2012 Archives http://marlinsbigcatch.com/table/2012-articles/june/ Tue, 23 May 2017 20:37:14 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Marlins Win, Tie Last June's Win Total http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/tie-last-junes-win-total.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/tie-last-junes-win-total.html With the Marlins 9-0 win today over the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami ends a six game losing streak and tie their win total from last June.  It is quite amazing the turnaround the Marlins have gone threw in a matter of weeks.  The Marlins were the best team in the big leagues in May, then the calender turned to June and just like last year the Fish have fallen on their faces and have been playing like on of the worst teams in Major League Baseball history.  Last year the Marlins finished off June with only 5 wins in the month, and this year with 5 games to go the Marlins are 5-16.

The Marlins offense had been hit or miss the first two games of the year, and while the Marlins have scored 30 runs in the last seven games, they averaged 1.73 runs per game in the previous 15.  Couple that with the fact that the two factors that really carried the Marlins in the first two months of their year (their starting pitching and base running) has been just as bad as their hitting this month.  With the exception of Heath Bell and Josh Johnson, no pitcher on the Marlins roster who has pitched more than 3 innings this month  has an ERA under 5.  Buehrle, Zambrano, Anibal and Nolasco were all dominant with ERAs in no higher than the 3.40 for most of April and May, but this month going into Sunday Anibal has a 8.06 ERA, Buehrle is at 5.48, Nolasco is at 7.66, and Zambrano is at 7.94.  The only good starter has been Josh Johnson, who after a slow start is just now hitting his stride.  In June JJ is 1-2 with a 2.18 ERA with 20 strike outs.

The Marlins were also the top base stealing team in the big leagues through the first two months of the season.  A large part of that had to do with Emilo Bonifacio, who was a base stealing machine before getting hurt, but with him out of the lineup the Marlins have turned into an average base running team.  This month the Marlins have a total of six stolen bases and have been caught stealing three times (all three times by Justin Ruggiano).  Of course a big part of the Marlins in ability to steal bases has to do with the team's inability to get on base.

In the month of June the Marlins have a total of four players hitting over .260 including pitcher Carlos Zambrano who is 2 for 4.  Jose Reyes is the only everyday player who is hitting consistently at .284, with the other two players being Justin Ruggiano (batting .359 in 39 at basts) and Donovan Solano (batting .320 in 25 at bats).  However in the last week the Marlins seem to have turned things around a bit scoring 30 runs in the last seven games and getting back to back quality starts from Johnson and Buehrle.  The Marlins have seen improvement from the plate in the last week with Omar Infante who after some major stuggles to start the month batting hit .400 , Dobbs has several big hits Sunday and is batting .286, and Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton both hitting a pair of home runs.

The one real good story to come from the Marlins this month has to be Justin Ruggiano, who like Donovan Solano, has proven to be a very valuable and productive player.  At about this time Ruggiano was playing in Triple-A in the Astros organization, then the Marlins decided they needed help in the outfield after Bonifacio went down so they traded for him.  Since joining the Marlins, Justin Ruggiano has had 40 major league at bats and he is hitting .350 with two home runs, six RBI, two double, a triple, and has made some outstanding defensive plays.  No doubt that if he keeps this up he will stay in the on the big league roster when Bonifacio is ready to return after the All-Star break.  With Ruggiano, Solano, Kearns, and Dobbs the Marlins will have one of the top benches in the major leagues, which will be a huge asset if the team can turn this season around.

After Hanley Ramirez called a team meeting after Saturday's loss, the Marlins played inspired on Sunday to get the 9-0 win.  Hopefully that inspired play will continue Monday as the team starts a three game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Monday 7:10pm at Marlins Park- Ricky Nolasco (6-6) vs Jake Westbrook (6-6)
  • Tuesday 7:10pm at Marlins Park- Carlos Zambrano (4-5) vs Kyle Loshe (6-2)
  • Wednesday 7:10pm at Marlins Park- Anibal Sanchez (3-6) vs Joe Kelly (1-0)
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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) June Sat, 23 Jun 2012 20:57:17 +0000
Marlins' June Struggles Continue http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/june-struggles-continue.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/june-struggles-continue.html After one of the worst Junes in MLB history in 2011, the Marlins were hoping not see a repeat performance of that 5 win month once again this year, and while the month got off to a good start it has quickly reverted back to the team that played in June of 2012.  The Marlins started the month by going 2-1 in Philadelphia and taking a share of first place in the NL East, the Marlins have come home and laid an egg at Marlins Park.  First the team got swept by Atlanta in a series where the Marlins were out scored 21-3 and followed it up by getting again being swept in dominant fashion by the in state rival Rays.

The Marlins did struggle to open the season in April, their struggles then could be attributed to players getting off to slow starts at the plate and Heath Bell's early struggles.  The last six games, with the exception of one good start by Josh Johnson against the Braves, it has been a complete failure for the Marlins.  They have not had good starting pitching, they have not hit well with runners in scoring position, and they just can't score.  In 5 of the 6 games Marlins starters have given up an average of 4.6 runs while the offense is just scoring 1.67 runs per game.  In total in the home stand the Marlins thus far have been outscored 45-10, they are 5 for 50 with RISP, and Hanley Ramirez is 1-18 in six games.

