2021 Spring Training: Miami Marlins Trying to Make a Splash

The Miami Marlins are a real young and upcoming baseball team. They made it to the playoffs last season in a shortened season. Miami swept the Chicago Cubs in the three-game wild card series. The Marlins lost to the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in a three-game sweep.

Miami is looking to build off of that in 2021, but it will be tough to do so because the MLB schedule is back to 162 games. The Marlins won’t be better than the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals, or the Atlanta Braves, but Miami could avoid the cellar this season to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Don Mattingly is the current manager for the Miami Marlins. Derek Jeter has done a very good job of rebuilding the farm system for Miami and some more players are projected to come up at some point this season.

They usually struggle to get fans to the ballpark and it may not change this season. The Marlins could be very good early on in the 2021 regular season, but then they could fall off a cliff after that.

Starting Rotation

Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, Elieser Hernandez, Sixto Sanchez, and Nick Neidert are the projected starting rotation for the Miami Marlins. Alcantara is a very underrated starting pitcher for Miami. Sanchez has the potential to be the ace of this rotation as this regular season moves on.

Bullpen

Anthony Bass, Yimi Garcia, Dylan Floro, Richard Bleier, and John Curtiss will be the projected bullpen. It is unknown at this time who will be the Miami Marlins closer for the 2021 regular season.

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More on the Fish

(C) Jorge Alfaro, (1B) Jesus Aguilar, (2B) Jazz Chisholm, (3B) Brian Anderson, (SS) Miguel Rojas, (LF) Corey Dickerson, (CF) Starling Marte, and (RF) Adam Duvall.

Infielder Isan Diaz and outfielder Lewis Brinson will be pivotal backups and are both young players for the Miami Marlins.

Prospect outfielder JJ Bleday is a name to keep an eye on. He is one of the top prospects in all of the MLB.

This is a very underrated starting lineup. Any potential injuries to this ball club could derail their season. The Miami Marlins are looking to get better every single day.

Rojas is the heartbeat of the Miami Marlins. He is one of the better younger players in the MLB.

Alfaro provides the most power on the Miami Marlins. Marte was acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Duvall played with other several MLB teams before including the Cincinnati Reds and the Atlanta Braves also.

Key Dates

Sunday, February 28th: First spring training game against the Houston Astros.

Thursday, April 1st: Opening day at home against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thursday, April 8th: First road game of the season against the New York Mets.

Do you think the Miami Marlins will finish with 100 losses this season or potentially contend for a wild card spot in the National League? Leave a comment below.

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