Miami Marlins: Post Series Grades

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Lewis Brinson
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 01: Lewis Brinson /
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MIAMI, FL – MARCH 30: Miguel Rojas
MIAMI, FL – MARCH 30: Miguel Rojas /

Miguel Rojas +.362

Miguel Rojas, now a 29-year-old infielder, was originally part of the Cincinnati Reds organization when signed as a teen in 2005. After working his way up to the triple-A level in 2012, the Reds granted his free agency. That’s where the Los Angeles Dodgers picked him up.

After a season in double-A for the Dodgers, Rojas split the 2014 season between their triple-A club and the parent organization. After 85 games in which he slashed just .181/.242/.221, Los Angeles included him as a toss-in with Dee Gordon and Dan Haren. The Marlins gave up Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney, and Enrique Hernandez in the deal.

In the season opening series with the Cubs, Rojas started with a one-for-four night on Opening Day. He had a double and grounded into one double play. In the 17-inning marathon, he was just one-for-five with three bases-on-balls, but he also collected the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the final inning. The walk-off play was the first such of his career. He did end a game last season with a walk off sacrifice fly.

In game three, Rojas went two-for-four to raise his season’s average to .308, and he also scored a run in the losing effort. In today’s contest, he relieved first baseman Garrett Cooper in the sixth inning, and went one-for-three. So far, he’s slashed .333/.485/.467, with an RBI and a run scored.