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Miami Marlins Nick Masset makes fans night after stolen ticket mayhem

After purchasing Lexus President Club tickets (Pretty Expensive) at Nat’s ballpark on Stubhub.com yesterday afternoon, Marlins advocate Jason Tate thought he was finally going to live his dream – Purchasing two tickets for his girlfriend and himself to sit in the Luxurious all-inclusive section right behind home plate (its like winning the Lotto). Unfortunately, when Jason got to the park to watch Marlins batting practice, he nor his girlfriend could get through the gate. They were directed to the Ticket service center at Nationals Park, where they were told that the tickets they purchased were put on Stubhub.com with a stolen credit card and the tickets were voided by Nationals officials. The couple was now told, that if they wanted to attend the game they would have to buy tickets at the gate to be admitted (after receiving no info/refund from Stubhub for their Lexus President seat purchase).

After being completely deflated, dreams crushed, the couple was determined to see the game no matter how far away – buying two cheap nosebleed seats in CF. Jason of course, was still determined to get as close to his team as possible and make the best of a bad situation, so the couple left there far out sits to hang around the Marlins bullpen for the evening.

Even with the deflated feeling, the couple fought the frawns of what could have been to get behind their teams, especially Jason, who spent the whole night lounging by the bullpen to motivate his team. Even with Giancarlo Stanton at the plate in the 9th with two outs and a full count, Jason was pumping up Nick Masset saying, “Take it to them! Stanton’s going long here, be ready!”. Words like that were echoed throughout the Marlins Bullpen all night, as Jason stayed determined to make the best of it.

Unfortunately, Stanton struck-out to end the game, giving Masset no chance to shine in the bottom of the ninth, but that didn’t stop Masset from shining in the eyes of a fan. After the last out was called Nick Masset took the stage, ending the couples night on a positive note:

Editor’s note: I want to thank Nick Masset for being a class act and a great representation of what being a baseball player is all about. Of course its about winning and being the best, but as some often forget its about the fans – the one’s who support you no matter how many games you lose or win, no matter how wet, how cold and how hot. Thank you Nick Masset, A.J Ramos, Bryan Morris, Sam Dyson, Mike Dunn, Steve Cishek and the rest of the Marlins bullpen for proving why everyone should be a Marlins fan. I hope one day I can watch you guys mow down the competition from behind home plate!

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2015 Miami Marlins Prospects: First Base

Despite having only one prospect listed as a first baseman within MLB.com’s Miami Marlins Top 30 Prospects for 2015, the Marlins are actually well stocked at first base. There may have been little to talk about for the Marlins last season at this position, as Garrett Jones proved to yet another organization why he is not the guy to lean on as your everyday first baseman. This season will be a different story. The big bat off-season acquisition of Michael Morse can only improve the Marlins chances of being a playoff contender this season as long as he stays healthy. Even if it came at the cost of 2014 Comeback Player of the Year Casey McGehee, the Marlins are stacked with power in the middle of the 2015 Opening Day line-up.

Should Michael Morse’s health plague him this season, we can always turn to the Miami Marlins 16th ranked prospect in Justin Bour. After being selected in the 2013 Rule 5 draft by the Marlins from the Chicago Cubs, he has done nothing but impress the Marlins organization – sporting a .319 BABIP with 18 home runs at Triple-A New Orleans in 2014 during a period of promotions and demotions from the big league roster.  He will undoubtedly find a home this season as a regular coming off the Marlins bench, while we will be watching to see if he can continue to improve at the plate and showcase the big league power that his large frame possesses. In 74 at bats for the Marlins last season he was only able to muster one home run – an upper deck blast to right-center off the Nationals Doug Fister. Marlin’s fans are hoping to see more of these this season – especially after he was named the 2014 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star for the Marlins. There is nothing else for him to prove at the minor league level, so he will continue to play the waiting game behind Morse on the Marlins depth chart.

Although Morse and Bour are already starting to become household names in Miami, there are others who play first base in the Marlins Minor league system that might prove to be hidden gems and future household names.  Let’s take a look at the Best of the Rest down on the farm at first base for the Marlins.

Best of the Rest

Viosergy Rosa

After being drafted by the Marlins in 2010 in the 29th round, Rosa played two seasons fine tuning his craft for short-season Batavia Muckdogs.  At 6’3”and 190 Lbs., the 24 year-old lefty swinging Rosa bounced back in 2013 playing the full season for Low-A Greensboro. In 549 plate appearances he registered a .289 BABIP with 23 long balls. He continued to live up to his emerging prospect hype in 2014 with High-A Jupiter Hammerheads and again after being promoted to Double-A Jacksonville, where he was named the Southern League Championship  Series Most Valuable Player-  posting a .379 batting average to go along with four home runs in just seven post season games.

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And just so you know, we are talking about a player who was cut from his George Washington High-School baseball team every year but his senior one. He went on to play at Odessa Junior College in Texas, where I witnessed his play. This background makes what he has done in the past two seasons in the Marlins minor league system even more impressive, not only to me and Marlins advocates but to 2014 Double-A Jacksonville’s manager Andy Barkett:

“I thought [Rosa] would be able to hold his own here, but he’s excelled. He changed the whole dynamic of our lineup with his presence and power potential. He can fatigue and stress pitchers out for the hitters coming up behind him.” said Suns manager Andy Barkett. “[Rosa] is like the perfect piece of clay to work with,” said Barkett. “I love teaching a left-handed hitting first baseman because that’s what I was. He’s got the makings of a classic power hitter…”

If he can make a believer out of Andy Barkett, he should easily be starting to make a believer out of the rest of the Marlins Organization, making him a valued organizational prospect at an aged position for the Marlins.

