I know I am a couple of days late on this, but I did not have a chance to make an article about this the past two days. After another disheartening loss for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, the team continued to make some moves to try and get some offense out of the bottom of their lineup.
The team had already done away with Bryan Petersen, next up to be sent down was Chris Coghlan. Coghlan, now three years removed from his impressive Rookie of the Year campaign, was given every opportunity to regain his abilities from that amazing run in his rookie season. Unfortunately, Coghlan was never able to produce anywhere near that level in the past three seasons. With a current line of .140/.212/.183 to start the 2012 season, the Marlins finally decided to demote Coghlan.
Coghlan did start on Wednesday and was hitting .140 in 93 at-bats. He had been in an 0-for-16 slump since collecting two hits in Philadelphia on June 3. The thing about it for Coghlan, he did improve his approach at the plate, as he was walking more and striking out less, but he was not able to get on base consistently.
Luckily, for the Marlins, they do have an option in the minors that is hitting really well. That option would be Scott Cousins, more infamously known for plowing over Buster Posey last season, and ending his season. Cousins is hitting .295/.358/.477 and has always had raw power. Cousins, though, owns a 8.8 percent walk rate along with a 21.9 percent strikeout rate, which will not likely bode well in the Major Leagues.
The Marlins do not have many other options, and Cousins has shown that he can at least play about average defense in all three outfield positions. Cousins hitting numbers in the majors do not look too good on the other hand, as he has struck out in 35.4 percent of his at-bats. The Marlins will need more discipline out of Cousins if he wants to be up for a while.
With both Petersen and Coghlan now in the minors, this will also likely mean more playing time for Justin Ruggiano, who has done an excellent job at the plate in his 24 plate appearances. Ruggiano has hit .400/.478/.900 so far for the Fish. It is not likely that he can keep those numbers up, but of the outfield options the Marlins have, he maybe the best option.
None of these players really separate themselves from one another, as none of these players are anything special. All are organizational players, that have a shot at being fourth outfielders at best. If Cousins struggles, there is a good shot that Bryan Petersen could be back in the major leagues again, very shortly.
It is important for the Marlins to start getting some production out of the bottom of their order. That means along with Ruggiano and Cousins sparking the Marlins, they will need Gaby Sanchez and John Buck to start hitting better as well. Emilio Bonifacio is not expected back until the All-Star break, and the Marlins have had a tough time hitting without the speedy outfielder. Imagine that.