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Who should be Marlins’ center fielder while Jazz Chisholm Jr. is out?

The Marlins have plenty of possible internal replacements, though they all come with questions/limitations.

Jazz Chisholm Jr. #2 of the Miami Marlins is attended to by a team trainer and Bryan De La Cruz #14 after an apperant injury in the game against the Cincinnati Reds at loanDepot park on May 13, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Jasen Vinlove/Miami Marlins/Getty Images

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As you’ve all heard by now, Jazz Chisholm Jr. (right turf toe) is sidelined for at least the next month. But this is no time to pout about it. On Tuesday, the club improved to 3-0 in games that Chisholm has missed this season. Miami enters play on Wednesday at 21-21, good for sole possession of the final National League Wild Card spot. Though I don’t like looking too far ahead, all of their upcoming opponents through June 18 are outside of the current MLB postseason picture. Mediocre quality of competition should help the Fish stay afloat.

Who fills in at center field while Chisholm recovers? The following alternatives are all on the Marlins active roster and have played the position during the 2023 regular season.

  • Peyton Burdick—seven games as CF this season (five in AAA, two in MLB); 97 wRC+ in 27 PA for Marlins
  • Bryan De La Cruz—four games as CF this season (all in MLB); 103 wRC+ in 145 PA for Marlins
  • Xavier Edwards—11 games as CF this season (all in AAA); -13 wRC+ in 6 PA for Marlins
  • Garrett Hampson—five games as CF this season (four in MLB, one in AAA); 95 wRC+ in 74 for Marlins

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