30-year old righty swinging Omar Infante wields a Glove Glove caliber mitt and he’s a pesky hitter. He played in 148 games for the Marlins last year and he was 160 of 579 (.276 avg, .696 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 7 homers, 49 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Infante played in 942 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 869 of 3,162 (.275 avg, .711 OPS) with 381 runs scored, 52 homers, 317 RBIs and 47 stolen bases. Infante only had 8 errors in 146 games at SS last year while showing off outstanding range. Infante is a rock solid 2B.
33-year old righty swinging Nick Green played in 123 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles & Rangers last year in which he was 107 of 455 (.235 avg, .683 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 12 homers, 63 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He last played in the majors in 2010 with the Dodgers and Blue Jays. Green has played in 393 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 237 of 1,000 (.237 avg, .653 OPS) with 142 runs scored, 16 homers, 96 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Green is an average defensive 2B.
28-year old righty swinging Donnie Murphy is also back to compete for a backup job in 2012. Murphy played in 36 games for the Marlins last year and he was 17 of 92 (.185 avg, .555 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. He has now played in 65 games in his first two years with the Marlins and he is 31 of 136 (.228 avg, .715 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers and 25 RBIs. Murphy is a hacker at the plate as he has only walked 5 times while whiffing 40 times so far with the Fish. Murphy has now played in 192 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 93 of 461 (.202 avg, .639 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 15 homers, 70 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He played 1 error-free game at 2B for the Marlins last year.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2012: B