8 Marlins prospects to watch during Spring Training

8 Marlins prospects to watch during Spring Training

MIAMI -- There may not be a "can't miss" prospect like Jose Fernandez or Giancarlo Stanton joining the Marlins in Spring Training, but that doesn't mean the organization's Minor League talent pool has dried up.

A number of high-end prospects have been invited to camp, which opens with pitchers/catchers workouts on Friday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Even if a majority or all of them don't make the Opening Day roster, they could still make a big league impact at some point in 2016.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Conley hoping to put it all together in 2016

Southpaw continuing to refine his mound approach as he vies for a spot in Marlins' rotation

Conley hoping to put it all together in 2016

SUNRISE, Fla. -- There were times during his 2015 rookie season when Adam Conley offered snapshots of the kind of pitcher he ultimately may become. The Marlins envision the 25-year-old left-hander eventually being a top-of-the-rotation candidate.

A second-round Draft pick in 2011, Conley is part of the organization's big picture. He's a promising southpaw with a fastball that could range in the mid-to-upper 90s. What he has yet to do is put everything together.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins ink Breslow to Minor League contract

Lohse, Harang, Simon could fit Miami's rotation needs

Marlins ink Breslow to Minor League contract

MIAMI -- Spring Training gets underway in a week, and ideally the Marlins would like to add another pitcher or two before pitchers and catchers take the field on Feb. 19. On Friday, the club achieved half of its goal, reaching agreement with lefty reliever Craig Breslow to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

Breslow, 35, is a 10-year veteran who spent the last four seasons with the Red Sox. The pending agreement includes the lefter-hander earning $1.5 million if he makes the big league club. The agreement and contract terms was first reported by WEEI.com.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins to rotate three color analysts on TV

Perez, Wilson, Leiter will alternate with play-by-play man Waltz

Marlins to rotate three color analysts on TV

MIAMI -- Viewers of Marlins games on FOX Sports Florida this season will get three perspectives. Rather than fill the color-analyst post with one person, the club is splitting the job among three.

The team announced Friday that Eduardo Perez, Preston Wilson and Al Leiter will alternate as color analysts for the Marlins in 2016. It's the first time in franchise history the team has gone with a group effort instead of one person.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Outfield

Marlins' trio of Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna is among best in Majors

Around the Horn: Outfield

Pitchers and catchers begin Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 23. As the workout dates approach, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. This is the final installment: Outfield.

MIAMI -- A year ago, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna were being hailed as arguably the best outfield trio in the National League, if not the Majors. In the eyes of the Marlins, they certainly were deserving of being in the conversation.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins gear up for spring camp, Play Ball Week

Marlins gear up for spring camp, Play Ball Week

JUPITER, Fla. -- There's new carpeting in the Marlins' Spring Training clubhouse and new tile flooring in the dining room. Pretty much everything is getting a fresh start as the organization prepares for pitchers and catchers workouts, which begin Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

For the past few weeks, the team's equipment crew has been putting the essentials in place in anticipation of the players' arrivals. All the behind-the-scenes work is well underway, ranging from sticking numbers on helmets to hanging jerseys, pants and hats in lockers.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chen among Marlins' newcomers for 2016

Chen among Marlins' newcomers for 2016

MIAMI -- Finishing 20 games under .500 last season (71-91) didn't persuade the Marlins into making wholesale changes for 2016. Instead, they retained their core, and they were still able to address the club's most pressing need -- a front-line starter.

Working with a budget of around $75 million, the front office made its biggest splash by signing free-agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who fills the void of an experienced starter. But that was it as far acquiring a marquee free agent or pulling off a dramatic trade.

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Around the Horn: Third base

Veteran clubhouse leader Prado primed for another solid year

Around the Horn: Third base

Pitchers and catchers begin Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 22. As the workout dates approach, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The latest installment: Third base.

MIAMI -- If the Marlins had a team captain decided by the players, the overwhelming -- if not unanimous -- choice would be Martin Prado. During an unsettling 2015 season in Miami, the 31-year-old third baseman was a stabilizing presence and a prime example of how to be a professional.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Taste of Miami set for Feb. 18 at Marlins Park

Annual event will feature a diverse array of culinary excellence

Taste of Miami set for Feb. 18 at Marlins Park

MIAMI -- More than just baseball will be on the plate at Marlins Park on Feb. 18 when the rectractable-roof ballpark plays host to the Taste of Miami, an annual charity event featuring local chefs and current and former Marlins players.

Taste of Miami displays a wide selection of culinary bites, fine wines and craft beverages from Miami's top restaurants and breweries. The event takes place the night before Marlins pitchers and catchers open Spring Training at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Shortstop

Marlins can expect Gold Glove-caliber defense from Hechavarria

Around the Horn: Shortstop

Pitchers and catchers begin Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 23. As the workout dates approach, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The latest installment: Shortstop.

