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White Sox claim De Aza

With so many outfield prospects in their system, Alejandro De Aza got caught in a numbers game.

The Marlins didn’t have a priority to retain the 25-year-old, who now will be getting an opportunity to play elsewhere.

The White Sox on Wednesday claimed De Aza off waivers.

At Triple-A New Orleans, De Aza batted .300 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs. He also appeared in 22 games for the Marlins, and he had 20 at-bats, batting .250 with a double and three RBIs.

Injuries hurt De Aza in recent years.

De Aza won the starting center field job in Spring Training of 2007, but early in the season he suffered an ankle injury that limited him to 45 games that year. He missed all of 2008 due to injury.

The Marlins are projecting Cameron Maybin will be their Opening Day center fielder. The team also has Rookie of the Year candidate Chris Coghlan in left field.

The Marlins also have outfield prospects John Raynor, Scott Cousins, Jai Miller and Bryan Petersen, who is in the Arizona Fall League.

Florida’s top prospect is outfielder Michael Stanton, a 19-year-old also getting some extra work this fall in Arizona.

– Joe Frisaro

Stanton promoted to Double-A

Michael Stanton is on the fast track.

The Marlins are promoting the 19-year-old outfielder from Class A Jupiter to Double-A Jacksonville. Stanton’s first game in Double-A will be on Friday.

At Jupiter, the power-hitting right fielder appeared in 50 games. In 180 at-bats, he was hitting .294 with 12 home runs and 39 RBIs.

Stanton, a second round pick in 2007, is regarded as one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

– Joe Frisaro

No rushing Stanton

Not since Miguel Cabrera was moving rapidly through the Marlins system has the organization has a prospect who has created as much attention as outfielder Michael Stanton.

The 19-year-old from California is starting to compile impressive numbers at Class A Jupiter. Through 22 games, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is hitting .289 with five home runs, 15 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .518.

With his immense talent, it could be tempting to push him fast through the system. In 2003, Cabrera reached the big leagues at age 20, with less than a half season of Double-A ball under his belt.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said there is no timetable to speed Stanton through the system. Whenever Jim Fleming, the team’s vice president of player develpment and scouting, makes a recommendation, the team will then decide.

A year ago, slugger Logan Morrison spent a full season at Class A Jupiter, and now he is at Double-A Jacksonville.

“There is no magic formula,” Beinfest said. “When Jim makes a recommendation that it’s time for him to go, and he thinks [Stanton] has done everything he needs to do in A-Ball, then he will be moved.

“It’s early still. This guy has barely played a month. We’ll make sure he is comfortable, and confident, and doing the things he needs to do. You just know when it’s the right time to move somebody. Morrison last year stayed in Jupiter all year. That’s not detrimental to his progress either.”

Morrison right now is recovering from a fracture to his right thumb, and he just started resumming activities.

“They are all different. They shouldn’t be looked upon as, ‘This guy stayed in A-Ball longer or shorter amount of time.’ “

– Joe Frisaro

Camping out Saturday

The final day of Spring Training in a nutshell:

* Tied 1-1 with Toronto. 2:05 time of game.

* Marlins finished Spring Training with a 12-19-2 Grapefruit League record.

* Matt Lindstrom threw an inning in a Minor League game, and he will be on the Opening Day roster. The only drawback for Lindstrom, who has nursed a strained right rotator cuff, is he won’t be used in back-to-back games, at least early in the year. Lindstrom also isn’t expected to pitch more than one inning in his role as closer.

* Prospect Michael Stanton, who will be at Class A Jupiter, was 1-for-2 with a single and walk on Saturday. Matt Dominguez also got in the game. Both will be in Jupiter.

* Anibal Sanchez gave up no runs on two hits in three innings.

* Dan Uggla got in a pinch-hit. Uggla has been bothered by a tight left calf. He will be ready for Monday.

* Alfredo Amezaga, sprained left knee, did some running from first-to-third on Saturday. He also hit in the cage. He will open on the DL, and should miss seven to 10 days.

* Emilio Bonifacio finished Grapefruit League play with 86 at-bats, the most on the Marlins and one of the highest of any player in the league.

* Cameron Maybin turned 22 on Saturday.

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins first cuts

The Marlins made their first significant roster moves on Friday morning.

Veteran outfielder Jay Gibbons was released, ending his quest to hook on with the club after he last played in the big leagues in 2007.

Assigned to Minor League camp are: RHP Michael Wood, RHP Jose Ceda, C Miguel Fermin, C Kyle Skipworth, 3B Matt Dominguez and OF Michael Stanton.

The team also optioned OF Jai Miller to Triple-A New Orleans.

– Joe Frisaro

Stanton dominates scrimmage

Any doubts that Michael Stanton is the real deal were erased in Monday’s intrasquad scrimmage on field two behind Roger Dean Stadium.

The 19-year-old outfield prospect crushed two tape-measured home runs. He took lefties Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer deep on shots that may have combined to measure 1,000-feet.

Stanton also had a chopped single that he tried to stretch to a double. He was called out sliding into second in a scrimmage with no umpires. The view from the bleachers looked like he was safe.

Pinto was impressed by Stanton’s strength.

“I’ve never seen a ball hit like that, never,” said Pinto, who hung a changeup. “It was like two seconds and it was out.”

Pinto struggled in his first game experience, but after he missed about a week with a stomach virus, he should be back on the mound on Wednesday.

Other notable moments in the scrimmage:

* John Lindsey and Miguel Fermin also went deep.

* Chris Volstad threw three innings, and he is in line to next start on Friday.

* Matt Dominguez had a double and single.

* Emilio Bonifacio had a couple of singles.

* Logan Morrison slapped an RBI double.

– Joe Frisaro

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