Another Miami Marlins prospect has made his MLB debut.
The latest to join the club this season: outfielder Peyton Burdick, ranked 8th overall prospect in the Miami system by Baseball America and 10th 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 went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and a walk, his discipline at the plate was on display in a way the box score doesn’t show.
In his four plate appearances, Burdick saw 26 shots from Cubs pitchers. That included nine pitches at bat on his second strikeout and eight pitches on his walk in the eighth inning.
“He worked to close a few holes in his momentum,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Burdick has been on a rapid rise in the Marlins’ system since being selected in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft at Wright State University. He is a career .248 minor league hitter with 48 homers, 55 doubles, 10 triples, 168 RBI and 70 runs scored.
He struggled early this year with the Triple A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, but hit .253 with 11 extra hits (four doubles, one triple, six homers) and 20 RBIs since the start of July.
“We’ve made some adjustments,” Burdick said, “and I feel pretty confident in myself.”
He is the fourth player ranked among the Marlins’ top 30 prospects to make his debut this season, joining 2019 first-round pick JJ Bleday, 2020 first-round pick Max Meyer and outfielder Jerar Encarnacion.
The Marlins moved outfielder Jesus Sanchez to Triple A Jacksonville in order to have Burdick on the active roster.
Sanchez started the season as the Marlins’ starting center fielder and had a great start to the season offensively, hitting .282 with an .839 on-base plus hitting percentage in April.
After that, he had just a .181 batting average with 63 strikeouts in 247 plate appearances.
“Really,” Mattingly said, “we wanted to give him time to be able to plan his game. You can’t just react here. If you do, you’re going to get beaten up.
Mattingly points to the Marlins’ first series against the Atlanta Braves at the end of its April run which began its struggles.
“Teams started pushing him out in a certain way,” Mattingly said. “He never made any changes at all.”
He will now have the chance to reset in the minor leagues.
▪ Third baseman/outfielder Brian Anderson (left shoulder), utility Jon Berti (groin) and right-handed relief pitcher Cole Sulser (right lat) are scheduled to begin rehab assignments with Triple A Jacksonville this weekend.
▪ Second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. (lower back stress fracture) and outfielder Jorge Soler (back spasms) continue their rehabilitation progress at Jupiter.
▪ Right-handed pitcher Sixto Sanchez (right shoulder) is scheduled to pitch two live batting practice innings Saturday at Jupiter.
▪ Elieser Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning with the Single A Jupiter Hammerheads on Thursday in his first rehab outing. His next match is TBD.