Marlins: The team’s top four ROY candidates

Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: A general view of a baseball and glove in the the field, prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Michigan Wolverines and Vanderbilt Commodores on June 24, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Omaha, NE - JUNE 24: A general view of a baseball and glove in the the field, prior to game one of the College World Series Championship Series between the Michigan Wolverines and Vanderbilt Commodores on June 24, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 10: Isan Diaz #1 of the Miami Marlins takes the field in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on August 10, 2019, in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Isan Diaz

The Marlins got a taste of what Isan Diaz can do on the Major League level. He is still very much a work in progress. While he has flashed his power – hitting home runs off Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard – but he also had issues at the plate and needs to work on his defense.

Diaz said he would use the offseason to work on his fundamentals and concentrate on preparing for a full season in the Majors. He will once again be asked to take over at second base and could hit as high as second in the batting order.

Also, the diamond – especially the infield – will look different this season. There is more power in the lineup this season with new acquisitions, but the Marlins want to see the consistency at the plate that produced home runs at the Triple-A level. Diaz could be a 25-homer guy with some grooming.

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