MIAMI -- For five months in 2015, Adeiny Hechavarria was a model of consistency. The flashy Marlins shortstop was enjoying his finest all-around big league season -- productive at the plate while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense.

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Around the Horn: Second base

Marlins set with reigning batting champion Gordon

Around the Horn: Second base

Pitchers and catchers launch Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 24. As the workout dates approach, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The latest installment: Second base.

MIAMI -- Batting champ. Silver Slugger. Gold Glove winner. All-Star. MLB leader in stolen bases and hits. Get the picture? Dee Gordon cleaned up in 2015, posting one of the best all-around individual seasons in Marlins' history.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healthy Stanton, Jose critical to Marlins' success

Healthy Stanton, Jose critical to Marlins' success

MIAMI -- What could have been never materialized for the Marlins in 2015 for a variety of reasons -- ranging from instability on the coaching staff to inconsistencies of the players, along with a slew of injuries. The season never gained traction, and the team dealt with uncertainties after Mike Redmond was replaced as manager in mid-May by Dan Jennings, who had had no previous professional coaching or managing experience.

If Miami is to contend under new manager Don Mattingly, the organization is banking on its talented core staying healthy. There simply isn't enough depth to withstand any significant injuries to key players. Last season, All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon was the only starter from Opening Day to appear in more than 130 games (145).

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: First base

Bour likely to take everyday role, with Johnson as primary backup

Around the Horn: First base

Marlins pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 24. As the workout dates approach, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The latest installment: First base.

MIAMI -- When the Marlins signed Michael Morse to a two-year contract prior to the 2015 season, Justin Bour had a pretty good idea he would open last year at Triple-A New Orleans. That's how it played out initially, but by midseason, roles had changed.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Catcher

Marlins to rely on Realmuto's breakout speed, power in 2016

Around the Horn: Catcher

Pitchers and catchers open Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 23. As the workout dates approach, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The latest installment: Catchers.

MIAMI -- Opportunity knocked ahead of schedule for J.T. Realmuto last April, and the Oklahoma native made the most of it. By necessity, the 24-year-old was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to the big leagues, and a few weeks later, he became the Marlins' everyday catcher.

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Wilson on Bonds, Black History Month

Wilson on Bonds, Black History Month

Preston Wilson, who played 10 seasons in the big leagues, was a Marlins outfielder from 1998-2002. The 41-year-old is now a Marlins analyst for FOX Sports Florida.

I'm glad Black History Month exists so the accomplishments of African-Americans in all walks of life can be acknowledged. But to me, it's a shame that many of these achievements are not just part of history.

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Hughes looks back at signing DeShields, Elway in Q&A

Veteran baseball executive renowned for signing multisport athletes

Hughes looks back at signing DeShields, Elway in Q&A

Gary Hughes was the left fielder on a Serra (Calif.) High School team in the late 1950s that featured future All-Star shortstop Jim Fregosi. In addition to being a star shortstop, Fregosi was the star quarterback on Serra's football team, as well as a standout in basketball who also set the California high school record in the triple jump.

Hughes never forgot. As one of the higher-profile scouts in baseball, Hughes always had Fregosi in his mind when he evaluated players, and has become known over the years for his willingness to take a chance on multisport stars.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Bullpen

Ramos, Capps to compete for closer role in high-ceiling relief corps

Around the Horn: Bullpen

Pitchers and catchers open Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. As the first workout date approaches, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The second installment is the bullpen.

MIAMI -- All the makings are there for the Marlins to have a top-notch bullpen, which is the reason the club didn't make any significant offseason reliever additions.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Around the Horn: Rotation

Marlins' staff success will hinge largely on ace Fernandez

Around the Horn: Rotation

Pitchers and catchers open Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. As the first workout date approaches, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The first installment is the rotation.

MIAMI -- Restructuring the rotation has been the Marlins' top offseason priority, and the club took major steps in doing so last month with the free-agent signings of Wei-Yin Chen and Edwin Jackson. But how successful the starting five may ultimately perform largely depends on what the team gets from its ace, Jose Fernandez, who is fully healthy but also will be on an innings limit.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins contingent in Japan on 'goodwill' visit

Marlins contingent in Japan on 'goodwill' visit

MIAMI -- A contingent of Marlins executives has traveled to Japan this week on what the club has termed a "goodwill" visit. The trip is expected to conclude later this week.

