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Marlins' Jon Berti: Headed back to bench
Berti will slot back into a utility role since Tim Anderson signing with the Marlins on Thursday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Adding a shortstop this offseason always seemed to be the plan for Miami, as Berti would be a poor fit as the starter even after playing a career-high 64 games at the position in 2023. The 34-year-old has topped 400 plate appearances in each of the last two seasons while seeing time at second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions, although in fantasy leagues with a 20-game threshold for qualification, he'll only be eligible at third and short to begin 2024. The bigger question for his value will be whether he can rebound on the basepaths -- after swiping 41 bags on 46 attempts in 2022, Berti failed to take advantage of the new rules last season and went just 16-for-22 on steal attempts despite maintaining an elite sprint speed (95th percentile).... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Likely to get competition
Berti isn't expected to remain atop the Marlins' depth chart at shortstop as the club looks at available free-agent options, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Tim Anderson is the biggest name still on the market at shortstop, with Amed Rosario, Nick Ahmed and Adalberto Mondesi also said to be on Miami's radar. Berti saw a career-high 424 plate appearances last season, playing 64 games at short but also 41 at third base, 15 at second base and 19 between the corner outfield spots, and the Marlins still view him as a better fit in a utility role. If the team elects not to bring in a free agent, Jacob Amaya and Vidal Brujan could also get looks this spring as potential starting options at shortstop.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Club option exercised
The Marlins exercised Berti's $3.63 million team option for 2024 on Monday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Berti will stick around after slashing .294/.344/.405 with seven home runs and 16 steals over 133 games this season. The 33-year-old utility player offers the Marlins plenty of versatility, but they'll likely be hoping they won't need to use him as often in 2024 as they had to in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: At shortstop again in Game 2
Berti will again start at shortstop and bat eighth Wednesday in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Phillies.
Berti started at short in Game 1 on Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in what was a 4-1 loss, but the Marlins will continue to roll with the 33-year-old speedster. Garrett Hampson and Joey Wendle are again riding the pine.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Starts at shortstop in Game 1
Berti is starting at shortstop and batting eighth Tuesday in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Phillies.
Garrett Hampson drew the majority of starts at shortstop in the closing weeks of the 2023 regular season, but the Marlins will ride the hot hand with Berti after he slashed .500/.609/.944 with four homers and two steals across his final 46 plate appearances of the regular season. Hampson is on the bench in Game 1, with Luis Arraez (ankle) returning at second base and Jake Burger manning third base. Joey Wendle will also ride the pine.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Hits for cycle across twin bill
Berti went 5-for-7 with two walks, a double, a triple, a solo home run, a second run scored and a stolen base across both games of Wednesday's doubleheader split with the Mets.
After getting the start at second base in the matinee and going 3-for-4 with his double and triple, Berti moved over the third base in the nightcap and completed his pseudo-cycle by leading off the game with his seventh homer of the year against Kodai Senga. Berti has reeled off five multi-hit performances in his last six starts as part of an eight-game hitting streak, and the veteran utility player is batting .583 (14-for-24) over that blistering stretch with seven extra-base hits (two doubles, a triple and four home runs), two steals, six runs and six RBI. The Marlins are currently tied for the final wild-card spot in the NL, and should they make the postseason, Berti's September could become the stuff of legend in Miami.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Crushes two homers
Berti went 2-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's victory over Milwaukee.
Berti opened the game's scoring with a 428-foot solo shot off Freddy Peralta in the second inning. However, the 33-year-old utility man wasn't finished, as he cracked another homer -- this time a 411-foot, two-run shot in the eighth inning. Berti appears to have laid claim to a bigger role in the wake of Luis Arraez's recent ankle injury, as he has started four of the last five games, including the past two at shortstop. He is slashing .286/.327/.386 with six homers, 15 steals, 49 runs and 32 RBI over 127 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Hits solo shot off bench
Berti went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in Friday's 16-1 loss to the Brewers.
Berti came off the bench in the blowout and provided the only run of the night for the Marlins with an eighth-inning shot off right-hander Bryse Wilson. The 33-year-old speedster now has four home runs in 125 games (390 plate appearances) this season with Miami.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Sitting again Thursday
Berti remains out of the lineup Thursday versus the Dodgers.
Berti has started only one of the Marlins' last seven games as he firmly settles back into a bench role. The 33-year-old is at 13 stolen bases this year after swiping an MLB-best 41 bags in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: On bench Thursday
Berti is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.
