Justin Bour has been one of the exciting things to happen for the Miami Marlins this, one in which a whole lot has gone wrong. Bour has impressed so much that he is going to get an extended look in September to be the primary first baseman going forward, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.
In September, Bour will be tested against left-handed pitching. It will be interesting to see how he performs with Giancarlo Stanton also in the lineup.
Bour's power has been is biggest asset, with him hitting 15 home runs in 305 at bats in his second season in the big leagues. It was that power emergence that led the Marlins to move on from Michael Morse and give the keys to Bour. The 27-year-old has hit .252/.321/.449 in 101 games with Miami this season. He also is a lefty, which the Marlins sorely need in their lineup.
If Bour is able to impress, Frisaro said that the Marlins won't look for a first baseman during the offseason. But, if Bour shows signs of struggle, the team may look to find a right-handed compliment to Bour and Frisaro even mentioned bringing back Casey McGehee has a potential option.
The Marlins may have something here with Bour, and they would be wise to keep him around. He is popular around the clubhouse, and if they are trying to prove to Stanton that he should stay here, keeping a guy like Bour would be a good first step.