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Marlins top prospects all land on the disabled list

Apr 3, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

Christian Yelich AP

Besides Giancarlo Stanton and maybe right-hander Jose Fernandez, the Marlins’ shining light this year was going to be their remarkable Double-A outfield; Christian Yelich is one of baseball’s very best prospects and both Jake Marisnick, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the Jose Reyes trade, and Marcell Ozuna rate comfortably within the top 100.

However, the Sun Sentinel’s Juan C. Rodriguez reports that each member of that trio is set to start the season on the DL. Yelich has plantar faciitis, while both Marisnick and Ozuna are sidelined with fractured hands.

Yelich is expected back the soonest. The 21-year-old caught the eyes of everyone while hitting .364/.451/.818 with five homers, 14 RBI and a 7/6 K/BB ratio in 44 at-bats this spring. Assuming a quick recovery, he has a very good chance of taking over as the Marlins’ center fielder in May or June.

Marisnick and Ozuna are further away both in their recoveries and from reaching the the majors, though Ozuna might get a look in the second half. The Marlins’ plan was for Yelich and Marisnick to split time between center and left for Jacksonville, with Ozuna starting in right.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Doom! They also have a couple of starting pitchers on the DL. Be very afraid Nicolino.

  2. number42is1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    t what point does a house land on Loria?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      We’re all going to be super-pissed when we find out Gator had the power all along.

      • Old Gator - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        I know this will come as a shock to you, but I’m no diplomat. If I had the power, I would have used it and then offered to negotiate.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Apr 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Marisnick and Ozuna had a tragic fist-bumping accident.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    ARod lives in Miami. This is all somehow his fault. Void his contract!!

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