Miami Marlins: Evaluating Garrett Jones’ April
In all honesty, there is no one luckier on the Miami Marlins right now than first baseman Garrett Jones. Jones is lucky he did not get platooned at first, which was sort of expected to happen until second baseman Rafael Furcal was injured. Jeff Baker could have slid in as the everyday first baseman, but Jones was entrusted with the job.
Jones has not done a terrible job in the first month of the season. What sticks out from looking at his statistics through the first month is his strikeout total. If you thought Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s strikeout total was high then you are dead wrong. Jones has 33 strikeouts so far in April as he is quickly on pace to record more than 100 this season.
He is batting .250/.302/.396 with four home runs and 13 RBI. The left-handed batter is still showing that he cannot hit left-handed pitching. He bats .160/.222/.160 with only four hits and two runs. He has only struck out eight times against lefties compared to 25 times against righties.
Those numbers are something that is going to continue to be concerning as the season wears on. Miami needs Jones to produce or he is going to find himself slipping down the batting order or even back on the bench.
May is a completely new slate for Jones and we’ll see if he can pick it up.