As Spring Training winds down and the regular season approaches in less than a week all eyes are turned to the final roster spots on each team. It is a nerve wracking and difficult time for many players and front office personnel. For players a major league job means a difference of several hundred thousand dollars in salary without even mentioning the chance to realize a life’s dream. Front offices feel the pressure to win now and put the best team on the field, but must also consider the proper development of young players to ensure their success at the big league level in future seasons.
The Miami Marlins face just this dilemma with a couple of their most promising young players who have had very different springs. Jacob Turner came into Spring Training expecting to be solidly entrenched in the middle of the Marlins rotation. A disastrous spring may have cost Turner what appeared to be a guaranteed rotation spot according to Adam Berry at MLB.com. The decision is expected to be announced as soon as Monday.
Christian Yelich came into camp under a different set of assumptions. He is considered the Marlins top hitting prospect, but due to his youth and inexperience there were no expectations that he would be under even the slightest consideration for making the opening day roster. His play during Spring Training games quickly changed that as he proved to be the best player in camp. The decision in the end was to send him down to the minors for now to get more seasoning and the guys over at Fish Stripes believe this to be the right decision.
The Marlins are a team in transition and that means we should expect to see new faces coming through constantly as the front office works to find the best talent for the future. Joe Frisaro at the Fish Pond believes that the last two or three players to make the opening day roster are not even with the team yet.
Injuries also play a role on who makes the final roster and with Donovan Solano suddenly battling back trouble another unexpected roster spot may be opening up. Adam Berry has the latest on the injury from Redmond and what it could mean if he is not ready for Opening Day.
It appears the Marlins roster will be a fluid situation all the way until the first pitch is thrown on Opening Day, but what do you think has been the biggest surprise in camp so far?