Miami Marlins 2014 Spring Training Profile: Kyle Jensen
Time might be running out for Miami Marlins outfielder Kyle Jensen. The Marlins signed outfielders Reed Johnson and Joe Benson to minor league deals, and the team traded Justin Ruggiano to the Chicago Cubs for Brian Bogusevic. With the outfield seemingly set for the next couple of years, this could be Jensen’s last chance to make the final roster.
Jensen made it as far as Triple-A last season splitting his time between the New Orleans Zephyrs and Double-A Jacksonville Suns. He batted .235/.328/.492 with 28 home runs and 78 RBI. Jensen would fit perfectly if the Marlins played in the American League because the team could definitely use him at the designated hitter position, but right now he is stuck.
Miami could end up trading him at some point during the season if he does not crack a backup job this spring. Jensen is facing off against the aforementioned Benson and Johnson while also having to deal with Jake Marisnick and Jeff Baker, both of whom can play first base as well. He had shown a wealth of power during his time in the Marlins’ minor league organization. He has not seen any time up with the Marlins at any point of his career either.
The Marlins are not going to need him really unless injuries start to trickle down through the entire system. Jensen is a nice piece just in case, but it is hard to see him beating out the veterans who are in front of him for a 25-man roster spot. The 25-year-old is just in a bad predicament.