Lowell sees good mix in Marlins' camp

Back in uniform for a couple days, fan-favorite sees team with core in place

Lowell sees good mix in Marlins' camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- It's been just a couple of days, but Mike Lowell has already seen enough in Marlins camp to be excited about the 2015 season.

One of the most popular players in franchise history, Lowell spent the past two days as a guest coach to his former teammate, Miami manager Mike Redmond. The two-time World Series champion has worked with some of the younger players, and offered his insights to anyone who has asked.

"It's a nice mix of veterans, and you've got some real exciting players," Lowell said. "I think it's a team fans will really enjoy watching."

A former All-Star and Gold Glove-winning third baseman, Lowell retired in 2010, after spending his final five seasons with the Red Sox.

From 1999-2005, the Miami native anchored third base for the Marlins and was a core player on the 2003 World Series team.

Lowell is the second Marlins alumnus to spend some time in uniform in camp. A few weeks ago, former All-Star catcher Charles Johnson paid a visit.

In his short stint in uniform, Lowell sees the makings of a club on the rise.

"When you look at who's going to make the roster and who is not, there aren't too many openings," the 41-year-old said. "I think that's a mark of a good team. The infield is basically set, and so is the outfield. There will be a couple of bullpen spots, and [a question about] who is going to be the utility guy."

This week, the Marlins put Lowell to work. After batting practice on Wednesday, Lowell and infield coach Perry Hill took promising third-base prospect Brian Anderson, a third-round Draft pick out of the University of Arkansas last year, to a back field to offer instruction.

As for the big league club, Lowell sees health as the key.

"Health-wise, if all those guys stay healthy, there is a great chance to have a real nice, consistent season," the 13-year big league veteran said. "If the pitchers do their job and hold the fort down, and if you're in the running, Jose Fernandez [returning from Tommy John surgery] in July might be the best trade acquisition without giving up anything. I think there is a lot to look forward to with the Marlins this season. I'm excited for them."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.