7/18/2014 7:55 P.M. ET
All-Star spotlight suits Stanton just right
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Being among the stars is something Giancarlo Stanton can certainly get used to.
The Marlins' slugger, who wowed with his 510-foot blast in Monday night's Gillette Home Run Derby, enjoyed the All-Star festivities this week at Target Field in Minneapolis so much, he's talked about being hungry for more appearances in the Midsummer Classic.
"That's what we strive for," Stanton said. "You want to be there every year."
To be a perennial star, Stanton says he must maintain his strong preparation and his understanding about what it takes to play at such a high level.
"No one was given that opportunity to be there," Stanton said. "Everyone earned it with their play and with their years prior. For me, it's just to continue to work hard and to continue to do what I'm doing and to get every last bit of my talent out."
Stanton gave a sample of his raw power with his towering upper-deck blast in the first round of the Derby. More people have talked about that shot more than the fact Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes won the event.
"It seems like I almost won the thing, with everyone talking about that," Stanton said. "It was cool with the crowd. Everyone kind of paused and stood up. It started getting loud after I hit that. That's when I really got into it. I was like a kid again, having fun in the backyard."
Ramos back from DL; Gregg lands on shelf
MIAMI -- The Marlins' most dependable setup reliever in the first half has returned to the roster.
On Friday afternoon, the club reinstated A.J. Ramos from the disabled list, where he had been out with right shoulder inflammation. Ramos experienced discomfort after a 50-pitch relief stint in Philadelphia on June 26, the last time he pitched in the big leagues.
On rehab assignment, Ramos threw one inning at Double-A Jacksonville on Monday. At Marlins Park on Thursday, the righty faced hitters in a simulated game.
As Ramos is coming off the disabled list, the club made a corresponding roster move, placing reliever Kevin Gregg on the DL with right elbow inflammation.
In nine innings this season, Gregg's ERA is 10.00. The veteran gave up three earned runs without recording an out on Sunday against the Mets at Citi Field.
"He came in and said it was bothering him for a few days before the All-Star break," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Knowing we were going to have this coming up with A.J. being ready to go, it seemed like the right decision to make.
"We'll give Kevin a few days off and let him be 100 percent."
Ramos will slide back into a late-inning setup role for closer Steve Cishek. Ramos has appeared in 39 games, and he has an ERA of 2.17.
"We were using him a lot," Redmond said. "He needed time off to get himself back to 100 percent. Hopefully this will carry him through the rest of the season."
Marlins, 10th-rounder agree to deal before deadline
MIAMI -- Negotiations went close to Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, but the Marlins were finally able to complete a deal with University of Texas left-hander Dillon Peters.
Miami selected Peters in the 10th round of the First-Year Player Draft in June. Entering Friday, the Indianapolis, Ind., native was the team's only unsigned pick in the first 10 rounds.
The Marlins had remained confident throughout the process a deal would be reached, and by the deadline, Peters agreed to a bonus of $175,000.
Peters was projected to be taken in the top three rounds, but in May, he sustained a torn ligament in his throwing elbow, which required Tommy John surgery.
The Marlins had 12 total selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft, and all are under contract.
In all, the Marlins reached agreements with 33 of their 42 selections. Miami, which also signed two undrafted free agents, reached agreements with its first 22 picks.
"You can call this Draft a success in terms of just the amount of players we signed with the Top 20, but I think we also got some athletic players," said Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek. "We got some athletic players up the middle that really addressed a need for us. Also, in addition to the second overall pick in Tyler Kolek, a big right-hander, we also got a good group of college left-handed pitchers that we feel add a lot of depth to the system.
"We feel good about the guys we signed, we're excited."
The headliner of Miami's class is the hard-throwing Kolek, a prep sensation from Shepherd, Texas. The 18-year-old signed shortly after being taken for $6 million, and he has already made four starts for the Gulf Coast League Marlins, for whom he is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 innings.
Kolek's fastball was clocked as high as 102 mph in high school. He has 10 strikeouts thus far in his 10 frames.
Some of the early-round picks already impressing in the Gulf Coast League are speedy second baseman/shortstop Justin Twine (second-rounder), shortstop Brian Schales (fourth-rounder) and outfielder Stone Garrett (eighth-rounder).
• Jacob Turner is rejoining the Marlins' rotation, where he will be the fifth starter. Turner had been pitching out of the bullpen the past few months. The righty is scheduled to start on Tuesday at Atlanta. Tom Koehler will pitch on Monday against the Braves.