4. 1B Lewin Diaz
With the likelihood that first baseman Jesus Aguilar‘s 2021 season is over, it has given Lewin Diaz the opportunity to see increased playing time in the big leagues after dominating Triple-A pitching for a majority of the season. Widely considered as the Marlins starting first baseman next season (with Aguilar as the DH), Diaz has shown flashes on what is to come next season over the last two weeks.
Joining the big league team back on September 8, Diaz has started at first base in every game since where he has posted an .800 OPS with two home runs in 30 at-bats. Across those eight contests as well, Diaz has posted three multi-hit games, as well as a two home run showing last Tuesday in Washington.
3. OF Bryan De La Cruz
Bryan De La Cruz has been outstanding since being acquired by Miami at the trade deadline, and that has carried over to the month of September. Across 13 games so far this month, De La Cruz has slashed .298/.389/.532 with three home runs and eight RBI’s, while also includes three multi-hit games and a hit in five of his last six games entering play Friday.
For the season, the 24-year-old has posted an .882 OPS since making his major league debut in August while batting .336 across his last 42 games. With the Marlins likely addressing their 2022 outfield plans in the offseason, De La Cruz’s strong months of August and September likely guarantees he will feature a prominent role in Miami’s outfield next season.