Jeff Mathis Serving His Purpose As Backup for Miami Marlins
When the Miami Marlins re-signed catcher Jeff Mathis for the 2014 season, there was no confusion as to what his role would be. Mathis was to serve as the backup catcher to the newly signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia and in that role Mathis has certainly served his purpose.
Mathis has started 29 games for the Marlins this season and has seen action in 38 total games. So far this year, he is batting .212/.304/.293 with two home runs and six RBI. Mathis is majorly important because he is one of the guys who the Marlins can turn to for big league knowledge.
Mathis has spent 10 years in the big leagues and is in his second year with Miami. He joined the Marlins after a big 2012 trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. Mathis was able to get a lot of playing time in his first year with the club because of the constant reshuffling at the catching position. In fewer games so far, Mathis has increased his batting totals and has nearly scored more runs (9) than he did in 2013 (14).
Going forward, the Marlins will put Mathis in the starting lineup to give Saltalamacchia a break. He is exactly what Miami needs right now because top catching prospects J.T. Realmuto and Rob Brantly are not ready for the majors as of yet. How Mathis performs for the next month and half will have a big impact as to what Miami does with him in September.
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