Phillies 2020 opponent outlook: Miami Marlins
It wasn’t that long ago the Phillies faced a Marlins outfield with Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich
Left Field – Corey Dickerson
The former Phillies outfielder signed a nice contract to start in left field for Miami after a productive couple weeks in Philadelphia after the trade deadline. Dickerson established himself as somewhat of a fan favorite in Philadelphia, hitting eight home runs with a .293 batting average in 34 games, but there wasn’t enough room for him on the Phillies roster beyond 2019. Miami got a Gold Glove winner in left field who can hit .300 and possible put up 20 home runs.
Center Field – Lewis Brinson
At one time Lewis Brinson was among the top prospects in baseball and was highly coveted talent. After the Rangers drafted him 29th overall in 2012 he was traded to Milwaukee for Jonathan Lucroy and later to Miami in a blockbuster for Christian Yelich.
Brinson hasn’t developed into the top prospect he was pegged as with a career .183 batting average. He was pegged to be a potential 20-20 guy, but in three years 20 home runs or 20 stolen bases in 205 games. The Marlins will give him every chance to win a job, but time might be running out for Brinson.
Right Field – Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson is one of the young, budding stars in Miami who finished fourth in the 2018 Rookie of the Year vote. He hit a career-high 20 home runs and had 66 RBI last year, and now he goes into the season not having to focus on playing the infield. Miami might even give him opportunities to DH. He’s a little older (27) than some would expect from a guy who just came up, but for now, he’s one of the Marlins best homegrown players.