Prospects excel vs. Italy
With little fanfare, the Marlins played a B Game scrimmage against Team Italy on Field 2 of the Roger Dean Stadium complex on Sunday morning.
The hitting coach for the Italian Team is Mike Piazza, the former All-Star catcher and likely future Hall of Famer.
The scrimmage was a good chance for a number of Marlins prospects to get some game action. In the victory for Florida, right-hander Omar Poveda tossed two innings, giving up one run. It was his first game action since he underwent Tommy John surgery.
Poveda was obtained from the Rangers as part of the Jorge Cantu trade last July.
The right-hander showed a good changeup, and his fastball had some movement. It was an encouraging first trip back to the mound. Poveda is expected to open the season in Double-A, and then move up to Triple-A, .
A starting pitcher, he could be a candidate later in the season if the Marlins have a need for a long reliever or emergency starter.
Also in the scrimmage, Kyle Skipworth and Josh Kroeger each homered.
— Joe Frisaro
(photo by Amy Glanzman)