Berti has gone 10-for-24 (.417) in Grapefruit League play with two doubles, a triple, a 9:8 BB:K and four stolen bases in five attempts. Jazz Chisholm emerged as the winner of the battle for the Marlins' starting second-base job, but Berti will provide a veteran presence off the bench behind the younger infielder. The 31-year-old could see fairly regular action as he spots in all around the diamond, and with 27 steals in 116 big-league games during his career, Berti offers stolen-base potential later in fantasy drafts after the elite speedsters are off the board.
Berti is not considered part of the competition for the Marlins' starting second base job, Andre C. Fernandez of The Miami Herald reports. Prospects Jazz Chisholm and Isan Diaz are fighting for that spot, with the loser of the battle expected to begin the season at Triple-A Jacksonville, while Berti slots in as the backup in either case. With both younger players unproven, however, it wouldn't be a surprise if neither can hold onto the job, giving Berti a path to plenty of playing time at the keystone in addition to his utility duties elsewhere on the diamond. The 31-year-old has taken advantage of his opportunities in Miami the last two seasons, posting a .269/.362/.388 slash line with 26 steals in 31 attempts over 436 plate appearances while seeing action around the diamond everywhere except first base and catcher.
Berti went 1-for-3 with two runs, one RBI, two walks and one stolen base during Saturday's loss to the Yankees. Berti has started the past eight games since returning from the injured list last week and is 6-for-21 with one double, two runs, four RBI and eight walks during that stretch. The 30-year-old enters the final game of the regular season with a .256/.385/.350 slash line with nine stolen bases in 145 plate appearances.
Berti will start at second base and will bat eighth Wednesday against the Braves, Andre Fernandez of Sirius XM Radio reports. Berti started in each of his first four games since returning from the injured list over the weekend, going 2-for-7 with six walks. With a fifth straight start on tap Wednesday, Berti looks to have unseated Jazz Chisholm for the top job at the keystone.
Berti (finger) was activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday. The 30-year-old has been sidelined since Sept. 7 with the right finger issue, but he'll rejoin the Marlins ahead of Sunday's doubleheader. Berti has a .250/.354/.354 slash line with two homers and eight stolen bases in 30 games, and he should return to his super-utility role.