Valdespin providing spark to Marlins from the start
ATLANTA -- Three games is certainly a small sample size, but Jordany Valdespin already is bringing some energy to the Marlins at second base and at the plate.
The left-handed-hitting infielder did not start on Tuesday because Atlanta started southpaw Mike Minor. So Donovan Solano got the start at second base.
But in three games since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans, Valdespin is 3-for-11 (.273) with a .333 on-base percentage. He delivered a double off Julio Teheran in Monday's 3-1 win in 10 innings. He's also shown the ability to execute sacrifice bunts from the No. 2 spot in the lineup.
"I've been happy with the way he's played," manager Mike Redmond said. "He's giving us good at-bats, and playing good defense. You can hit-and-run with him. You can do a lot of different things with him. This is an opportunity for him to maybe re-establish himself. Hopefully, he's a big spark for us and he continues to do what he's doing. I'm impressed with the way that he's played."
With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, the Marlins have been searching for a starting pitcher and a second baseman. Valdespin is getting an opportunity to see if he can be an answer.
"This is a good team, with young guys and veteran guys," Valdespin said. "We've got a good team, too.
"I'm here to help in any situation they want. I can play outfield. I can play second. I try to bring energy to the team, and be emotional, and at the same time, play the game the right way."