The Miami Marlins 2021 first round draft pick (31) Joe Mack is off to a rough start in the minor leagues. Joe Mack was drafted out of Williamsville East High School in New York and was a highly sought after catcher, which is certainly an area of need for the Marlins.
The 20 year old Catcher has bounced around the minor leagues now in almost two years time, starting with rookie ball with the FCL Marlins in 2021 and to start out 2022. In his time in FCL he started off rough the first year, hitting only .132 with one home run and two RBI. As such he continued in rookie ball in 2022 and was off to a much stronger start hitting .296 with two home runs and three RBI and posting a .906 OPS.
Mack was then promoted to A ball in Jupiter for the remainder of the 2022 season, where he struggled adjusting to the increase in talent. Mack played 35 games for Jupiter in 2022 and hit .231 with 3 home runs and 12 RBI. Mack then continued to work on his game more in the Arizona fall league in 2022.
He played another 18 games in the fall league and in his 72 plate appearances he hit .230 but posted an .806 OPS. Mack showcased his power in the fall league hitting four home runs and driving in seven on his way to being promoted to high A ball to start the 2023 season with Beloit.
Miami Marlins 2021 first round pick struggling to start 2023
For the 2023 season he has been struggling again to adjust to the new talent level he is competing against as he is hitting only .193 with zero home runs and eleven RBI and striking out 25% of the time. Mack's fall power has dissipated this spring as he's posting a slash line of .193/.260/.214 with an OPS of .474, the lowest of his career. Hopefully Mack can learn to adjust and get back his fall league production some point this season, as the Marlins could use a quick rising catcher to help bolster their future.