The former NL Rookie of the Year, Miami Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan returned to the team fully healthy and ready to compete for a starting job. Manager Mike Redmond rewarded his strong spring training efforts with a platoon job at center field with Justin Ruggiano, who struggled in spring. Although the move was questionable, it showed that Coghlan was ready for 2013.
However, through 70 games this season, Coghlan struggled to make any kind of impact with the Marlins. He batted .256/.318/.354 with one home run, 10 RBIs, 10 doubles and three triples. His numbers were far from those from his rookie season in 2009, but it was better than the ones from his injury-riddled three previous seasons.
Coghlan played 39 games in the outfield and did not do terribly defensively. The good thing about having Coghlan on the team is that he can play multiple positions. He ranged from all outfield positions to second and third base this season. If the Marlins choose to keep him on the roster next season, he will most likely be relegated to a utility role.
The Marlins outfield is crowded and with Coghlan losing his job to Ruggiano and Jake Marisnick during the season, there would be no room for him out there. Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton hold the other outfield spots, making is impossible for Coghlan to earn a starting job.
Miami will focus on getting some players back and with this being Coghlan’s last year with Miami, it will be interesting to see what the organization does with him in the offseason.