What more does Bryson Brigman need to do to prove he’s ready for The Show?! The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp infielder is our special guest on this episode (5:00). Brigman explains what he did to stay ready during the canceled 2020 Minor League Baseball campaign and how he maintains his consistency at the plate and on defense. We get his takeaways from spending a few days as “teammates” with Miguel Rojas, his impressions of the new MiLB schedule format and much more.
Enjoy Episode 36!
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The 60th-ranked prospect in the Marlins organization according to Fish On The Farm, Brigman enters Thursday with a .315/.371/.485 slash line through his first 35 career games at the Triple-A level. His 127 wRC+—100 represents league average—is on pace for a career high. He tells Fish Stripes that irregular playing time may have contributed to his lack of production early in the season (.188/.278/.219 through the first three series, .357/.402/.571 since then).
Defensively, Brigman has started games at second base and third base, but lately has settled into a steady role as the team’s everyday shortstop and leadoff hitter. No matter where you put him, he makes all of the routine plays, as reflected by his perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He can do the not-so-routine stuff too, citing this diving stop from May 26 to rob Durham’s Dalton Kelly of a hit in the fifth inning.
Franchise third baseman Brian Anderson is at least one month away from returning to the active roster (left shoulder subluxation). During the interim, Jon Berti has been serving as Miami’s third baseman with Luis Marté becoming the seldom-used utility guy. It isn’t difficult to make the case that Brigman complements the roster better than Marté.
How does Brigman stay focused knowing how close he is to potentially reaching the majors?
“Although I am doing well and everything, I’ve never really looked at it like, ‘You deserve to be up there.’ That’s not really how I look at it. For me, I’m just trying to get better. Everyone’s gonna have their stints of ups and downs. When I get into a little funk, how quick can I bounce back and get back up there competing in way where I can help my team every day?”
Brigman celebrated his 26th birthday last Saturday.
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