The 3 Miami Marlins players that I expect to surprise in 2024

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1. SP EDWARD CABRERA

Starting pitcher Edward Cabrera can make the biggest difference in 2024, and I see it finally taking place. The former top prospect debuted in 2021 with a 5.81 ERA/6.63 FIP, with 9.6 K/9 and 6.5 B/9 in 7 games and 26.1 innings pitched. He followed that up with a breakout in the 2022 season. He produced a 3.01 ERA/4.59 FIP, with 9.4 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9, in 14 games and 71.2 innings pitched.

He was kind off all over the place in 2023, as he produced a 4.24 ERA/4.43 FIP, with 10.7 K/9 and 6.0 BB/9, in 22 games and 99.2 innings pitched. Edward Cabrera has an elite strikeout rate, but an alarmingly high walk rate. All that he needs to do is improve his control, and if he does he can legitimately turn himself into an ace.

Call me overly optimistic with is, but what if Cabrera finally gets his control....under control?! I can really see it happening as he's turning 26 years old in April next season. It's about time for him to turn the corner, and I see it happening next season. If it happens and he matches his 2022 results, he will be an ace that can help the Miami Marlins return to the playoffs.

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