Miami Marlins: 5 Predictions for Remainder of the 2021 Season

Matt Melton
DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 11: Max Meyer #12 of the National League team throws against the American League team during the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - JULY 11: Max Meyer #12 of the National League team throws against the American League team during the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field on July 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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3. Miami Marlins 2022 Catcher Emerges

It is no secret that Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro has struggled at times during the 2021 season both offensively and defensively. Slashing .223/.274/.324 for the season, Alfaro has also allowed a league-leading 12 passed ball’s during the 2021 campaign.

The Marlins could very-well opt-to acquire a backstop via trade during the offseason as previously mentioned players such as Willson Contreras and Mitch Garver would be intriguing options. However, what if the Marlins already had their 2022 catcher internally?

Recently acquired catcher Alex Jackson is a potential candidate to takeover as Miami’s primary backstop, who hit his first major league home run during Tuesday night’s win over the Mets. After showcasing some impressive power numbers in Triple-A the past couple of seasons, Jackson is simply waiting for a full-time big league opportunity to showcase what he can do, and he might just get that over the next two months.

While also recently acquired backstop Payton Henry would also be a possibility, he would likely potentially debut during the 2022 season at some point.

While the Marlins could always keep Alfaro, it makes sense that Miami could possibly look in other directions this offseason. However, could an emergence from Jackson make the starting catcher role his going into 2022?

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