Miami Marlins: Way-too-early Roster Prediction for the 2022 Season
By Matt Melton
Outfield & Designated Hitter
In what is arguably the hardest position group to predict for the 2022 Miami Marlins, the outfield features numerous potential options, while the DH is a no-brainer.
LF – Jesus Sanchez
You could make an argument that the Marlins have one 100% given in their 2022 starting outfield with that being Sanchez who posted an .808 OPS with 14 home runs at the big league level last season as a rookie. Capable of playing either corner outfield spot, Sanchez will likely see time at both next season with a majority of his starts this past season coming in right.
CF – Starling Marte/Mark Canha/Tommy Pham/Peyton Burdick
If the Marlins truly spend in the offseason, center field could be the position that it happens. There are many potential intriguing options via free agency such as Marte, Canha, and Pham, as well as No. 14 prospect Peyton Burdick.
RF – Garrett Cooper
Enjoying arguably the best single-season of his career, Cooper slashed .284/.380/.465 with nine home runs and 33 RBI’s across 71 games before missing the remainder of the season with an injury. Splitting time last season between first base and right field, Cooper likely slots in at right field, while also potentially seeing time as the Marlins DH.
DH – Jesus Aguilar
If the DH returns to the National League for the 2022 season, there is arguably no team that may benefit more than the Marlins. One of the top run-producers in the NL during the 2021 season, Aguilar will return as Miami’s DH, and will allow the Marlins to get both Aguilar and Diaz in the everyday lineup.