Miami Marlins’ Justin Bour Proving Valuable at Season’s Midway Point
The Miami Marlins’ infield really thinned out toward the All-Star break. Derek Dietrich and Rafael Furcal both returning to the disabled list did not help the team, but situational players like Justin Bour have really helped when the team has to reshuffle.
Moving Jeff Baker to play different infield positions because of the aforementioned injuries allowed Bour to slide over at first base to fill in for Garrett Jones time to time and gave the Marlins another left-handed batter in the lineup. Bour was batting a ridiculous .320/.397/.559 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs in 60 games at Triple-A, and now with Miami he is hitting .222/.323/.259 at the All-Star break
Bour has not provided enough power for the Marlins to consider platooning him at first base with Jones as the team did with Baker for a little while. Bour’s four RBIs is the only real statistic that stands out on his line, and for Bour to potentially stay with Miami for the rest of the season, he will have to start hitting a bit better in the spots he gets placed in.
Bour finished Sunday’s game against the New York Mets pinch-hitting for starter Brad Hand and lining out in the process.
Looking at his minor league stats, Bour does have some potential, but he will have to harness it better to be kept around on the main roster through August. With Dietrich and Furcal returning at some point, it does not look like Bour will be around much longer.
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