Julian Infante is a 6’3″, 210 pound first baseman that was selected by the Miami Marlins in the 36th round in the MLB Draft.
While Infante may not quite have the baseball skills that Bleday does, if teams drafted based on leadership Infante would’ve been a sure fire first rounder.
To begin his Miami Marlins career, Infante was sent to the Gulf Coast League to get a feel for professional baseball. In 12 games Julian got nine hits, a triple and a home run. Overall, in 12 games he showed the Marlins enough where they felt the 23-year-old was ready to go for Class A- Batavia Muckdogs.
When Julian got to Batavia, it was clear he wouldn’t be a day-to-day starter. With the powerful Sean Reynolds on first base, Julian could only play on days where Sean was getting rest. When Julian’s number was called, he played pretty well.
For the season, Julian batted .222 with 16 hits, four doubles, and a home run in 21 games in Batavia. Julian was very solid on first base. Julian was essentially a wall at first because nothing ever got past him and when he needed to make a defensive play he made it.
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Where Julian struggled in Batavia was seeing the plate. Julian had only seven walks to 32 strikeouts in Class A-.
While at Vanderbilt his coaches raved about what kind of teammate and leader Julian Infante was. In Batavia I saw why. Julian always had a smile on his face and tried to talk to every person he saw every single day. Julian was a guy that everyone on the team really seemed to trust. Julian was the type of teammate you would hope to have on your team.
Moving forward into 2020 Julian can probably expect another year in Batavia. If he can improve at the plate he has a chance to stick around as an organizational infielder.
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