First baseman Joe Mahoney might be new to the Marlins, but he’s not new to the power of Giancarlo Stanton.
Back in 2008 as a member of the Delmarva Shorebirds of the low-A South Atlantic League, Mahoney saw a few of the 39 home runs Stanton crushed as a baby-faced, 18-year-old member of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
“There was one game in Greensboro where he hit one out of the park and over the road behind right-center field,” Mahoney recalled Sunday. “It was the furthest I’ve ever seen a ball hit in a game. The stuff he does in batting practice is almost super human. But it’s good he’s on our side.”
The Marlins aren’t looking for another Stanton-sized bat this spring. But the search is on for some pop — especially from the left-side of the plate.
Mahoney (6-6, 245), a former minor-league player of the year (2010) in the Orioles system, showed he has some of that Saturday against the Mets, belting two long home runs to right field.
With Logan Morrison still recovering from right knee surgery and expected to miss the start of the season, Mahoney and veteran journeyman Casey Kotchman, signed to a minor league deal, are auditioning to keep his seat until he gets healthy.
“Obviously, Mahoney doesn’t have the major league experience [Casey] Kotchman does. That’s a factor,” manager Mike Redmond said Saturday. “But at the same time we’re looking for a guy who can provide some power in the middle of that order. Mahoney hopefully could fill that need.
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