Miami Marlins Get Double Dose Of Future Shock With Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick

By Thom Tsang
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

No, it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense from a baseball standpoint — but then again, that hasn’t exactly been the calling card of the Miami Marlins.

And so with another season down the drain and playing for little more than the future at this point of 2013, Jeff Loria and co. have decided once more to make the future arrive ahead of schedule, calling up top prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick to bolster the team’s offense.

Though it’s a move that they absolutely didn’t need to make … you can’t really argue that the influx of new blood won’t be at least somewhat welcomed by the fans.

After all, this is a team that has scored a dead-last 50 runs over 17 games in July thus far. The worst of it has come since the All-Star break, with the hapless Marlins plating a whopping three runs in four games and owning a team triple-slash of .176/.236/.213 over 136 at-bats in that stretch. Simply remarkable.

So yeah, I think folks in Miami might be looking for a few new reasons to watch this team these days.

They may well find it in Yelich and Marisnick. The former’s name alone as a top-15 prospect in the bigs should generate enough buzz to bring a few extra fans to the stadium, but it’s his five-tool potential that they’ll be watching for. The 21-year-old home-grown product has gone through his ups and downs both on the field and with injuries this season, but with a .883 triple-slash through 222 PA in Double-A, it’s fair to say that expectations are high.

However, the same cannot be said about Marisnick. Despite being a top-100 prospect in the game, his premature promotion may well backfire on the club in the short term barring a very optimistic scenario.

His strong .294/.358/.502 triple-slash is indicative of his tools, but it belies the issue of his plate discipline; with a weak 5.7 percent walk rate and 22.8 percent strikeout rate in Double-A this year, Marisnick will likely be living off the baseball gods and hoping for a strong BABIP to keep his numbers above water, even if he does have an intriguing speed-power combo.

Still, these are the faces of the Marlins’ future, and with nothing to lose other than … well, risking setting that future back by prematurely rushing it, the two outfielders will at least give baseball folks something to talk about other than Miami’s continued baseball futility.

Just think of it as a mercy move to save the fans from more Juan Pierre — makes a whole lot more sense now, yes?

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