Expectations are low for the Miami Marlins in the 2013 season as the current group of mostly recycled veterans on the down side of the their careers and youngsters getting their first taste of the Major Leagues are not expected to do much winning. The company line Marlins ownership has been using to justify the fire sale…err, excuse me, “hitting the reset button” has been that losing is unacceptable, but that is exactly what is likely to happen this season. The focus instead turns to the minor league prospects in the organization that are expected to lead the team back into contention sometime over the next few years.
Many of the prospects are currently being given the opportunity to participate in the Spring Training games with the big league club and several have been quite successful thus far. The club’s top two prospects, Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez, are among those enjoying success in Spring Training games and the question naturally turns to when will they be called up to join the Marlins during the regular season. Yelich in particular has been one of the team’s best players with a .379 average and 2 home runs. Paul Hagen of MLB.com caught up with manager Mike Redmond and hitting coach Tino Martinez recently to discuss the question of when Yelich will be ready.
In other news from the Marlins blogosphere:
- Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald was able to catch up with MLB commissioner Bug Selig at the World Baseball Calssic. Apparently, the commish entertained the crowd of reporters by doing his best Sammy Davis Jr. tap dancing imitation when Spencer pressed him on the Marlins situation.
- Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has the latest information on the injury to Placido Polanco and the race for the fifth starter spot in the rotation.
So when do you think the Marlins should call up top prospect Christian Yelich and insert him into the starting lineup?