The Marlins made a move after their 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays last night – Derek Dietrich was sent down to AAA New Orleans.
Mike Redmond addressed the media after the game, and addressed the move. Basically, he characterized Dietrich as an MLB-level player but that he needs to work on his defense. The suggestion was made that after Dietrich took a ball to the face during Spring Training he has become a bit gun-shy and has made some careless mistakes with fielding the ball. The kind of mistakes that Dietrich, a juggler, is not expected to make.
More than likely, Dietrich will get the seasoning he needs and get more steady playing time to help him develop his game and spring back to the bigs.
The other side of this is that the Marlins had named Ed Lucas their starter coming out of Spring Training but if not for a freak injury on the day the move was announced, Lucas would have filled the role the entire time. As it stands, Lucas, along with Donovan Solano, will man the duties at 2B. Meanwhile, Rafael Furcal is continuing his rehab and is progressing slowly. Once Furcal returns, you gain more depth at both 2B and even SS.
The Marlins are calling up Justin Bour in the meantime to provide some offensive spark and a big bat moving forward. Bour is coming off a recent two home run performance in a win against the Sky Sox. But this isn’t a reward for recent production, Bour has been steady all season hitting .330 with 9 home runs and 36 RBI.
Bour may be another success story along the lines of Dan Uggla – both were Rule 5 pickups. Bour, however, was picked up off the minor league phase last year due to the fact that the Marlins had no room on their 40 man roster to pick up a big leaguer.
The Marlins are heading out on a 7 game road trip – 4 of which will be played in AL parks (Tampa Bay and Texas). Bour could be expected to see some time at DH but also could spell Garrett Jones at 1B although both hitters are left-handed bats.