Derek Dietrich isn’t one bit surprised that he’s showing just as much home run pop in the majors as he did in the minors.
“Not one bit,” said Dietrich, who has six homers for the Marlins to go with the four he hit earlier in the season at Double A Jacksonville before his promotion.
“Power has always been one of my No. 1 tools as a middle infielder, whether I was playing shortstop or second base,” he said.
After Donovan Solano landed on the disabled list in May, Dietrich not only inherited the starting job at second base, but kept it — in large part because of the power he provided to a lineup starved for it.
The only player in the Marlins organization with more homers this season is Jacksonville outfielder Kyle Jensen, who has 12. Dietrich’s six blasts ranks third among National League rookies, trailing only the Atlanta Braves’ Evan Gattis (14) and the San Diego Padres’ Jedd Gyorko (eight).
“I’ve been able to slug it with some of the big guys, so I think that’s definitely one of the parts of my game that’s unique for my position,” Dietrich said.
Despite driving in his first run in 11 months on Tuesday, Logan Morrison was left out of the starting lineup on Wednesday. Manager Mike Redmond said he didn’t want to overuse Morrison, who came off the DL on Sunday.
Counting his minor-league rehab assignment, Morrison had played in four consecutive games.
“The body’s got to catch up,” Morrison said. “This is kind of like a spring training for my legs. But, for the most part, everything feels good.”
A Stanton first
Giancarlo Stanton’s home run on Tuesday was the 97th of his career, but the first that turned a deficit into a lead in the eighth inning or later, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
• Juan Pierre is heating up at the plate. Pierre took an eight-game hitting streak into Wednesday’s game.
He was batting .382 (11 for 34) over the streak.
• Thursday: No game.
• Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.17 ERA) vs. St. Louis Cardinals LHP Tyler Lyons (2-2, 3.51), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.91) vs. Cardinals RHP Lance Lynn (8-1, 3.00), 4:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: The Cardinals own the best record in baseball and have been extremely successful over the years in South Florida, where they have gone 48-28 overall and 7-1 the past two seasons.