In 229 at-bats, Austin Dean has 10 home runs and a .229 batting average. With the team’s decision to sign Corey Dickerson and possibly bring in one more veteran outfielder, the 26-year-old will get limited chances to prove he is an every-day player for the Marlins.
Manager Don Mattingly did use Dean at first base at the end of the season, which was a solid move, but it also won’t amount to much is Jesus Aguilar proves to be the home-run threat the coaching staff and front office hope he becomes as the team’s new first baseman.
Dean’s versatility is an asset, but with Garrett Cooper and other outfielders who can play multiple positions, where does he fit? Another team could use his bat and his ability to play both corner outfield spots.