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Miami Marlins: 5 Players Who Are Sure to Shine in Spring Training

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5 Players Sure To Shine At Marlins' Spring Training

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It is almost time. The unofficial start of spring is almost here as the first few pitches of spring training are about to be thrown. For the Miami Marlins, it could be an especially exciting season because of all its youngsters who are getting ready to enter their first full season with the club.

The Marlins have some exciting up and coming players. Christian Yelich is one of the players ready to take flight as his hype started at spring training last season. Yelich did not make the major-league roster at the beginning of last season, but he will become a starter after his strong end to the summer last year.

Jose Fernandez will have the spotlight on him again this season and it will be even brighter. Fernandez should not get too many reps in the exhibition games in February and March, but he needs enough reps to get him ready for another full season of pitching. He will definitely be on his game when the season opens up.

There are also some players on the Marlins this spring training who have to shine. With the many position battles that will be put forth, certain players need to get back into the swing of things quickly. Some of these young talents have no more time to spend gaining seasoning in the majors and need to step up big time now.

Miami will not have another 100-loss season this year, and by looking at its roster, the team may surprise some of its NL East competitors. However, it all starts here and now.

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5. Rob Brantly

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If anyone needs to shine this spring it is catcher Rob Brantly. Brantly has fallen completely off the map and is fighting for a backup spot he is expected to lose. Brantly needs to completely out-perform Jeff Mathis to get a backup spot.

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4. Rafael Furcal

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Marlins' veteran second baseman Rafael Furcal missed the entire 2013 season, but he will be back in near-full form in 2014. It all starts at spring training for Furcal.

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3. Henderson Alvarez

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The last time we saw Henderson Alvarez he was pitching a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers. Alvarez is going to reach his potential in 2014, and if he stays healthy he could become a solid No. 2 pitcher. His progress in spring training will be very important.

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2. Marcell Ozuna

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Marcell Ozuna had a great season in the Dominican Republic coming back from thumb surgery. Ozuna is sure to perform greatly in spring. He batted .277/.297/.376 with 12 RBI and eight doubles in 34 games.

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1. Jose Fernandez

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Coming off a National League Rookie of the Year award season, Jose Fernandez will get some reps in spring training. He will stay dominant through his appearances. Those reps should be enough to get him ready for Opening Day as Miami will rely on him more than last season to win ball games.