So far, the Marlins haven’t been doing half bad in the Grapefruit League. With a no-hitter against the Yankees by a combination of pitches by Brad Hand, Steve Cishek, AJ Ramos, and Arquimedes Camineros, the Marlins are beginning to resurrect themselves from last years brutal, “near death” season. Right now, the Marlins even have the lowest team ERA in spring training.
Along with the no-hitter, many of the Marlins are thriving during spring training. The biggest surprise so far has come from right-handed pitcher, Tom Koehler. He is three years older than lefty pitcher Brad Hand, who has also caught some attention, but Koehler has been unexpectedly impressive.
He has only allowed one run and seven hits over 12 spring training innings, and he has had 11 strikeouts. Needless to say, Koehler will be one to watch during the season.
Another surprise has come in the form of veteran Reed Johnson. This 37-year old might be a bit more mature than most of the Marlins players, but he is holding his own amongst the fresh faced prospects.
He is batting .438 after getting five hits against the Mets two weeks ago. Johnson will most likely be used as a pinch-hitter for the Marlins if he makes the club.
We’re keeping our eyes open and are seeing some promise for this season. Let’s hope the Marlins are heading for a revival. Just keep swimming Marlins!!