example Stanton was pencil # 3 in the line up more than 30 games being struggled.


Given his 2013 stats, it is a wonder that so little mention is made of Brad Hand as a prospect. He is likely a better lefty than Flynn right now. Flynn could use a little more AAA time to develop his off-speed stuff.

Flav C.


I would love to see Brad Hand coming out of the bullpen. Last season he had the opportunity to do just that and he impressed me.

As a reliever he didn't need to tame his fastball and easily reached 97-98 mph with very good movement.

I dare to say that eventually the bullpen is the place where Eovaldi will go as well. I had mentioned that last season. To my surprise, this week I read an article at fangraphs that pretty much corroborated my point of view.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Juan, your point implies that the Marlins are brimming with depth and talented hitters. They aren't. What would be the point of sitting one .220 hitter for another or pinch-hitting one .220 hitter for another? What would be the point of sitting your best hitter because he's in a slump only to play someone who won't hit any better, even on his best days? The PITCHING will carry this team however far it going to go this season. Redmond's strategy cannot make up for the lack of options or the poor hitting, especially in an organizational culture that didn't support their last hitting coach. We should just root to get a Cy Young-like season out of Fernandez and 15+ win-seasons out of Eovaldi, Alvarez, and Turner. If this lineup can simply play good DEFENSE behind their pitching staff, I'll be very happy with that and the Marlins will stand a chance to improve to .500 or better. THAT is the only chance they have, regardless of how many times you chide Redmond's game strategy.

Stan M

DT, the most prominent mistake Redmond made nearly all year was allowing Mathis to hit in late situations when the game was on the line. Early in the season, Mathis twice came through with big hits that if memory serves me, helped to win the game. Unfortunately, because of that early success, Mathis killed rally after rally for the rest of the season while competent pinch hitters were available. In general, the pitching was handled competently, but should that credit not go to the pitching coach? His excuse that he didn't use more "small ball" was because the players weren't competent to perform those tasks is a condemnation of himself and his staff's teaching skills that reflect all of the way back to Spring Training. I just think the guy is not a competent ML manager.

I think we both recall how the Mets remained competitive year after year by featuring great pitching in a pitcher's ball park. I feel that if the Marlin pitching continues to improve, this team could finish as high as 3rd place.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Stan, competency skills, such as bunting, hitting behind the runner to move him up, and making contact in a hit-and-run situation, are a product of minor league coaching, SUPPLEMENTED by coaching at the big league level. I've maintained that if you continually bring these guys up at the earliest opportunity, which is Loria's modus operandi for maintaining his lowest possible out-of-pocket expenses, you do so at the cost of some fundamentals. I AGREE with you, Redmond is not a competent big league manager. But having one in the Marlins dugout in Redmond's stead would not have changed last year's results, nor will it change this year's, imo, mainly because (as they say) you cannot teach talent. Since he will obviously be here in 2014, at least for the start, I hope he stresses defense and small ball. And the team I would compare the current Marlins against, in terms of my hopes for them this season, rather than the Mets, would be the Dodgers of the mid-60s. They had a lineup that was quite possibly worse than this Marlins team. Their best hitter at cleanup was Ron Fairly, who hit 9 HRs, and they brought up a 30-year-old from the minors named Sweet Lou Johnson, who was batting third by season's end, with his .259 BA. But here's what the great Walt Alston DID have (and you know this better than I do, I'm sure). He had a powerful starting rotation in Koufax, Drysdale, Claude Osteen, and Johnny Podres; he had the lefty Ron Perranoski coming out of the pen, with another lefty, Jim Brewer, to back him up; and he had good defense up the middle, with Roseboro (C), Wills (SS), and Willie Davis (CF). With that awful lineup, Alston took them to two straight World Series. And, yes, they played plenty of small ball, as I recall.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Just to clarify an important point. Defense, fundamentals, AND small ball imo all include by necessity many choices by a player that cannot be measured and often even goes unnoticed, such as throwing to the RIGHT base, hitting the cutoff man, knowing when NOT to throw to prevent costly (and unnecessary) errors, or hustling to backup a play (instead of just watching it), and holding a runner close at second, or knowing where to play certain hitters according to the pitch being called.

I distinctly remember one gut wrenching loss last season, and it was HOW the game was lost that really infuriated me. It was a road game, the Marlins were ahead in a close game but the home team began to rally in the final inning. A single to RF brought home their tying run and the potential winning run advanced to third on the play. As they're getting the ball back to the infield, I'm thinking, OK, runner was held third cause they hustled the ball back in, great, so let's shut 'em down here and win it in extra innings. Suddenly, I see the relay throw from the outfield reaching Morrison as the cutoff man and he "ole's" a low bouncing throw with ONE HAND, barely bending over, and the ball skips away from him, allowing the winning run to score easily, game over. Now . . . (sigh), I'd seen walk-off HRs, walk-off hits, walk-off wild pitches, balks, everything ... But I don't remember ever seeing a game decided by a sloppy cutoff man. All he had to do was get down on his knees and block the throw. Like, I said, things you don't see in a box score. I think they call it ... hustle.

Stan M

You are correct on all counts. We only have one player who would perform small ball up to our expectations right now and that's our 31 YO rookie from Dartmouth. To see well schooled players nowadays, one must look to our Japanese imports. However, I was very impressed with Marisnick in the field; Yelich, not so much. He can catch the ball but where to throw it seems to remain a mystery. I well remember those Dodgers of yesteryear as well as the Go Go Sox. But wasn't Tommy Davis around at that time killing the ball until he broke his leg?

