Miami Marlins: 5 prospects that could make their MLB debut in 2022
By Matt Melton
4. OF Griffin Conine
The son of “Mr. Marlin” Jeff Conine, Griffin was acquired by Miami as the PTBNL in the Jonathan Villar deal at the 2020 trade deadline, joining the organization coming off a 2019 season that included a .946 OPS and 22 home runs across 80 games in Low-A with Toronto.
The Marlins No. 20 prospect, Conine is also coming off an impressive 2021 season that included 36 home runs and 84 RBI’s, a season that was split between High-A Beloit and Double-A Pensacola.
Similar to Encarnacion previously however, Conine has yet to see the Triple-A level, but it is something that will likely happen very-early during the 2022 season. Left off of the 40-man roster by Miami earlier this offseason, Conine is available to be selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft by other teams, but should make his MLB debut at some point in 2022 if he remains with Miami.
3. OF Peyton Burdick
Originally selected in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft by Miami, Burdick was coming off a phenomenal 2019 season at Wright State, and continued that success by slashing .308/.407/.542 with 11 home runs across 69 games in A-Ball.
With no minor league season in 2020, Burdick continued to impress in the instructional league last season, and fully cemented himself as one of the top outfield prospects in Miami’s system. Now the Marlins No. 14 overall prospect, Burdick is coming off a 2021 season that earned the 24-year-old Marlins Minor League Player of the Year honors while posting a combined .823 OPS with 23 home runs.
Reaching the Triple-A level at the end of last season, Burdick is an internal option that has been talked about previously about potentially starting the year in centerfield for the Marlins, but based on only eight career games above Double-A, it seems unlikely to begin the year. However, Burdick could very easily make his MLB debut with Miami in 2022, even as early as June or July depending on how the outfielder starts the year.