20 Runs needed to Halt Spring Slide

A Marlins splite squad exploded for 20 runs on 23 hits beating Houston 20-14. Ramon Castro hit two home runs. Craig Counsel a home run w RBI and 4 runs scored. Ryan Dempster, Joe Fontenot, and Armando Almanza allowed 14 runs. Almanza has now allowed 10 runs in 1 inning pitched this year. The other split squad lost to Kansas City 7-5 in 7 innings.

Dunwoody Streak Goes On

Todd Dunwoddy continued his hitting streak going 3-4 with 2 home runs, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs scored in a 9-5 split squad victory over Montreal. In the other split squad game, Kansas City hit 5 homeruns, 3 off Minor Leaguer Bobby Rodgers to beat the Marlins 13-6. Once more, the Marlins’ minor leaguer pitchers failed to perform. Alex Gonazalez hit a home run in the ninth inning.

Hitters Wiff as Marlins Continue Spring Losses

Another loss for the Grapefruit Leage Marlins. This time, 5-3 to the Dodgers. Major Leaguers Kotsay, Gonzalez, Floyd, Wilson and Counsel combined 0-11. Derrek Lee went 2-2 with a run. Dennis Springer pitched three shutout innings. His competitor for the 5th spot in the pitching rotation, Dario Perez, allowed three runs on seven hits in two innings.

Marlins Continue to Lose in Spring Games

In an early and concerning trend, the Marlins have lost their third game in a row, this time to Kansas City, 8-4. The Marlins have now allowed 22 runs in the past three games. John Roskos hit a home run and Joe Fontenot took the loss.

Marlins Lose Spring Bout with Orioles

The Marlins lost their second in-a-row, 8-1, to the Baltimore Orioles in Fort Lauderdale. Major Leaguers such as Jesus Sanchez, Brian Edmondson, and Rob Stanifer all pitched well allowing 2 hits in 6 innings. It was minor leaguer Armando Almanza who allowed 5 runs without retiring a single batter. He walked the bases loaded and walked in 2 runs and allowed 2 hits. Offensivly, Todd Dunwoody continued his strong hitting going 3-4.

Marlins Defeat Rays in First Spring Training Game

In their first Major League spring training game, the Marlins have defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-1. Alex Fernandez pitched his first game since the 1997 NLCS and held the Devil Rays scoreless in his two innings. The Marlins starting lineup was composed of most of the projected starting lineup. Dennis Springer, competing for the 5th spot in the pitching rotation, earned the win by pitcing two scoreless innings. Matt Mantei struck out the side in the ninth innings. The young exciting prospects in the Marlins’ organization dominated the game. Alex Gonzalez, Preston Wilson, and Ramon Castro each had triples. Pablo Ozuna, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, was 1-1 with 2 RBIs.

Marlins Beat UM 12-3

The Marlins have defeated the University of Miami 12-3 in their first spring training game. Kevin Millar hit a 4-run home run in the 8th inning. Guillermo Garcia, a catcher aquired from the Reds this winter, had two doubles, four RBIs, and three runs scored. Dario Perez, fighting for the 5th spot in the rotation, threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. A.J. Burnett earned the victory with four strikeouts in two innings.

Excellent Prognosis for Lowell

Mike Lowell’s prognosis is excellent according to the Florida Marlins. Lowell, 24, will receive a short course of radiation. He is expected to return sometime during the 1999 season, but it is a case-by-case situation, and there is no time frame for his return.

Mike Lowell Diagnosed with Cancer

Difficult news coming out of Viera as the Marlins open Spring Training. Newly acquired Mike Lowell has undergone surgery for testicular cancer. The Marlins have yet to release an official statement. It is still unclear at what stage the cancer was, how Lowell is doing, and what impact this will have on this season.

Marlins Complete 1-Year Deals

The Florida Marlins announced Wednesday they have agreed to terms with pitchers Armando Almanza and Joe Fontenot, infielder Nate Rolison and catcher Guillermo Garcia on one-year contracts for the 1999 season. Terms of the deals were undisclosed.

Marlins Acquire Mike Lowell

After a year of courting, the Marlins finally acquired 3B Mike Lowell from the New York Yankees. In exchange, the Marlins paid a heavy price by sending Eddie Yarnell, Mark Johnson, and Todd Noel. All three are pitchers.

Yarnell, a left from Coral Springs, was originally acquired in the Piazza trade from the Mets. Johnson was acquired in the Alou trade and Noel was acquired in the Felix Heredia trade. Lowell is a power hitting third baseman, considered the top prospect in the Yankees organization. He was the key name circulated when the Yankees tried to acquire Randy Johnson (Lowell was then supposed to be traded to the Marlins for Louis Castillo), but that fell through. Lowell spent most of last season in AAA where he hit .304 with 26 homers and 99 RBIs. He had 15 at bats for the major league team and he had 4 hits. The 24 year old right handed hitter will wear number 28 and live in Coral Gables, where he grew up. He was a college All-American at Florida International University.

Lowell will be given the opportunity to win the starting job from Kevin Orie.

19 Players Invited to Spring Training

The Marlins have invited 19 players to spring training as non-roster invitees. The 19 are: Hector Almonte (P), Bruce Aven (OF), Fletcher Bates (OF), Chris Clapinski (IF), Archie Corbin (P), Benji Gil (SS), Lionel Hastings (C), Tim Hyers (IF), Kevin Millar (IF), Chris Norton (C), Pablo Ozuna (SS), Dario Perez (P), Ryan Robertson (C), Bobby Rodgers (P), John Roskos (C), Dennis Springer (P), Rob Stanifer (P), Darond Stovall (OF), and Ed Yarnall (P). The first full squad work-out is scheduled for February 26. The Marlins expect 58 players in camp.