After the Miami Marlins defeated the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night, one of the main talking points from the game was not that the Marlins won, but a 3-run HR in the 2nd Inning. While this one singular play only drove in three of Miami’s eight runs, it was a long time coming you could say.
While the Miami Marlins have gotten phenomenal starts to the season offensively from a few players such as Jesus Aguilar, Corey Dickerson, and more, there have been a few players that have struggled as well. There is one player in particular however that has struggled so far, but may be on the verge of taking-off offensively, Adam Duvall.
Duvall was signed by the Marlins as a sneaky good pickup in the offseason. Coming off a phenomenal 2020 season with the Braves where he hit .237 with 16 HRs, 33 RBIs, and an .833 OPS in 57 games, Duvall brings a ton of power potential to this Marlins lineup when he is swinging a hot bat.
Duvall got off to a slow start to the season only collecting three hits during the Marlins first seven games of the season. However, we saw flashes of the 2020 version of Duvall when the Miami Marlins faced his former team in Atlanta, and showed exactly just how good he could be going 7/14 at the plate with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs in the 4-game series.
Adam Duvall is potentially on the verge of taking-off offensively.
Duvall, a career .231 hitter, has never been a “hit for average” player. Duvall helps your team in many different ways by providing a lot of power, as well as strong defense.
Even though Duvall has cooled-off since that Atlanta series back in mid-April, going off of last season alone, the numbers show Duvall will start to swing a hot bat soon. Yes, Duvall has cooled off since his initial offensive outburst in Atlanta, but it only takes one HR for Duvall to get hot at the plate.
That is what came on Wednesday night when Duvall launched a 3-run HR to left field in the Bottom of the 2nd inning at Marlins Park, his first since hitting three in that Atlanta series.
When looking back at his 2020 season with the Braves, Duvall had a few cold spirts throughout the season at the plate, but has an ability to start hitting HRs often when he’s on. If you need any evidence of this, simply look back at the first 10 games of September from last season.
After finishing the month of August with only 4 HRs, Duvall got hot at the plate launching 8 HRs and 16 RBIs in 10 games. This also included two 3 HR games, 12 hits over that span, and raising his OPS and SLG% over 200+ percentage points.
As is evident with Duvall in the past, he is a big-time HR hitter with tons of power when he is swinging a hot bat. If the HR on Wednesday was the one to break the seal, Duvall according to recent trends may be about to start launching long balls often over the next couple of days and weeks.