#3 Bryan De La Cruz
Several Marlins hitters looked lost at the plate and Bryan De La Cruz is no exception to that rule. DLC had several at bats where it seemed he was just guessing what the pitch was and thinking it was fastball and swinging on it no matter where it was. That resulted in some ugly approaches at the plate and big swings and misses.
DLC was 1-for-6 for the series with a walk and an RBI. Since he did have one of the two runs accounted for I can’t give him that hard of a time but he could have done better. Now imagine if Kim Ng didn’t make any deadline deals and he was still hitting in the 4 hole. Yikes. Thankfully he was at his rightful place in the order but he did not capitalize on better pitch selection as a result.
DLC could be a pretty solid outfielder for the Marlins for years to come and hopefully he can build on this experience. As for this year however, he was overmatched and likely over hyped with nerves, at least that is how it looked. To his credit he stayed true to the Kim Ng model of low strikeout as he didn’t strike out once in the series and that is also to his credit as compared to other players who are on this list.