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The Enigma Prospect: Miami Marlins Colby Suggs

Where do you rank a Jekyll and Hyde prospect like Colby Suggs? As Jekyll, Suggs is able to strut the pose and dominance that generated his “Bulldog” nickname. Lighting up scout’s guns with his 91-94 MPH fastballs, he also made some of the minor league’s best look ugly with what should be considered one of the best 12-6 hammers in the Marlins organization. As Hyde, Suggs has a tendency to allow his pitches to run wild on their way to the plate as he attacks the zone with a bull in the china shop mentality. Handing out walks at an alarming rate in 2014, he creates this mind boggling dilemma for the Marlins – as much as they want Jekyll night in and night out in 2015, have they seen the end of Hyde?

With a collegiate background as Jekyll, Suggs dominated in his time at the University of Arkansas, never finishing a season with an ERA higher than 1.74. He earned his “Bulldog” nickname by continually boosting his career stat line as a Razorback, finishing with a 1.36 ERA to go along with 53 walks and 65 strikeouts in a total of 79.2 innings pitched over three seasons. This gave the Marlins strong reasons to select him with their 2nd round, supplemental 73rd overall pick in the 2013 Amateur draft.  After all, what’s not to like when you can have a right-hand reliever whose physical attributes place him around 6’0″ in spikes and 235 lbs. strong on the mound? This physicality, combined with his show time curveball, contributed to MLB.com experts ranking him as the Miami Marlins Organizational #10 prospect in 2014. Unfortunately, Colby Suggs scouted talent is yet to catch up with his hype at this point. With a year and a half of seasoning behind him, Suggs has struggled to contain the presence of Hyde when he toes the rubber down on the farm – a presence that is undeniable when diving into his minor league resume.

As dominant as Suggs was in college, his struggles were real. As the team’s shutdown closer, he lead the Arkansas staff with 7.4 walks per nine innings pitched in 20 2/3 innings his senior season. This is the same unimproved statistical skid mark that is present in his game today. Let’s look at his stats from his first full professional season with the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads where mound presence continued to plague him night in and night out:  25 walks, six wild pitches and seven hit batsmen while pitching 58 1/3 innings in 46 appearances. He showed the same erratic tendencies on the mound that he showed in 2013 after signing with the Marlins and being promoted to High-A where he allowed 14 free passes in 18 1/3 innings, facing a total of 79 batters out of the pen.

As I have alluded to above, with Suggs there has always been two sides to his story. His Jekyll like moments on the mound have highlighted his ability to have master control of his devastating curveball making him a force to be reckoned with, especially when paired with his above-average fastball. These moments contributed to his 47 strikeouts last season and the 45 strikeouts he piled up in 2013 in just 39 innings pitched. Although he mustered a 2014 FIP of 4.09 and subpar strikeout-walk rate of 1.88, his Jekyll like appearances have cast a big enough shadow over other pitching prospects. He remains one of the Marlins top pitching prospects and a player to be watched heading into the 2015 season.

Assuming pitching coaches Joe Coleman at High-A Jupiter and Derek Botelho at Double-A Jacksonville can continue to tweak Colby’s mechanics, we hope to see the end of his Jekyll and Hyde ways. This will jettison the struggles with his command that we have seen up to this point, placing him back on the fast track to becoming a possible September call-up in 2015.

*Note: Please check out the article written by Jason Tate in its original form at http://www.fishstripes.com/2015/3/12/8196519/miami-marlins-prospect-colby-suggs

Dwork On Sports: Marlins Interested In Cuban Infielder Olivera

Marlins Rising Recap: Rice and Harvey implode as the Marlins explode winning 7-4

In a star studded starting pitcher’s duel between the Mets Matt Harvey and the Marlins Henderson Alvarez runs surprisingly came cheap early on. The Marlins offense rod the early hot streak at the plate for the rest of the game, finally breaking the game open in the 7th inning against the Mets reliever Scott Rice plating 5 runs off him and leading the Marlins to a 7-4 swing fest victory over the Mets on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mets 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 10 3
Marlins 0 1 1 0 0 0 5 0 X 7 11 1

Red’s Recap


Marlins Rising

Bryan Morris

Working a scoreless 6th inning, while freezing Matt Den Dekker for a called third strike and breaking off the slider to strikeout the Mets 2014 #1 draft pick in Michael Conforto. Allowing one ball in play, that was a weak pop up to Jeff Baker at 1B by Brandon Allen. Just doing what he do!

Pat Urckfitz

Teams pay millions for a lefty-reliever to pitch to one lefty a game, and no Urckfitz doesn’t get paid to close that much. What he did do though, was his job. One batter, one strikeout and one dinner bought by Carter Capps for saving his implosion on the mound. Butt tamp engaged!

Christian Yelich

2 for 2 at the dish, smoking a hard grounder and line drive to LF to collect two singles on the day. Nothing else to say except, we expect him to hit and he did. Keep making us proud CY!

Reid Brignac

Taking it to the Mets again this spring, going 2 for 3 at the plate, with two seeing-eye singles, one of which came in the flood gate opening 7th off Scott Rice driving in Justin Bohn for his solo RBI on the day. Someone has no intentions of playing for the Zephyrs.

Don Kelly

If he wants to make the team, it will be as a clutch pitch hitter from the pine. Doing just that yesterday, centering a ground ball up the middle for a single with bases loaded bringing home all three runners aboard. Way to rebound from the last meeting with the Mets, you won’t stay hot at the dish, you won’t!


