7/24/2014 7:50 P.M. ET
Competitive Balance pick could come in handy
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- For an organization looking to infuse young talent into its system, the Marlins came up big on Wednesday when they won the lottery to receive the first pick in the Competitive Balance Round A of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
Miami's pick will come immediately after the conclusion of the first round, and it will give the club two picks before selecting in the second round.
Competitive Balance picks also are valuable property, because they can be traded.
The Marlins actually used a Competitive Balance Round A pick in June to acquire reliever Bryan Morris from the Pirates. The deal was made a few days before the June Draft, with Miami parting with the 39th overall pick for Morris, who has become a valuable back-of-the-bullpen piece.
"You talk about building organizations, that's nice to have," manager Mike Redmond said. "It's nice to be able to pick at the top and get some of the best players in the country."
The Competitive Balance Lottery was introduced in 2011.
Struggling behind the plate, Salty working to improve
ATLANTA -- When it comes to his defense, Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia doesn't sugarcoat the numbers.
The 29-year-old has committed 12 errors, which ties him with Cleveland's Yan Gomes for the most by any catcher in the Majors.
"You play the game the best that you can," Saltalamacchia said. "Errors are going to be along the way. I don't like to make excuses for anything. It's something I've been working on. I've got to continue to work on. It's definitely not something I'm proud of."
A year ago with Boston, Saltalamacchia committed six errors, and he had a .994 fielding percentage. His fielding percentage this season is .977.
After winning the World Series with the Red Sox, Saltalamacchia signed a three-year, free-agent deal with Miami in December.
"A lot of his errors have been throwing errors," manager Mike Redmond said. "I think sometimes he's rushed a few of his throws. He's stood up a few times when he caught the ball on a few throws. It's been tough for him to be consistent with his throwing."
Although he broke in with the Braves in 2007, the switch-hitting catcher had been in the American League since '07, spending time with the Rangers and Red Sox.
Generally, switching leagues is an adjustment. It's no different for Saltalamacchia.
"For me, it's more of a comfort level," the veteran catcher said. "You've been in one league for most of your career. You get comfortable with how guys play the game. You kind of anticipate certain things.
"The National League is a little different. I'm not used to these guys. So anticipating is a little tougher. You've always got to be on the balls of your feet. But things are going to happen. You can't control everything. Go out there, play hard and get better from here.
"The game is different in the National League. A lot of things are moving, a lot of different pieces. A lot more strategy, I guess. Things I've got to adjust to. Little by little, I think that I am. It's part of the game."
Marlins could stand pat at Trade Deadline
ATLANTA -- Deals are starting to be made across the league. For now, the Marlins are staying the course.
Unless something absolutely makes sense, the Marlins appear willing to go with what they have. They also are not in any rush to part with any big league pieces.
The Marlins have informed clubs that closer Steve Cishek is not available. Whether that changes before next Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline remains to be seen.
Relief pitchers are in high demand. One veteran just became available. The A's designated former closer Jim Johnson, who labored with a 6.92 ERA.
In early June, the Marlins reportedly had interest in Johnson. But Miami ended up acquiring Bryan Morris from the Pirates for a Competitive Balance pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
Lefty Mike Dunn is another reliever who has drawn interest in trade talks.
At the 100-game mark, the Marlins are 47-53 and in fourth place in the National League East.
No. 2 overall pick Kolek out with lower back issue
ATLANTA -- Marlins pitching prospect Tyler Kolek, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, is on a no-throw status for about a week due to lower back discomfort.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder faced just four batters on Wednesday night for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. He complained of pain in his lower back on the right side and was lifted after one-third of an inning.
An X-ray was taken, and after Kolek was examined, it was recommended that he not throw for a week. At that point, he will be re-evaluated.
The 18-year-old from Shephard, Texas, was making his fifth start since joining the Gulf Coast League team. He is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA, with 10 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Wednesday's game was suspended due to inclement weather.