There might not be any team in all of baseball that has more potential options to fill their 2022 starting rotation than the Miami Marlins. For a unit that is loaded with talented young arms, the Marlins rotation, and pitching staff overall, has the potential to be one of the best in baseball for years to come.
With the numerous options to fill the rotation available, just how will those five spots be filled? When simply looking at who those five will potentially be, one thing becomes instantly clear – the Marlins will have options.
What will the Miami Marlins 2022 starting rotation look like?
Leading the 2022 starting rotation on the Opening Day roster will be the three 100% givens: Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, and Pablo Lopez. Each of these three have experience, and we know just exactly what we will get from this group.
So, with three spots set, how will the other two be filled? With numerous potential options, let’s divide these candidates into three different categories – Likely, Depends, and Eventually.
The “likely” group features two options in No. 2 prospect Edward Cabrera and Jesus Luzardo. Both finished the 2021 campaign as a part of the Marlins big league rotation, and despite struggling at times, will both likely open the 2022 season in the rotation in the major leagues.
There are multiple options that could join the rotation at some point early-on in the season, which would depend on various factors with the most-obvious being No. 4 prospect Sixto Sanchez. Missing all of the 2021 season with an injury, Sanchez will likely be on the Opening Day roster as a part of the rotation if healthy.
Another option is Elieser Hernandez, who will likely be a popular trade candidate this offseason, as well as potential long-relief option in the bullpen. Joining Hernandez as other names that could play a role in the 2022 starting rotation include Thompson, Poteet, Garrett, and Neidert, as well as a potential free agent signing or trade should that happen over the next couple of months.
Lastly, and arguably the most-intriguing, is No. 3 prospect and 2020 first round pick Max Meyer. After a phenomenal 2021 season that concluded in Triple-A, Meyer is knocking on the door of the big leagues, and will likely join the rotation at some point next season.
Yes, the Miami Marlins will no-doubt use multiple options in the starting rotation throughout next season. However, when looking at the options, don’t be surprised if Miami opts to use some of this depth over the offseason to help the roster in other areas as well.