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Nicolino, DeSclafani in first wave of roster cuts

JUPITER -- The Marlins trimmed 12 players from their spring roster this morning, including top pitching prospects Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani.

"The ax came down hard," said one player.

There were no surprises in the first wave of cuts.

Nicolino and DeSclafani were among five non-roster players reassigned to minor league camp. The others: Jesus Sanchez, Colby Suggs and Avery Romero.

Michael Brady and Kyle Jensen were optioned to Triple A New Orleans while Grant DaytonAngel Sanchez, Jose Urena, J.T. Realmuto and Brent Keys were optioned to Double A Jacksonville.

The big-league camp roster now stands at 58 players.


The Marlins have hired Pat Shine to the team's newly created position of major league administrative coach. Shine, who was associated head baseball coach at Cal-Irvine, will focus primarily on video replay. But manager Mike Redmond, who played with Shine in high school and college, said Shine would also throw batting practice and work with infield coach Perry Hill.


Injured infielders Rafael Furcal (hamstring) and Jeff Baker (quad) could return to game action as early as Friday.

"Both are feeling much better," Redmond said. "They're going to do some light activity today, and if everything goes well, go through all baseball activies tomorrow. I wouldn't rule out them playing in the next couple of days."

Baker said he slipped coming out of the batter's box in Port St. Lucie on Monday.

"The box was soaked, grabbed, and just kind of gingerly got down to first," Baker said. "Just made sure I didn't blow the thing out and miss significant time. I'd like to play Friday."


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DeSclafani will be back one day! Future Cy Young winner that young man is!

Stan M

Cy Young might be a little strong, but both he and Urena were very impressive. In my opinion, both should now rate above Nicolino and Flynn among Marlin pitching prospects.




Is it a stretch to say that Brent Keys, with his outstanding on base percentage, should have been an opening day starter and lead off hitter? Given that the Marlins are threatening to run Furcal out there (far lower OB% than Keys figures to put up), I'd say no. Ozuna and Marisnek should be sent down to AAA and Bogusevic should be waived. Ruggiano would be looking great as opening day CF right now ... what was possibly up with that trade?? As of now, I would say that Solano should be replacing Adeiny at SS and Dietrich should be the regular 2b. Garret Jones? If he winds up in the clean up spot, the Marlins are in huge trouble. He does not belong on a ML roster.


Marlins are in huge trouble no matter who hits clean-up. Non contending under .500 team, poor attendance,detested ownership,low TV ratings and a total apathetic lack of interest by the general public in S.Fl adds up to another terrible year for MLB in Miami.

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