Projections for the current Miami Marlins lineup finally came out. Hopefully The Fish add enough bats (like these for example), where the lineup is heavily improved, considering how bad it was. These projections are from “Steamer”, a respected source for projections, but remember that projections are just that…projections. Let’s take a look, and again remember that this just a rough preview of what might happen next season.
Miami Marlins hitting projections don’t look too promising.
Let’s start with a Miami Marlins superstar in the making 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. Jazz is projected for 28 home runs, 77 RBI, 26 stolen bases and a down .246/.313/.464 batting line. I question that, considering he batted .254/.325/.535 in 2022 and played through injury. I expect him to perform better than this.
How about 1B/DH Garrett Cooper? He’s projected to bat .256/.334/.413 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI. That doesn’t look promising but I do see it as likely. LF/DH Jorge Soler is projected for a dreadful .231/.317/.435 batting line with 25 home runs and 70 RBI. I don’t see that at all. He’ll be essentially in his contract year, as he has a $9 million player option for 2024. He’s currently making $15 million, so I think that he’ll play hard to avoid a pay cut.
RF Avisail Garcia has been a massive disappointment for the Miami Marlins. He’s projected to bat .246/.302/.395 with 19 home runs and 71 RBI. This is a massive improvement from his .224/.266/.317 batting line along with 8 home runs and 35 RBI in 2022. The fact that it looks better is of course sad, as his projected line is still not worth his inflated price tag.
What about CF Bryan De La Cruz? He’s clearly not a favorite of the people benind the Steamer projections. Bryan is projected for a .263/.313/.427 batting line with 15 home runs and 56 RBI. I completely disagree with that and think that he will be significantly better than that. What about C Jacob Stallings? Stallings is projected for a .237/.307/.347 batting line, 6 home runs and 32 RBI in 2023.
How about SS Miguel Rojas? Rojas is projected to improve from a .236/.283/.323 batting line to a .259/.310/.368 one. An improvement is an improvement right? What do you think? Are these results believable? How will these Miami Marlins hitters actually do in 2023?