When the Marlins look to make changes to their 25-man roster in 2020, does it mean key outfielders from this season will be moved or forgotten?
If the Miami Marlins make significant changes to their 2020 roster, how will that affect players who have impacted the team this season?
We already know that Starlin Castro won’t be with the team next year. The same thing holds true for Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson – two players who signed one-year deals to plan South Florida in 2019.
When asked this week about what happens to these “impact” players and Marlins have been fortunate to have this year, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com talked about both Jon Berti and Harold Ramirez, who have been pleasant surprises for a team that has been stagnant offensively.
"“Berti may be the biggest surprise this season for the Marlins at the big league level. You don’t often find a 29-year-old rookie who seemingly came out of nowhere and produced,” Frisaro explained."
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The outfield that was projected for 2019, which included a more disciplined Lewis Brinson and a rejuvenated Garrett Cooper has not been effective like planned. Cooper has been better than expected when healthy. Brinson has spent most of the season at the Triple-A level working on his timing and contact at the plate.
"“The front office did a terrific job getting Berti, who played in four big-league games with the Blue Jays in 2018. Now, with Miguel Rojas (right hamstring strain) on the injured list, Berti is playing regularly at shortstop,” Frisaro stated.“He also can play third base, second and center field. He is among the fastest players in the league, and is doing a nice job in the leadoff spot. He has a chance to stick with the club in 2020 in a utility role.”"
With Ramirez, it was about taking advantage of a situation and making it pay off. If Berti is the biggest surprise on the Marlins current roster, then Ramirez may be a close second.
"“Ramirez, who also was in the Blue Jays’ system last year, is showing he can perform at the big league level. He can hit, and he may be the frontrunner to be Miami’s Opening Day left fielder in 2020,” Frisaro explained."
Both players should be part of the team’s plan for 2020, but who fits around them? Berti could easily become a fixture in the infield, which could open the door for Monte Harrison to join the outfield from Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins significantly upgraded their talent in the outfield at all four stops along the minor league level through the MLB Draft and the MLB Trade Deadline.