Marlins place Jon Berti on injured reserve, select Joe Dunand
The Marlins placed a utility Jon Berti on their injured list, and selected the infielder contract Joe Dunand by Triple-A. No details were given on Berti’s placement in IL, and as for Brian AndersonYesterday Berti’s placement at IL Miami, it appears Berti’s absence is related to COVID-19.
Berti got off to a fantastic start, hitting .300/.440/.550 in his first 50 plate appearances. While Berti was pretty much a league average hitter in 2019-20, he’s best known for his versatility – already this season, Berti has seen time at shortstop, left field, second base and at third base, in addition to pinch-hitting and pinch work. This multi-position skill set made Berti a very useful bench piece during his four seasons in Miami, and occasionally allowed the Marlins to keep a shortened bench and add an extra arm to the bullpen. .
Dunand can bring at least some of that versatility, with plenty of experience as a third baseman and shortstop (and a handful of games at first base) during his five minor league seasons. For tonight’s game against the Padres, Dunand is in the starting lineup at third base, ready for his MLB debut.
A second-round pick for the Marlins in the 2017 draft, Dunand hasn’t touched much in the minors and isn’t listed among Miami’s top 30 prospects by Baseball America or MLB Pipeline. A lack of offense has limited Dunand’s potential, but the 26-year-old Miami native (who is the nephew of Alex Rodriguez) hit better at Triple-A this year, beating .255/.368/.426 on 57 AP.