Miami Marlins: Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s Performance is Essential

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

This is the first season for Miami Marlins‘ catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia with his new team. Saltalamacchia came over to the Marlins from the Boston Red Sox in the offseason on a three-year deal. Saltalamacchia is bringing over a championship ring to a young squad in hopes to make the team a bit better than they were in 2013.

You can safely say through the Marlins’ first month of the season, Saltalamacchia has helped the lineup a lot. He adds a lot of protection around players like Casey McGehee and Giancarlo Stanton, which has aided their good starts to the season.

Saltalmacchia has played in 25 games for the Marlins this season. He is batting .299/.409/.571 with five home runs and nine RBI. However, through those 25 games, he has struck out 27 times which is in the top 40 in the league for strikeouts among batters. His strikeouts are something Saltalamacchia is going to need to cut down on as the team enters a new month and the games start to get a bit longer.

Defensively, Saltalamacchia is going to need to step up too. He only committed six errors as catcher with the Red Sox last year and through the first month of the season he is at four errors. He does have a solid 8.89 range factor, but he needs to limit the errors.

Saltalamacchia is becoming a huge part of the lineup and if the Marlins have any change of becoming contenders this season, Saltalamacchia is going to need another solid month.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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