Of all the question marks for the Miami Marlins in 2020, perhaps the biggest is, who’s going to play center field? Heading into spring training, Miami has a cluttered outfield group. But one of those players will need to emerge to take over everyday.
As it stands right now, the Marlins will have at least 14 outfielders at camp in Jupiter. And that’s not including utility players like Jon Berti and the newly acquired Jonathan Villar, who can play just about anywhere. Now, that number includes prospects invited to Captain’s Camp, but even with the understanding that JJ Bleday, Jesus Sanchez and Jerar Encarnacion will not be with the big club when camp breaks, it’s still a lot of players to sort through.
“There’s no shortage of potential candidates,” Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said of the center field position in January during baseball’s Winter Meetings.
Last season, the Marlins started nine different players in center field. Lewis Brinson led the way with 54 starts, followed by JT Riddle (26), Cesar Puello (19), Harold Ramirez (19), Berti (15), Rosell Herrera (10), Isaac Galloway (10), Magneuris Sierra (8) and Yadiel Rivera (1).
Here’s a look at what could be one of the most interesting battles at spring training for the Marlins, Center Field.