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Marlins’ Carroll gets ’cane scare, throwing tip

Brett Carroll made two major discoveries last fall relating to his position in the Florida Marlins’ Major League Baseball organization: Adjusting his throwing motion and adjusting to hurricane warnings.

A 10-day prospect camp in Jupiter, Fla. last fall lasted only three days.

“It kinda stinks because we were down there for three days and we had to evacuate because of a hurricane, it hit the next day,” said Carroll, a former Bearden Bulldog star shortstop and 10th round pick of the Marlins last summer out of Middle Tennessee State University, where Carroll earned All-Sun Belt honors as a third-baseman.

Was there widespread panic? “Yeah, absolutely,” Carroll said. “I had never seen that before, people were boarding up restaurants, hotels. The craziest was people lined up for gas. At numerous gas stations, people were lined up for hours, all day.

“Nobody knew of the hurricane, and all of a sudden it came out of nowhere,” Carroll added. “People were definitely in a panic as far as trying to get gas and get out of there as soon as they could.”

Working out on a Thursday without any thoughts of a hurricane, “that Friday afternoon we were back on a plane headed back home,” he said.

“I was a Tennessee country boy (saying), ‘what’s going on here,’” Carroll added with a laugh.


Carroll, 22, said he struggled with the Jamestown Jammers of the Class A (short-season) New York-Penn League last season, where in 60 games he compiled a .251 batting average with 6 home runs and 28 RBIs.

As both a third baseman and outfielder, Carroll led the Jammers with 25 errors.

But the former Bulldog thinks he’s uncovered a problem that caused most of his throwing errors last season.

“I’ve been throwing the ball wrong since I’ve been a little kid,” Carroll said, anticipating that he’ll be playing either third base or right field in the Marlins’ organization. “That’s the cause of some of the errors that I’ve made.

“And hitting the ball the other way, I struggle sometimes hitting the ball to right field,” Carroll added.

Saying he prefers third base to right field, “I still feel like I have something to prove there,” the 5-foot-10, 193 pounder said. “I made some errors this year, mostly throwing. But now that I’ve learned that I’ve been throwing the ball wrong, I can correct that and hopefully come back making the routine play every time.

“I’ve learned a lot last summer, both mentally and physically,” Carroll added. “I’m a pretty determined person.”

Carroll said that based on feedback from his minor league hitting instructor and others in the Marlins organization, “I feel like they’re pretty satisfied with what they can see (in me) in the future, potential-wise,” Carroll said. “I feel confident going into next year.

“The average (time) it takes to get to the big-leagues, they say, is four to five years, so I figure if I can move up each year I’ll be satisfied.”

As for 2005, “Hopefully I’ll be in Greensboro, N.C. (low-A league), we don’t really know yet,” Carroll said. “I could possibly be back in Jamestown, Greensboro or Jupiter, which is high-A.”

Carroll said the Florida Marlins’ Spring Training beings in late February or early March in Jupiter.


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