For the next couple of weeks a guy like Miami Marlins’ outfielder Jake Marisnick could make a real difference.
Marisnick was called up after Christian Yelich was placed on the 15-day DL and started in center Monday, getting a single in his first at-bat. Marlins’ manager Mike Redmond said he prefers to keep Marisnick in center, with Marcell Ozuna going to left, until Yelich returns.
He finished the night with two hits in six at bats, but more importantly swiped two bags.
Marisnick struggled in a late-season call up last season, which was over 40 games, but has shown ability to swipe bags and hit for modest power.
It is unlikely he sticks around when Yelich is ready to return, but in the short term, he can offer you a much needed boost in steals for a couple of weeks.
This season at Triple-A New Orleans, Marisnick cut down on his strikeouts, but hit half as many home runs in as many games as 2013.
But the reason I’m looking at Marisnick is speed and he did steal 17 bases, which is likely his only real fantasy value.
Marisnick won’t be guaranteed everyday playing time for the next couple of weeks, but he is still a good option in NL-only leagues and deeper-mixed leagues, but only target him if you are in need of a speed boost.
Keep your eye on Yelich’s progression but in the meantime a guy like Marisnick makes a lot of sense.