Minor League options for Marlins

ATLANTA — The Marlins are in desperate need of offense, but their options are limited.

After being swept at Pittsburgh, the Marlins have dropped five straight as they prepare to face the Braves at Turner Field on Friday night.

In their losing streak, the Marlins have scored more than three runs once, and that was in Thursday’s 5-4 setback in 10 innings at PNC Park.

A lack of run support has been an issue all season, as the team is allowing a number of young players develop.

Immediate help would likely come from the Minor League system.

One internal candidate who could receive considerations is third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, the 32-year-old who has previous big league experience.

Kouzmanoff is batting .309 at Triple-A New Orleans. In 19 games since the Triple-A All-Star Break, he is batting .324 with three homers and 19 RBIs.

But Kouzmanoff isn’t on the 40-man roster, so the club would have to make room for him, if they felt he could be an option.

An interesting prospect is left fielder Kyle Jensen, who is on the 40-man roster. Jensen opened the season at Double-A Jacksonville, and he is now at New Orleans. Combined, he has 23 homers and 65 RBIs. But Jensen is kind of an all-or-nothing prospect. He is batting .231.

If Jensen were to play left field for Miami, that would mean Christian Yelich would move to center field. Then the club would have to ask if they want to send Jake Marisnick back to Double-A. The team may not be ready to option Marisnick, who has appeared in just 15 MLB games.

Bryan Petersen, who also isn’t on the 40-man roster, is batting .287 with eight homers and 46 RBIs at New Orleans. Petersen has played for Miami in the past.

At Double-A, Derek Dietrich is an option to return. The 24-year-old was optioned a few weeks ago, and he is 7-for-45 since the All-Star Break with two homers. Dietrich jammed a finger on Wednesday during a collision at home plate. An X-ray came back negative, and he should return to the lineup, perhaps as early as Friday.

Zack Cox, a left-handed hitting third baseman, is batting .291 at Jacksonville. Cox also isn’t on the 40-man roster. He is more of a platoon option, as he is batting .337 vs. RHP compared to .179 vs. LHP.

Joe Frisaro

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