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Player Profile: Austin Dean
We are back. Another player profile from your’s truly. This is a ground-breaking one, well kinda. With the player profile of Austin Dean, we have done at least one guy from every position. (Brian Anderson counts as both right field and third base). With that being said, let’s take a look at the 25-year-old left fielder for the Marlins.
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Dean is an interesting player profile. The reason that I say this is because he played just 34 games for the Marlins in 2018. However, he is projected to be the everyday left fielder in 2019. Dean had a decent start to his big league career. As I said, he played in just 34 games and had just 113 at-bats. In those 113 at-bats, he slashed .221/.279/.363. This was with his 4 home runs and 14 RBIs.
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Instead of just focusing on those 34 games, let’s take a look at his entire minor league career. Over the course of 6+ seasons in the minors, Dean’s career slash line is .280/.343/.416. This is much better than in just 34 games in the majors. Dean also had 47 home runs and 319 RBIs in 2431 minor league at-bats.
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m an optimist. Pretty much with everything in my life. However, I don’t believe that I’m being optimistic when I say that Dean is going to show a massive improvement in 2019.
I’m not saying he is going to go out and hit .330 with 40 bombs, but expect to see a big jump. In Dean’s last two minor league seasons, he hit .291 and .345. Although the big leagues is a whole different ballgame, I expect with a full season, Dean to be closer to the .280 range. This will technically be Dean’s rookie season, and he should make some noise.
I’m not expecting huge power numbers from Dean. Over the course of his career, he has never hit more than 12 home runs in a season. However, as we know, power comes later. As Dean continues to fill into his body, and feel comfortable with the pitching his power numbers should increase. This may not be in 2019, but Dean has the potential to be a 20 home run guy.