Friday, March 8, 2013
Who's in CF for Marlins?
The Miami Marlins have a competition brewing for their starting gig in center field. Justin Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan appear to be out front, but skipper Mike Redmond said Thursday that the job is still there for the taking.
Also in the mix are Gorkys Hernandez, Bryan Peterson and Kevin Mattison, but may simply be in camp to push the former pair. Ruggiano, 30, put up big numbers in 91 games a year ago, batting .313/.374/.535 and performing solidly or better versus both right-handed and left-handed pitching.
Coghlan, 27, has played in just 101 games the past two years and may be at a disadvantage due to his lack of durability. He's showing well this spring and Ruggiano is just now getting underway after sitting out with a side injury, creating a legitimate competition with no leader in the clubhouse.
The Marlins could see handedness as a factor in determining their centerfield starter -- Coghlan a lefty, Ruggiano a righty -- as well as their fourth outfielder -- Hernandez (right) and Peterson (left). The runner-up for the center field job, however, is likely to make the team one way or the other.