Mike Berardino

Love The Lefties

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Jim Fleming has long admitted a weakness for lefthanders, so it should come as no surprise that the Marlins system he oversees is well-stocked in that area. In addition to current top-five prospect Sean West and former Top 10 member Aaron Thompson, the Marlins boast two young lefties among their current Top 20 prospects. Both came from the draft class of 2008.

Majors | #2009#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Catching Up

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In releasing veteran catcher Matt Treanor this winter, the Marlins opened up a potential spot for Brett Hayes. Or, possibly, it could be Brad Davis who steps up to join John Baker in a big league platoon arrangement. Longer term, the Marlins are counting the days until 2008 first-rounder Kyle Skipworth, the sixth overall pick, plows through their system and takes over behind the plate.

Majors | #2009#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

No Worries

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The Marlins weren't worried one bit that Jose Ceda hadn't pitched in winter ball since an outing on Oct. 29 in his native Dominican Republic. Nor should they be worried, said Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who gave up Ceda in a November trade for veteran reliever Kevin Gregg.

Majors | #2009#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports

Landing Another Lefty

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Zach Kroenke admitted he didn't know much about the Marlins bullpen he'll try to make next spring. "I haven't checked out their bullpen and bullpen stats too much yet," he said. "There are a lot of teams." But only one saw fit to tab the former Nebraska lefty in the major league Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings.

Majors | #2009#Florida Marlins#Organization Reports