The Miami Marlins infield will likely return many familiar faces in 2022, as well as a potential for some new faces also.
C – Mitch Garver/Jacob Stallings/Tucker Barnhart
The Marlins could see a new primary catcher in 2022 with Garver (Twins) and Stallings (Pirates) as the likeliest potential trade options as Garver posted a .875 OPS this past season, while Stallings is coming off a career-year. Barnhart holds a team option with the Reds this offseason, and would be one of the top veteran options available should he reach free agency.
1B – Lewin Diaz
Widely considered as the Marlins first baseman of the future, Diaz should claim that role full-time in 2022. Appearing in 40 games in the big leagues a year ago, the 24-year-old slashed .205/.242/.451 with eight home runs, as well as hitting 20 home runs with an .845 OPS in Triple-A last season.
2B – Jazz Chisholm
Arguably the one 100% given in the infield is Chisholm who will enter the 2022 campaign coming off an impressive rookie season. Appearing in 124 games with Miami this season, Chisholm slashed .248/.303/.425 with 18 home runs, 53 RBI’s, and 23 stolen bases.
SS – Miguel Rojas
Holding a team option for the 2022 season, it makes sense for Rojas to return for year eight with the Marlins after slashing .265/.322/.392 a year ago. However, with multiple top shortstops available in free agency, don’t be surprised if one possibly ends-up with the Marlins next season moving Rojas to a possible bench role.
3B – Brian Anderson
Coming off a 2021 season that was shortened by injuries, Anderson should return for the 2022 campaign as the Marlins starting third baseman. Appearing in 67 games with Miami last season, Anderson slashed .249/.337/.378 with seven home runs and 28 RBI’s.