Will the Marlins add more players to the 2020 All-Star roster next season? Here are possible players who will be in Los Angeles on the field.
Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara was the lone player selected to the All-Star game this past season. His performance, a shutout inning, showed despite the losing record for the 23-year-old starter, he belonged amongst the best in the Big Leagues.
2020 could be different as players develop and showcase their talents in Miami. The Marlins have plenty of potential stars on their roster and in the minor league system. Which ones could make an impact on the fans who vote and the coaches who will be part of the Mid-Summer Classic? Here are three players who could be part of the festivities.
Caleb Smith – Caleb Smith led the Marlins with 10 victories this past season, but he pitched what was basically a tale of two halves.
Smith was dynamite coming out of the box to start the season when he won his first three games and looking like a true Cy Young contender. Then he trailed off and suffered an injury that took time to rehab. Smith came back from injury and showed that he could still be dominant, but he gave up too many homeruns in 2019.
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I still believe he has the potential to win 15 to 17 games next season.
If Smith can stay healthy, and he can work on his control, where pitching at home was certainly better for him then on the road, then he has a chance to make the All-Star team. We already know that Alcantara should be not only a Cy Young contender but the Opening Day starter next season. Having both of these young arms at the top of the rotation gives Miami a chance to finally show that the moves this organization made to acquire top-flight prospects will pay off in 2020.
Brian Anderson – Brian Anderson was getting hot at the right time when he suffered a broken hand that ended his 2019 season. After hitting 20 home runs and 66 RBI, 2020 should be the year that they find him as a player.
He remains a cornerstone of what this organization is building for the future.
Anderson is still considered a third baseman of the future, but he still may start next season out in right field, if the Marlins retain Starlin Castro. Wherever he plays, he gives Miami a solid defense of player with the ability to launch the ball out of the park with every swing.
I’m curious to see what kind of season he can have if he stays healthy, where 30 home runs may be a legitimate goal next season.
Jorge Alfaro – I can’t wait to see what Jorge Alfaro will do next season in a Marlins uniform. The catcher who was part of the deal that sent J.T. Realmuto to Philadelphia prove that he could be a defensive stopper behind the plate and a valuable bat in the middle of the Marlins order.
This will be his third full season in the Majors, and he has an opportunity to become one of the better catchers in the game. What makes his development worth watching is how he handled a younger rotation and a pitching staff has suffered many injuries throughout 2019.
While Realmuto had better stats this year if you compare the two players head to head, the Marlins still gained a valuable bat for the future and somebody who adds speed on the base pads. That’s rare for somebody who plays his position.