The Marlins have made a few roster moves the last few days.  First they optioned Dan Jennings down to Triple-A and have called up RHP Sandy Rosario.  After a couple of poor starts the Marlins needed fresh arms for their bullpen and Rosario has worked in both the games the Marlins have played since being promoted.  The Marlins also called up Gaby Sanchez on Sunday, where he also started, and sent Donnie Murphy back down.  In 19 games in New Orleans Gaby hit .310 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI.  He said that during his time in Triple-A he "Figured out a couple little things. Nothing too major. It was just going down there and playing, getting repetition."  In his first game back he got an RBI double off of James Sheild in the 7th to score the Marlins first run.

The Marlins now finish off their 9 game home stand with three games against the Boston Red Sox.

  • Monday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Josh Johnson (3-4) vs. Josh Beckett (4-6)
  • Tuesday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Mark Buehrle (5-6) vs. Clay Buchholz (6-3)
  • Wednesday 7:10 at Marlins Park:  Ricky Nolasco (6-4) vs Felix Doubront (6-3)
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2012 Miami Marlins MLB Draft http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/2012-miami-marlins-mlb-draft.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/2012-miami-marlins-mlb-draft.html 1st Round
14th Pick- LHP Andrew Heaney, L/L 6'02" 174lbs from Oklahoma State

  • 2012_DraftWhat Baseball America Says-- "Scouts have raved about Heaney's quick arm and clean, effortless delivery since he was at Putnam City (Okla.) High. He beat Marlins first-rounder Chad James in a head-to-head matchup as a senior in 2009 and would have gone higher than the 24th round to the Rays had he not been intent on attending Oklahoma State. Heaney has led the Cowboys in wins in each of his three college seasons and has seen his stuff improve as a junior this spring. The 6-foot-2, 174-pounder has added 2-3 mph and touches 95 mph. He's not afraid to pitch inside with his heater and can spot it to both sides of the plate. Heaney's three-quarters breaking ball and his changeup are both solid pitches that play up because of his plus command. He not only throws strikes but also generates swings and misses, and in mid-May he trailed only projected Duke first-rounder Marcus Stroman in the NCAA Division I strikeout race. In a down year for left-handed pitching, Heaney is clearly the best college southpaw available and should go off the board in the middle of the first round."

3rd Round
104th Pick- SS Avery Romero, R/R 5'11" 195lbs from Pedro Menendez HS, FL

  • "A shortstop in high school, most believe Romero will have to move to another position at the next level because he lacks the quickness to stay at short. He is not without defensive skills, though, with an outstanding arm and decent hands. How a team projects his bat might determine his defensive home as well as where he goes in the Draft. Those who see above-average power might put him at third and take him early. Or he could be more of an offensive-minded second baseman who hits for average and a little pop."

127th Pick- CF Kolby Copeland, L/R 6'0" 190lbs from Parkway HS, LA

  • "One of the areas of depth in this Draft class appears to be in high school position players. Case in point is Copeland, a Louisiana prepster who was getting more buzz as the Draft approached The outfielder has tools that are somewhat comparable to first-round candidate Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins has more raw power, but some think Copeland is a better pure hitter. He runs well and has solid arm and fielding tools to with his considerable offensive potential. A quarterback who earned honorable mention all-state, Copeland was drawing some decision-makers to see him play as the spring wore on. He could continue shooting up boards until June."

4th Round137th Pick- OF Austin Dean, R/R 6'01" 190lbs from Klien Collins HS, TX

  • "He may not be Exhibit A in a how-to video on batting stances and approaches, but Dean's ability to punish a baseball is the main reason he's in the Top 100. Dean has quick hands and strength, which leads to above-average raw power. He does it with an unorthodox swing and there are, as a result, some holes, but when he makes contact, it's hard. He goes all-out at all times, which allows him to use his solid average speed well. He's likely limited to first base or maybe left field at the next level because of fringy defensive tools. His size, bat speed and power potential lead to a Jonny Gomes comparison and the team that takes him will hope he lives up to that billing."

5th Round167th Pick- SS Austin Nola, R/R 6'00" 185lbs from LSU

6th Round197th Pick-  SS Anthony Gomez, R/R 6'00" 185lbs from Vanderbilt

7th Round
227th Pick- RHP Ryan Newell, R/R 6'02" from Shorter University in GA

8th Round
257th Pick- RHP Drew Steckenrider, R/R 6'05" 215lbs from University of Tennessee

9th Round
287th Pick- RHP Nicholas Wittgen, R/R 6'03" 210lbs from Purdue

10th Round
317th Pick- 3B Ron Miller, R/R 5'11" 205lbs from Junipero Serra HS, CA

11th Round
347th Pick- RHP Matthew Milroy, L/R 6'02" 185lbs from University of Illinois

12th Round
377th Pick- SS Christian Rivera, R/R 5'10" 165lbs from Escuela Nueva Superior Vocacional de Loiza

