Marlins: 3 Questions facing the team ahead of Spring Training

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins adjusts the line before the game between the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 28, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins adjusts the line before the game between the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on February 28, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 12: Jorge Alfaro #38 of the Miami Marlins celebrates with Lewis Brinson #9 after scoring a run in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Marlins Park on April 12, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Will Lewis Brinson Make The Team?

We can debate this all through February and March. Does Lewis Brinson make the 26-man roster? does he deserve a spot when there are other worthy candidates who may perform better on the Major League level?

I think of this question like debated the Wei-Yin Chen roster spot last season. Money was the reason for Chen’s place in Miami last season. This season, the Marlins are hoping the third time is the charm for Brinson, who still has all the tools to be a solid MLB player if he could learn to hit on this level. In the minors, he is a good player with 30-home run potential.

Right now, it does not translate.

I suspect he makes the roster, but he also has one more option the Marlins can use. I also think he is a DFA candidate if the right moves are made during camp to find the right balance in the outfield. Don’t get me wrong, I like Brinson’s ability, and I want the South Florida native to make the roster, but I also think there is a crowded outfield and too many other talented players to give up a roster spot for him.

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