Joey Wendle will get a second consecutive start at shortstop as the Marlins face another right-hander in Joan Adon. Berti has out-produced Wendle on the whole this year, but the veteran speedster carries a weak .255/.294/.319 season slash line versus righties.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Heads to bench Wednesday
Berti is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
While Joey Wendle was on the bench, Berti started at shortstop against right-handed pitchers in both of the past two games, going 2-for-7 with a pair of base hits. Though the lefty-hitting Wendle is back at shortstop Wednesday against right-hander Zach Eflin, the Marlins could be viewing the position as more a timeshare between Wendle and Berti moving forward rather than a platoon. Berti holds a nearly 350-point edge in OPS over Wendle since the All-Star break (.723 to .382).... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Pops rare homer
Berti went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
The light-hitting utility man jumped on a Jordan Montgomery changeup in the second inning and lined it over the left-field wall for his third homer of the season. Berti's worked his way back into a consistent spot in the batting order since the All-Star break, slashing .392/.407/.569 in 17 games with three steals, six RBI and 10 runs, but as of yet he hasn't really exploited MLB's new rules to make basestealing easier. After leading the league with 41 stolen bases in 2022, the 33-year-old has only 12 in 16 attempts this season.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Goes to bench Wednesday
Berti is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Berti will head to the bench for the first time since July 21, ending a streak of nine consecutive starts in which he saw action at third base, shortstop and in left field. The Marlins moved on from Jean Segura ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline but acquired two player (Josh Bell and Jake Burger) who are expected to start on a regular basis, so Berti could end up finding himself on the bench more frequently. Berti's ability to play all over the infield and outfield should at least keep him in the mix for a handful of starts per week as other players get days off or miss time due to injury.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Earning more work in outfield
Berti will start in left field and bat sixth in Monday's game against the Phillies, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Marlins manager Skip Schumaker will continue to lean on the sizzling Berti, who will pick up his eighth straight start and his 10th in 11 games even though Miami has all its key position players available again with Jazz Chisholm and Avisail Garcia returning from the IL. Berti, who is slashing .472/.500/.611 with four extra-base knocks and three stolen bases since the All-Star break, is starting to gain traction in left field, where he's made three of his last four starts. While he continues to weld a hot bat, Berti looks as though he'll play ahead of Garcia and Avisail Garcia as the Marlins' third outfielder after Chisholm and Bryan De La Cruz.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Playing time picking up
Berti will start at third base and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Rays, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
Berti will make his fourth consecutive start and his sixth in seven contests overall. He'll be filling in for a resting Jean Segura on Wednesday, but Berti doesn't have a clear path to a regular role at any one position at the moment. In addition to third base, Berti has also made two starts apiece at shortstop and left field over the past week.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Heating up
Berti went 1-for-3 with a double in Sunday's extra-inning win over the Rockies.
Getting the start at shortstop and batting sixth, Berti extended his hit streak to six games, a stretch in which he's gone 10-for-17 (.588) with two stolen bases and four runs scored. The 33-year-old has slipped back into a super-utility role with the Marlins mostly healthy -- over the last five games, he's started twice at shortstop and once each at third base and in left field -- and he seems to be more comfortable with that assignment. On the season, Berti's slashing .292/.335/.372 in 271 plate appearances with two homers, 11 steals, 18 RBI and 35 runs.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: On bench Wednesday
Berti is not in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Berti will take a seat after he went 3-for-7 with a double, an RBI and a run scored over the first two games of the series. Garrett Hampson will draw the start at the hot corner and bat ninth in the finale with Toronto.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Sitting Saturday
Berti isn't in the Marlins' lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Currently in the middle of a mini three-game hitting streak, Berti will get a breather Saturday. While Berti rests, Garrett Hampson will start at third base and bat ninth.... See More ... See Less
Marlins' Jon Berti: Records eighth steal
Berti went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Mariners.
Berti hadn't recorded a steal in his last 21 games, though a drop in playing time since the start of June has made it difficult for him to get many chances on the basepaths. The speedster is up to eight steals in 12 attempts this season, a far cry from the 41 thefts he logged a year ago. He's slashing a respectable .259/.308/.330 with two home runs, 12 RBI, 25 runs scored, a triple and five doubles over 203 plate appearances. He's at a 6.9 percent walk rate, and the struggles to get on base mixed with a spot in the bottom half of the order will likely continue to limit his effectiveness.... See More ... See Less
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|Birthplace: Troy, MI
|School: Bowling Green
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