Marlins rookie Marisnick still seeking 1st hit
(Eds: Updates with quotes from Marisnick, Yelich and Redmond. With AP Photos.)
MIAMI (AP) - Miami Marlins rookie Jake Marisnick returned from his first major-league trip with his career average still at .000.
The 22-year-old center fielder went 0-for-12 in his first three big-league games in Colorado, but he remained in the starting lineup Friday against Pittsburgh for the start of a homestand.
"I just feel like I've been a little overanxious,'' said the highly-touted Marisnick, who was acquired in the Marlins' blockbuster trade last November with Toronto. He said he started slowly every time he climbed the minor-league ladder to a new team.
"All the promotions I've had, I kind of went through a little bit of a struggle. I just get there and try to do too much instead of just letting myself play.''
Marisnick and top prospect Christian Yelich, 21, were recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to make their big-league debuts Tuesday. Yelich singled in his first at-bat and went 4-for-12 in his first three games, and said he's confident his close friend Marisnick will soon be getting on base, too.
"He has hit some balls hard,'' Yelich said. "He's not finding the holes right now, but he'll be all right.''
Manager Mike Redmond predicted Marisnick will become a different player once he gets his first hit.
"He's going to feel like the weight of the world is off his shoulders,'' Redmond said. "I think what happens is you get up here and don't get a hit in your first game or your first two games, and you start thinking about it and you start panicking.''
As the Marlins began a 10-game homestand, Marisnick and Yelich were finding their way around the team's ballpark, which opened last year. Both were impressed with the luxurious clubhouse, and Marisnick was excited to see the notoriously roomy outfield.
"It's a beautiful field,'' said Marisnick, whose speed and defense won him raves in the minors. "I'm looking forward to running around out there. It gets me fired up.''
Marisnick, left fielder Yelich and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton give the Marlins three starting outfielders 23 or younger. They also have 22-year-old outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who was batting .265 when a left thumb injury Monday ended his season.
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