Marlins Promote Top Prospects

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Marlins Promote Top Prospects

The time has come for top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. While their arrival and immediate insertion to the starting lineup is something fans have wanted to see for sometime, their arrival comes at a cost. The cost, though, is being paid by fellow rookies Marcell Ozuna and Derek Dietrich.

Yelich, 21, was rated Baseball America’s No. 15 prospect in the game before the season began. The left-handed hitter has struggled with injuries this season, but has hit .280/.365/.518 with seven homeruns and 29 RBI for Double-A Jacksonville. Yelich, who had two hits and an RBI in this year’s All-Star Futures Game, will man left field, pushing the slumping Justin Ruggiano from the lineup and further obscuring Juan Pierre’s role on the team.

Marisnick, 22, was rated Baseball America’s No. 64 prospect. He was acquired in the massive trade with the Blue Jays last winter, and has played well for Double-A Jacksonville. Marisnick is hitting .294/.358/.502 with 12 homeruns and 46 RBI. Marisnick will start in center field, the position vacated by Marcell Ozuna.
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Miami Marlins Monday Week 12: The Odd Outfielder Out and In-N-Out Burgers

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Miami Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna flips his bat after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

This was a good week for the Marlins. (And a good week for rookie Marcell Ozuna’s tummy.) The Fish managed their first winning road trip since May of 2012, taking four of seven games in Arizona and San Francisco, two teams locked in a heated race in the NL West.

One of the players who wasn’t necessarily having a good week was Justin Ruggiano. While Ruggi leads the team with 11 home runs and 28 RBI, his last month or so had been a struggle. When Chris Coghlan suddenly caught fire, prior to his injury, Ruggiano found himself the odd man out. When Coghlan went down, Giancarlo Stanton’s return kept Ruggi on the pine. Manager Mike Redmond elected to use Ruggiano as part of a platoon with the light-hitting Juan Pierre. So after going 0-for-5 in one of his few turns in the lineup, Ruggiano did not expect to play the next day.

But he did. And boy did he respond. Ruggiano hit a lead-off homer against Giants ace Matt Cain, and connected on a second homer in the ninth inning.

One of the outfielders that squeezed Ruggiano off the field is rookie Marcell Ozuna. On his first Major League road trip out West, Ozuna hit up a popular fast-food joint, In-N-Out Burger and ate somewhere between three to five “double-doubles”. The following from the Miami Herald:

“I told him after the game, because I think he had about four or five In-N-Out Burgers, I said maybe that was the reason why you couldn’t catch that ball,” manager Mike Redmond said of Hunter Pence’s RBI double to shallow center in the fifth, which Ozuna completely whiffed on. “But I said you got a big hit, so I forgot about it already.”…

Ozuna contended afterward that he didn’t eat four or five hamburgers from the popular West Coast chain, as his manager and teammates claimed. But he did acknowledge he had three, along with three chocolate chip cookies and a glass of apple juice. No fries. No shake.

“Just three,” Ozuna said of his burger consumption. “My teammates say five. Today I eat three. Tomorrow I eat four, and the next day five, and (then) we leave for Miami.”

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