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Bonifacio performing in Winter Ball

When Spring Training opens, touted prospect Matt Dominguez will be given every opportunity to win the Marlins’ starting third base job.

But the 21-year-old, who hasn’t played above Double-A, will have some competition.

Emilio Bonifacio likely will see a great deal of time at third base when Spring Training opens.

Since he was acquired from the Nationals for Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham after the 2008 season, the Marlins have regarded Bonifacio as an every day player. One of the fastest players in the league, the Marlins would like to maximize his game-changing speed and above average defense.

But the 25-year-old has yet to show the consistency at the plate to be a regular. Bonifacio spent time at Triple-A New Orleans, and he appeared in 73 games with the Marlins, playing six different positions — second base, third base, shortstop, center field, left field and right field.

In 2009, he opened the season as Florida’s regular third baseman, and he played the position in 86 games that year.

During the offseason, Bonifacio has been playing Winter League ball for Licey in the Dominican Republic. He’s been seeing steady time at third base. In 33 games, he’s batting .271 with a .344 on-base percentage.

A switch-hitter, Bonifacio continues to post better numbers from the left side, where he is batting .296 with a .350 on-base percentage, compared to a .222 average with a .333 on-base percentage from the right-side.

If Dominguez doesn’t win the job, there is another scenario that could play out. Bonifacio could go to second base, a more natural position for him, and Omar Infante could slide over to third base.

Infante will enter Spring Training as the starting second baseman, but Florida’s defense may shape up better with him at third and Bonifacio at second. That’s if Dominguez doesn’t claimed the third base spot.

– Joe Frisaro
  

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

The Marlins started off their 10-game road trip on a winning note, beating the Nationals, 8-2, on Tuesday night.

The lineup had a slight change on Wednesday as Donnie Murphy got the start at third base in place of Wes Helms.

Chris Volstad gets the starting nod on the mound. The Nationals are going with former Marlin, Scott Olsen.

 

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Cody Ross, CF

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Donnie Murphy, 3B

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Chris Volstad, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Friday

Cody Ross, after sitting out a few games with flu-like symptoms, is back on the starting lineup on Friday in the series opener with the Nationals.

The Marlins opened their homestand dropping two of three to the Padres.

 

 

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1) Nyjer Morgan, CF

2) Adam Kennedy, 2B

3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Ivan Rodriguez, C

7) Roger Bernadina, RF

8) Ian Desmond, SS

9) Scott Olsen, P

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Carpooling to park

The past couple of days, Matt Lindstrom has been taking Scott Olsen to the ballpark.

The reason is simple. Lindstrom, the Marlins closer who is on the disabled list, is living in the condo owned by Olsen in Aventura.

The Marlins traded Olsen, along with Josh Willingham, to the Nationals in the offseason for Emilio Bonifacio.

Olsen is keeping his South Florida place, and he worked out an arrangement for Lindstrom to live there during the season.

The two had a mixup on Monday in getting tot he ballpark. Lindstrom was supposed to take Olsen to the stadium. But because Lindstrom is on the disabled list, he went to the park early for treatment.

Olsen, who didn’t rent a car during the series, was unaware that Lindstrom was already at the stadium. He was starting that night for the Nationals. He called Lindstrom and said, “Dude, where are you?”

“I’m on a rehab schedule,” Lindstrom said. “My schedule is different than his.”

Olsen ended up calling Ricky Nolasco, who ironically was pitching against him for Florida. Nolasco lives close by, so he drove Olsen to the stadium. Olsen and Nolasco are very close friends, and they rode together for a game where they faced each other.

Lindstrom did take Olsen home after Monday’s game.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Olsen praises Marlins

Considering his inside knowledge, Scott Olsen is not surprised by Florida’s fast start.

Drafted by the Marlins in 2002, Olsen came up through the system, and now he’s seeing his former teammates emerging as a serious contender in the NL East.

“Am I surprised? No. I’m not surprised at all because of Johnson, Ricky and Volstad, and Sanchez and Miller,” Olsen said. “I know that their starters can throw.”

A reason the Marlins traded Olsen to the Nationals is because their rotation already had Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez and Andrew Miller.

Because of the rotation, Olsen feels the Marlins will be in the hunt.

“I think they’ll keep it up, too,” the left-hander said. “This is a good team from top-to-bottom. The bullpen is good. The bench is much improved over last year. I think they’re going to be in the thick of if, right until the end.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hermida hitting sixth

Saturday marked the first time this season that Jeremy Hermida hit in the second hole. It paid off as he connected on two dramatic homers. His two-run shot in the ninth sent the game to extra innings, and, his three-run drive in the 11th won it for Florida.

The reason Hermida was hitting second, manager Fredi Gonzalez said, was because he wanted to hit Ronny Paulino higher in the order. Paulino had good numbers off Nationals lefty Scott Olsen, so Gonzalez placed Paulino in the sixth spot.

That move also paid off as Paulino hit a two-run homer off Olsen in the second inning.

On Sunday, Hermida was back in his familiar sixth spot.

The lineup in the series finale with the Nationals was: Boni, Baker, Hanley, Gload, Uggla, Hermida, Ross, Amezaga (CF) and Volstad.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Ollie vs. J.J.

I know. I know. Opening Day is Monday, but I couldn’t help jump ahead to Tuesday’s pitching matchup. Josh Johnson vs. Scott Olsen. That should draw attention. Many are predicting a small crowd. They may be right, but with kids out for Spring Break down here, it would be a fun game to see.

Olsen and Johnson were drafted by the Marlins in 2002. And Olsen, now with the Nationals, was a popular Marlin from 2006-08.

In Spring Training they faced each other, and Johnson hit a double off Olsen on a fastball. J.J. can expect more sliders on Tuesday.

“He got that hit off me, with this big grin on his face,” Olsen said on Sunday. “I had a smile. I tried not to smile. I gave him a pitch where he wanted it, but he still had to hit it.”

Asked if J.J. could expect some sliders on Tuesday, Olsen said: “Probably.”

Olsen said of Johnson, “I just hope he’s not thowing 98. I can’t hit that.”

Good friends still, Olsen says it’s definitely “different being on this side. But you’ve got to go where they tell you to play. There is a reason I’m over here. Somebody wanted me.”

Olsen said he knew when the 2008 season was over that he probably was being traded.

“I would have been surprised if I was staying,” he said.

Olsen is good friends with Ricky Nolasco, and the two spent the offseason playing catch regularly at Founders Park in Aventura, a community park between their apartment buildings. Olsen plans to keep his place in Aventura.

“I have no intentions of selling it, it’s way too nice,” Olsen said.  “I’ll be around.”

As for Nolasco pitching on Opening Day, Olsen said: “I’m very happy for him. That’s something I know he really worked hard towards doing. He really takes pride in that.

– Joe Frisaro

Bonifacio turning heads

Don’t discount Emilio Bonifacio winning the starting third base spot.

It’s no coincidence that the 23-year-old has more at-bats than any Marlin thus far in Spring Training. Right now, his numbers aren’t overwhelming .250 average in 60 ABs, and a .297 on-base percentage.

But in recent weeks, he’s been hitting the ball better, and the team is giving him every chance to develop into an every day player.

There are a couple of reasons why the club would like for him to succeed: Foremost, he is a quality defender, and secondly he has the type of speed that can change a game. Then there is the fact the Marlins traded two established players — Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham — for him. So they’d like for him to be more than a reserve.

A lineup that includes Bonifacio, Cameron Maybin and Hanley Ramirez is something the team thinks can cause havoc to opposing pitchers.

If Bonifacio is at third, Jorge Cantu will move to first base. Wes Helms would back up both spots.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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