Emphasis on bunting about to begin
JUPITER, Fla. — When you lose as many one-run games as the Marlins did last season, you recognize the importance of the little things.
Something as simple as pitchers being able to execute a sacrifice bunt is being worked on in Spring Training.
“They understand we lost a lot of one-run games,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We need to get better. We need to get on the other side of those one-run games.”
The first few days of Spring Training are typically reserved for working the fundamentals.
New third base coach, Brett Butler, was known as one of the better bunters of his generation. He is working with the pitchers on bunting.
Pitchers and catchers also are getting their fielding work done on the back fields of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
The Marlins have 36 pitchers in camp, but for now, two are missing. Relievers Henry Rodriguez and Jesus Sanchez have yet to report because they are dealing with visa issues getting into the country. It’s unclear when they will arrive.
Organizational meetings: Monday’s workouts ended about noon because of organization meetings.
All 125 people in the baseball operations department were brought to Jupiter for a couple of days of meetings. Many are scouts who are dispersed across the country, and they don’t get a chance to look at the big league club.
So meetings were set for Monday and Tuesday.
Rotation spots: Jacob Turner and Tom Koehler are experienced candidates to win the fourth and fifth rotation spots. Of the two, Turner’s spot seems more secure. The right-hander is out of options, which weighs in his favor.
Turner threw off the mound on Monday to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Koehler also threw off the mound.
So did a couple of other candidates, including Brad Hand (also out of options), Brian Flynn, Andrew Heaney and Adam Conley.
– Joe Frisaro