This report covers all players who have appeared in the Major Leagues this season for the Marlins.
*All stats current as of July 14, 2022.
2 Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Grade A
Always with a flare for the dramatic, Jazz came into this season with high hopes. Having led all second baseman throughout the All-Star voting period, he certainly hasn’t disappointed; the only blemishes include some minor injuries and allegedly being called out in the locker room for being a bit too flashy.
5 Jon Berti – Grade A-
After missing the entire second half of last season with concussion symptoms, it wasn’t clear exactly what Berti would do in his return. Surpassing expectations, the versatile utilityman has found his way into the everyday lineup because of injuries, and hasn’t looked back. Never a top prospect, he really elevated his stock by leading MLB in stolen bases.
6 Billy Hamilton – Grade B
After starting the season elsewhere in the Minors, Hamilton was acquired for his trademark blazing speed. He has been used mainly as a pinch-runner, and has saved several recent games with his running ability.
7 Jesus Sanchez – Grade B
Sanchez started this season on an absolute tear, but he has since cooled down a bit. Known more as a corner outfielder, he has really proven that he is a viable centerfielder.
11 Miguel Rojas – Grade B-
As the unoffical team captain, the veteran infielder affectionately known as “Miggy Ro” has been given a ton of responsibility. He is, more-or-less, the team ambassador with his strong work ethic and positive attitude. While suffering a few minor injuries, he has showed superb glovework in the field.
12 Jorge Soler – Grade B
After being named last season’s World Series MVP while with the Braves, Soler was brought in for his power bat and his Latino roots. He has really been a model of inconsistency this season, and currently finds himself rehabbing from an injury.
14 Bryan De La Cruz – Grade A-
De La Cruz started this season in the Minors as the fourth or fifth outfielder on the depth chart. Injuries have provided him with plenty of playing time at all three outfield spots. He has shown that he is capable of filling in for long or short stretches.
15 Brian Anderson – Grade C
Known in the clubhouse as “Andy”, Anderson has spent much of this season injured, but rather inconsistent when he does play. As a decent clutch player known for excellent defense, there’s still time for him to break out.
18 Joey Wendle – Grade B
Wendle was acquired from the Rays as a utility infielder with a lefty bat. While his season got off to a pleasant start, he ended up spending time nursing injuries that seemed to take something out of him.
20 Daniel Castano – Grade C+
Castano came into this season as depth for the pitching staff. Injuries have forced him into the rotation, and he seems to be on the right track.
22 Sandy Alcantara – Grade A+
Alcantara came into this season as the true ace of the staff. The pattern of most games he starts being low-scoring has continued this season, but he has been arguably the best pitcher in MLB, who clearly deserves to start the All-Star Game.
24 Avisail Garcia – Grade C-
Having signed one of Miami’s largest recent free-agent deals, expectations were high for the veteran Garcia, but he has struggled this season. His resemblance to one-time Marlins star Miguel Cabrera and his veteran track record give signs of hope that he can turn it around.
26 Garrett Cooper – Grade A
Having spent significant time injured in previous seasons, the player affectionately known as “Coop” was hoping to shed that stigma with the addition of the designated hitter. So far, it’s been a job well-done, as he finds himself named as an All-Star reserve.
27 Edward Cabrera – Grade B
The youngster Cabrera is seen as one of MLB’s top pitching prospects, and he didn’t disappoint in his brief time in MLB so far. However, he is currently rehabbing his way back from an injury.
28 Trevor Rogers – Grade C
After an unexpected breakout last season, hopes were high for Rogers this season. However, he seems to have regressed a bit by giving up too many clutch hits and home runs. Nevertheless, there is still time for him to turn it around.
31 Cole Sulser – Grade B-
After being acquired from the Orioles, Sulser was seen as a potential breakout closer candidate. He did pitch very well for a while until the injury bug bit him, and he currently finds himself rehabbing his way back.
34 Lewin Diaz – Grade C
Diaz hasn’t really gotten a full-time opportunity just yet, but he clearly has nothing left to prove in the Minors. In several MLB appearances, he has displayed immense power.
35 Richard Bleier – Grade C+
After seemingly getting rejuvenated last season, Bleier seems to have taken a step back this season. He has spent time as the primary lefty in the bullpen, with mixed results.
36 Dylan Floro – Grade B-
After starting the season with injuries, Floro appears to be on the mend. Originally seen as the primary closer, he has pitched in multiple roles out of the bullpen.
44 Jesus Luzardo – Grade B
Luzardo came into this season with alot expected of him. He was a bit up-and-down, but he ended up suffered an injury that he has yet to return from. Hopes are still very high for him.
