Without Rafael Furcal to start the year as Miami Marlins‘ second baseman, the team needed to look elsewhere to fill that hole. Having a utility guy like Jeff Baker made it easier to fill the position, but the Marlins also have a former top prospect to fill the void as well. Derek Dietrich really stepped up for the Marlins in the first month of the season.
Manager Mike Redmond gave Dietrich 14 starts to begin the year. He really showed the Marlins why he deserves to not only stay in the 25-man rotation, but why he should be an everyday starter while Furcal is on the mend. He batted .261/.382/.500 with three home runs and 10 RBI. He usually played only against right-handed hitting, but made the most of his time.
Dietrich and teammates Adeiny Hechavarria and Garrett Jones have done a solid job in the back of the lineup to help Miami grab some wins this year. Miami is near the top of the National League East for the first time in awhile and it is a credit to the entire lineup. If one person falls out of line, the whole team does, which is why part of the credit goes to Dietrich for stepping into his own in such a short time.
With Furcal’s injuries continuing, who knows how long Dietrich will be a starter for? As long as he does play, Dietrich needs to continue his nice start to the year.