Versatility key for Marlins rookie Brian Anderson
The Miami Marlins are in the first stage in another rebuilding process, the first of the Derek Jeter era. Which means fans are looking for anyone to step up and take strides as a possible franchise cornerstones.
One of the young prospects that was here from the beginning is Brian Anderson. The former Arkansas Razorback entered the season as the Marlins No. 8 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. He was an instant starter and came up the minor league pipeline as a third baseman.
Once Martin Prado returned from injury, Anderson moved over to right field and since then has demonstrated an arm that makes him an ideal fit in that position. Even so, Marlins manager Don Mattingly still sees the hot corner as Anderson’s home.
“We still look at him as our third baseman of the future,” Mattingly said, “but right now with our combination of guys, you still want to keep his bat in the lineup and keep growing. But he’s showed that he’s pretty good at right field and his arm plays well out there. He could profile there.”
At Arkansas, Anderson showed plenty of power potential and the ability to play multiple positions. Mattingly is trying to get as much out of Anderson’s versatility while he’s still going through his first full season in the big leagues.
“We’re working him out at first base also,” Mattingly said. “Once you get your guys up, you never know who’s gonna end up being here. We just want to add versatility for him.”
So far this season, Anderson is batting .272 with a .730 OPS. He’s among the team leaders in RBI with 21.
Versatility has been the name of the game for most of the Marlins infielders. Along with Anderson, shortstop Miguel Rojas had to play a few games at first base and has experience playing third as well. Derek Dietrich came up as a second baseman but has played every infield position throughout his big league career and is the current starting left fielder.