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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Miami Marlins outfielder Bryan De La Cruz (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

2. At-Least Two of Miami Marlins 2022 Outfield Emerges

The pursuit of the long-term option in center field has been something that has been talked about a lot over the previous two-to-three weeks. While it makes sense for Miami to address this via a trade or free-agent signing, what about the other two outfield spots?

One of the three starting outfield spots going into the 2022 season will 100% go to No. 5 prospect Jesus Sanchez who has slashed .265/.315/.434 with three home runs and nine RBI’s since being called-up earlier this season.

With Sanchez most-likely in left field, and center field likely to be addressed in the offseason, that leaves right field as the spot in question. When looking at potential options to fill the position, there are multiple that stick out making this an interesting position battle over the next two months.

Recently acquired outfielder and No. 29 prospect Bryan De La Cruz has flashed some impressive defense so far during his first big league action, while a potential MLB debut of No. 2 prospect JJ Bleday will happen at some point. While there are multiple other names that could be in-play for Miami over the next two months, it makes sense that the job is De La Cruz’s to claim at the moment.

With Sanchez set in left field and Miami likely addressing center field in the offseason, the Marlins right field position outlook going into 2022 could become clearer based on how things progress over the next two months.

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