Going 0-for-3 against the New York Mets on Sunday heading into the All-Star break is not something Miami Marlins’ infielder Ed Lucas probably wanted to do. Lucas is going to end the first half of the summer with a .238/.277/.278 average with a home run, seven RBIs and 18 runs.
Although his numbers are not quite where they should be, having Lucas at the major league level is a testament to how hard he has worked to get to this point. Lucas had a surprisingly good 2013 in only 94 games. Lucas was hitting .256/.311/.336 with 28 RBIs and a 1.2 bWAR. His numbers were good enough for the Marlins to keep him around this season and contest for the starting third baseman’s job at the start of spring training, but losing the competition may have done some damage to his confidence.
However, his numbers this season are not enough for the Marlins to keep him around when Derek Dietrich and Rafael Furcal return from injury. Lucas will be fighting for a roster spot until the rosters expand in September. If Lucas turns into a machine in the second half of July into the beginning and middle of August, he might have a good shot at staying with the team and potentially earning a starting spot somewhere around the diamond.
It is going to be interesting to see how a career minor league player will continue to progress in his second season with the Marlins.