This season, the Miami Marlins are going to be looking for big contributions from the players who have been on the roster for an extended period of time. There is one player who has been injured a lot in the past who could find himself with a bigger role during the 2013 season: Chris Coghlan. Coghlan is likely to find himself starting either in left or center field when the season begins in April. The 27-year-old has the potential to get back to his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2009, but has to be able to stay on the field.
Coghlan has played in just 195 games over the last three seasons, including just 39 games in 2012. Coghlan hit only .140 last season with 13 hits and 12 strikeouts during his 93 at-bats. This has to be a season in which Coghlan proves himself all over again, because I’m not sure how long the Marlins will stick with Coghlan if he can’t stay healthy.
The team doesn’t have many stars with just Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton being the main pieces of the puzzle for Miami. If Coghlan can find a way to play in even 100 games, it is better than what he has done in the past. There isn’t a ton of hope for fans in Miami this season, but if Coghlan can regain some of his magic from the past, he could have a career resurgence. The Marlins need any healthy and talented player out there and Coghlan could end up being the answer to a lot of questions in 2013.