Guillen finds positives amid tough season

Guillen finds positives amid tough season

MIAMI -- Between all the letdowns the Marlins have encountered this season, manager Ozzie Guillen has found plenty of positives to take from the 2012 campaign that the team can build upon moving forward.

"Not everything was negative," Guillen said. "There was a lot of negativity and negative stuff that happened. ... There's a lot of good things that happened here -- more bad things than good things, but there's a few good things that happened."

Among the pleasant surprises for Guillen and the Marlins were the performances of young starters Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner, both of whom the team acquired before the July 31 Trade Deadline, as well as the growth of rookie catcher Rob Brantly. Guillen has also been impressed by Justin Ruggiano, who started the season playing for the Astros' Triple-A affiliate before being traded to the Marlins and putting together an impressive season at the plate and in the outfield.

Other positives include Josh Johnson making every start a year after a shoulder injury sidelined him for much of 2011, and shortstop Jose Reyes starting almost every game in his first year with the team.

"We've got a couple bright [spots], and hopefully the bright stuff continues in the future," Guillen said.

One of the biggest surprises for Guillen, though, has been the performance of Donovan Solano. Entering Friday, Solano was hitting .294 in 262 at-bats. He has played solid defense as well, making the case to be the Marlins' starting second baseman next season.

"To me, he is [an everyday second baseman]," Guillen said. "The question mark is, can he play 500 at-bats? That has to be seen, because he plays every day, plays against the good [pitchers], gets good at-bats against the good [pitchers].

"I cannot say no because he's the best player I have on the field right now, the most consistent player, and hopefully we give him a shot to be the everyday second baseman."