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Miami Marlins 2014 starters

 

Marlins starters

1B | GARRETT JONES | 46

Age: 32

Birthplace: Harvey, Ill.

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 230

Bats/Throws: L-L

About: The Marlins finally waved the white flag on Logan Morrison by trading their oft-injured outfielder/first baseman and signing Jones to a two-year deal. Jones averaged 20 home runs over the previous five seasons with Pittsburgh and did not spend so much as one day on the disabled list. But Jones' career .193 average against southpaws could ultimately dictate a platoon at first base.

2B | DEREK DIETRICH | 32

Age: 24

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 200

Bats/Throws: L-R

About: Obtained from Tampa before the 2013 season for Yunel Escobar, Dietrich made his major league debut in May and provided the Marlins with sorely needed pop, hitting nine home runs in 215 at bats. But he also struggled at the plate, underscored by a .214 average, and was later demoted to the minors. Can play either second or third.

SS | ADEINY HECHAVARRIA | 3

Age: 24

Birthplace: Santiago De Cuba, Cuba

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 187

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: The Marlins loved what Hechavarria showed at shortstop, dazzling with his glove in a way not seen since Alex Gonzalez played the position. But Hechavarria fared poorly with the saber metric set, with one report indicating he was the worst player in the majors. Hechavarria will never lead the league in hitting. But if he can find a way to get on base with greater frequency, he could become a stolen base threat.

3B | CASEY MCGEHEE | 9

Age: 31

Birthplace: Santa Cruz, Calif.

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 200

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: McGehee returns to the majors after spending one year in Japan and re-establishing his bat. McGehee had a nice season with Milwaukee in 2010 when he hit 23 home runs with 104 RBI, but left for Japan after a disappointing 2012 season in which he struggled at the plate.

CF | MARCELL OZUNA | 13

Age: 23

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, D.R.

Ht./Wt.: 6-1, 222

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: Despite a poor spring at the plate, the Marlins decided to give Ozuna a roster spot based on his 2013 performance. Ozuna was both hot and cold as a rookie, hitting .331 (47-142) his first seven weeks and only .195 (26 for 133) his second seven.

LF | CHRISTIAN YELICH | 21

Age: 22

Birthplace: Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 197

Bats/Throws: L-R

About: The former first-round pick (2010) for the Marlins was a .313 hitter in the minors and made his big-league debut in July. Yelich was inconsistent, hitting .288 with four homers. But the Marlins believe he will gel into one of their top hitters. Can play any outfield position, and might be leading off to start the season if Rafael Furcal isn't ready to go on Opening Day.

RF | GIANCARLO STANTON | 27

Age: 24

Birthplace: Panorama, Calif.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 205

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: The 2013 season was one of transition for Stanton, who stood alone in the Marlins' lineup as the one hitter who could cause damage. As a result, pitchers refrained from offering Stanton much to hit, and his numbers plummeted from the season before. One year after hitting 37 homers with an OPS of .969, his numbers dropped to 24 home runs and an OPS of .845.

C | JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA | 39

Age: 28

Birthplace: West Palm Beach

Ht./Wt.: 6-4, 235

Bats/Throws: S-R

About: After winning a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox, Saltalamacchia became the Marlins' most notable offseason move when he signed a 3-year deal. Totaled 14 homers and 40 doubles for the Red Sox last season, and provides the Marlins with stability behind the plate after the Rob Brantly experiment didn't work out.

SP | JOSE FERNANDEZ | 16

Age: 21

Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 242

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: Fernandez was expected to start the season in the minors but ended up in the Marlins' starting rotation due to injuries and underperformance by other pitchers. And what a debut season it proved to be, as Fernandez not only won Rookie of the Year honors, but established himself as one of the premier hurlers in the majors.

SP | NATHAN EOVALDI | 24

Age: 24

Birthplace: Houston

Ht./Wt.: 6-2, 210

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: Missed the first two months of the '13 season with shoulder inflammation. Went 4-6 with a 3.39 ERA after coming off the DL. Though Eovaldi possesses one of the fastest fastballs in the majors, he doesn't miss a lot of bats, as evidenced by his 78 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings. Will begin the season as the Marlins' No. 2 starter.

SP | JACOB TURNER | 33

Age: 22

Birthplace: St. Charles, Mo.

Ht./Wt.: 6-5, 216

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: Turner, who was projected to be in the Marlins' rotation, instead started the '13 season in the minors after poor spring training results. But he looked much more impressive this spring, with observers noting a higher, mid-90s fastball.

SP | HENDERSON ALVAREZ | 37

Age: 23

Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela

Ht./Wt.: 6-0, 211

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: Became the fifth Marlins pitcher to toss a no-hitter when he blanked the Detroit Tigers on the final game of the season at Marlins Park. After missing the first part of the season with shoulder issues, Alvarez -- obtained after the 2012 season in the blockbuster trade with Toronto -- settled into the rotation. After giving up 29 homers in 187 innings with Toronto in '12, lowered gopher rate with Marlins to only two blasts in 102 innings.

SP | TOM KOEHLER | 34

Age: 27

Birthplace: Bronx, N.Y.

Ht./Wt.: 6-3, 233

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: Koehler landed the fifth spot in the rotation thanks to a successful spring in which he impressed scouts with his improvement. Has bulldog mentality when he takes the mound. Could swing back to bullpen duties if things don't work out in the rotation.

CLOSER | STEVE CISHEK | 31

Age: 27

Birthplace: Falmouth, Mass.

Ht./Wt.: 6-6, 217

Bats/Throws: R-R

About: The Marlins were fortunate in being able to quickly turn to Cishek after the Heath Bell debacle. Cishek was not only an upgrade over Bell, who was eventually traded, but established himself as one of the most consistent closers in the majors. Closed out the '13 season by successfully converting his final 29 save opportunities.

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