Makings of a wild Spring Training

MIAMI — A suggestion to Marlins catchers — hydrate before Spring Training begins, and pay particularly close attention during blocking drills.

Spring Training has the potential to be a wild one for Miami’s backstops.

The Marlins have actively added some live arms this offseason, especially to their bullpen. Power arms is clearly the trend throughout the game. Miami now has a number of hard-throwers, equipped with 99-100 mph fastballs. The downside is these hard throwers occasionally miss their targets. When doing so, they are prone to throwing wild pitches.

Carlos Marmol is the latest to join the list. The Marlins reached agreement on a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the right-hander on Thursday, who is scheduled to be in Miami to take his physical on Friday.

Marmol has electric stuff, when it is over the plate. Last year, when he pitched for the Cubs and Dodgers, he threw five wild pitches in 49 innings.

Marmol is not alone on having a wild side. Carter Capps, acquired from Seattle for Logan Morrison, registered five wild pitches in 59 big league innings last year. Capps also has reached 100 mph.

Then there is non-roster invitee, Henry Rodriguez, who boasts a 100 mph fastball. Rodriguez had two wild pitches in 22 innings last year, and 36 in 148 MLB games.

If the Marlins can harness the command of these power arms, watch out. In the meantime, catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis need to be ready for a busy Spring Training.

Ryan Webb, now with the Orioles, paced the Marlins’ relievers in wild pitches last year with four. They came over 80 1/3 innings.

Here is a closer look at some of the relievers who will be Spring Training with the Marlins.

Wild pitches in 2013

Carter Capps: 5 (59 innings pitched)
Henry Rodriguez: 2 (22 IP, 20 walks)
Carlos Marmol: 5 (49 IP, 40 BBs)
Chaz Roe: 1 (22 1/3 IP, 13 BBs)
Dan Jennings: 3 (40 2/3 IP, 16 BBs)

Joe Frisaro

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