This time last year, he was enjoying sushi rather than the sunshine in south Florida. He’s a testament to the retooling of the Marlins’ offense which, a year ago, was so anemic they should have had their own commercial. Now, they don’t need your pity as the Marlins have made great strides on offense and one man has helped do so.
You may call him “Hits”.
Casey McGehee was another hitter longed for the trash heap and off he went to Japan to try and find some work in the meantime. He had some success with the Brewers, hitting in the same lineup as Prince Fielder. Maybe it got away from him, maybe he became too confident. Whatever it was, it’s gone now as McGehee has been putting on a clinic all season long as the Marlins’ 3B.
He leads all NL third baggers in fielding percentage (.974) and is 2nd in the bigs. He leads the NL in RBI among 3B (38) and is third in all of MLB. He is hitting .297/.356/.377. But most impressively has been his hitting with RISP where “Hits” McGehee has a .422. His 64 ABs are far and away the most among third basemen in all of baseball, and he has grabbed 32 RBIs in that situation.
He only has one home run to date, but with the other stats, you have to start realizing that home runs can be a bit overrated. Productive hitting comes with situational awareness and McGehee has demonstrated his all season driving hits to opposite field. More importantly, he provides serious protection in the lineup for Giancarlo Stanton, who is having his best year at the plate since signing the $6.5M salary upgrade at the start. This is not coincidental as teams now are forced to face Stanton and not just strand him on a 4 ball island.
McGehee has demonstrated great value in signing the one year deal with Miami. He has also, to date, demonstrated himself to be an all-star as he leads in key categories among his peers.