3 Miami Marlins players that will shatter your expectations

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Jorge Soler is not the most popular player on the Miami Marlins to say the least. He batted .207/.295/.400 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 72 games and 270 AB in 2022. He showed some promising signs between a slow start and an injury... He was batting .292 for a stretch. The fact that he's also a terrible defender wasn't exactly endearing to Miami Marlins fans either. So what exactly makes him so promising for 2023?

Jorge Soler may have a big year in him for 2023.

Well to start with with he's going to be a DH this upcoming season. This should limit his chances of getting injured and keep him on the field more. That's not the main reason for optimism however. He's actually in his contract year and players have a tendency to play better in those years. Technically he's under contract for 2024 too, but on a $9 million player option. He's getting $15 million this year and would have to take a pay cut to trigger it. I suspect that he's not particularly happy about taking a pay cut on a 1 year deal.

Jorge Soler has an incentive to have a big year and go for a larger and longer guarantee, even if only to match his 2022 salary. The next obvious question is if he's even capable of having a big year? Soler spent 2014-2016 with the Chicago Cubs as a top prospect who peaked at 101 games in 2015 due to injuries. He batted .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 211 games and 682 AB during that time. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals after Chicago's 2016 World Series winning season, and batted .249/.340/.501 with 67 home runs and 175 RBI in 301 games and 1058 AB in 2017-2020.

Soler peaked in 2019 with a .265/.354/.569 batting line, 48 home runs and 117 RBI. The season had a juiced ball but he probably would've hit over 35 home runs anyway. He split 2021 between the Kansas City Royals and the Atlanta Braves and batted .223/.316/.432 with 27 home runs and 70 RBI in 149 games and 516 AB. He batted .269/.358/.524 in 55 games and 208 AB with Atlanta and won the World Series MVP award.

I think that if Jorge Soler stays healthy and is motivated we can expect a big year from him in 2023.