The Miami Marlins are 43-45 so far in the 2022 MLB season: they’re not a powerhouse by any means, but they’re sneakily dangerous.
They know that with a bit of luck and the right decisions from the player personnel department, they could potentially secure a spot in the 2022 playoffs with the expanded format.
The odds are stacked against them right now, but the days leading up to the deadline will likely be crucial in dictating what they do.
For now, their talent acquisition plan consists mainly of internal options to consolidate specific positions.
For example, there’s a need in the rotation right now, and they’re calling one of their top prospects in pitcher Max Meyer.
“His slider was the best throw in the draft.” The @Marlins call the No. 3 pick in the 2020 draft and their current No. 2 RHP prospect Max Meyer to make his MLB debut tomorrow against the Phillies,” MLB Network tweeted on Friday.
“His slider was the best throw in the draft.”
The @Marlins are calling up the No. 3 pick in the 2020 Draft and their current No. 2 RHP prospect Max Meyer to make his MLB debut tomorrow against the Phillies.#MLBCentral | @jonmorosi | @LaurenShehadi | @MLBPipeline | @mxmeyer22 pic.twitter.com/ZEFd9DUzVD
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 15, 2022
A unique talent with a large slider
Only two players were chosen ahead of Meyer in the 2020 draft: that should tell you everything you need to know about his talent.
His fastball is good, but not really special: the slider, on the other hand, is amazing.
That helped him strike out 65 batters in 58 Triple-A innings this season.
Overall, he posted a 3.72 ERA, but his Fielding Independent Pitching (a metric that removes defense from the equation and just focuses on what the pitcher can control) is a much better 3.44. .
His control is Major League ready, and his numbers indicate he would have to get his feet wet in the best league in the world to see if he belongs.
He is 23 years old and has a bright future ahead of him.