MILWAUKEE -- Don't think of a rocket arm a la Roberto Clemente, Vlad Guerrero or Jeff Francoeur when it comes to the throwing abilities of Florida right fielder Mike Stanton.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez says think instead of one of the most fundamentally sound players around.
"He's the whole package," Rodriguez said.
Stanton, who doesn't turn 21 until Nov. 8, picked up his eighth and ninth assists of the season on Friday, with the most impressive of the two coming in the third inning, when he nailed the Brewers' Corey Hart trying to go from first to third on Ryan Braun's single. Stanton's one-hop strike to third baseman Chad Tracy easily nailed Hart. Later in the eighth, Stanton alertly threw out Rickie Weeks at first base after catching a fly ball, when Weeks lost track of the outs in the inning.
That performance only enhanced Stanton's reputation among the Brewers, who found out first hand how dangerous it is to run on him. That showed up in the seventh inning on Saturday, when Brewers third-base coach Brad Fischer threw up the stop sign for Prince Fielder on Craig Counsell's single to right with two outs and the Brewers trailing 2-0. Fielder, not exactly quick on the bases, was on second and heading to third when Stanton fielded Counsell's hit and uncorked a throw just a few feet up the third-base line to home plate. Fielder would have been an easy out if he had tried to score.
"I'm not sure he's a speed burner," Marlins pitcher Chris Volstad said, "but Stanton's got a great arm."
It was the throw that caught Hart that captured Rodriguez's attention. It was the perfect illustration of how an outfielder can charge a ball and come up throwing without any wasted movement. Rodriguez says when you do that, you don't have to have the reputation of a rifleman to be effective.
"He's not only showing accuracy," Rodriguez said, "but he's also showing that he knows where he should be throwing. I didn't think he had a chance [on the Hart play], and it wasn't even close."
Stanton, who joined the Marlins on June 2, is two behind National League-leader Francoeur, who had 11 assists with the New York Mets before moving to Texas earlier this month. Cleveland outfielder Shin-Soo Choo leads the Major Leagues with 13 assists.
Miller trying to make most of opportunity
MILWAUKEE -- Andrew Miller isn't sure that what happens this year is going to matter next year, but he certainly doesn't want to waste whatever opportunities that exist down the closing stretch of the season.
The lanky left-hander has not exactly made a good impression on the Marlins' front office since coming up from the Minor Leagues in late August. His 1-4 record and 8.19 ERA does not speak to a spot on the roster coming out of Spring Training next year.
The pressure is on, too, because he does not have any more Minor League options available. That puts the Marlins' brass in an either/or position for the highly touted prospect, who came to the Marlins in the deal that sent slugger Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers.
"I obviously would love to get it together," said Miller. "Come into Spring [Training] next year and pitch my butt off, make the team and eventually look back at this and kind of laugh at where I was.
"But I'm not worried about it. I'm worried about me as a pitcher and getting better and putting myself in a position to succeed. ... I truly believe that one day -- I don't know whether it will click or be gradual -- but one day it's going to be there, and I'm going to keep busting my butt off to find it."
Nunez building back confidence to close
MILWAUKEE -- Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez says right-hander Chad Hensley is the closer for the moment but that doesn't mean he has forgotten Leo Nunez, the right-hander who has 29 saves this season.
Nunez was very impressive in the eighth inning of Florida's 4-0 victory over Milwaukee Saturday night, striking out the side and needing just 18 pitches to do it.
Nunez struggled in August, blowing three of six save chances, leading to Rodriguez's move to Hensley. But he has recovered in September, allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings in seven appearances.
"What you saw from Nunez is what I expect from him," Rodriguez said. "It looks like he's on."
Rodriguez wants Nunez to go into the offseason with the confidence that he can handle the closing position.
"He has to get that confidence, and he knows that. I want him to finish on a positive note," Rodriguez said. "I have to pick the spot and make sure he's in the right situation."
Hensley preserved the shutout with a two-hit ninth, but it was not a save situation.
Ohman near return, Hanley remains on bench
MILWAUKEE -- Left-handed reliever Will Ohman is expected to be available for Sunday's game against the Brewers, giving manager Edwin Rodriguez a left-handed option out of the bullpen for the first time since Sept. 12.
But shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who like Ohman is bothered by a sore left elbow, is not likely to play in this series. His chances of playing during the final week of the season are also growing slimmer.
Ohman, trying to shake an elbow issue, told Rodriguez prior to Saturday's game that he would be able to pitch, but Rodriguez said he was inclined to hold him off another day. Ohman threw a bullpen session Friday at Miller Park and recovered well.
Once Rodriguez calls on him, it will relieve the manager of one problem.
"It's pretty difficult [not having a left-hander in the pen]," Rodriguez said.
Ramirez has played just once since Sept. 15 -- last Tuesday against the New York Mets.
Vic Feuerherd is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.