The Miami Marlins received second baseman Derek Dietrich in a trade that sent shortstop Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays. He hasn’t panned out the way the Marlins would have liked him to, but he still has a chance as Dietrich could compete in some position battles.
Dietrich has spent a majority of his time with Miami at the second base position. Through his 57 games last year, that is all that he played. However, in Spring Training this year, Dietrich has gotten some opportunity playing third base in the later innings. Although it is hard for him to switch from his primary second base to the hot corner, the progress he makes could save his career with the organization.
He played all of eight games in his minor-league career at third base. With the double-A Jacksonville Suns, he committed one error and turned two double plays in the eight games he played in the corner.
Heading into Spring Training, Miami had to answer the question as to whether or not Dietrich would be a primary third base candidate. His career with Miami has not been great, but he has addressed that everything that has happened to him, including last year’s Tino Martinez incident, is all in the past.
Casey McGehee is expected to get the start at third base on Opening Day. Barring the unforeseen, Dietrich is a close second to steal that spot.