Felix Munoz

As I mentioned in my earlier article, Critical year for Marlins prospect Felix Munoz, this is going to be a decisive year for Munoz. Turning the all-important age of 23, Munoz will look to build on the success he has had in the Marlins minor leagues over the past two seasons. Like Rosa, 2014 was a real breakout year for Munoz. Playing in 126 games during the 2014 Season at Single-A Greensboro, more games than he had in the past two seasons combined, he put together an impressive campaign with a slash line of .300/.368/.476 in 560 plate appearances with 16 home-runs. He was able to draw 57 walks to only 79 strikeouts while driving the ball for a .326 BABIP.

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Boosting almost comparable statistics to Rosa, the younger Munoz will look to start the season nipping at the heels of Rosa. Munoz is projected to start the season with High-A Jupiter Hammerheads, a level behind Double-A Jacksonville where Rosa is projected to start his 2015 campaign. Should Rosa fail to recapture the hot streak from his 2014 season, you could see Felix Munoz’s stock on the rise in 2015.

Carlos Lopez

This 6’2” 236 lbs. left-handed hitting and right-handed throwing Cal State Fullerton prospect was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 10th round of the 2013 First Year Player Draft at the late age of 24. This was the same 2013 Marlins draft class that included the recently traded Cal State Fullerton teammate Chad Wallach. It didn’t take long for Lopez to make a name for himself in the Marlins minor league system. After being awarded the 2013 Big West Co-Player of the year, Lopez signed and immediately reported to the Batavia Muckdogs in the New-York Penn League. With an impressive .366 BABIP with 71 total hits in just 61 games in his first full season with the Marlins Organization, he showcased his clutch hitting ability. Based on his 2014 statistics for Low-A Greensboro below, 2013 looked to be just a prelude to what could become a valued prospect at first base in the Marlins minor league system. Unfortunately, at the age of 25 heading into the 2015 season, his window to the big league is getting smaller.

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Austen Smith

Before being drafted in the 33rd round by the Miami Marlins, this 2014 Tallahassee All-Regional team choice, Baseball America’s Preseason No. 34 ranked senior and Mid-Season Golden Spikes Watch List first baseman, put on a hitting display his senior year in college. He led the Alabama Crimson Tide with 19 runs batted in and 11 walks against conference opponents, while finishing the year with a .316 batting average, 27 walks and 39 total runs batted in in 57 games started. We also can’t fail to mention the walk-off home run Smith blasted to lift Alabama over the then #11 ranked Vanderbilt Commodores. He brought this home run stroke with him to the Miami Marlins rookie level instructional league, as shown in his 2014 stats below:

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Smith’s collegiate prowess his senior year at Alabama, is translating well to the professional level. At age 23, Austen Smith will have more time to develop and mature physically – if that is possible for someone already at 6’4” and 240 lbs. Either way, he has opened a lot of eyes in the Marlins system with his advanced approach and thunderous power at the plate, making him a possible hidden gem that with continued success could be on the fast track to the big leagues doorstep.

Other Notable First Basemen to Watch

Eric Fisher/6-foot-3 210 pounds/Drafted 2014 by Miami Marlins (17th Round) out of Arkansas University.

Scott Carcaise/6-foot-5 236 pounds/Drafted 2013 by Miami Marlins (14th Round) out of Florida Tech.

Stanton’s 1st HR Since Beaning Helps Marlins Beat Nationals 5-4

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JUPITER (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Marlins saw something on Wednesday that they had been waiting for since the end of last season.

Giancarlo Stanton homered for the first time since he was beaned last September, part of a three-hit game that helped the Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 5-4.

Stanton doubled in the first inning against Doug Fister, had an RBI single that made it 2-0 in the third and tied the score 3-3 when he homered leading off the sixth against Casey Janssen.

“Today was a good day, obviously,” said Stanton, who is hitting .286 with six RBIs in the exhibition season.

Stanton’s 2014 season ended Sept. 11 when he was hit on the face by a Mike Fiers fastball at Milwaukee. Stanton sustained facial fractures, dental damages, cuts that required stitches, two black eyes and concussion symptoms.

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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:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
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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Dietrich Hits Walkoff Homer As Marlins Defeat Nationals 2-1

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JUPITER (CBSMiami/AP) — Only in spring training can a walkoff homerun get overshadowed by players who had little-to-no impact on the game.

In a matchup of high-priced stars, Washington’s Max Scherzer got Giancarlo Stanton to ground into a double play and then struck out the slugger in the Nationals’ 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

Scherzer, signed to a $210 million, seven-year deal as a free agent, allowed one run and six hits in three innings with three strikeouts and no walks.

Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single, stole second, advanced on wild pitch and scored on the first of Chrsitian Yelich’s three singles. Stanton, signed to a record $325 million, 13-year-old deal, followed with a one-hopper that became a 4-6-3 double play.

New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred attended the game and watched the big-bucks…

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Nats vs. Marlins — 3/10/15

Nats Insider

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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