The Marlins have activated infielder Joey Wendle from the injured list ahead of this afternoon’s game against the Cubs, as noted by Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. To make room for Wendle on the active roster, the Marlins optioned infielder Xavier Edwards to Triple-A.
Wendle was expected to be the club’s starting shortstop coming into the season, though he ultimately played just four games, striking out twice and walking once without recording a hit in nine plate appearances before going on the injured list with an intercostal strain on April 4. The 33-year-old Wendle has a career wRC+ of 100, but has struggled to a slash line of just .254/.293/.352 (84 wRC+) in 105 games since he was acquired by Miami from the Rays prior to the 2022 campaign.
After a little over a month on the injured list, Wendle has returned to the Marlins, though he won’t start at shortstop today over Jon Berti, who has filled in admirably in the infield for the Marlins while Wendle was on the shelf. In 111 plate appearances this season, Berti has hit a solid .270/.327/.370 (95 wRC+) while playing shortstop, second base, and third base for the Marlins this season. Though Berti has just five steals so far this season, it’s worth noting that he lead the majors last year with 41 steals, providing plenty of value on the basepaths in addition to his versatility and roughly league average bat.
With Luis Arraez and Jean Segura entrenched at second and third base, respectively, Wendle and Berti figure to share time at shortstop going forward while also filling in elsewhere in the lineup as needed. While both Wendle and Berti are primarily infielders, each has outfield experience as well. That could prove valuable for the Marlins, as the club’s outfield has mustered a collective wRC+ of just 85 so far in 2023, the fourth worst figure in the National League.
As for Edwards, the former top prospect will head back to the minor leagues with just six big league plate appearances under his belt. In those appearances, Edwards recorded a hit and a scored a run while striking out once. Edwards figures to join Jacob Amaya and Jordan Groshans as upper level infield depth for the Marlins in the minor leagues going forward this season. In 20 games at the Triple-A level for the Marlins this season, Edwards has slashed a solid .306/.427/.361, good for a 116 wRC+.
This team is going absolutely nowhere. They get trounced with regularity by Braves, Mets or anyone halfway decent, and yet they keep trotting out the same old has beens rather than let the kids show what they can do. Whats the worst they can do, hit near the Mendoza line while providing absolutely no power much in the same way Segura currently is?
What bugs me about them is that they’ve got a few decent offensive pieces, but almost zero pop, and they don’t seem to be interested in going out and getting any..even though they have the prospect capital to do so.
Lol They tried to bring in “sluggers”. Soler and GArcia.
They’re simply a flawed organization from the top & they haven’t developed much of anything besides SP’s.
It’s an attractive GM job due to the pitching capital they have but until a change is made—I think this is all you’re ever going to get. Skip might develop into a decent manager but he needs a better FO to support.
Come on B Strow..everyone knew those guys were complete wild cards before they even signed. I’m taking about a real bat. Ng is for sure in the conversation for one of the worst 5 GMs in baseball.
But she checks every inclusivity box there is out there.
PC does not stand for pennant chaser in south Fla.
To be fair, Death, Taxes, Braves beat the Marlins…Its the 3 constants in life…