20 March 2012
With both Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton missing the most of the remainder of Spring Training with knee injuries the position of back up outfielder is now extremely important. Their are several players who are competing for position; Austin Kearns, Aaron Rowand, Bryan Petersen, Chris Coghlan, and Scott Cousins. With the exception of Austin Kearns most of the players can at least temporarily fill in at all three outfielding positions. Rowan is still the best defensive player of the group, but none of the other four are that horribly defensively that they would be a serious detriment to the team. So looking to the offense side of the ball may decide who gets the job. Going into March 21st game none of the candidates have really been able to separate themselves. While it is not that uncommon for players to have poor springs, the fact that Rowand is only 3 for 33 and that Scott Cousins has 11 strikeouts already seem like a bit of red flags to me personally. Of the other three Kearns is having the best spring thus far batting .286 with two home runs, and it would not be a surprise if he keeps it up that he will find a spot on the Marlins roster. I still believe that the player with the most upside is Chris Coghlan, and although he has struggled and had injury problems since his NL Rookie of the Year season a couple of years ago I would not be shocked to see the Marlins give him another shot at being on the teams opening day roster. With Stanton and Morrison not expected to play until the Marlins face the Yankees in the two exhibition games, these five players will rotate the outfieding starting jobs daily for the remainder of the spring.
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