Should Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson miss extensive time due to a sustained shoulder injury, who should take his everyday spot at the hot corner?
There is arguably no other team that has sustained more injuries up and down their roster throughout the 2021 season to this point more than the Miami Marlins. Still standing at 23-25 however squarely in contention in the NL East, the Marlins depth and pitching in particular has allowed them to succeed.
Miami will however now most likely have to replace any everyday starter in 3B Brian Anderson, who appears to be missing time with a shoulder injury. Anderson had appeared in 35 games so far this season with a .250 AVG, and was showing signs recently of swinging a hot-bat in recent games.
When looking at potential replacements for Anderson during this time, they have numerous players internally capable of taking the starting role.
The Miami Marlins have multiple options internally to start at 3B.
The Marlins could opt-to take a platoon role in replacing Anderson, rather than labeling one player as the full-time starter. That is what I would fully expect them to do.
When looking at potential candidates, Jon Berti is obviously at the top of the list as he started at the hot corner on Tuesday night. While Berti has struggled this season only hitting for a .182 batting average, the 31-year old utility player has already played in 16 games this season at 3B for the Marlins, and 41 games at the position in his career.
Isan Diaz could also be an option to start at 3B. Recently activated off the IL on Tuesday, Diaz has never played at 3B in the major leagues, but should see some time splitting starts with Berti. Yes, it has been a slow start to the season for Diaz, but that could easily change with more opportunity.
What about versatile infielder Jose Devers? The Marlins #8 prospect is considered as one of the best pure contact hitters in the Miami organization, and his versatility on defense could see him earn some starts at third base.
While there may not be one “set in stone” starter at 3B while Anderson is out, the Marlins have three capable players that should all see time.