This season has been a struggle for the Marlins, who have posted the National League’s worst record (45-81) and scored the second-fewest runs in baseball. Third baseman/outfielder Brian Anderson has been one of the few bright spots in their lineup, but his season may have come to an end Friday. Anderson suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal in his left hand after Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez hit him with a 93.9 mph fastball, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com was among those to report.
If we have seen the last of Anderson in 2019, it’ll go down as a second straight effective campaign for the 26-year-old. In his first extensive major league action a year ago, Anderson slashed .273/.357/.400 with 11 home runs and a 113 wRC+ across 670 plate appearances. He has logged almost matching production on a per-PA basis this season, having recorded a 114 wRC+ over 520 attempts. Thanks in part to a red-hot August, he’s a .261/.342/.468 hitter with 20 homers and a .207 ISO – up 80 points from 2018.
The Marlins will recall outfielder Austin Dean from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Anderson, per Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane. Dean has racked up a combined 210 PA with the Marlins dating back to last season, though he has limped to a .216/.252/.352 line with six HRs in that span.