Rob Brantly is likely headed back to Triple A New Orleans when the spring ends, but the Marlins 2013 Opening Day catcher isn't letting that affect his focus.
Saturday, he plated three runs with a double off Braves starter Freddy Garcia in the third inning and finished with two hits. He's now 4-for-8 this spring.
"He looks much more comfortable this year than he did last year," Redmond said. "He'll be fine to be able to go down to the minor leagues, get at-bats and improve his game-calling. Those are things that you need to be successful up here in the big leagues. He can catch. He got better last year throwing, catching and blocking.”
> Jacob Turner lasted only 2 1/3 innings in his second Grapefruit League start Saturday. He gave up seven hits, two earned runs and a walk and threw 35 of his 54 pitches for strikes. He also had a throwing error attempting to pick off Jason Heyward at first base.
“Obviously I gave up a lot of hits and results wise you don’t want to see that,” said Turner, expected to be the Marlins' No. 4 starter. “But I made a lot of good pitches that either found a hole or they put a good swing on it. The biggest thing was [the throwing error] to first. I got quick with the throw.”
Redmond said he thought Turner "did okay."
"He got himself in some trouble, gave up a few hits," Redmond said. "Definitely wasn't as sharp as his last game. It was one of those games where the first couple of innings were slow. Wasn't a great rhythm out there either side. It could have affected him a little bit."
> Third baseman Casey McGehee rocketed a solo home run off Garcia in the second inning. It was his first home run of the spring.
"It's obviously nice to have a swing match up with what you've been working on," said McGehee, who finished 1-for-3 with a walk and is hitting .333 this spring. "The home run was nice. I was just more happy with the approach. All in all the first two at bats I really liked and the last two not so much. I'm trying to get more consistent and have the same approach for four at-bats instead of two."
> Reliever Henry Rodriguez, shelved in his native Venezuela because he had to deal with visa issues most of the spring, pitched a scoreless inning in his Grapefruit League debut Saturday. Rodriguez walked one and gave up a hit.
"He threw some really good fastball, nice breaking balls," Redmond said. "It was nice to see him in person."