Five Things the Miami Marlins Need to Learn Before the End of the Season

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 6: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins talks with pitcher Kyle Barraclough #46 during the ninth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park on August 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 6: J.T. Realmuto #11 of the Miami Marlins talks with pitcher Kyle Barraclough #46 during the ninth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park on August 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 12: Justin Bour #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 12: Justin Bour #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on August 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

Replacing Power

Justin Bour was recently traded away to the Philadelphia Phillies for new Miami Marlins #30 prospect Mills. As the only legitimate power threat for Miami, it’s left a gaping hole in the Marlins offense.

Realmuto is now a legit 20-home run threat, although he could track higher in time. Both Brian Anderson and Derek Dietrich should hit a consistent 15-18 homers a year. Lewis Brinson, if he could fix that hole in his swing, is a threat for 25-30 round trippers yearly.

Outside of those four, there really isn’t a power threat under contract for the Miami Marlins at the major league level. Dig a little deeper though…

The Calvary is Coming

Aside from his all-world slashline of .346/.412/.514 in 108 games between the Baby Cakes and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Austin Dean has a career-high 12 homers this season. Still just 24-years-old, he could also end up contributing around 20 per season.

Peter O’Brien doesn’t hit for average as much as we’d like, but he has major league experience and has hit 24 homers in the minors this season, between the Tulsa Drillers, the Cakes and the Shrimp.

Isan Diaz is still just 22, and despite his diminutive stature (he’s 5’10”), he’s hit 12 homers this season. He projects as a possible 30-30 guy in the right circumstances, although he still strikes out too much. That’s a recurrent problem in Miami’s minor leagues.

Monte Harrison has struck out an amazing 183 times this year with the Jumbo Shrimp in 115 games. He’s also got 17 homers, a lot of them of the tape-measure variety. The hole in his swing is the biggest of all the prospects, but his ceiling is also the highest. If he can respond to coaching and somehow fix it, he could enjoy a long major league career.

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