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7/18/1989 (27 y, 7 m, 10 d)
2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 29, Overall: 79, Team: Tampa Bay Rays
$1.7M / 1 Years (2017)
Dietrich and the Marlins avoided arbitration Friday with a one-year, $1.7 million deal, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. (1/13/2017)
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Dietrich was one of the many beneficiaries of the Marlins' youth movement this year as he completely skipped Triple-A to accumulate nearly a half-season of at-bats with the big league club. Though he played second base during his stay, poor defensive marks suggest that his future may not be at the position. In fact, the team's president of baseball operations said they will take a look at him at third base during spring training, which couldn't hurt considering there's no standout option to man the hot corner in Miami currently. Dietrich possesses good power and posted strong batting average on balls in play marks at every minor league stop. However, he has struggled with the strikeout and his BABIP skills failed to translate at the major league level. A full season could result in 20 home runs, but that could still be the only positive contribution he would make. (
The Quick Opinion:
Dietrich got the chance to show off his above-average power as the Marlins decided that Triple-A was the wrong environment for their youngsters to play. Unfortunately, too many strikeouts and an inability to take the free pass are going to make it difficult for him to contribute in more than just home runs.
The Miami Marlins are rolling out a new-look infield in 2015 with the additions of 3B Martin Prado, 2B Dee Gordon, and 1B Michael Morse. Defensive whiz Adeiny Hechavarria remains the infield anchor at shortstop. That doesn't leave anywhere for Derek Dietrich to play, which is probably a good thing for Marlins fans after the infielder struggled to hit at a replacement level each of the past two seasons. The good news for the former Rays draft pick is that he should have a shot at back-up role on the 2015 Fish, if he can out-perform Danny Solano and/or Miguel Rojas in spring training. Dietrich has some pop in his bat but he's ultimately undone by too many strikeouts and not enough patience. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
The ceiling for Dietrich in 2015 is bench bat, with his floor being quad-A injury replacement. The 2015 Marlins (and you) can do better.
Ten home runs in under 300 plate appearances is pretty good work from a guy with middle infield eligibility. Dietrich spent most of his time at second base last year, but also played third base and left field. He’s not going to hit lefties, but he should get plenty of opportunities to face righties, and he hit nine of those ten homers against them. He doesn’t have a starting spot right now, but he’ll be backing up Christian Yelich, Martin Prado and Dee Gordon around the diamond. If he continues to punish righties, Don Mattingly will have to find him at bats. Picking him with the expectation that he’ll give you 450 at bats and 15+ homers from the MI spot isn’t very prudent, so don’t do it. Grabbing him late and spotting him in against righties to get ten homers is something that you could do. (Darren Schienbein)
The Quick Opinion:
If he wasn’t behind Dee Gordon, Dietrich would be a decent sleeper pick. Given the opportunity, it’s not ludicrous to expect 15-20 homers from him as a middle infielder. Barring an injury to Gordon or Christian Yelich, or a trade, it’s not likely that he’ll get much more than 250 at bats.
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