The tricky major league career for Miami Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich continues into the 2014 season. Dietrich will head into the break on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained wrist, which he hurt back on July 2.
Thought to have what the Marlins needed to boost the offense with Rafael Furcal also on the mend, Dietrich finds himself batting .228/.326/.386 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. Dietrich also has six doubles to his credit this season. However, he is not helping the Marlins being out and is not helping his own cause with Donovan Solano receiving some playing time at second while both players are on the mend
Dietrich is also having trouble getting his defensive mechanics down. Heading into Sunday’s play, Dietrich was leading all second basemen with 10 errors committed on the season.
Miami traded Yunel Escobar to the Tampa Bay Rays for Dietrich in 2012. For Dietrich to stay with this team for the rest of the year into next season, he is going to need to work harder at both ends of his game. Miami is a bit overloaded at second base, and who knows what the organization will do if the team does not bring back Furcal. With Solano playing a tad better than Dietrich, he most certainly could be the odd man out with the team.
Dietrich will have to step it up a notch upon his return to the Marlins roster.