Jake Marisnick has compiled 1,038 plate appearances as a big leaguer, and it's rather clear what he is. He has the walk rate and the strikeout rate of an impatient slugger, but he doesn't offer much power, and his average leaves plenty to be desired. What he can do is run and play defense, so that will at least keep him in the big leagues on the short side of a platoon with Josh Reddick (and maybe Norichika Aoki). While Marisnick is split-neutral, he is still not a good hitter. One could say he is a poor man's Rajai Davis, but it would be more accurate to say he is a garbage picker's Rajai Davis. Marisnick can swipe steals even in limited playing time, but he kills fantasy owners everywhere else. There are better speed plays out there, and Marisnick simply is a better asset in reality than fantasy.
Marisnick left Sunday's game with concussion symptoms, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Marisnick was forced to leave the game after he ran into the wall while making a play in the outfield. Marwin Gonzalez came into the game after Marisnick was pulled from action. The Astros have Monday off, so consider Marisnick day-to-day heading into Tuesday's game against the Indians. However, if he ends up being diagnosed with a concussion, a stint on the DL could be in order.
Marisnick went 1-for-3 with his second home run of the season in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Angels. Marisnick put a charge into a Matt Shoemaker pitch, sending it 440 feet at a speed of 111.2 mph off the bat, measurements that belie his light-hitting track record. He's appeared in all but two of Houston's 16 games, though much of that has been as a defensive replacement. As such, we should look askance at his .313/.450/.688 slash line in such a small sample (20 plate appearances), particularly when a larger sample of 1,038 career plate appearances entering 2017 reveals a .225 hitter that doesn't get on base much and has little power. Maybe the offseason work he put into his swing is just starting to bear results, but we'll remain skeptical and wait to see more.
Marisnick entered Sunday's game as a defensive replacement and hit a home run in Houston's 5-4 extra-inning win over Kansas City. Marisnick is a staple of manager A.J. Hinch's late-game defensive alignment and rarely contributes offensively, but delivered a ninth-inning homer off Royals closer Kelvin Herrera to set up the extra frames. He has just 19 homers with a .341 slugging percentage over 362 career games, highlighting just how rare his feat was Sunday.
Marisnick is expected to make his first start of the season Wednesday against the Mariners, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. The outfielder will start in center or right field after appearing in the first two games as a late-game defensive replacement. Manager A.J. Hinch is spreading out the playing time over the first few games of the season in an effort to get some of his hitters going early. Marisnick's career .225 batting average isn't going to put much fear into opposing pitchers, but the defensive specialist has had a modicum of success against Wednesday's scheduled starter, left-hander James Paxton, going 4-for-9 with two doubles.
Marisnick homered in four at-bats Sunday against the Nationals. Marisnick entered training camp talking about the amount of time he put into reinventing his swing during the offseason, but the light-hitting outfielder is batting just .216 (11-for-51) this spring. It's a good thing his glove is top notch and that he can run the bases, a skill set that makes him a perfect fourth outfielder. He'll back up in left field and center, and we don't see him repeating the 118 games (85 starts) he played last season if all hands remain healthy.
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