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Former first round picks Heaney, Moran among 17 cuts on Monday morning

JUPITER -- With their trip to Panama and a pair of split squad weekend games now behind them, several Marlins spent Monday morning sharing shopping carts as they moved their gloves, uniforms, bats and shoes from the big league clubhouse over to the minor league clubhouse.

Among the 17 players who picked up and moved out: 2012 first round pick and left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, who at one point this season figures to find his way up to Marlins Park, and 2013 first round pick Colin Moran. Heaney gave up five hits and two earned runs over 7 2/3 innings this spring. He also walked two and struckout four. Moran went hitless in six at-bats this spring, but drew three walks and scored two runs against the Yankees.

Both were among 13 players reassigned  to minor league camp on Monday. The others: left-handers Adam Conley, Josh Spence, Greg Nappo and James Leverton; Rett Varner, right-handers Bryan Evans and Nick Wittgren; catcher Austin Barnes; infielders Danny Black and Mark Canha; and outfielder Joe Benson. 

Four others were optioned back to the minors. Right-hander Sam Dyson, left-hander Brian Flynn and catcher Rob Brantly to Triple A New Orleans and left-hander Edgar Olmos to Double A Jacksonville.

> Manager Mike Redmond said pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs (strained quad, last game March 11th), second baseman Rafael Furcal (hamstring, last played Saturday) and utility man Ed Lucas (hamstring, last played Thursday) will begin working their way back into the lineup after Wednesday's off day. Redmond said it's likely all three will begin getting at-bats in minor league games.

"I think we'll probably start out of them back out there. It's just easier to control the situation," Redmond said. "You don't have to have them run the bases if you don't want them to run the bases."

The Marlins are being careful with Furcal and will start him on a running program first, Redmond said. Is the team concerned he only had 18 at-bats this spring and might not be ready for the start of the season?

"I think it's a concern. I think we all talked about him being healthy. It's getting later in camp and he doesn't have a lot of at-bats," Redmond said. "At the same time too he's played a long time. I think he knows what it takes for him [to be ready]. I'm not as worried for him about the at-bats. I just want him to go out there and feel good and have his legs under him. I think that's the most important thing at this point."

> With a lot of pitchers scheduled to pitch Monday, Redmond said the team sent relievers Carlos Marmol and Mike Dunn to pitch in a minor league game so they could get their work in.

"We try to see different guys pitch over here in the stadium," Redmond said. "We obviously know what Dunn can do."


> Mets (8-9-2): 1. Matt den Dekker LF, 2 Ruben Tejada SS, 3. Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF, 4. Zach Lutz 1B, 5. Eric Campbell 3B, 6. Anthony Recker DH, 7. Juan Centeno C, 8. Anthony Seratelli RF, 9. Omar Quintanilla 2B. LHP John Lannan.

> Marlins (11-7-2): 1. Adeiny Hechavarria SS, 2. Christian Yelich CF, 3. Giancarlo Stanton RF, 4. Garrett Jones 1B, 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C, 6. Jeff Baker 2B, 7. Marcell Ozuna LF, 8. Casey McGehee 3B, 9. Henderson Alvarez RHP.



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Dobbs, McGehee, & Lucas, and the Marlins find a way to give Moran only 6 ABs?

Stan M

At least the above guys were on the roster. How about those other "greats" no one ever heard of in the 3rd paragraph. Onuna has not distinguished himself in CF. On the other hand, he looks even worse at the plate. Good pitchers are still eating him alive. That pitcher we got for LoMo is working himself into a spot in AAA ball. The pitchers that really matter are still doing well. Flynn has been a disappointment though. Looks like Hand has an excellent shot at #5 spot in rotation. He has surely surprised me. I thought he was a goner. Turner will probably get the #4 spot on reputation, although Koehler has been excellent all Spring as he was last September. My guess would be that Heaney takes Turner's spot before too long.


Is it me or does it appear that Mike Redmond seems to have a more concise direction with the team this spring? It should be interesting to see how he does this year.


Flags, welcome back to the blog.

Stan M


Flav C.

I just think a lot of people are jumping on Koehler's bandwagon too fast. If anything, last season he proved he was a below average pitcher.

Turner was dominant until mid-August when he completely had no more gas (due to innings pitched in the minors).

We still haven't seen Turner pitching an entire season to have a better perspective of what he can or cannot do.


Anybody catch Lomo attempting to play RF Saturday? He looked like a clown with palsy on roller skates. Lomo will be good for a few laughs during the season playing? the OF. Tune in to MLBTV for Lomo's comic relief.

Juan Yanes

For this season Marlins are loaded of good players, now the team rely from the manager good maneuver; pitching is very good, bull-pen seem invincible; as per Connie Mack, it represents 75% of the victory

Seattle Slew

Hey Miami..you should be glad to be rid of Morrison the Moron, He insulted Native Americans on twitter yesterday,tweeting that he's jealous that they dont have to pay taxes and he does. Washington state,home to 29 tribes of Native Americans is hating this idiot already.

Stan M

Flav, I hope you are right because Turner does have an impressive pedigree. He is doing well so far today. My worry is that a pitcher who has a low 90s fastball, and is generally around the plate, often gets hit hard unless his secondary pitches are impressive. Of the two, I felt that Koehler had the better secondary pitches, particularly his breaking ball.

It will be interesting to try to visualize this pitching staff in 2-3 years. I think Heaney and Urena are future locks with DiScinfani a definite possibility. Alverez will be trade bait but beyond him, I can't even guess who will be replaced. Somehow I can't see Cishek as our permanent closer. Although both Pittsburgh and KC has excellent side arming closers in the past. Caminero does look like a future possibility.

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