Majors: Organization Reports: Florida Marlins: 2012

Undrafted Matt Smith Yields Value For Marlins Premium
Jan. 4, 2013
Marlins minor league first baseman Matt Smith probably won't ever shed the tag of signing as a nondrafted free agent, but after his pro debut, he's at least made sure he no longer is unheralded. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Double Up On Intriguing Rule 5 Picks Premium
Dec. 22, 2012
Picking sixth overall in the Rule 5 draft, the Marlins snagged injured outfielder Alfredo Silverio from the Dodgers. The Marlins then joined the Astros as the only club to draft two players in the major league phase of the draft, adding hard-throwing lefthander Braulio Lara from the Rays. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins' Cravey Learns Less Is More In Low Class A Premium
Nov. 25, 2012
Righthander Kevin Cravey's curveball used to fall in the too-much-of-a-good-thing category, so in 2012 he employed it more sparingly, relying instead on a mid-90s fastball that proved just as effective. [...] Continue Reading »

Oliver Makes Smooth Transition To Relief For Marlins Premium
Nov. 13, 2012
Though he worked exclusively out of the bullpen in 2012, righthander Dejai Oliver didn't change a whole lot, with the exception of bagging his windup. That required a one-appearance adjustment period. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Still Seek Help At Hot Corner Post-Hanley Premium
Oct. 26, 2012
Among the Marlins' top priorities for 2013 will be addressing third base. They used five different players there after the trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, but none of those five are viable long-term options. Is the long-term answer in the organization? [...] Continue Reading »

Koehler Aces Triple-A Do-Over, Ascends To Marlins Premium
Oct. 11, 2012
Marlins righthander Tom Koehler's first season with Triple-A New Orleans in 2011 reflected that he was preoccupied with receiving a big league callup. That call didn't come until 2012 after he aced his Triple-A do-over. [...] Continue Reading »

Barnes, Gimenez Lead Marlins' Greensboro Club Premium
Sep. 28, 2012
Low Class A Greensboro made it to the South Atlantic League finals for a second straight season, and a big reason for the Grasshoppers' success was the work of catchers Austin Barnes and Wilfredo Gimenez. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins' Fernandez Climbs Ranks Of Pitching Elite Premium
Sep. 17, 2012
Juan C. Rodriguez files his Marlins final report, selecting a best player and best pitcher as well as a player to keep an eye on. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Believe In Brantly's Offensive Upside Premium
Sep. 9, 2012
Analysts pointed to righthander Jacob Turner as the big prize in the July trade that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers. Yet the Marlins believe they got a starting catcher in the form of Rob Brantly. [...] Continue Reading »

College Teammate Turns Marlins On To Righty Stone Premium
Aug. 21, 2012
That his professional career began in the Marlins organization is important to Dane Stone, a Miami native who attended NAIA St. Thomas in suburban Miami Gardens. A former college teammate pointed the Marlins in the righthander's direction. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Strike 11th-Hour Deal With Heaney Premium
Aug. 6, 2012
In the early-morning hours of signing-deadline day the Marlins learned that first-rounder Andrew Heaney was in Miami, ready to sign. The Oklahoma State product says he never doubted that he and Miami would reach an agreement. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins' Conley Earns Second-Half Bump To Jupiter Premium
Jul. 23, 2012
Marlins lefty Adam Conley joined the high Class A Jupiter rotation after an impressive half-season at low Class A Greensboro. Miami drafted Conley last year in the second round out of Washington State. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins' Fernandez Makes Quick Work Of Low Class A Premium
Jul. 10, 2012
Correspondent Juan C. Rodriguez files a midseason report for the Marlins, highlighting a Best Player, a Biggest Leap Forward and a Biggest Disappointment for the first half. [...] Continue Reading »

Failure Teaches Marlins' Rosario Finer Points Of Pitching Premium
Jun. 22, 2012
Righthander Sandy Rosario made his big league debut for the Marlins on Sept. 24, 2010, in Milwaukee. Two of his first three pitches went over the Miller Park fence. His fastball sat at 94-96 mph that day, but he's since come to learn harder isn't always better. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Cowboy Up With Heaney Premium
Jun. 4, 2012
Marlins scouting director Stan Meek—an Oklahoma grad—puts allegiances aside and selects Oklahoma State ace Andrew Heaney. [...] Continue Reading »

Daniel Jennings Joins Marlins' Bullpen Shuffle Premium
May. 24, 2012
Lefthander Daniel Jennings was surprised by his April 30 callup to the Marlins. He would not have been had it happened earlier. That's because Jennings admits that in the past he had obsessed about getting the call, and that seeing others promoted to Miami yielded mixed emotions. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins' Jose Fernandez Shows Maturity To Move Premium
May. 10, 2012
Marlins righthander Jose Fernandez allowed just five earned runs in his first five starts for low Class A Greensboro and even tossed the first six innings of a combined no-hitter against Hickory on April 24. "He's a mature 19," manager Dave Berg said, and he's poised to move quickly. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Love Smolinski's Hard-Nosed Approach Premium
Apr. 26, 2012
Double-A Jacksonville manager Andy Barkett acknowledges the unfair comparison, but he can't help but think of Jeff Conine when he projects outfielder Jake Smolinski. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins' Top Spring Performers Just Miss The Cut Premium
Apr. 12, 2012
Utility infielder Donovan Solano and lefthander Wade LeBlanc arguably were the Marlins' top Grapefruit League performers. For their efforts, they received plane tickets to Triple-A New Orleans, where they could be among the first players called up. [...] Continue Reading »

Ramos Closing On Big Leagues Premium
Apr. 2, 2012
After being a starter at Texas Tech, A.J. Ramos is adjusting to closing games in pro ball. [...] Continue Reading »

Marlins Recommit To Latin America Premium
Jan. 10, 2012
In an effort to better develop players from Spanish-speaking countries, the Marlins hired Bobby Ramos as their Latin American player development coordinator. [...] Continue Reading »

After Busy Week, Marlins Take It Easy At Rule 5
Dec. 22, 2011
Considering their activity earlier in the week, it's tough to fault the Marlins for petering out by the Rule 5 draft. [...] Continue Reading »