So June is upon us and there are rumors of players getting ready to be called up. Ever-present is the countdown of Christian Yelich and his arrival to the bigs. The kid continues to play slick OF hitting .272/.350/.538 with an .888 OPS. He has 6 HR and 28 RBI and although he has 46 Ks, he has grabbed 19BBs along the way. Yet over his last 10 games he is batting just .162 with 0 HRs. Despite this slump, expect a call up.
But beyond Yelich, who else out there could be targeted by the Fish to provide help? Watch out for Kevin Kouzmanoff – the Marlins aren’t getting the production they thought they were going to get from Placido Polanco. The defense is there, but Polanco’s bat has continued to struggle and the Marlins are not able to overlook anemic offensive production at the hot corner. One possibility could be moving Derek Dietrich there when Donovan Solano returns but the Marlins may just want to keep Dietrich at 2B as his glove has been much more steady than what Solano was providing up to this point. Besides, it is looking like Dietrich is the future there. Another option though would be to call up Kouzmanoff from AAA NOLA to play 3B and see what kind of production he could muster in a possible platoon situation. They Marlins have brought up Ed Lucas, but he figures to be a utility guy along the lines of a Nick Green. Jordan Brown is making a case to be a pinch hitter, coming off the bench with success in his recent call up. In Kouzmanoff the Marlins get a veteran with some power who could hold the third bag until the Marlins find a more long term answer.
Speaking of, who would that be? Zack Cox has a projectable bat, which seems to equate to a light hitting cornerman. He can pick the spot, but will not offer tremendous power. He is really the top prospect, at this point, to play 3B for the Marlins for the foreseeable future. Yordy Cabrera is a SS prospect brought over in a deal with the A’s last season and he has a little pop. He has 7 HRs in