Marisnick adds speed dimension to Marlins' arsenal

Marisnick adds speed dimension to Marlins' arsenal

MIAMI -- Standing tall and letting natural ability take over has been the secret to Jake Marisnick's success on the bases. One of the fastest players in the organization, the No. 3 prospect has wasted little time infusing speed to the Marlins' lineup.

The 23-year-old swiped two bases on Monday, his first game with Miami after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Christian Yelich, who is on the disabled list with a lower-back strain.

"Jake is an exciting player," manager Mike Redmond said. "He brings a lot. He brings that speed weapon, which is nice. It's something we don't really have a ton of. I think he showed that when he gets on, he's not scared. He's aggressive. He's going to try to steal bases and get himself in scoring position."

At New Orleans, Marisnick swiped 17 bases in 21 attempts.

The stolen base hasn't exactly been a threat for the Marlins, who entered Wednesday tied with the Orioles with the fewest steals in the Majors. Both teams had 35.

Marisnick fine tuned his baserunning technique in Spring Training, working with third base/outfield coach Brett Butler. The topic of jumps came up, and Butler suggested Marisnick take the same approach that he has in center field and applying it to the bases.

"Bugsy was like, 'What do you do when you get your jumps in the outfield?'" Marisnick said of his conversation with Butler. "I was like, 'Just relax and stand up taller.'"

Butler suggested doing the same on the bases.

"I started doing it in Spring Training. I haven't been getting starts like this my whole career," Marisnick said. "My success rate has been good."

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