The Miami Marlins and their owner, Jeffery Loria, may have a very shady past, but that does not seem to have an affect on the thoughts of many scouts around the league when it comes to the 2014 season.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Marlins have become the early “trending” pick around major league baseball scouting circles:
There is a fair amount of buzz in scouting circles about the Miami Marlins. One scout went so far as to call them a “trendy” pick to be surprise contenders this year. The belief is based on projecting that a young rotation led by Jose Fernandez will step forward (the staff is filled with the likes of talented but unproven pitchers like Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Jacob Turner).
This is something positive for Marlins fans to read, but I still am going to stay on the cautious side when it comes to this team’s chances. As you’ll see when I post my projections within the next month, I am still looking at the playoffs as a longshot for the Marlins at this point.
It’s a cold and newsless morning in the big city (although we have positive developments on both fronts: temps will climb back into the 30s by the end of the day, and spring training is creeping closer), so we’ll detour into two quick points I’ve gathered over the past week.
The fate of the Miami Marlins, in 2014 and years to come, will not in any meaningful way depend upon Chris Valaika. This is also true of every other major-league team.
Nathan Eovaldi: 2014 Marlins Pitch F/X scouting report | Fishstripes
The Miami Marlins will look to Nathan Eovaldi to improve upon his work in 2013, in part because of his new and improved fastball. Are there other areas where he may get better this upcoming season?
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. When doing research for this list there were some moments that may have been forgotten over the years, and I was shocked to have forgotten this one.
As we continue with our 2014 season preview, we move to the keystone position, second base. Last year the Marlins employed the services of Donovan Solano and Derek Dietrich at second base, and the results were certainly less than desired. As a result, Miami went to the free agent market and signed slick-fielding Rafael Furcal.