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Bryan De La Cruz gets most votes to be Jazz’s fill-in as Marlins CF

Opinion is split on how the Marlins should go about addressing their temporary center field void.

Bryan De La Cruz #14 of the Miami Marlins in action against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at loanDepot park on May 17, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images

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The votes are in from Wednesday’s survey regarding which Marlins player should fill the shoes of Jazz Chisholm Jr. (right turf toe) for the next several weeks. Although all of the candidates received substantial support, Bryan De La Cruz led the way with 29% of the vote.

De La Cruz hasn’t started a game in center field since April 14 and he hasn’t spent even one inning at the position since April 24. Rather, the Marlins have deployed the 26-year-old as their everyday left fielder in recent weeks.

My interpretation of these results are that fans believe DLC deserves the most outfield playing time—regardless of specific position—due to his impact at the plate. His late-April slump is looking like an anomaly as he enters Friday in the midst of a career-best 12-game hitting streak. Overall in 2023, he is slashing .287/.327/.434 (109 wRC+) with comparable production against left-handed and right-handed pitching.

Since Jazz went down, Garrett Hampson and Xavier Edwards have manned center for the Fish.

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