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Marlins shaking things up with promotion of Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick

Jul 23, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

Christian Yelich AP

Most teams would feel embarrassed after getting shut out in an entire series the way the Marlins were by the Brewers. The Marlins, though, seem more impervious to public sentiment than most, so it wouldn’t have been shocking if they just stood pat and hoped to bounce back they way they seemed to throughout June and most of July. They didn’t, however — the Marlins demoted outfielder Marcell Ozuna and second baseman Derek Dietrich to Double-A Jacksonville, and promoted outfielders Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. Both are in tonight’s starting lineup against the Rockies. Yelich will bat second and play left field, Marisnick will bat sixth and play center field.

Ozuna started off his Major League career on fire, posting an .834 OPS in the month of May, but as he logged more plate appearances and pitchers learned more about his weaknesses, he was quickly exploited. In June, he posted a .685 OPS, and in July, merely .484. Dietrich performed exactly at replacement level, posting a .679 OPS with subpar defense since making his Major League debut on May 8.

Yelich entered the season as one of the 15 best prospects in baseball according to both Baseball America and MLB.com. Still just 21 years old, he performed well against Double-A competition in 222 PA, leaving with an .883 OPS. Marisnick was rated as the #64 overall prospect by Baseball America and #70 by MLB.com. In 298 PA at Double-A, he had an .860 OPS.

After snapping their streak of 37 consecutive scoreless innings yesterday, the Marlins are hoping to end a skid in which they have lost nine of their previous 13 games. They own the National League’s worst offense (averaging 3.2 runs per game), and subsequently, the worst run differential (-96) as well.

  1. jashton11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Did the Marlins get rid of their AAA team, or are they finally admitting they are one?

    • bronco58lb - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      It appears Jacksonville is getting preferential treatment over New Orleans when it comes to players. Miami needs fans and no place better to start with an in-state secondary market.

      • spezzabangsmilfs - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        Loria saves gas money by sending them to Jacksonville rather than New Orleans

  2. hittfamily - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Dietrich was no where near ready. He never made it above AA for the Rays. At best he will be mediocre second baseman with some pop. Yelich is gonna be a hell of a ballplayer though.

    • jashton11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      I saw Yelich a few times last year in High-A Jupiter. I really like the way he plays. I just hope the Marlins aren’t screwing him up by bringing him up too early.

      • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        Miami has a strong farm but 2016 is the earliest they could hope to compete. I really hope they trade Stanton. The fans are staying home anyways, so maximize the value and get a boatload of prospects that will be ready in 2-3 years.

      • jashton11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:53 PM

        Totally agree. There’s no reason to rush these guys to the majors when the Marlins have nothing to play for this year or next. All the team is doing is starting they’re arbitration clocks early.

        I hope Stanton gets out of there soon. I hate seeing a guy with that much talent go to waste for that owner.

      • jashton11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:31 PM

        Ahhhh, “their.” Need the edit button.

    • hittfamily - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Wil Myers wasn’t called up too early or too late. He was called up just right. 1-0 Rays.

    • bronco58lb - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Like Dietrich, Marisnick was made huge strides in 2013 and is having arguably his best year, but he isn’t ready for the jump.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:57 PM

        Marisnick is making huge strides this season compared to last year, but he was much better in the Jays farm system 2 years ago. Nice to see a rebound after a sub par 2012.

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Until the Marlins organization becomes committed to winning and creating that type of environment and team culture..than I feel really bad for the young guys wasting away the prime of their careers in such a place. As a professional baseball organization, you cannot be content with simply turning a profit, and not taking any chances at greatness. There is nothing respectable about this mindset.

    The Marlins would benefit by not only shaking up their outfield, but their front office as well. In some companies and businesses, you have employees that are afraid to rock the boat, or to shake things up. They are content with keeping everything exactly the same, and they’re intent only on preserving their own jobs. You need to show a willingness to put your chips “All In” to go after a championship here and there.

    • Old Gator - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      Scrooge McLoria put up a great impersonation of an “all in” owner orfseason before last with his hire of Slobbering Ozzie and all those carefully backloaded contracts – but you got the idea that something was awry when he paraded out those Vegas showgirls and the twitching ruin of Muhammad Ali on opening day, and it was downhill from there.

      There isn’t going to be much change in the Feesh front orifice until those little black hooded characters come swarming up through the floor to spin Scrooge McLoria down to hell where he belongs. I suspect Scrooge, Beinfest and the Chihuahua all know too much about each other.

  4. Old Gator - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Bill, Ozuna got sent down in large part because he had injured his hand last night, seriously enough to be sent to Macondo instead of Jacksonville for an examination of his thumb and then to get him in a position for rehab. Dietrich is a whole other story. He was really struggling. Donovan Solano will get his spot back.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Yelich and Marisnick perform tonight, though. It’s been a while since anything of interest has gone on for the Feesh.

  5. bkoz1 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Lest we forget all of the sound young starting pitching. 2014… Move Stanton to first, Moran at third and keep a veteran catcher on the roster to help the staff and hit ,218. 84 wins,

    • Old Gator - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Stanton is a pretty good right fielder and he has a howitzer for an arm. Leave him right where he is.

      At least until he’s salary-dumped, I mean.

      • bkoz1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:17 AM

        True Gator. I just think we can keep Iron Mike’s legs healthy and open up those outfield spots. Surprised Ozuna was sent down.

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