Just before the trade deadline passed, the Houston Astros made a surprising move by sending young starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and super-utility player Kike Hernandez to the Miami Marlins for third base prospect Colin Moran and outfield prospect Jake Marisnick. Moran was said to be the gem of the trade, but the Astros may have gotten a steal in Marisnick. The outfielder was a high-graded prospect in the Marlins farm system, but had struggled at the plate in his two trips to the major leagues. So far with the Astros, Marisnick has been hitting well and has been playing stellar defense.
Before coming over to the Astros, Marisnick was hitting just .178 in the majors. Since changing leagues, he is hitting .306 and playing excellent defense. He has gained confidence at the plate and it is evident in his swing. He is making solid contact almost every at-bat and isn’t striking out nearly as much as the first week since coming over.
Now that Dexter Fowler is back from the disabled list, Marisnick moves over to right field, where he fits in seamlessly with his strong arm and ability to glide to any ball hit in his direction. He has played Gold Glove defense every position he is penciled in at. Once George Springer rejoins the team, the defense in the outfield may be the best in baseball. With the speed all three possess, I don’t see a ball dropping for a hit if it has a remote chance of being caught.
If Marisnick continues to play well, the Astros will have a chance to let their young outfield settle in without having to call up a prospect early to fill a hole. They have Domingo Santana and Delino Deshields Jr. waiting in the wings, but both players are very young and should season a bit more in the minors. Marisnick gives the team the chance to let them develop properly with his versatility and ability to play any outfield position. If he continues to hit like he has been over the last week and a half, he may be a mainstay in the outfield for a long time.