MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - INSIDE PITCH

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins' search for a second baseman continues.

On Saturday, it was the Marlins' debut of Jordany Valdespin, 26, who singled in his first at-bat. He finished 1-for-4 on Saturday and started again on Sunday, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

Valdespin, a lefty hitter from the Dominican Republic, has speed and some pop in his bat. In 160 career MLB games with the New York Mets, Valdespin hit 12 homers and stole 14 bases in 20 attempts.

But he hit just .219 with a .271 on-base percentage.

The Mets finally gave up on him -- and those latter two numbers were only part of the problem. Valdespin was viewed as a loose cannon, prone to showing up opponents after home runs and embarrassing teammates by not running out ground balls.

Valdespin was also suspended for 50 games in 2013 as part of a performance enhancing drugs investigation.

After the Mets cut him loose, he was soon picked up by the Marlins and did well in Triple-A New Orleans this season, hitting .270 with nine doubles, two triples, eight homers and 29 RBIs in 61 games.

He stole 15 bases but was caught 10 times.

In his last 10 games at New Orleans, he hit .325.

Now he becomes the Marlins' sixth second baseman this season, following Donovan Solano, Ed Lucas, Derek Dietrich, Jeff Baker and Rafael Furcal.

The view here is that Dietrich, currently on the disabled list due to a strained right wrist, is probably the Marlins' best hope at second base.

But given the Marlins' sinking status in the standings, Valdespin is a low-risk gamble that is worth a shot.


MLB Team Report - Miami Marlins - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 45-52

STREAK: Won one

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