BOSTON -- In his first 14 games with the Astros since coming over in a trade with the Marlins, outfielder Jake Marisnick was hitting .315 with one homer and five RBIs, including .362 in his previous 12 games entering Saturday. In 14 games with the Marlins this year, he was hitting .167.
Marisnick has benefitted from reuniting with hitting coach John Mallee and assistant hitting coach Ralph Dickenson, both of whom he has worked with before. Dickenson was hitting coach at Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays system when Marisnick was there in 2012, and Mallee spent eight-plus seasons as the Marlins' Minor League hitting coordinator. Marisnick was traded to the Marlins after the 2012 season.
"They weighed in before we made the deal and they felt like they knew what he needed to do," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "I've got to give them a little bit of credit, and I've got to give Marisnick some credit, as well. It's early and he's having some success, which is what we were hoping for.
"He's the type of player, defensively he's going to have value regardless of how much he hits. Speed and defense are electric, and the fact he's been able to contribute offensively for us is a huge bonus. He's still so young and there's a lot of career ahead of him. We very well could have found ourselves a very important part of the puzzle going forward."
Marisnick has been as good as advertised defensively and did a nice job handling center field before moving to right field a few days ago after Dexter Fowler was activated.
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