The Miami Marlins badly need a spark. To me, the choice seems obvious as to where there should go to find it.
Coming into Friday’s game against the Pirates, the Miami Marlins had lost six games in a row. Sitting seven games below .500 at 24-31 overall, good for 4th in the NL East, Miami now finds themselves in a stretch of very important games in the near future which isn’t ideal for a team that can’t necessarily find something good to happen in recent weeks.
Plain and simple, this team needs a spark. Now no, one player doesn’t make a team’s success or downfall, especially in baseball, but play and momentum on and off the field can be 100% contagious if things are going right.
Now obviously things aren’t going right for the Marlins currently. That is why Miami needs to call up one of their top prospects as soon as possible to inject some life into this team.
It is time for the Miami Marlins to call-up Jesus Sanchez.
Now yes, this team you could argue has many different issues at multiple positions. Despite the numerous injuries, players arguably underperforming, and more, there is one clear move internally that should 100% be made right now.
It’s time to call-up Jesus Sanchez. While one could argue that he should’ve already been called up by now, there is no denying that the Marlins don’t need his offensive production right now badly.
We mentioned a few weeks back on how Sanchez, based on his performance at the moment, might force the Marlins’ hand on a call-up. Guess what? He’s maintained that level of elite play offensively since then, while also flashing some phenomenal defensive abilities with the glove and arm.
Entering play on Friday, these were Sanchez’s stats through 25 games down in Triple-A:
- 95 at-bats – .389 AVG, .437 OBP, .716 SLG, 1.153 OPS, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 4 2B, 3 3B
It’s not just the consistent contact for Sanchez, but the Marlins #6 prospect is hitting for power often while also getting on-base in general at an elite level.
Now yes, Sanchez’s 1/25 showing at the plate in limited action last season showed that he still needed to make some improvements offensively. Has he not already showed those improvements in 25 Triple-A games so far this season?
Plain and simple, you cannot keep the level at which Sanchez is producing offensively down in Triple-A while your offense is struggling to the level that there currently are in the big leagues.
Starling Marte is a given in Miami’s everyday lineup going forward. Is what Sanchez is currently doing in Triple-A not the same, if not better, than what the Marlins currently have in the other outfield spots? Obviously Triple-A and big league pitching are two different levels, but there is only one way to find out right?
When you’re struggling like this offensively, you have to play your best nine everyday regardless. Is Sanchez at this point not one of those nine?
This team desperately needs a spark. The best way to provide that spark as soon as possible is simple, have Sanchez in the starting lineup on Tuesday in Miami for the series opener against the Rockies.