Hermida could be moving right
With Chris Coghlan now on the roster, and a candidate to play left field, Jeremy Hermida is expected to get some work in right field.
Hermida initially was considered to play right field on Friday night at Colorado, but with Coghlan used at second base, manager Fredi Gonzalez went with Alfredo Amezaga in center, Cody Ross in right, while Hermida remained in left.
Hermida played right field in his first three years in the big leagues..
The player most impacted by the series of moves is Cameron Maybin. While Maybin is still with the big league club, the Marlins like for their young players to play. So it seems that the 22-year-old will be optioned to the Minor Leagues — probably Triple-A — when the club decides on what to do about Anibal Sanchez’s replacement in the rotation.
That decision needs to be made by Tuesday.
Coghlan started at second base and he batted second on Friday night, giving Dan Uggla a day off. Ross could see more time in center field.
Coghlan is new to the outfield, and he will need some work. So on Saturday, he is expected to take a lot of fly balls in warmups. If he doesn’t play in the outfield on Saturday, he probably would see time out there on Sunday.
With Coors Field being so spacious, the Marlins will be careful with how the ease Coghlan into the outfield.
Before the season started, the Marlins moved Hermida to left field and slotted Ross in right field to help improve the defense. Yet, the offense has struggled as Maybin — and he certainly isn’t alone — is off to a slow start. So look for Maybin to be sent down to get regular playing time as he continues his development.
Coghlan was called up to play, not sit the bench, so the team will give him a look. A first round pick in 2006, Coghlan is a left-handed hitter who can hit at the top of the order — either first or second. With New Orleans, he was batting third, but power isn’t a big part of his game.
Coghlan got a start in left field for New Orleans on Thursday. He’s played mostly second and third since being drafted.
Coghlan also is a contact hitter, and for a team that leads the league in strikeouts, that is a welcomed addition. He also had good speed.
Adding Coghlan also gives more balance to the Marlins offense, which on Friday had four lefty bats, when you include the switch-hitting Emilio Bonifacio. Coghlan, John Baker and Hermida are left-handed bats.
– Joe Frisaro