West's side story

His attitude is certainly right, but his timing may not be.

Prospect Sean West, an imposing 6-foot-8 left-hander, is in camp to make the team. The Marlins clearly envision him as a big part of their future. Whether he fits into the present has yet to be determined.

One of Florida’s five first-round picks in 2005, West had some injury setbacks that have delayed his progress. In 2007, he missed the whole season due to left shoulder surgery. Last year, he battled with a blister problem to his left middle finger. The blister limited him to 21 games, with 20 starts, and 100 2/3 innings at Class A Jupiter.

He has 270 1/3 total Minor League innings, and the team is leaning towards giving him a full season at Double-A. Still, the 22-year-old wants to make a case for himself these next few weeks. Now 22-years-old, he has added confidence after performing well in the Arizona Fall League.

“I think I’ve faced the best hitters that there are to face in the Minor Leagues when I was in the Fall League,” West said. “I can compete with those guys. I’m anxious for [the Marlins] to throw me in there. I’m here to win a job, and make their decision as hard as possible. I’m not going to go out quietly, that’s for sure.”

— Joe Frisaro

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