Having a guy like Jeff Baker at your disposal is very important. Baker has been the ‘everyman’ for the Miami Marlins this season playing all across the diamond as well as platooning with Garrett Jones and Donovan Solano at some points of the year.
However, Baker’s numbers are not as ideal as the Marlins would have liked at the mid-summer break. Baker is batting .242/.297/.371 with two home runs and 18 RBIs so far this year through 55 games. It does seem like Baker will eclipse the 74-game mark, the amount he played last year with the Texas Rangers, and with that his average should increase.
Baker is a nice player to have, but if he does not produce, then the Marlins are going to be at an even bigger disadvantage. Baker will have time to recover after playing more games than he ever expected and it should do the trick.
Once the Marlins’ infielders heal up, Baker will probably move back to platooning at first base with Garrett Jones. Jones is still having a very hard time hitting left-handed pitching, batting only .190 against lefties with 15 strikeouts in 58 at bats, while Baker is hitting .257 with 11 strikeouts in 70 at bats.
It is up to Baker to continue to hit lefties better for him to stay with this team for the long haul. The 10-year journeyman is going to keep playing, and he has a chance to make an impression on the Marlins’ front office before the team switches to its youth in September.