The Miami Marlins recently called up a group of hitting prospects. I covered top prospects here already, but let’s take a look at how some of them did when called up. There were a few namely 3B Charles Leblanc, CF JJ Bleday, RF Peyton Burdick and 1B Lewin Diaz in particular. Let’s analyze how they’re doing and if any of them have much of a future on The Fish.
The Miami Marlins called up a bunch of hitting prospects.
Let’s start with Lewin Diaz, the supposed first baseman of the Miami Marlins future. Diaz is currently batting .138/.230/.169 in 21 games and 65 AB. That’s a pretty dreadful batting line and he’s currently worth -0.3 WAR. I have serious worries about the 25 year old ever delivering on his once promise. Diaz’s Exit Velocity is 88.5, so he’s not even hitting the ball hard. A .188 BABIP promises improvement, but his career .177/.230/.169 batting line doesn’t hold much hope or appeal. He might be a non-tender candidate in the near future.
Another Miami Marlins call-up is 3B Charles Leblanc. Leblanc burst out of the gate with a .362/.388/.511 batting line in 14 games and 47 AB. This is obviously very impressive, but rings some alarm bells due to his .444 BABIP implying regression and an uninspiring 86.4 Exit Velocity implying a lack of real power. He does have 0.4 WAR. I want to stay optimistic however and believe that maybe he can still be a .280/.350/.400 bat going forward. At least it makes sense to keep him in the lineup as long as he is producing at a high level. Long-term a better solution at third base may be required.
JJ Bleday is another interesting Miami Marlins youngster. Bleday is currently batting .207/.301/.402 in 24 games and 82 AB. An interesting thing about his stats is that he has 17 hits, 27 strikeouts and 11 walks. He actually has good plate discipline despite an unimpressive OBP. Bleday has been worth 0.4 WAR so far. He has an unimpressive 88.5 Exit Velocity and his BABIP is .269, which is about normal. Let’s see how he does with more playing time.
Another young OF called up by the Miami Marlins is Peyton Burdick. Burdick is currently batting .189/.302/.351 in 12 games and 37 AB. He has -0.3 WAR along with a .300 BABIP (meaning that the production isn’t a fluke) and an 89.5 Exit Velocity, that’s not particularly impressive. I think that we should see how he does in more AB though the production isn’t impressive so far.
The Miami Marlins called up a bunch of youngsters and so far the results are mixed. We’re not going to the playoffs this season, so figuring out what we have with them makes a lot of sense.