Which Miami Marlins Have the Most to Lose in 2020?

There are a few players would could make-it or break-it based on their 2020 season performance.

The Miami Marlins have several such players on their 40-man roster. Which of them stand to lose out without a strong performance over the 60-game campaign.

In most seasons, teams can be patient while their players “heat up.” With 162 games on the schedule, some players (known as slow starters) can have a bad April and still finish the season with reasonably good numbers.

If it takes a month to get hot, who cares? That’s just one-sixth of the season. This year, it accounts for half. Players are going to be counted on to start strong. Some borderline players on the hot-seat include left-handed reliever Adam Conley, righty Drew Steckenrider, first baseman Jesus Aguilar, second baseman Isan Diaz, and outfielders Magneuris Sierra, Monte Harrison, and Lewis Brinson.

Miami Marlins

PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 27: Adam Conley #61 of the Miami Marlins. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Brinson is probably the Miami Marlins player with the most pressure on him to perform quickly. After a lackluster rookie 2018 season in which he slashed just .199/.240/.338 with 11 round-trippers and 42 RBI, he actually took a step back by slashing .173/.236/.221 and going deep zero times.

Over his major league career, Brinson has struck out 211 times in 708 plate appearances, a whiff rate of 29.8 percent. He’s also managed to draw only 37 walks for a 5.2 percent base-on-balls rate. Despite his seeming helplessness on offense, he’s regarded as an average-or-better defender in center field. The numbers don’t back that up either, as Brinson led the majors in 2018 with eight outfield errors and added another five last season for a career .970 fielding percentage.

Widely regarded as a true five-tool player upon his arrival in the Miami Marlins system (in the Christian Yelich deal preceding the 2018 season), Brinson has failed to bat his weight over a not-small-sample-size. A former first-round choice who topped the Marlins prospect list upon his acquisition, the Fort Lauderdale native recently turned 26-years-old.

We’re all pulling for Brinson to succeed, as he’s clearly invested in the community and one of the more outgoing players on the team. Baseball, however, is a business. I can’t imagine he’d remain in the lineup if at any point past three games his batting average drops below .200.

Brinson is a solid guy and could be a huge contributor if his performance level reaches his potential. Will the Marlins continue their patience with him? Thanks for reading.