With the 2021 season nearly a week away from coming to a close, the focus is beginning to shift to the offseason for the Miami Marlins.
While there are obviously multiple decisions that will be made surrounding the roster in the coming weeks and months, one position in particular that will likely have the biggest question to be answered is at catcher.
The Marlins have used numerous different options at the position this season at the major league level, but have any of the players truly claimed the position going forward? The answer when looking toward next season is likely no, but the Marlins do have options at the position internally should they choose to go that route in the offseason.
Who will be the Miami Marlins starting catcher next season?
The Marlins have obviously used many different options at catcher this season. When looking at the six players they have used at the position this season, will any of them claim the starting role next season?
When looking the position so far this season, Jorge Alfaro entered the year cemented as the starting backstop. However, the 28-year-old has struggled at times both offensively and defensively likely putting his starting role entering 2022 in question.
Serving as the back-ups to Alfaro early-on were Chad Wallach and Sandy Leon, both of whom posted an OPS under .600 this season. Leon remains the only one of the two currently with the club as Wallach is currently with the Angels.
When looking at the younger options at the position, recently acquired at the deadline Alex Jackson has certainly struggled during his time with the club making it unlikely he serves as the starter to begin next season. However, could we see some combination next season of Payton Henry and Nick Fortes, both of whom have impressed in limited action?
While the Miami Marlins have used many different options at the catching position this season, it makes sense that catcher is a top priority in the offseason. Could we see any of these six catchers return for the Marlins next season, or are we in for a shake-up at the position over the next couple of weeks?