Yelich standing out early in camp
JUPITER, Fla. — It’s only been a couple of days, but it’s not too soon to detect that Christian Yelich came into camp ready to swing the bat.
The 22-year-old left fielder has impressed with his overall approach, and his swing ranks up there with anyone on the team.
Yelich has been spraying line drives all over the field, and handling pitches in every part of the zone.
He’s also working on his short-game. Around 8:30 a.m. ET, Yelich was part of a group working on bunting. Third base coach Brett Butler is conducting the drills before practice gets going.
Yelich, Donovan Solano, Rafael Furcal and Adeiny Hechavarria were in the bunting group.
Jones shows plenty of power: Garrett Jones was belting batting practice pitches onto the street, well beyond the right field fence on the back field on Friday. The 32-year-old first baseman is known for having great natural power. A left-handed hitter, Jones was getting his BP looks off Butler, who throws from the left side.
More protein: Marcell Ozuna also was crushing pitches well over the fence in left field on Friday. The 23-year-old, who is the frontrunner to be the center fielder, is recovered from surgery to his left thumb. He keeps the thumb wrapped under his batting glove.
Ozuna is known for being energetic and fun-loving on the field. He was in a hitting group with Reed Johnson. When Johnson drove the ball to the warning track, Ozuna quipped: “More protein.”
* Steve Cishek threw off the mound for eight minutes on Friday, and the closer is easing back to full workouts. Cishek has been dealing with a stiff neck the past few days. It caused him to miss two bullpen sessions. He had hoped to play catch on Thursday, but it was pushed back a day.
* Infielder Juan Diaz officially joined the team on Friday, a day after the first full-squad workout. Diaz was delayed one day due to a visa issue. There are still two relief pitchers who have yet to report due to visa holdups – Henry Rodriguez and Jesus Sanchez. There still is no definitive time set for their arrival.
* The Marlins open their exhibition schedule against the University of Miami on Wednesday. The starting pitcher is expected to be named perhaps as early as Saturday.
* With 36 pitchers on the roster, the Marlins are looking to get enough innings for all. So the team has worked out a B Game against the Mets on March 10. The club is hopeful of another B Game in early March.
Full-squad workouts begin at 10 a.m. ET and run until roughly 1 p.m.
– Joe Frisaro