To compliment replacing Adeiny Hechavarria on the 10-day disabled list, the Marlins have recalled 25 year old shortstop J.T. Riddle. Selected in the 13th round by the Fish in 2013 out of the University of Kentucky, Riddle has been praised for his solid defense and versatility while maintaining average offensive production in the upper minors.
In nearly 600 plate appearances for Jacksonville, he has slashed a combined .281/.330/.384. Although he struggled in his brief stint with AAA New Orleans last year, he has begun this year batting 6 for his first 14. The left-handed Riddle makes a fair amount of contact, tending to keep the ball on the ground while showing occasional pop. Although it may not be with him currently, there is potential for him to add more power with his thin build.
Although Miguel Rojas will likely take most of the reps at shortstop in the absence of Hechavarria, the athleticism of Riddle may very well allow him to fill in around the infield wherever he is needed. Riddle is ranked as the number 12 prospect in the Marlins organization according to MLB.com and is unranked by MinorLeagueBall’s John Sickles.