More than likely, the Miami Marlins are going to have a platoon situation at first base with Garrett Jones and Jeff Baker. Both players were signed by the Marlins in the offseason to give a little extra boost to the lineup. However, with Jones underperforming through five games of Spring Training, Miami may need to look at just starting Baker.
With Jones going up against right-handed pitchers, he will get the start against Jorge De La Rosa of the Colorado Rockies, if he is named the Rockies’ Opening Day starter. Jones is not doing well for Miami in the spring. Through these fives games, Jones is batting a meager .167/.231/.417 with a home run and two RBI. Jones is 2-for-12 overall, something that is very concerning considering he was signed for his power.
Baker, on the other hand, is playing great through five games. He is batting .385/.467/.462 with a double and four runs scored. Baker’s power numbers are not there yet, but he is hitting for average and scoring runs at the same time. It is something Miami needs in the lineup, not more strikeouts and failure.
Manager Mike Redmond is going to have a tough time deciding on what to do. Baker might be better off as the everyday first baseman instead of having a platoon if he keeps his numbers up through the spring.
Right now, if there is a competition to be the everyday first baseman, give it to Baker. He is showing that he can still hit and even at 33 years old, he is ready to become a starter for the Marlins.