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Expectations are high for two highly regarded Marlins but for very different reasons. Brian Anderson, who had a great rookie year, and Lewis Brinson, who had a not so great rookie year. Both have potential to become great hitters at the Major League level.
Brian Anderson came in fourth in the 2018 National League Rookie of the Year voting. Anderson played in 156 games for the Marlins while hitting for a .273 average, 11 home runs, 34 doubles, and 65 RBIs. He is expected to have a better year than he did during his 2018 campaign. Furthermore, he has the ability to hit for average and he has power potential that could be showcased in 2019.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly has commented on his expectations for Brian Anderson to hit for more power. “I think he’s kind of a day-in, day-out guy, that his numbers will pile over time,” manager Don Mattingly said.
“Again, the numbers start piling quicker as he starts hitting for more power, and he will. As long as he doesn’t try to force it… Power is there for sure… a part of that is just a little experience, is always good with knowing pitchers more and more, the more you see guys over and over you get a little better feel for when to look for something.”
Consequently, It’s only a matter of time before Anderson starts to become the great and consistent hitter that he is destined and expected to become.
Lewis Brinson was the main piece in the trade with the Brewers that sent Christian Yelich to Milwaukee. He was the Marlins’ number one prospect heading into 2018 but he struggled in the majors. In 109 games he hit for a .199 average, 11 home runs, and 42 RBIs. Specifically, June was by far his best statistical month. In 27 games he hit for a .267 average, four home runs, and 13 RBIs. Contrarily, he would not be able to carry his success at the plate into July as he was sidelined by hip inflammation four days into the new month.
Brinson is consistently hitting in spring training, currently hitting for a .357 average with three home runs and three RBIs. His new approach at the plate is already showing it’s success and manager Don Mattingly, as well as Brinson himself is taking notice. “It was good to see,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “He hit a breaking ball the second time up.”
“I did my homework, did my research and tried to find myself a little bit,” Brinson said. “I went to work, and this offseason, lived in the cage almost, committed myself to contributing to this team winning this year.” Therefore, expectations are high for the Marlins’ center fielder and he knows it. However, I believe that things will begin to click for Brinson at the plate, it’s only a matter of small adjustments and experience at the Major League level.