46 Luke Williams – Grade B+
Williams started this season with the Phillies, before a trade to Giants, and then ultimately landing in Miami. Not really known as a hitter or defender, his versatility has been an outstanding boon.
47 Jimmy Yacabonis – Grade B-
Yacabonis was signed to a Minors deal in the offseason to add some pitching depth. He hasn’t dominated by any means, but he is mainly seen as a low-leverage pitcher.
48 Steven Okert – Grade B+
Okert seems to have taken a step forward this season, having pitched well in multiple situations as a situational lefty.
49 Pablo Lopez – Grade A-
Lopez started this season on an absolute roll. He led MLB in ERA for a while, until an injury stalled his progress for a bit. He seems to have recovered, and remains in the second spot in the rotation.
51 Tommy Nance – Grade D
Nance was acquired from the Cubs, mainly as a depth option. He has struggled mightily, in giving up too many big hits and home runs, and now finds himself in the Minors.
52 Anthony Bass – Grade B+
After significant struggles last season, Bass seems to have put it back together this season. He has pitched well in multiple roles out of the bullpen.
54 Nick Fortes – Grade B
Having started this season in the Minors, Fortes now finds himself as the backup catcher. He has some power, and has made real progress working with the pitching staff.
55 Anthony Bender – Grade C
Having starting this season as the primary closer, Bender struggled a bit, before ultimately getting injured. He is currently rehabbing his way back.
56 Zach Pop – Grade B-
Having started this season in the Minors, Pop recently came up to add some length to the bullpen, with decent results.
57 Elieser Hernandez – Grade D
After showing real promise to start this season, Hernandez took a huge step back. He has spent time as both a starter and a reliever. After a stint in the Minors, he was recentlly called up for bullpen length.
58 Jacob Stallings – Grade B+
Stallings was acquired from the Pirates, as he has always been known for his long track record of being an excellent game-caller. He showed off some pop with an Opening Day home run this season, but his bat has really cooled since.
59 Payton Henry – Grade C
Henry got the opportunity to open this season as the backup catcher, but he barely got any hits. His defense seems to be steady, but he currently finds himself in the Minors as the third-string catcher.
60 Braxton Garrett – Grade B
Garrett started this season in the Minors, stuck behind bigger names. However, injuries have given him an extended opportunity, and he seems to be getting better with each start.
64 Jerar Encarnacion – Grade A-
Injuries finally provided Encarnacion with an opportunity to make his Major League debut this season, and his incredible raw power was quickly displayed. However, he was sent back down relatively quickly to get regular playing time in the Minors.
66 Tanner Scott – Grade A
Scott was acquired from the Orioles, and it wasn’t clear exactly what his role would be in the bullpen. Recently, he has taken a strong hold on the closer job.
72 Cody Poteet – Grade C+
Poteet started this season in the Minors, but opportunity arose because of injuries. Unfortunately, he got hurt himself. On the bright side, when healthy, he can both start and relieve.
99 Jesus Aguilar – Grade B-
After some rejuvenation in his game last season, Aguilar came into this season with high hopes. He even spent the offseason and early on dodging trade rumors. While he has shown decent power and a positive attitude, it’s not too far-fetched to say that more was expected of him.
Players no longer on the Marlins roster
9 Erik Gonzalez – Grade C
Gonzalez was brought in mainly for organizational depth. Veteran utility player in both infield and outfield. Never really got it going, and was DFA.
37 Willians Astudillo – Grade B+
Affectionately known as “La Tortuga”, Astudillo was added primarily for depth, as he can play anywhere, including catcher. He even pitched in a few games, and was a great source of energy and team spirit, but he was DFA when regulars ahead of him returned from various injuries.
38 Louis Head – Grade C
Head was acquired to give some length to the pitching staff. While his slider ranked among the best in MLB, he ended up getting hurt, and ultimately being claimed off waivers by the Orioles.
62 Joe Dunand – Grade C-
As A-Rod’s nephew, Dunand brought a good pedigree. Never a top prospect, the team thought enough of him to bring him up to temporarily replace other injured players. However, inconsistency led to his DFA and subsequent claim by the Braves.
After making the postseason in 2020, and the giant step backwards in 2021, fans and team executives were hoping to see this team really get going to contend sooner than later. Wins and losses are not where everyone had hoped, and now-former CEO Derek Jeter is out of the picture. However, Kim Ng is highly-qualified as General Manager, Don Mattingly is a very experienced veteran manager, and there are tons of young prospects still waiting for the call.
The Marlins definitely should have a better record this season, and runs are not being scored as much as hoped. On the bright side, home runs are being hit more often at loanDepot Park than in previous years. In this writer’s personal opinion, the Marlins are definitely moving in the right direction long-term. Now, we just need to see more consistency and a sense of urgency.