Casey McGehee has gotten off to a torrid start to the 2014 season, hitting .438 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI’s through the Miami Marlin’s first five games. His skills were on display in the Marlins’ 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres, where McGehee went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. He has been instrumental to the early success of the Marlins, who are off to a 4-1 start.
This situation seemed like a long shot at this time last season.
McGehee started off his career in the MLB in a promising fashion. He hit .301 with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs as a rookie in 2009, finishing fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting, and followed that up by hitting .285 with career highs in home runs, 10, and RBI’s, 104. McGehee’s production fell off after those two impressive seasons, setting up his move.
The move seemed to revitalize McGehee’s career. He ranked in the top three of nearly every offensive category in the league, hitting .292 with 30 doubles, 28 home runs, 93 RBI’s, while walking 70 walks for an on base percentage of .376.
The fine season earned McGehee a one-year deal with the Marlins to fill their third base opening.
The pairing has been a perfect match. McGehee has filled the team’s cleanup spot in the lineup in addition to the third base position. Hitting behind Giancarlo Stanton, McGehee has created a dominant one-two punch that has the Marlins with a lot of optimism about the season.
McGehee seems to have gotten his career back on track after the subpar performances that followed his great start to his career. This chance with the Marlins likely would have been McGehee’s last chance in the majors had he not produced, but it seems like McGehee has revitalized his career.
If he can keep these numbers up, the Marlins could be a surprise team this season.