In the latest batch of the Miami Marlins roster moves made before Tuesday’s series opener in Baltimore, the one move in particular that garnered the most attention among Marlins’ fans was No. 6 prospect Lewin Diaz being recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville.
Diaz, the Marlins No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has impressed throughout his time in Triple-A this season slashing .221/.294/.514 with 14 HR’s and 38 RBI’s. Already having appeared in limited action with the big league club during the 2021 season, Diaz was sent back-down to Jacksonville so Miami’s first baseman of the future could receive regular at-bat’s.
Seemingly blocked by current Marlins first baseman Jesus Aguilar at the moment, it was understandable as to why the 24-year old slugger was sent back to Triple-A. However, after receiving yet another call-up, could this time be to stay in Miami for good?
It’s time for Miami Marlins prospect Lewin Diaz to stay in the big leagues.
With the July 30th Trade Deadline days away, it is currently unknown if the Marlins will trade Aguilar, who will certainly garner interest from contenders looking to upgrade at first base.
Currently leading the NL in RBI’s, Miami could easily opt-to keep Aguilar who is still under team control for the 2022 season, and would be a perfect DH option should the position come to the NL full-time. With no DH however, it is very difficult to find ways to fit both Aguilar and Diaz in the lineup at the same time.
When looking at what the Marlins might do when potentially considering trading Aguilar over the next couple of days, the move makes sense if you get the right offer. If you trade Aguilar, Diaz takes over as the Marlins first baseman for years to come. If not, you potentially enter 2022 with two players who would excel at both first base and DH.
One thing that is clear however is that it’s time for Diaz to stay in the big leagues full-time going forward. If the 24-year old’s performance on Tuesday night against the Orioles is something to go off as well, Diaz will be one of the most exciting players in the Miami Marlins everyday lineup going forward.