It appears that 26-year old righty swinging Gaby Sanchez and 22-year old lefty swinging Logan Morrison will battle for the 1B job in 2010 this spring. Sanchez probably has a slight lead going into spring training. He played in 21 games for the Marlins last season and he was 5 for 21 (.238 avg, .828 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 homers and 3 RBIs. Sanchez also played in 85 games in AAA-ball last year and he was 92 for 318 (.289 avg, .849 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 16 homers, 56 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Sanchez didn’t make any errors in 4 games for the Marlins last season.
Logan Morrison is one of the better prospects in the Marlins’ minor league system but he might still need some time in the minors. Morrison played in 82 games in A+AA ball last season and he was 80 for 289 (.277 avg, .848 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers, 49 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He does show pretty good plate discipline as he walked 64 times last season while only whiffing 48 times.
Jorge Cantu played in 111 games at 1B last season for the Marlins and he made 6 errors. While he is not a good defenisve 3B it looks like that is where he will open the year unless both Sanchez and Morrison fall on their faces this spring. Wes Helms could also play some at 1B for the Marlins in 2010. He played 4 games there making 1 error in 2009 for the Marlins.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2010: D