13th Round
407th Pick- RHP Logan Blake, R/R 5'10" 225lbs from Eastern Oklahoma State JC, OK

14th Round
437th Pick- C Michael Vauhgn, R/R 6'02" 190lbs from Fresno Pacific University

15th Round
467th Pick- OF Cody Keefer, L/R 6'01" 185lbs from UCLA

16th Round
497th Pick- RHP Brian Ellington, R/R 6'04" 200lbs from University of West Florida

17th Round
527th Pick- OF Garrett Keene, R/R 6'04" 190lbs from Brookhaven Academy, MS

18th Round
557th Pick- LHP Patrick Merkling, L/L 6'01" 193lbs from Lee University

19th Round
587th Pick- 3B Cody Gunter, L/R 6'03" 195lbs from Flower Mound HS, TX

20th Round
617th Pick- RHP Jordan Hillyer, R/R 6'02" 195lbs from Hebron Christian Academy, GA

21st Round
647th Round- LHP Hayden Fox, R/L 6'04" 200lbs from Oakland University

22nd Round
677th round- RHP Robert Ravago, R/R 6'01" from Arizona State

23rd Round
707th Pick- OF Cameron Flynn, L/R 6'00" 195lbs from University Of Kentucky

24th Round
737th Pick- 3B Matt Juengel, R/R 6'02" 185lbs from Texas A&M

25th Round
767th Pick- RHP Dane Stone, R/R 6'07" 225lbs from St. Thomas University

26th Round
797th Pick- RHP Colton Grant, R/R 6'04" 215lbs from Appalachian State

27th Round
827th Pick- RHP Justin Jackson, R/R 6'04" 201lbs from Sam Houston State

28th Round
857th Pick- RHP Casey McCarthy, R/R 6'04" 215lbs from Cal State - San Bernardino

29th Round
887th Round- RHP Blake Barnes, R/R 6'01" 186lbs from Oaklahoma State

30th Round
917th Round- C David Cruz, R/R 6'00" 201lbs 

31st Round
947th Pick- SS Lucas Hunter, R/R 5'11" 160lbs from Central Catholic HS, OR

32nd Round
977th Pick- RHP Ty Williams, R/R 6'02" 195lbs from Sulphur HS, OK

33rd Round
1007th Pick- RHP Steven Weber, R/R 6'07" 210lbs from Eastern Michigan University

34th Round
1037th Pick- 3B Patrick Clasussen, L/R 5'11" 190lbs from Washington State University

35th Round
1067th Round- CF Chad Christensen, R/R 6'03" 190lbs frim Nebraska

36th Round
1097th Pick- RHP Kendall Graveman, R/R 6'02" 185lbs from Mississippi State

37th Round
1127th Pick- OF Edward Sappelt, S/R 5'11" 175lbs from Southern Alamance HS, NC

38th Round
1157th Pick- LHP Michael Smith, L/L 6'02" 195lbs from Cumberland University

39th Round
1187th Pick- C Marcus Greene, R/R 5'11" 195lbs from Vista Del Lago HS, CA

40th Round
1217th Pick- SS Alex Polston, R/R 5'11" 175lbs from Carl Albert HS, OK
 

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bcastaldo2000@gmail.com (BC Castaldo) June Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:11:01 +0000
Small Fish: News and Notes for 6/5/12 http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/small-fish-news-and-notes-for-6512.html http://marlinsbigcatch.com/2012-articles/june/small-fish-news-and-notes-for-6512.html
  • Giancarlo Staton was named the National League Player of the Month fir May, and deservinly so.  Stanton in May with 12 home runs and 30 RBI with a .343 batting average, .432 OBP, .769 slugging percentage and 1.201 OPS.    It was statistcly the best month long performance by a big player under 23 years old since Joe DiMaggio hit .430 with 15 home runs, and 43 RBI in July of 1937.
  • With the 9th overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Draft the Miami Marlins selected Andrew Heaney from Oklahima State.  He is a 6-2 174lbs left handed pitcher who throws a fastball, slider and changeup.  Heaney was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year this past year after going 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA.  He actually has six compleate games and had 140 strike outs in 118 1/3 innings despite not really being able to light up the radar gun.  He was said to be the 2nd best pitcher prospect coming out of college and early predictions say that he could be major league ready by 2014.
  • Gaby Sanchez continues to play well in New Orleans.  In 16 games he id batting .292 (14 for 48) with two home runs, six RBI, and six runs.  He still is striking out a bit more than usual with 11 strike outs and 13 walks.  There has been no time table for when he will return to the Marlins.
  • Latest All-Star Vote numbers are in.  Jose Reyes is in 4th place for NL short stops behind #3 Starlin Castro, #2 Rafael Furcal, and 425,682 votes behind leader Troy Tulowitzki.  Also Omar Infante is in 3rd place for NL second basemen behind #2 Brandon Philips and 512,049 votes behind leader Dan Uggla.  While it is understandable for Jose Reyes to not be a starter after the start he got off to, but Omar Infante has been the best second basemen in the National League since day one of this season and he should be the a starter at the All-Star game so get out the vote and send your Marlins players to Kanas City.
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