"I was impressed with Dietrich's transition last year from shortstop to second base," Marty Scott, the Marlins' vice president of player development, said. "His defense got better. When he got to the big leagues, I thought he did better than expected. I thought he was going to be decent. But he impressed me there. He went through a little bit of a transition period from short to second. I think he will make the same transition from second to third."
While Dietrich is proving he has no problems playing multiple positions, the Marlins aren't ready to label him a utility player.
"Derek is too young to be labeled a utility player," Scott said. "He showed me he can play a couple of positions. At some point, I think we need to settle on one position or the other."
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Dietrich appeared in 57 games at second base for the Marlins as a rookie in 2013, and as a minor leaguer, he has primarily been used as a shortstop. He did play eight games at third base for Double-A Jacksonville this past season.
With the Marlins, Dietrich hit .214 with nine home runs and 23 RBI.
Dietrich, a 24-year-old second baseman, was batting just .214 over 215 at-bats for the Marlins. He had nine homers and 23 RBI with 56 strikeouts.
The 22-year-old Ozuna, a right fielder, hit .265 over 275 at-bats with three homers and 32 RBI.
Dietrich produced the only runs against Taylor Jordan, clubbing a two-run shot in the fourth inning. Dietrich finished 1 for 4, with one run and two RBI. Dietrich is hitting .218/.282/.421 in 202 at-bats.
Dietrich hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Marlins a lead, though they could not make it stand up. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two runs scored, and he added a double as well. The solo home runs was his only RBI.
Dietrich has shown good power for the Marlins, but he is batting just .218 on the season, with eight home runs and 20 RBI. He is hitting .303 over the last nine games, to raise his average from .199, with two home runs and five doubles in that span.
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