Marlins Falling

Carter Capps

Yes Capps, we all know you throw cheese, but would it kill you to locate? Walking four batters, allowing one earned and striking out one over .2 innings pitched just isn’t going to get it done.

Brad Hand

Fighting to be the only starting lefty on the staff, he didn’t help himself yesterday. Pitching two innings, gave up two hits, a run scored while walking two batters. We’re pulling for you Hand, so try pulling for yourself!

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UPDATED: Cuban infielder Hector Olivera now eligible to sign with a team

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Hector Olivera, a nearly 30-year-old infield prospect from Cuba, was granted free agent status by Major League Baseball last Friday and expects to complete a deal with a team soon.

Teams such as the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, New Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants love Olivera because of his ability to play second or third base. The biggest reason for their optimism is his bat, however. Scouts have projected Olivera’s ceiling for this season at 15-20 long balls and around 75 runs batted in. Olivera wants to play for a team on which he could be a middle-of-the-order guy in 2015.

Two things that might prevent him from getting the maximum contract are his age and past health concerns. While in Cuba, he had issues with a blood disorder. Jeff Passan of Yahoo…

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Making the MVP case for Giancarlo Stanton

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Giancarlo Stanton, right fielder for the Miami Marlins, was on pace for the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2014. Then he suffered a facial injury as a result of being hit by a baseball and the team fell out of wild card contention, opening the door for Clayton Kershaw, starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the award. The coming season presents another, and even more likely, chance for Stanton to finish what he started.

Stanton has fully recovered from his injury and should have full confidence at the plate despite his injury. He is wearing a new custom-fit batting helmet that protects his face. His confidence in the team around him should also be boosted after signing the largest contract in professional sports history and Miami made several off-season moves to improve the roster.

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The tablesetters for Stanton have improved for 2015…

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Marlins Rising Recap: Derek “Double-D” Dietrich goes yard to defeat the Nats 2-1

Game Recap:

In a matchup that featured two new off-season acquisitions getting the starting nod in Max Scherzer for the Nationals, and Dan Haren for the Marlins. The game went as predicted. A dazzling pitcher’s duel between those two starters to start the game, combined with excellent bullpen work by both teams. Set up for Dietrich’s walk-off blast in the 9th, lifting the Marlins to a 2-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.


Box Score:

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WSH 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 1
MIA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 0

W: S. Dyson

L: B. Billings


Red’s Recap:


Marlins Rising:

Dan Haren

  • 25 of 35 pitches thrown for strikes; Faced one batter over the minimum for 3 innings of work. Keeping hitters at bay with his pin point control all afternoon, allowing just 1 hit while picking his way through the Nats line up, tallying 3 strikeouts too boot! Rebounding in a big way from his start last week. Who said this soft-tosser was ready to retire?

Tom Koehler

  • Steady as he goes. Not pretty, but not bad. The always not-so shabby Koehler worked another TK like 2 innings. Contributing one walk and one strikeout to his stat line while allowing zero earned runs. Picking up exactly where he left off last season. As he continues to battle for his spot in the rotation.

A.J Ramos

  • 3 strikeouts in one inning of work, while allowing one hit. Enough said. The kids still got it! Cishek might want to watch his back if he is going to be giving up more HRs to Dan Uggla with Ramos pitching like this.

Dee Gordon

  • Leadoff bunt single to start the game, steals second on the next pitch and is driven in by Christian Yelich’s RBI single to center. This is exactly why we got him. Get on, and flash those wheels!

Derek Dietrich

  • After coming off the bench midway through the game to replace Dee Gordon, Double-D came up big. Blasting a huge walk-off homer to LF. All you can really say here. What he lacks in his glove on the field, he makes up for when he connects like this at the plate. Hang with um muscles!

Marlins Falling:

Giancarlo Stanton

  • 0/3 at the plate; killed a first inning rally by grounding into a bases clearing double play. While K’ing up swinging twice in his next two plate appearances. It’s not easy rocking the big G at the plate.

Jeff Mathis

  • 0/3 at the plate; striking out swinging once, and hit a weak fly ball and ground ball for outs to round out his day, as he left 4 runners on base. Don’t make it too easy for Salty, Mathis!

Steve Cishek

  • Who did he let hit an RBI double off of him? Oh, that’s right, it was Dan Uggla. Remember that guy Dan Uggla, Steve? Ya, thought you did, shame on you.

Up Next: Mets vs. Marlins today at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL. First pitch is slated for 1:05 pm as aces Matt Harvey and Henderson Alvarez get the starting nod. Make sure to check back in tomorrow at www.marlinsrising.com to get your full marlins recap of whose stock is rising and whose is falling.

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Nats vs. Marlins — 3/10/15

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For most veterans, the goal of spring training is simple: Get yourself ready for the regular season. For young players and others on the bubble, the goal is entirely different: Prove to club officials you deserve a spot on the Opening Day roster. And nobody in Nationals camp for the next month is going to fall into that latter category more than Michael Taylor.

With Denard Span all but certain to open the season on the DL, Taylor has an opportunity to seize the starting center field job. Look for him to play a whole lot there over the next few weeks, including today in Jupiter as the Nationals face the Marlins. Also look for plenty of at-bats for Tony Gwynn Jr., a veteran fall-back option who is starting in right field today.

Interesting pitching matchup, with Max Scherzer making his second start of the spring for the Nationals (he’ll…

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How the NL East Stacks Up in 2015

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Spring training is starting, our favorite players are suiting up for the first time in months and every team has a sense that this could be their year. It’s almost baseball season.

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