The perception of the Christian Yelich deal has been poor over the last year-and-a-half, but the Marlins are picking up some momentum with those players. Lewis Brinson, Isan Daz, Jordan Yamamoto, and Monte Harrison have all made strides that can lead one to believe the Marlins might not get absolutely embarrassed for trading Yelich the offseason prior to his 2018 MVP campaign.
On Sunday afternoon, Craig Mish, of Swings and Mishes, reported that both Díaz and Brinson are going to be called up to the major leagues. The Marlins will announce the moves prior to Monday’s doubleheader against the Mets (once they do, we‘ll have the roster updates here).
Isan Diaz has some of the best numbers in all of Minor League Baseball this year, slashing .305/.395/.578 with 26 HRs and 21 2Bs in Triple-A New Orleans. For a while now, the biggest obstacle for calling up Diaz was 2B Starlin Castro. Castro was not moved at the trade deadline this year, presenting some logistical issues for Diaz’s call-up. However, the 23 year old second baseman’s production has been undeniable, forcing the Marlins’ hand to make a spot for him in the 25-man roster.
This weekend, Starlin Castro was seen taking ground balls at 3B prior to the Marlins games versus the Tampa Bay Rays. In all likelihood, Castro will move to 3B—a position that he’s never played in his long major league career—and Díaz will take his place at 2B.
While Lewis Brinson’s major league career has been defined by immense struggles, the 25 year old CF will get another shot at the bigs after slashing .270/.361/.510 with 16 HRs in Triple-A New Orleans. Don Mattingly, post-game, on Sunday indicated that OF Cesar Puello is likely going on the IL, hence the Brinson call-up.
The Marlins over the last few weeks have been enjoying offensive contributions from almost all their key prospects and now will be able to show fans some of that at the big league level.
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