Nola was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The former middle infielder will work on his transition to catcher at a lower level than his 2016 campaign, when Nola managed a .261/.308/.376 output. Keep an eye this year on whether the 27-year-old can start replicating the success of J.T. Realmuto, who underwent a similar transformation.
Nola is making the transition to catcher, The Miami Herald reports.
The Marlins had great success converting another middle infielder, J.T. Realmuto, into a catcher a few years ago, but Nola doesn't possess close to that kind of upside at the plate. Still, if he's able to add backstop to his defensive portfolio, he might be able to carve out a spot for himself in the majors down the road as a versatile bench player.
Nola was added to Miami's 40-man roster Friday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Nola was a serviceable infielder at the Triple-A level last season, batting .261 with 23 doubles and a low strikeout rate, although he doesn't have much luster to his prospect shine. His defensive versatility and proximity to the big leagues could help him creep onto the major league roster at some point in 2017, but the 26-year-old's ceiling isn't overly high.
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