Representing the Marlins are team president David Samson, president of baseball operations Michael Hill, special assistant to the president Jeff Conine, senior vice president of communications and broadcasting P.J. Loyello and senior vice president of corporate partnerships Brendan Cunningham.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins sign veteran Kelly to Minors deal

Utility man will attend Major League Spring Training

Marlins sign veteran Kelly to Minors deal

MIAMI -- Don Kelly is getting a second chance with the Marlins. The veteran utility player, who played in just two games for Miami last year, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

In 2015, Kelly made the Marlins as a non-roster invitee, but he fractured his right ring finger in April and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July. The Marlins now have 63 players set to report to Spring Training.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins prospect Haynal to appear in Classic qualifier

24-year-old catcher set to play for Philippines in Sydney

Marlins prospect Haynal to appear in Classic qualifier

MIAMI -- A Marlins catching prospect will be gaining some international experience next week in a World Baseball Classic qualifying event. Brad Haynal will play for the Philippines, which will be led by Tim Hulett, manager of the Rangers' Class A Northeast League affiliate in Spokane, Wash.

Haynal, 24, is one of two players in a big league farm system on the Philippines' roster for the World Baseball Classic qualifying round, set for Feb. 11-14 at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia. The other is Angelo Songco, a first baseman in the Dodgers' organization.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pare hired to oversee Marlins' analytics department

MIAMI -- Check another item off the Marlins' offseason "to do" list. The organization has hired Jason Pare, formerly with the Blue Jays, to oversee its analytics department.

With advanced data becoming more prominent in the sport, team officials said at the end of the 2015 season that they were looking to build an analytics department. Bringing in Pare is the first step.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon trade a do-over -- and for good reason

Deal for Gold Glover reinforces Marlins' mantra: Give to receive

Gordon trade a do-over -- and for good reason

MIAMI -- It's that day of the year again when we are reminded that history sometimes agonizingly repeats itself. For an MLB general manager, Groundhog Day can be synonymous of the internal tussles a front office goes through when making major trades.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill is well-versed in being part of big deals, and all the pros and cons involved in swapping impact players. The lesson he learned is you have to give to receive.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins to get closer look at Garcia at camp

Left-handed pitching prospect could see big league action in 2016

Marlins to get closer look at Garcia at camp

MIAMI -- One of the quieter offseason moves for the Marlins came on Nov. 20, when Jarlin Garcia was added to the 40-man roster after having his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.

In the short term, the under-the-radar transaction won't likely impact the big league roster. But down the road there is significance, because it means the organization's top left-handed pitching prospect is getting closer to being MLB ready.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

View from 3,000 feat: Countdown for Ichiro

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View from 3,000 feat: Countdown for Ichiro

Entering his 16th season at age 42, Ichiro Suzuki is 65 MLB hits away from 3,000. When the Marlins announced he was coming back to Miami on Oct. 6, it seemingly became a matter of when, not if, one of MLB's most exciting, interesting and entertaining players would become the 30th member of the exclusive club.

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Marlins prospect Kolek working on offspeed stuff

Young righty hopes to complement his heater with improved secondary pitches

Marlins prospect Kolek working on offspeed stuff

MIAMI -- All the attributes that went into the Marlins selecting Tyler Kolek with the second overall pick in the 2014 Draft are still in place. The 20-year-old is an imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, and he's armed with a 100-mph fastball.

But as so many power pitchers have learned, overpowering stuff alone doesn't guarantee success in the pros. Sometimes there are growing pains, and for Kolek, he's still refining his mechanics and developing his secondary pitches.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First-round pick Naylor not just a slugger

No. 12 overall selection in 2015 Draft considered pure hitter

First-round pick Naylor not just a slugger

MIAMI -- As advertised, Josh Naylor, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, has already displayed plenty of raw power. That was evident shortly after he signed with the Marlins last summer and took batting practice with the big league club at Marlins Park.

The 18-year-old left-handed-hitting first baseman routinely launched drives to all fields, a number of them clearing the outfield wall. Everyone took notice. But in Minor League games, the organization was equally impressed with Naylor's overall approach to hitting.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins shift 1st full-squad workout back 1 day

Marlins shift 1st full-squad workout back 1 day

MIAMI -- There's been a slight change in plans in the Marlins' Spring Training schedule.

The club announced Thursday that the first full-squad workouts at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., will be on Feb. 23, a day later than originally scheduled. Pitchers and catchers, however, will take the field for the first time as initially planned, on Feb. 19.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins looking to add rotation depth

Veteran starters Lee, Lincecum could interest Miami if healthy

Marlins looking to add rotation depth

MIAMI -- A potential pitching target of the Marlins came off the board on Tuesday when Bronson Arroyo agreed to an incentive-filled Minor League deal with the Nationals. Miami had been among the clubs interested in the veteran right-hander.

With the pitching market thinning out, the Marlins remain open to adding another starter or perhaps a reliever, but the club is leaning toward signing candidates who would accept a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invitation. Miami hasn't closed the door on signing a pitcher to a guaranteed big league contract, but in order to do so, the team wants to be absolutely certain the player is healthy.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.