Miami Marlins: Way-too-early Roster Prediction for the 2022 Season
By Matt Melton
The Marlins 2022 bench could look similar to this past season, featuring many potential known names.
OF – Bryan De La Cruz
While it is possible that De La Cruz claims a starting outfield spot going into the 2022 season, you could certainly make an argument that the 24-year-old would be best as a fourth outfielder. After being acquired from Houston at the trade deadline, De La Cruz saw time at all three outfield spots while slashing .296/.356/.427 across 58 games in his first big league action.
C – Alex Jackson
While No. 30 prospect Payton Henry is also an option to fill the backup catcher role, Jackson will likely begin the 2022 season as the backup option. Acquired from the Braves at the trade deadline, Jackson posted a .538 OPS with three home runs across 108 at-bats.
INF – Jose Devers
Making his major league debut in 2021, Devers slashed .244/.304/.317 in 21 games before suffering an injury that caused him to miss the remainder of the season. An infielder capable of playing multiple positions, Devers will likely feature a role on the Marlins bench next season, potentially to begin the 2022 campaign.
UTL – Jon Berti
Berti appeared in 85 games with the Marlins during the 2021 season in which he posted a career-low .624 OPS. Forced into a starting role due to injuries to the Marlins starters, Berti should return to a reserve role next season where he excelled during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Obviously it is still way-too-early in the offseason, but when looking ahead to the 2022 season, there are obviously some decisions that need to be made concerning the roster. Will the Miami Marlins 2022 Opening Day roster look similar to this, or are we in for an offseason full of surprises?