On Tuesday, the Marlins announced that their 2019 All-Star, Sandy Alcantara, will be the Opening Day starter. Just 9 days away from that matchup versus the Philadelphia Phillies, many of the other key decisions about their 30-man active roster will soon be made, too. Our initial roster projection was published at the start of Marlins Summer Camp. Please see below for version 2.0.
While the Marlins have declined to comment on their specific circumstances, OF Lewis Brinson and OF Matt Joyce have yet to participate in team practices during camp. On Wednesday, both were officially placed on the injured list. This development removes them from Opening Day roster consideration.
As a result, this will create more opportunities for other outfielders. One of the biggest Summer Camp storylines has been the rise of Monte Harrison. He’s drawn rave reviews from manager Don Mattingly and there’s been no shortage of home run videos for fans to enjoy. The 24 year old outfielder was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers in the infamous Christian Yelich trade. While he has struggled with his ability to consistently make contact, his light tower power, super-human athleticism, and electrifying charisma give Marlins fans reason to dream of him emerging as a future star. And now that the pieces seem to be coming together, it’s time to see him make his MLB debut on Opening Day.
Monte Harrison be like, “I know a place,”— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 9, 2020
then takes you DEEP. pic.twitter.com/3DvEyt1rQp
On Monday, Don Mattingly mentioned that 1B Lewin Diaz and OF Jesús Sánchez are both candidates to fill the need for a left-handed bat. Sánchez is ranked 64th on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list. Diaz is ranked 7th on Baseball America’s Marlins Top 30 Prospects list. Both have been training in Miami as of late, after initially being placed at the alternate training site in Jupiter.
Under ordinary circumstances, Diaz was not in the conversation for an Opening Day role. But the combination of Joyce’s absence, the new universal designated hitter rule and the lack of a Minor League Baseball season will tempt the Marlins to call him up immediately.
For comparison’s sake, here is what the initial roster projection looked like:
Thank you for reading, until next time!