2023 is coming to an end and the 2024 season is coming up. There are some surprising players who I expect to make a difference in the upcoming season. It's a difference that the Miami Marlins badly need. In fact, you may already have an idea about some of them. I'm also hoping that I'm right due to the need for good pitching depth for the team. So who are these players?
The Miami Marlins have three players who I expect to make an unexpected difference in 2024.
3. SP MAX MEYER
Let's start with the obvious, as I just recently wrote about him. I'm obviously talking about starting pitcher Max Meyer. There's a reason why Meyer was an elite prospect at one point. He has elite stuff and just needs to stay healthy to showcase it. He's expected to be healthy in 2024, and while he will be on an innings limit, he should still provide enough innings to make a difference.
Max Meyer had a 7.50 ERA/6.45 FIP, with 9.0 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9, in 2 games and 6.0 innings pitched in 2022. The numbers might not look impressive at first glance, but the strikeout rate clearly is. More importantly, is just how good he was in the Minor Leagues. For example, he had a 2.27 ERA in AA and AAA in 2021, with 10.5 K/9 and 3.4 BB/9. He had 10.2 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 2022 in single A and AAA.
I fully believe that Max Meyer can provide 70 or so innings of sub 4.00 ERA ball.
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