Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez has been excellent this season. I would say that his acquisition is one of the top reasons to extend GM Kim Ng. Arraez has recently added himself to The Fish's record books, and that only puts an exclamation point on his amazing season. A great article recently explored his rise to elite status. It really amde me think about just how good he is.
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez established himself as the game's best pure hitter.
Luis Arraez is currently batting .354/.394/.471, with 10 home runs and 69 RBI in 144 games and 567 AB. He's been worth 4.9 WAR this season, and the best part is he's not even really in his prime yet! The superstar is only 26 years old. Arraez is in pace to win the National League batting title. Do you know what that means? He'd be the first player in history to win batting titles, in two different leagues back to back!
Did you know that the lefty hitting Arraez is actually a natural righty? Or that it was his father that taught him to hit left handed to get more hits? Ernesto used to help him practice for hours after his work as a bus driver. It took a while for him to sign with the Minnesota Twins as an international free agent. At one point Luis even gave up on baseball, but he was finally signed and was able to start his professional career.
Luis Arraez was never a top prospect in Minnesota, and didn't get the recognition that his amazing plate discipline deserved. He never stopped working hard and often training from early morning to night, in order to get better. He even silenced defensive criticisms with exceptional work at second base this season.
Kim Ng commented:
"He's just not necessarily what our game values immensely today. But I think he's definitely opened some eyes. He's just one of those guys that, until you see him every day, whether it's on the field or off the field, how he approaches his workout here, seeing him in the clubhouse, [he's] just always up. He's sort of this love-of-life kind of guy."
Luis Arraez will have his parents finally see him play this weekend in person for the Miami Marlins.