The 2019 Miami Marlins had numerous issues with their on-field performance. Thankfully this offseason, they’ve been taking steps to address them. Pounding too many balls into the ground? Let’s add renowned hitting instructor James Rowson to the major league coaching staff. Deep flies keep dying on the Marlins Park warning track? Not anymore!
Next week at the MLB Winter Meetings, the front office will have its sights set on competent relievers. Talent upgrades have already arrived on the position player side in the form of Jesús Aguilar and Jonathan Villar.
But most importantly, the 28-year-old switch-hitter understands how to run the bases efficiently. From spring training onward, his new teammates ought to be taking notes.
DID YOU KNOW: Jonathan Villar led all of baseball with 10.5 Base Running Runs last season, according to FanGraphs. The Marlins as a team had -23.9 Base Running Runs, one of the worst team totals in National League history.
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