Stan M

Speaking of well schooled ballplayers, Hech is the antithesis of how a well schooled hitter should perform. If he continues to flail at every pitch and produce an OBP in the mid 200s, I'd send him down, move Furcal to SS and play Solano at 2B. He simply must learn to have some plan when batting and there was really no improvement at the ML level for him last year. It's a damn shame to waste that great defensive talent, but this lineup is too weak to continually play with an automatic out. Ironically, I don't think he has a bad swing, his problem seems to be in his approach.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Tommy Davis was their one great hitter going into the mid-60s. He missed all but a handful of games in 1965. In fact, if memory serves, it might have been Lou Johnson who was called up to replace him when he broke his ankle. He came back in 1966, playing about 100 games or so, but he seemed a shell of his former self, hitting for a decent average but almost none of the power that had made him a fearsome hitter. They traded him to the Mets after that season.


Won't need to worry about catchers contributing offense any more because "you know who" is being invited to spring training and this is the decade he learns to hit. Kind of surprised he has been dropped out of Marlins' First 50---I mean 15---Prospects."


Playing GM. The Pirates reported offer of G.Cole, J.Taillon and S. Marte for Stanton, Ruggiano and Cishek should have been accepted in a blink. Why?
Ozuna is not ready to anchor CF and Marte is. The big point is that the Marlins could then have done a blockbuster with the Cubs to net both super prospects Baez and Bryant to man the Marlins infield, and the three/four slots in the lineup for the next four years.
What could the Marlins have reasonably offered? Eovaldi, Alvarez and Turner for starters, reshaping the Cubs whole rotation. Next, Moran, who was a high pick but no ceiling like Bryant. Next? Echeverria. Baez would replace him a ss. Next, two of Nicolino, Conly and Flynn. The Marlins would have a rotation anchored by Fernandez, Cole, Taillon, Heaney, with Kohler and Slowey and Hand battling it out for the fifth spot. The outlook for the Marlins would be totally different ... and totally better.


Under the scenario above, the Marlins lineup is something like: Marte, Yelich, Baez, Bryant, Saltamacchia, McGehee/Jones platoon, Dietrich/Solano and possibly Ozuna and eventually Marisnek. The rotation is likely even better than last year. Fans show up.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

You totally lost me on the last sentence.


How did I lose you? Cole, Heaney and Tallion are worse than Eovaldi, Turner and Alvarez? I don't think a single baseball person would say that.

Stan M

Delray, I would never trade Eovaldi. Nor would I strip the current pitching staff. Ok on Turner and any minor league pitchers except Heaney and Stafani(sic). But that Pirate trade was a winner and should have been made. It sounds too good, and might be founded on a sportswriter's imagination. Your premise that something can/should be done on the trading market is sensible and I agree.


Sorry, now I see. The last sentence was about fans showing up. I see your point.


I think we and GMs included get way too excited and optimistic over prospects. Where in the Cubs history has anything come from their prospects? Kerry Wood, Mark Prior? That was a long time ago and unfortunately for them a one and done. That said if the Pirates proposition was true the Marlins should have pounced, mainly because Marte and Cole are MLB ready and not "prospects." The fish will lose 90 games with or without Stanton this year and next.

And as Stan pointed above I think if all things break right for the fish this year they could finish as high as 3rd! Whoopty f'ing do. This is what its come to in SoFL where optimism is 3rd place. I still think Stanton is very overrated and a one trick pony, but hey chicks dig the long ball.


fans will never show up , as they are few...marlins will have to resort to gimmicks and giveaways to attract any sort of crowd..that will be minimal at best..same ol song..the tune will never change in Mia.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

The premise that Miami baserball fans will never show up is not at all unreasonable, and in fact downright difficult to dispute. But I continue to believe (maybe foolishly, I'll admit) that the new close-to-downtown stadium and a new SINCERE HONEST owner with some sense of responsibility to the community and a little less ego (like Arison and Ross) would result in more fans showing up. If only one of Loria's heirs would push him off a cliff or in some other more subtle way just dispose of him, then sell the team to someone (anyone) who is less greedy for a buck, then we stand a chance of having new ownership that would be smart enough to hire a guy like Larry Lucchino, current CEO of the Red Sox and before that CEO of the Orioles, to run the baseball operation. Lucchino has done a magnificent job with both Camden Yards and Fenway Park, generating much greater fan interest, resulting in more paying fans, and more profit! Guys like Lucchino (Princeton and Yale Law graduate) know how to make money without having to resort to fraud and deception (antiseptic terms for Loria's lying and stealing). My sports credo is never say never.

Mr. Reality

Using the Red Sox and Orioles fan base ,which was built thru many generations of rooting interest passed down from grandad to grandson over and over, is why there will never be a significant Miami baseball fan base. The only thing the Marlins have passed down thru the last 20 yrs of Huizenga,John Henry and Loria is total mistrust and apathy which has and will produce a general lack of interest for generations to come. Anybody who believes any different is kidding themselves and delusional. The Marlins have missed the boat trying to be revelent ,in a highly transient area to begin with. That boat has sailed ,never to return. It probably has sunk.

Stan M

Two good moves and a question:

Delmon Young signed elsewhere. John Buck signed elsewhere. Thank God we don't have to worry any more about Loria going after them. He probably learned his lesson with Buck, but there has been all sorts of speculation about that other mental case.

If a person is on "Survivor", is there a possibility that they won't survive? Our prayers are called for.

Juan Yanes

Wonderful Mr. Loria you fill a big hole Marlins have with the snare of Carlos Marmol; this guy represents a guaranty for the late innings in every game. Congratulations again; for sure Marlins will win at least 90 games this season; and more tickets will be sale

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