Spring Training Player to Watch:  Griffin Conine

Could he make a push for a spot this year?
Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; A general view of the Miami Marlins logo silhouetted against the
Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; A general view of the Miami Marlins logo silhouetted against the / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins are only days away from Spring Training being in full swing and questions still remain on their final roster. The Marlins outfield could be stock full of players with no room for prospects but if the Marlins make a trade there could be room for an add. Griffin Conine is approaching his 27th birthday this year and he could be in a spot to be dealt or added to a big league roster sometime in 2024 which makes his spring training something to key in on. 

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Conine has had a pretty consistent track record of success in the minor leagues, following a simple pattern of adjustment time followed by productive time. He is on a productive year in the cycle for AAA and there is no where else to promote to other than the big league roster. Conine can have some good pop and has potential to be a 20-25 home run guy and a low to mid .200s batting average. 

Last season with 80 at-bats in AAA Jacksonville Conine hit 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and .225. Prior to entering AAA he was crushing it in AA with 18 home runs, 62 RBIs, and .253 in only 292 at-bats. That’s a 6% home run rate and it was obvious he deserved a promotion. In 2022 he hit 24 home runs, drove in 74 runs, and hit .215. 

It will be interesting to see what happens this spring with Conine. Last year he played in 4 games with only 2 at bats driving in 1 run on 1 hit. The same was true in 2022 but he hit a home run for his only hit. He should get more at bats this Spring Training and could have a chance to show he is worth a look in the near future for a promotion. 

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