What should the Miami Marlins do with Jon Berti?
Jon Berti is stealing more bases than entire teams! Does he belong in the starting lineup on a regular basis? Jon Berti is a great utility option that can play multiple positions and help the team all over the field. He also doesn’t have a bad reputation and seems to want to do all that he can to help the Miami Marlins win. He definitely helps in the WAR area for us, and he’s surely not on this notorious list either. What’s his future on The Fish?
Jon Berti should continue in a utility role for the Miami Marlins going forward.
Jon Berti is currently batting .243/.331/.337 with 3 home runs, 24 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 87 games and 300 AB. He’s been worth 2.2 WAR for the season so far. He has an 87.8 Exit Velocity, so the lack of power isn’t surprising. The batting line is pretty unimpressive and even underwhelming, however the WAR shows that he still provides significant value.
Jon Berti is here defensively versatile, as he is able to play second base, third base, left field and center field. This makes him a very useful utility option and having him on the bench is pretty indispensable for The Fish despite his poor batting line.
Is there a reason to make Berti a starter at any of those positions? He’s obviously blocked at second base by the significantly better Jazz Chisholm Jr. and at third base we have Jordan Groshans as the third bagger of the future. We also have Joey Wendle there, who is hitting .258/.297/.366 with a 2.3 WAR. You can argue for Berti over Wendle, but they have similar poor batting lines and Berti is more versatile defensively.
What about the outfield? Left field is occupied by Jorge Soler, and even if we move him to designated hitter, we’ll almost certainly look for a more traditional corner outfield bat. This leaves center field as the only remaining option, but we may look to get someone o has better contact for the position.
I see Jon Berti as a good fit for CF if we can’t find anyone better. Otherwise he’s a great utility option off the bench.