Coming back from injury that ruined his 2012 season, the Miami Marlins were looking to Logan Morrison to provide the numbers the he was putting up in 2011 and halfway into the 2012 season before being lost for the season. Moving from the outfield to first base, it was a totally different Morrison than the Marlins were used to seeing.
Morrison returned to the team June 9 on the road against the New York Mets. After that game he played 84 more, which was most of the season. That was something that Miami expected, but his slow start and low power numbers were something that Miami was not expecting. Although Morrison drove in 36 RBI, the same number from 2012, he only hit six home runs, down from 11 last season. The good sign is that Morrison’s slash line increased to .242/.333/.375 in less games which makes you wonder what it would be if he was healthy the entire season.
In his first season at first base, Morrison’s range factor per nine innings was a 9.71, tying for fifth in the National League with Mets first baseman Ike Davis. It was a good move by the organization to move him from the outfield to first. The more play he gets at that position, the better he will learn that corner and only good things could come from it after a good defensive season at that position.
The first baseman is going to be with Miami until at least 2017. He is 26-years-old and next season could be where he hits his peak potential. At full health, Morrison has the ability to provide huge pop in the Marlins’ lineup.