2. OF JJ Bleday
When selected in the first round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Vanderbilt, Bleday instantly became one of the top overall prospects in Miami’s system, and was expected to be one of the focal points of the Marlins everyday outfield for years to come.
As you likely know however, the Marlins current No. 5 prospect has struggled at times during his professional career, a stretch that includes a .695 OPS across 110 games in Double-A last season. Even despite those struggles last season, there is still a lot of hype surrounding Bleday entering the 2022 season, partly due to his impressive showing in the 2021 Arizona Fall League in which the 24-year-old slashed .316/.435/.600 with five home runs and 24 RBI’s across 24 games.
Likely beginning the year with Triple-A Jacksonville, Bleday could easily make his MLB debut in 2022, likely with a potential call-up happening around the same timeline as Burdick previously.
1. RHP Max Meyer
One of the most-anticipated MLB debuts of any prospect around baseball that will happen in 2022 is Meyer, the Marlins first round pick from the 2020 MLB Draft out of Minnesota.
Miami’s No. 3 prospect, as well as the No. 30 overall prospect in baseball, Meyer enjoyed a phenomenal first professional season a year ago in which the right-hander posted a combined 2.27 ERA with a 42:130 BB:K between Double-A and Triple-A.
It is all but official that Meyer will make his MLB debut during the 2022 season, with the lone questions being when and in what role? While there is a chance the right-hander begins the season in the Miami Marlins rotation, Meyer will likely begin the year in Triple-A, with a major league call-up likely set at some point in either May or June.