Jason Wood, best known for his game winning pinch hit single in the final game against Philly, is now a member of the parent club’s roster at the young age of 37. ‘Bout time because this guy has hung with it and shown that he can flat-out hit.
Right-Said-Fredi, as I like to call him (not to his face, obviously!), really likes Wood’s compact swing and also visualizes the minor league vet as a pinch hitting option off the bench. Hitting .415 will get you to turn some heads.
Another journeyman, Lee Gardner, has also earned his way onto the opening day roster while posting a flawless 13.1 IP, with no earned runs and a 2-0 record.
Also being classified as “shocking” news, the Marlins have announced that de Aza will be their opening day centerfielder. The 22 year old will get a chance to start his big league career as a rookie this season, but let’s hope he is not another Scott Pose and the comparisons to Juan Pierre are warranted. He looked very sharp this spring hitting .364, the second highest average on the team (behind Wood), and only getting K’d 5 times in 44 ABs while scoring 8 runs, stealing 4 bases (out of 6) and amassing an OBP of .383. He was easily the best looking CFer in camp for the Marlins with the most upside.