Miami Marlins Spring Training 2019: Outfield Update

SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Monte Harrison #4 of the Miami Marlins bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ - NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Monte Harrison #4 of the Miami Marlins bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Over the last two weeks, and the next three, we’ll be reviewing the possible Miami Marlins Opening Day roster.

On Mondays, we check out the Miami Marlins rotation, and on Wednesday, the bullpen. We look at the infielders on Friday, and the catcher corps on Thursday. That leaves the outfielders every Tuesday.

This spring, the Miami Marlins had a total of 13 hopefuls in camp. The number has grown to 14 this week with the addition of Corey Bird, but there’s only room for four on the active roster, five tops. We’ll start with the 40-man roster. The stat line listed with the player’s name is for the last seven days.

40-Man Roster

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MIAMI, FL – JUNE 29: Lewis Brinson #9 of the Miami Marlins doubles in the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on June 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Lewis Brinson 5-for-12, five K, four solo homers

Brinson had 12 plate appearances this week, and struck out or homered 75 percent of the time. Overall this season, he leads the majors with five homers to his credit, all of the solo-shot variety.

Formerly Miami’s overall top prospect, Brinson was the big piece the Marlins got in return for Christian Yelich prior to the 2018 season. He’s looking to rebound from an underwhelming rookie campaign, in which he hit just .199 and was hampered by injuries.

Garrett Cooper 1-for-9, two K

Cooper was three-for-four coming into this week, but has cooled off a bit since then. Still he’s tracking a .742 OPS thus far, and his modularity at first base makes him likelier to win a roster spot.

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Austin Dean #44 of the Miami Marlins doubles in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 28, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Austin Dean 2-for-7, three runs, one RBI, two walk, double, one SB, error

Dean has four hits in 12 at bats overall, and has also stolen a pair of bases. He only stole three all of last season (majors and minors) and seven in total over the past three years. This is part of the Miami Marlins new focus on running, playing small ball, and scratching out runs where they can.

Monte Harrison 1-for-7, one walk, two K, one run, one RBI

Harrison has three hits this spring in 12 at bats overall. The Miami Marlins number two overall prospect, he struck out a minor-league-wide-high 215 times last season, but also connected on 19 homers and stole 28 bases.

Rosell Herrera 2-for-8, two walks, one run, triple, one SB, two K

Herrera, who played in 86 major league games last season between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals, was 0-for-5 before this week. He’s a career .234 hitter.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA – MARCH 03: Peter O’Brien #45 of the Miami Marlins grounds out in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves during the Grapefruit League spring training game at Champion Stadium on March 03, 2019 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Peter O’Brien 2-for-10, double, one walk, one run, six K

O’Brien, like a lot of guys on this team who have a lot of power, has trouble with the strikeout. He’s whiffed in 35.3 percent of his career major league plate appearances, while hitting homers in 6.5 percent of them.

Magneuris Sierra 3-for-9, two K, two run, one SB, one RBI

For a guy who relies on speed to get on base, Sierra needs to learn to lay off bad pitches. His 3.9 percent walk rate was the lowest mark on the Miami Marlins in 2018, and a leadoff hitter needs to be able to get on base however they can. When you add in Sierra’s .190 batting average last season, you can see why he hasn’t had a lot of success.

Sierra’s still just 22-years-old, and may mature into a more selective hitter in time. His 80 rated speed, along with his 30.5 ft/s sprint rate (second in the majors to only Byron Buxton) hasn’t translated into success in stealing bases either. Sierra has been successful just five times in nine tries in the major leagues.

Non-Roster Invitees

NRI’s generally have more of an uphill battle to stick with a major league club. It’s usually an assortment of higher-rated prospects in the mid-level minors, players who appeared for a cup-of-coffee with a major league team recently, or previously established players who are believed by the larger world of baseball somewhat “past their prime.”

Corey Bird 0-for-1

A late callup to major league camp, Bird is entering his fourth season in the Miami Marlins system. Their seventh round pick in 2016, Bird was limited by injury last season to only 42 games in total. In his time with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads, in the Florida State League, he hit .215.

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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 18: Isaac Galloway #79 of the Miami Marlins singles in tow run in the teeth inning during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Isaac Galloway 4-for-9, four run, one SB, one RBI, error

Galloway marinated in the minor leagues until the Miami Marlins were good and ready to call him up. Halfway through his 11th minor league season, he finally got his shot. Galloway hit .203 over 43 games, with three homers and seven RBI with the parent club in the second half of last year.

Curtis Granderson 0-for-4, two K

Granderson, who is about to turn 38-years-old, turned in a 115 OPS+ in the 2018 season between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Milwaukee Brewers. His career mark is 116, so the Miami Marlins are betting he’s got another quality campaign or two left in him.

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Gabriel Guerrero 4-for-8, one K, three RBI, solo homer, SB

Guerrero struck out in each of his first six plate appearances this spring, and was one-for-10 coming into the Marlins 9-8 win over the Nationals on Monday afternoon. He hit two singles and a solo homer, collecting a trio of RBI in the game.

Guerrero has a career slashline of .273/.313/.410, in 1021 minor league games. For the last four seasons, he’s hung around at the double- and triple-A level for the Seattle Mariners, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Cincinnati Reds. Last year, he finally got a look in the majors, and was three-for-18 with the Reds.

Victor Victor Mesa is in minor league rehab with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, which sounds more serious than it is. According to David Levin, of Marlin Maniac fame:

"Because this is considered a “minor” injury, as Mattingly told the media, the move to send Mesa to a rehab assigment is for precaution. It is not known yet when he is expected to rejoin the team."

Mesa had been nearly two years removed from competitive play at the time of his injury, and may need a little time to get up-to-speed. He grades out as the Miami Marlins top overall prospect.

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Brian Miller 0-for-5, two walk, three runs, SB

Miller has totaled 70 stolen bases in two minor league seasons, while hitting an aggregate .301/.352/.368 slashline. With almost no power to speak of, Miller is the prototypical leadoff hitter who will draw walks when he’s not hitting very well. Miller has only struck out 12.3 percent of the time through his minor league career.

Harold Ramirez 2-for-8, three runs, two K, one RBI, one SB, one CS

Ramirez is a career .301 minor league hitter, through 579 games over seven seasons. He’s stolen 94 bases, and hit 30 homers during that time.

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