Lewin Diaz Wins the First Base Job
Lewin Diaz came to Miami in the deal that sent Romo to Minnesota prior to the MLB Trade Deadline. All he did was display power in the minors and give the team its best first base prospect in some time.
Diaz hit 24 home runs last season at three minor league stops but belted eight of them in 31 games at Double-A Jacksonville, the Marlins affiliate. He comes to camp with everything to prove and nothing to lose. If he does not make the opening-day roster, he will swing for the fences at Wichita, at the Triple-A level.
Miami picked up Aguilar off waivers this offseason, hoping he becomes a 35-40 home run threat in the middle of the batting order. The team now has depth and options at a position that was used as a hot potato last season.
Matt Kemp could win a spot on the roster out of camp and provide a veteran bat at the corner as well. Garrett Cooper is a possibility, as he hit 15 homers last season playing in the outfield and at first when he was in the lineup.