Showing patience with lineup
At what point can you make an reasonable assessment regarding what kind of season they will have? Is it 100 at-bats?
According to Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, it depends on the player.
The other day at Wrigley Field, Beinfest spoke about the time line on two of the Marlins young regulars — Emilio Bonifacio and Cameron Maybin.
The 23-year-old Bonifacio has 112 at-bats and his average is .268 with a .311 on-base percentage. If his on-base percentage finishes better than .320, the team will be pleased for his first full season in the big leagues. He’s also struck out 28 times.
Maybin, 22, is the lone rookie in the every day lineup. The center fielder has 77 at-bats, and hie’s hitting .208 with a .282 on-base percentage and a team leading 29 strikeouts. Maybin and Bonifacio are one-two in strikeouts on the squad.
In the eyes of the organization, both have terrific upside, and that’s why the team is patient.
“With the young guys, they all have different time tables,” Beinfest said. “It’s all about making the adjustments, learning the pitchers, those types of things. It happens differently for different guys.
“It’s hard to say this guy has this many at-bats, and we know for sure about him. It’s not just that. You have to look at the mental aspect of the player. Is he up or down? Is he handling it? Is he making the adjustments.”
Because both are handling the adversity, the team is sticking with them.
“Both of them. They’re confident in their abilities, and they’re working through,” Beinfest said.
— Joe Frisaro