Another big prospect in the Miami Marlins made his MLB debut.
The last to join the club this season: Outfielder Peyton Burdick, ranked No. 8 overall in the Miami system by Baseball America and No. 10 by MLB Pipeline. He started in left field Friday in Miami’s 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
And while Burdick finished 0 for 3 with three strokes and a walk, his discipline in the plates was on display in a way that doesn’t show his box score.
During his four-board appearances, Burdick witnessed 26 Cubs bowlers. This included nine batting pitches during his second stroke and eight pitches during his eighth inning walk.
“He’s been working to plug some holes in his swing,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly.
Burdick has been fast-rising in the Marlins system since being selected in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft by Wright State University. He is a career .248 hitter in the minor leagues with 48 home runs, 55 doubles, 10 triples, 168 RBI and 70 points.
He struggled early this year with the Triple A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, but has hit 0.253 with 11 additional key strokes (four doubles, triples, and six home runs) and 20 RBI since the start of July.
“We’ve made adjustments, and I feel confident in myself,” Burdick said.
He is the fourth Marlins Top 30 player to make his debut this season, joining the first round of 2019 JJ Bledi, the 2020 first-round pick of Max Meyer and player Gérard Encarnacion.
The Marlins chose quarterback Jesus Sanchez to Triple A Jacksonville in order to get Burdick on the active roster.
Starting the season as the Marlins quarterback, Sanchez had a great start to the season offensively, reaching 0.2282 with 0.839 on a plus percentage basis in April.
After that, he had a hit average of just 181 with 63 hits on 247 board appearances.
Mattingly said, “Really, we wanted to give him enough time to be able to come up with a game plan. You can’t react here. If you do that, you will get hit.”
Mattingly is referring to the Marlins’ first streak against the Atlanta Braves at the end of his career in April that started his struggle.
“Teams are starting to take him out a certain way,” Mattingly said. “He didn’t make any changes at all.”
He will now have a chance to reset the minor leagues.
▪ Baseman/third defensive player Brian Anderson (left shoulder), escort John Bertie (thigh) and right assist player Cole Solser (right latitude) are set to begin rehab assignments with Triple A Jacksonville this weekend.
▪ Baseball 2nd baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (lower back strain fracture) and defensive back Jorge Soler (back spasms) continue their rehab progress at Jupiter.
▪ Right bowler Sixto Sanchez (right shoulder) is scheduled to throw two rounds of live batting practice on Saturday at Jupiter.
▪ Eliezer Hernandez threw a goal-free turn with the lone A Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday in his first rehab job. His next appearance in the match will be determined.