Pieces in place for power boost in Miami

Pieces in place for power boost in Miami

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Chances are the Marlins won't go from worst to first in the big leagues in the home run category this season. But the way the lineup is shaping up, there is enough power to make things interesting.

Giancarlo Stanton remains the most feared hitter in the lineup. He's already belted as many as 37 home runs in a season, and he is one of the strongest players in the game.

Offseason moves have surrounded Stanton with some other impact bats. Garrett Jones has been batting cleanup behind Stanton against right-handed pitchers. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee also have enjoyed 20-plus home run seasons. Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich also are capable of double-digit home run totals.

"We can keep people honest," Stanton said. "That's a difference in the late innings. You have to worry about [power] more. I feel like before, from the seventh inning and on, it was like, 'Throw them strikes. They're not going to beat us with the home run. Make them get two or three hits to win.' Now, it's going to be a little different mindset. That's what I envision."

The Marlins entered Thursday with 10 Grapefruit League homers, which is tied for 15th out of 30 teams. Last Spring, they had 24 homers, which was 27th overall.

A year ago in the regular season, Miami finished with an MLB-low 95.

The pieces are in place to boost that number.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter