MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has displayed stellar defense this year. Lately, he's been showing some consistency on offense, too.
Hechavarria, 24, takes a 10-game hitting streak into Miami's series opener Friday against Washington. He was batting .436 (17-for-39) over his first 10 games in July.
He had a total of 22 hits in June when he batted .234 in 25 games.
"We've all said this is a kid who's going to hit,'' manager Mike Redmond said. "Now he's finally proving it.''
The key, of course, is for Hechavarria to keep it going. He is batting .234 on the season, but he was hitting just .203 when the month of July started.
Hechavarria has been spending extra time working with batting coach Tino Martinez.
"I've been applying what he has been teaching me,'' Hechavarria said through a translator. "I have been working on staying closed and driving the ball to right field.''
He batted .184 in April and .182 in May. Last year with Toronto, he batted .254 in 41 games. He was traded to Miami in the 12-player trade in November. He and right-hander Henderson Alvarez were considered the key players Miami received.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Nationals (Stephen Strasburg, 5-6, 2.45) at Marlins (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0, 2.55)
--3B Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the June draft, agreed to terms with the Marlins on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The former University of North Carolina standout had been offered the slot value for that pick: $3.5 million. The deadline for teams to sign draft picks is Friday at 5 p.m. ET.
--SS Adeiny Hechavarria extended his hit streak to 10 games Wednesday, matching his career high. He is hitting .436 during that span. Defensively, he had just four errors in his first 77 games but has three in the past 12.
--RHP Nathan Eovaldi will be facing the Nationals for the first time when he takes the mound Friday. He has pitched at least six innings in seven straight starts, giving the Marlins good length. In seven career starts at Marlins Park, he is just 1-4 despite a stellar ERA of 2.34.
--RHP Jacob Turner had lost in his only appearance against the Braves, but he redeemed himself Wednesday by allowing just two runs in seven innings. Turner, who started the season in the minors, has emerged as a standout with a 2.33 ERA. He has been particularly good at home, going 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA over seven career starts. He also hit his first career triple.
--3B Placido Polanco had three RBIs on Wednesday against the Braves, the most he has had since he got four on June 10, 2011. At $2.75 million, he is the highest-paid player on the Marlins' roster. That means that the highest-paid Marlin makes less than the major league average salary of $3.25 million. Polanco also makes less than the $4 million the Marlins are paying Arizona closer Heath Bell this season and next. Picking up that $8 million combined was the only way the Marlins could avoid paying Bell the $20 million he is owed through 2014. As for Polanco, the Marlins would likely trade him if they could find a taker.
--OF Justin Ruggiano, who has hit 12 homers this season -- all on the road -- is reportedly being pursued by the Yankees and Red Sox in trades. Ruggiano's power off the bench would be a valuable commodity for teams in contention. He will be eligible for a pay increase through salary arbitration, and that's something the tight-fisted Marlins usually try to avoid.
--1B Greg Dobbs is being pursued in trades by teams looking for a left-handed pinch hitter. RHPs Ryan Webb and Chad Qualls are also being sought by teams who need bullpen help. Qualls and Dobbs are eligible for free agency after the season. Webb will be eligible for a pay increase through salary arbitration.
--CF Marcell Ozuna has eight assists, third in the league behind Arizona's Gerardo Parra and Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, who each have nine. Ozuna credits Hall of Famer Andre Dawson with helping him with his footwork and former Marlins reliever Jon Rauch for teaching him the right grip to promote accuracy in his throws. Ozuna also said a minor league coach helped him by stressing the fundamentals -- such as hitting the cutoff man.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I was joking with (Jacob Turner) in the dugout after the triple. I was afraid I was going to have to take him out of the game because usually, in my experience, those guys go out and have to run around a little, they get tired really quickly." -- Manager Mike Redmond, after his team's 6-2 win over Atlanta.
MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - ROSTER REPORT
--1B Casey Kotchman (left oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 9.
--CF Chris Coghlan (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 9. He is scheduled to see the doctor on July 11 and could be cleared to resume baseball activity.
--RHP Alex Sanabia (aggravated right groin muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list May 27.
--LF Matt Diaz (left knee bone contusion) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 4.
--INF Chris Valaika (broken left wrist) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 7. He had two pins surgically inserted into his wrist May 10. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter on July 4.
--RHP Jose Ceda (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31 after suffering a setback in spring training.
--OF Alfredo Silverio (Tommy John surgery in May 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 31. He underwent a second Tommy John surgery in June 2013.
RHP Jose Fernandez
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Nate Eovaldi
RHP Henderson Alvarez
RHP Kevin Slowey
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP A.J. Ramos
RHP Chad Qualls
LHP Dan Jennings
LHP Duane Below
1B Logan Morrison
2B Derek Dietrich
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Placido Polanco
INF Ed Lucas
INF Greg Dobbs
INF Donovan Solano
LF Justin Ruggiano
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Juan Pierre