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Miami Marlins 2022: Scouting, Projected Lineup, Season Prediction

Jazz Chisholm Jr., Miami Marlins

Jazz Chisholm Jr. and the young Marlins hope to get back to contending in the NL East after a disappointing 2021 campaign

After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 17 years during 2020's shortened season, the Miami Marlins hoped to ride that momentum and provide an encore in 2021. Instead, extended absences by members of the rotation and lineup put them in an early hole en route to a 95-loss campaign.

The 2022 season was supposed to mark Year 5 of Bruce Sherman's and Derek Jeter's ownership group, but in late February it was announced that the Hall of Famer was stepping down as the team's CEO and selling his stake in the franchise. The reasons for Jeter's decision are somewhat of a mystery, but it doesn't change the organization's goal for this season, which is to see consistent results at the big-league level.

The farm system remains one of the best, and the solid starting pitching should only get better as the arms continue to develop and mature. The offense, on the other hand, continues to lag behind. During the early stages of the hot stove season, Miami took steps to improve it by bringing in Avisaíl García and Joey Wendle. Then shortly after the lockout ended and spring training got started, the front office made good on its promise that more was to come by signing World Series MVP Jorge Soler to a three-year, $36 million contract.

But with other National League East teams going for it and making splashier moves, where does that put the underdog Marlins?

Opposing Scouts Size Up the Marlins

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"I really love their rotation: They're young, but they know how to pitch. Sandy Alcántara will sit at 101 and throw sliders and changeups at 93. He's got no-hit stuff every start with that hard, heavy sink; they did a brilliant job to lock him up. With Alcántara, Pablo López and Trevor Rogers, that's a 1-2-3 combination that'll give teams fits for a long time. I wouldn't put Sixto Sánchez in that group, though. He's already had elbow and shoulder issues, and his body type doesn't lend itself to longevity. The lineup is starting to take on Derek Jeter's personality*: The leader is their shortstop, Miguel Rojas, a reliable defender who takes great at-bats, a tireless worker who's always talking on the field and the dugout. Joey Wendle is another consummate pro, Jesús Aguilar has a lot of fun, and Jazz Chisholm Jr. is a talented kid with sneaky pop who's really coming into his own. There's a lot to like here; you just hope that the fans respond to this group and that ownership eventually gives them some money to work with."

*Editor's note: Scouting report was submitted prior to Derek Jeter stepping down as CEO.

Beyond the Box Score

Changes to the staff The Marlins-Yankees connection continued over the winter, with Marcus Thames taking over as hitting coach, Edwar Gonzalez as assistant hitting coach and Al Pedrique as third-base/infield coach. Thames previously held the same position with the Yankees from 2018-21, while Gonzalez was the Marlins' minor league hitting coordinator the past two years and Pedrique served as Triple-A Jacksonville's manager in 2021. Eric Duncan, the club's hitting coach each of the last two seasons, remains with Miami in a new role: major league quality control coach.

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International relations Adrian Lorenzo is the new head of the Marlins' international operations in his fourth season with the club. He previously served as the director of baseball operations (2021) and as special assistant to baseball operations and scouting ('19-20). Fernando Seguignol had been the Marlins' director of international scouting since 2017. Of Miami's top 30 prospects per MLB Pipeline, six were international signees during Seguignol's tenure.

Bringing in options While the major league portion of the Rule 5 Draft didn't take place in December because of the lockout, the Marlins selected five players from the minor league phase: shortstops Charles Leblanc and Carlos Santiago, lefthander Robert Garcia, second baseman Cobie Vance and righthander Laurbert Arias. They lost Double-A righty Tanner Andrews to the Braves. Outfielder Griffin Conine was the only MLB Pipeline top-30 prospect left unprotected by Miami for the MLB phase.

Who's on the mic? Paul Severino will return for his fifth season as the Marlins' play-by-play voice, but he will be getting a new partner on the Bally Sports Florida broadcast. Todd Hollandsworth, a member of the 2003 World Series team who was color analyst for five years, is not returning. His replacement had not yet been announced at press time.

Bienvenido a Miami In partnership with Nike and MLB, the Marlins debuted City Connect Series jerseys that paid homage to the Havana Sugar Kings (1954-60) of the International League during the 2021 season. Their legacy and influence on béisbol across Latin America continues to be felt today, particularly in the Little Havana neighborhood where LoanDepot Park resides. The Marlins went 8–6 while wearing the uniforms as part of a 42–39 overall home record. The club also introduced an art installation called "Folklore," which is located on the west plaza. Consisting of four shipping containers, it includes murals representing South Florida on the exterior and an interactive experience in the interior.

Projected Lineup

LINEUP

SS    Miguel Rojas (R)
2B    Jazz Chisholm Jr. (L)
1B    Jesús Aguilar (R)
CF    Avisaíl García (R)
RF    Jesús Sánchez (L)
DH   Jorge Soler (R)
3B    Brian Anderson (R)
LF    Joey Wendle (L)
C     Jacob Stallings (R)

BENCH

1B    Lewin Díaz (L)
UT   Jon Berti (R)
C     Alex Jackson (R)
OF   Bryan De La Cruz (R)

ROTATION

RHP    Sandy Alcántara
RHP    Pablo López
LHP    Trevor Rogers
LHP    Jesús Luzardo
RHP    Elieser Hernández

BULLPEN

RHP    Dylan Floro (C)
RHP    Cole Sulser
LHP    Anthony Bender
RHP    Anthony Bass
LHP    Richard Bleier
LHP    Tanner Scott
LHP    Steven Okert
RHP    Zach Pop

2022 Prediction: 4th in NL East