According to fWAR, there are seven teams that have gotten negative value from their first basemen this season. The Miami Marlins rank fourth worst. While Greg Dobbs and occasionally Nick Green have unsuccessfully manned first base, the Marlins hope that reinforcements have arrived.
Just over two months into the major league season, the Marlins activated Logan Morrison, hoping that he can give them any positive value.
Morrison played a total of 278 games before 2013, and has a career .252/.341/.444 slash line, which would represent the best offensive production of any Marlins player not named Giancarlo Stanton. Morrison has hit relatively well in his young major league career, but has never accumulated much value in the form of fWAR.
This, however, is due to his horrific outfield defense. He primarily played the outfield in 2010, 2011 and 2012, which brought his value down significantly. Playing first base, where his defense figures to be about average, he could accumulate moderate value with the bat alone.
Having shown power and discipline, Morrison has the ability to be a strong hitter every day in the major leagues. While the new Marlins ballpark is a relatively significant pitchers’ park, Morrison could still out-produce the expected figures for an average hitter. Statistics like wRC+ are weighted for ballpark and league factors, and Morrison’s career 113 mark is well above the league average of 100.
Morrison has very strong career numbers with the bases empty with a .265/.334/.489 line. That is a good sign for the Marlins, as he won’t see many opportunities with lots of runners on ahead of him.
Gabe Isaacson is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @gabeisaacson.