Marlins Way: Competition for Fifth Spot Wide Open

Sep 18, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Brad Hand (52) delivers to the plate during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

When pitchers and catchers report to Marlins camp on Sunday, a few pitchers will be thrust right into competition for the fifth spot in the 2014 rotation. Jacob Turner is almost assured the fourth spot in the rotation, but he’ll need to have a productive spring to ensure his spot.

Tom Koehler, Brad Hand, and Brian Flynn will all be in competition for the fifth starter role. Co-Editor Chris Logel will have more about the competition for the fifth starter role later today in his season preview piece.

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Oregon freshman Matt Krook has been shocked twice within the last year. The second time, it happened about a month into his tenure at Oregon. The left-handed pitcher with a mid-90s fastball and punch-out slider was amazed at how well he fit in on the Eugene campus.

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Earlier toady, we talked about how Giancarlo Stanton may be interested in staying with the Miami Marlins long-term if the team could provide him the “security” he desired.

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Miami Marlins’ plan for Carlos Marmol: Pitch late innings, get ball to Steve Cishek | Miami Herald

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President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill on Tuesday said reliever Carlos Marmol should a cleaner delivery after last season’s trade from the Cubs to the Dodgers.

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Topics: Brad Hand, Brian Flynn, Miami Marlins, Tom Koehler

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