If there is any silver lining in Dee Gordon's PED suspension, it's that the Marlins will finally get an extended look at Derek Dietrich. At least that's what I keep telling myself. What other options does Don Mattingly have?
Aside from the suspended Gordon, every infielder on the Fish's 40-man roster is currently in the major leagues. All of them. As fun as it can be to watch Miguel Rojas play defense, I don't think he hits enough to warrant any expanded role. According to Fangraphs, in 339 plate appearances spread over three years, Rojas own a career slash line of .230/.283/.291 and .256 wOBA. The Marlins could probably get away with him as their every day second baseman for a few months if it weren't for already having a shortstop with a career .277 wOBA.
And even when Rojas does get on base, he doesn't add much. Over his three major league seasons, he's 0 for 1 in stolen base attempts and has never been on the plus side of the Fangraphs base running index.
It would seem the most likely infield setup is Martin Prado sliding over to second base and Chris Johnson and Dietrich forming a platoon at third. Johnson grades out as a slightly better defender than Dietrich, but that feels a bit like being the wisest person in the house of fools.
And who knows about Prado at second base? He hasn't played more than 40 games at the position since 2010 and sports a career -8.4 UZR rating at second, compared to his career 23.3 UZR at third base.
The cupboard is empty. There aren't any prospects ready to step forward. And Robert Andino just doesn't feel like much of a savior.
Am I overreacting?