Can Garrett Jones Play Every Day For Miami Marlins?
The Miami Marlins made a pretty big decision to trade Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners in the offseason and replacing him with former Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones. Jones is bringing a bit of power and run production behind his bat, but the big question is if he could become an everyday first baseman in the lineup, which means he would have to be able to hit both righties and lefties.
In his career, Jones has proven to be able hit right-handed pitching. In 2,003 plate appearances, he is batting .271/.337/.489 with 86 home runs and 272 RBIs vs. RHP. Those numbers are fantastic, but the Marlins do not have anyone to compliment him at first base.
Miami cannot really platoon him with Greg Dobbs because Dobbs is going to be 36-years-old and is more of a role player off the bench than a platoon player. What’s scary about Jones is his inability to hit left-handed pitching.
Against lefties, Jones his batting .193/.234/.344 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs – the complete opposite of his totals vs. right-handers. Just looking from the basic statistics, it seems that Jones should not play against lefties. His totals are much worse and as he ages, the stats against lefties are only going to decline, which will hurt the Marlins in the long run.
This puts manager Mike Redmond in a pickle because the Marlins do not have great right-handed hitting first baseman on the bench or within the system. Could the Marlins make another free agent acquisition? That’s probably not going to happen. Jones will produce for Miami, but it is going to be tough for the team to help him against left-handed pitching since a platoon is out of the question.