Miami Marlins: Predicting the 2024 Everyday Starting Lineup
By Matt Melton
Miami Marlins Outfield
While you would most likely say that the pitching staff will be the strength of this team going forward, don’t count out this outfield group. While there are numerous possibilities to fill these spots, this group will look very different than it currently does with three players setting themselves apart over time.
LF – Jesus Sanchez
Sanchez is bound to get his opportunity during the 2021 season in the big leagues based on the way he is currently hitting in Triple-A. The Marlins #6 prospect is an all-around hitter and defender who is flashing some big-time power this season that will be on full display for years to come. While he could play multiple positions in the OF, left field might be the most likely landing spot.
CF – Monte Harrison
We’ve seen short spirts of Harrison in the big leagues so far, but he hasn’t quite been able to claim a full-time starting spot, yet. The Marlins #14 prospect has bounced between the major leagues and Triple-A over the past two seasons, but should takeover as a starter in due time. When he does as well, he will be one of the most exciting players on this team.
RF – JJ Bleday
If you’re looking for the Marlins #2 or #3 hitter in this eventual lineup, look no further than Bleday. The Marlins #2 prospect was Miami’s 2019 First Round pick, and easily slots in at right field for the foreseeable future as soon as he makes his MLB debut. The current #15 prospect in baseball will be a superstar the moment he takes the field in Miami.
Lastly, let’s assume the National League adapts the DH full-time by 2024. We saw a glimpse of the Marlins using the DH during the 2020 season, but who will fill the role in a couple of years from now?
DH – Peyton Burdick
Burdick, the Marlins #12 prospect, is showcasing some impressive power in Double-A to start the season. Evident by 5 HRs in 19 games so far, Burdick displays power that will allow him to potentially hit anywhere from 15-20+ HRs a season eventually at the big league level. Still a year or two away from the major leagues, Burdick will be a candidate to emerge within the Miami system over the next year.
Is this not one of the most talented teams in baseball? It’s evident why the Miami Marlins future is so bright, and if you ask me, this could be one of the best teams in baseball in a couple of years.