Marlins Spring Training 2013: Jacob Turner Sent Down; Giancarlo Goes For Two

Andiamoooooooo Giancarlo! Well, the play call I keep hoping to hear still hasn’t surfaced yet, but if it did, you would hear it twice today. Stanton hit two home runs, one mammoth shot to the top of the batter’s eye in straightaway CF, as the Marlins flexed some muscle and beat the Nats 8-5 today. Chris Valaika also went yard and our boy, Chris Coghlan hit a pinch-hit home run, too. Wondering if he will be the starter in CF, but that looks like it is Ruggiano’s job and Coghlan’s best hope is to make the roster – which leaves Gorkys Hernandez future in question.

It did become official though – Jacob Turner is being sent down to AAA NOLA to work on his control. Mike Redmond admitted it was a tough decision, but the young starter was not really able to show control with his pitches. He was being touted as the team’s #2 starter, but due to his spring struggles, he was not able to deliver. Instead, Nathan Eovaldi takes the second slot followed by Wade LeBlanc, Henderson Alvarez, and Kevin Slowey.

With more roster news, it looks like Casey Kochman, Austin Kearns, and Chad Qualls are going to break camp with the team. Kearns is batting a might .092 this spring, but the Fish are in need of any kind of power they can get. Kochman has a gold-glove talent at 1B and will be used as the de facto starter until Logan Morrison can get back healthy.