The Florida Marlins lack a major league centerfielder or a decent catcher and it’s hurting the defense and their offense a bit. Let’s start of with the black hole in centerfield. The Marlins decided not to bring in a legit CF in free agency or through a trade because they had faith in little known Alejandro De Aza. De Aza wasn’t even one of the Marlins top 30 prospects according to Baseball America but the Marlins had faith. He got off to a good start to the season before he fractured his ankle. In his first 9 major league games, De Aza was 10 for 33 (.303 avg, .769 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He will be out a long, long time while his ankle heals. So now the Marlins are playing the same guys that did a lousy job in CF last season. The better of the two is converted shortstop Alfredo Amezaga and that’s not saying much. He’s a below average defender in CF and he’s not a good hitter. Despite the fact that he’s a lousy hitter the Marlins are batting him leadoff which defies logic! In 47 games this season, Amezaga is 38 for 155 (.245 avg, .631 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 1 homer and 12 RBIs. Reggie Abercrombie also is a poor excuse for a centerfielder defensively. In 14 games this season, Abercrombie is 10 for 48 (.208 avg., .588 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers, 5 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.
The second black hole on the Marlins is at catcher. Miguel Olivo is not a good catcher but when your backup is one of the worst, if not the worst player in the major leagues…..you have to play a lot! Olivo almost never gets a break and he could be wearing out but the Marlins have no choice but to play him. In 52 games this season, Olivo is 45 for 198 (.227 avg, .597 OPS) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers and 24 RBIs. Olivo also is not the most selective batter in league as he’s whiffed 51 times and walked only 6 times and pitchers are taking advantage of that by not throwing him many strikes. Until he adjusts back to the pitchers he will continue to have poor production numbers. Still, compared to his backup Matt Treanor……Olivo looks like Joe Mauer! In 14 games this season, Treanor is 6 for 34 (.176 avg, .517 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI.
The Marlins should make a trade or two to bring in a legit major league centerfielder and catcher or they will wind up having a poor season.