Miami Marlins: 6 Players That Must Have a Strong Month of June

Matt Melton
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 20: Isan Diaz #1 of the Miami Marlins bats against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 20: Isan Diaz #1 of the Miami Marlins bats against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on May 20, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Outfielder Corey Dickerson of the Miami Marlins (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

6. C Sandy Leon

2021 Season Stats: .169 AVG, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .437 OPS

Signed by Miami to a minor league deal in the offseason, Leon was expected to be nothing more than the Marlins backup catcher. However, things quickly changed due to various injuries, and the 32-year old veteran was forced into a bigger everyday role. Now with the catching group seemingly back to full health, Leon should return to his normal backup duties.

Leon got off to a hot start to the season, but finished the month of May hitting .117 only collecting 7 hits in 60 at-bats. The veteran catcher has been solid defensively so far this season, and it’s entirely possible that he could return to form now back in his normal role. However, if Leon cannot improve on his current production going forward, the Marlins may look at other options for a No. 2 catcher over the next month or two.

5. OF Corey Dickerson

2021 Season Stats: .277 AVG, 1 HR, 11 RBI, .341 OBP, .718 OPS

Dickerson has always been a consistent hitter throughout his big league career. Now in year two of his time in Miami, Dickerson got off to an outstanding start to the season hitting for a .320 AVG during the month of April. The same however could not be said for the month of May.

All of Dickerson’s season averages fell a substantial amount during the month of May as he hit .238 with a .595 OPS. With the Marlins outfield seemingly becoming more and more crowded by the day, Dickerson is slowly becoming the odd man out over names such as Marte, Duvall, Cooper, and potentially even Sanchez. If he doesn’t turn around recent trends, the upcoming free agent could be a prime candidate to be traded for a needed piece elsewhere.

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