Marlins give Gorkys chance at leadoff spot

Marlins give Gorkys chance at leadoff spot

Marlins give Gorkys chance at leadoff spot
MIAMI -- Gorkys Hernandez was hitting leadoff Saturday for the first time since the Marlins acquired him.

Consider it an audition for the speedy 24-year-old outfielder -- at least, that's how Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is treating it.

"We're going to try to see what this kid can bring to the table," Guillen said. "I know what [Bryan] Petersen and [Chris] Coghlan and [Scott] Cousins -- I know what they can do. Now we're going to try to find out what the kid can do.

"Can he help us in the future? Can he help us this year? We'll see. We'll see how it plays out. That's the reason he's there."

Since the Marlins acquired Hernandez from the Pirates in exchange for Gaby Sanchez at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Hernandez has just two hits in 17 at-bats and a .250 on-base percentage. However, Hernandez's two hits have come in his last three plate appearances, and he has come around to score both times.

Saturday marked his fifth start in center field and what Guillen joked was "the first time Hernandez hit leadoff -- even when he was playing Little League."

Guillen wants to see what Hernandez can do when given the opportunity, and try to figure out whether he has a future in a crowded Miami outfield as Guillen continues to try to find the best lineup for the Marlins moving forward.

"I'm going to try to see what this kid can bring," Guillen said. "[Petersen] is swinging the bat pretty good right now, but I just want to see how [Hernandez] plays [Saturday] and then we go about what we see."