Miami Marlins: 3 Bold Predictions from Now to the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline
By Matt Melton
1. Garrett Cooper leads the Miami Marlins in HRs
The Miami Marlins currently rank 27th in baseball in total team HRs with 37 on the season. With Jesus Aguilar and Adam Duvall by far the team leaders in hitting the long-ball, there is one player in particular that has the potential to join that group, Garrett Cooper.
Now there is no question that Cooper has gotten off to a rough start to the 2021 season. Currently sporting a .209 batting average through 37 games played, Cooper just hasn’t looked like his previous seasons’ self.
Cooper is now in year four of his time in Miami, while being a starter in the Marlins outfield for the previous two seasons. Sporting an average above .280 in each of those two seasons, it’s clear that Cooper has yet to fully “get-it-going” this year.
That’s the batting average comparison, but what about the HR though? Cooper has only hit 23 so far in his career, with his most in any singular season being 15 during the 2019 season. Currently standing at only 2 long balls so far this season, is it possible for Cooper?
If the most he has ever hit in a season is 15, and the current team leader Aguilar is sitting at 9, it seems impossible for Cooper to lead the team by the deadline right?
It’s clear that Cooper is having a rough start to the season, but you know that he is due for a big break-out at some point in the near future simply based off his previous seasons’ success. With Cooper also beginning to heat-up at the plate during the most recent series in Los Angeles, that break-out could come at any moment.
Cooper as mentioned previously only has 2 HRs currently. Even though it’ll be a tough task to accomplish, could the soon to be break-out for Cooper feature a lot of 400+ ft. round-trippers?