Anderson went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer in Thursday's game against the Astros. Anderson took Brady Rodgers deep in the sixth inning Thursday, marking his first homer through four Grapefruit League games. The 25-year-old, who is expected to serve as Miami's primary third baseman in 2019, is 3-for-10 with four RBI and a stolen base so far in spring.
President of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday that the Marlins plan to deploy Anderson as their primary third baseman this season, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Anderson opened 2018 as the team's everyday third baseman but moved to right field for a large portion of the season to create room in the lineup when Martin Prado returned from the disabled list. Prado still remains on the Miami roster, but it appears the Marlins may be envisioning the oft-injured veteran as more of a part-time utility player at this stage of his career. Since Anderson maintains eligibility at both third base and the outfield in most leagues after starting 70-plus games at both spots last season, a permanent deployment at the hot corner won't have much impact on his fantasy outlook. Instead, it's more likely to be beneficial to corner-outfield options such as Austin Dean, Curtis Granderson, Peter O'Brien and Garrett Cooper, whose path to at-bats may have been more blocked if Anderson was a fixture there.
Anderson is not in the lineup Sunday against the Mets, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The 25-year-old had started the past eight games, but he'll get a day off Sunday despite producing a 1.008 OPS in that span. Anderson will finish the season with 11 homers, 65 RBI, 87 runs scored and a .757 OPS as Derek Dietrich replaces him at the hot corner for the season finale.
Anderson went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals. Anderson's three-run shot off Jefry Rodriguez in the seventh inning accounted for all of Miami's offense in Wednesday's 9-3 loss. The 25-year-old is now in the midst of a six-game hit streak, going 9-for-22 (.409) with a homer and six RBI over that stretch.
Anderson went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Nationals. Anderson knocked in a run during the fifth inning on a single to center, but Washington would ultimately emerge with the win. The 25-year-old third baseman has put together a modest four-game hitting streak as the final week of the regular season unfolds. He's posted a .272/.356/.394 batting line through 152 games in what's been a discouraging year for Miami.