Bonifacio turning heads
Don’t discount Emilio Bonifacio winning the starting third base spot.
It’s no coincidence that the 23-year-old has more at-bats than any Marlin thus far in Spring Training. Right now, his numbers aren’t overwhelming .250 average in 60 ABs, and a .297 on-base percentage.
But in recent weeks, he’s been hitting the ball better, and the team is giving him every chance to develop into an every day player.
There are a couple of reasons why the club would like for him to succeed: Foremost, he is a quality defender, and secondly he has the type of speed that can change a game. Then there is the fact the Marlins traded two established players — Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham — for him. So they’d like for him to be more than a reserve.
A lineup that includes Bonifacio, Cameron Maybin and Hanley Ramirez is something the team thinks can cause havoc to opposing pitchers.
If Bonifacio is at third, Jorge Cantu will move to first base. Wes Helms would back up both spots.
– Joe Frisaro