There have not been many highlights for the Miami Marlins this season, but the surprise emergence of Derek Dietrich has been something of note. In what has served as a lost season marred by some key injuries, Dietrich has stepped right in and become a key offensive piece.
Dietrich has been pretty much a career minor leaguer since being drafted in 2010. He had been called up three times to the bigs but he has never played in more than sixty games during each promotion.
But, in 2015 it seems as though Dietrich has turned things around and has started to become a more noticeable offensive contributor. His splits are still pretty ugly against lefties (.192/1 HR/.651 OPS), but he has excelled against righties (.295/8 HR/16 RBI/.971 OPS).
Now the Marlins know these splits as well, and have mostly protected Dietrich from lefties, but they still had made it a point to get him into the lineup. Now I know that owners often hate starting guys with these kind of splits, but when a player is hot like Dietrich, it is hard to ignore.
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With most of the pitchers in the majors being right handed it is not like Dietrich will not get his fair share of at bats. Over the last two weeks, he has posted a solid .306/2 HR/8 RBI/.992 line.
Dietrich also offers multi position eligibility as he has spent time in the OF and at 3B, only adding to his value going forward. With the playoffs fast approaching, astute owners can add players like Dietrich and implement them during these hot stretches to possibly fill stat voids throughout their lineups.
Dietrich has also feasted on the road this season, posting a .306/6 HR/11 RBI line. The Marlins have nearly half of their remaining games on the road as well, so all signs point to Dietrich extending his success throughout the rest of the year.
Dietrich will not wow you in any category, but he has been a nice cheap power source so far. So as I have been pounding home all year, never be hesitant to add power options as they are the hardest thing to find on the waiver wire. Act now and snag Dietrich.