MLB National League East Miami Marlins 2022
The Marlins finished fourth in the NL East in 2021 with a 67-95 overall record. Their .414 winning percentage put them 21.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for tops in the division.
While the team did not compete in 2021, there is still plenty of optimism for the organization. They have a solid core of young players, especially in their pitching staff. Some of the highest regarded players include pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Trevor Rogers, Pablo Lopez, and Jesus Luzardo.
The team also has plenty of talent on the way. According to MLB.com’s mid-2021 updated rankings, the Marlins have the third-best rankings in terms of prospects.
The top prospects for the Marlins include shortstop Kahlil Watson, pitcher Edward Cabrera, pitcher Max Meyer, pitcher Sixto Sanchez, and outfielder JJ Bleday. Cabrera and Sanchez have already had a taste of the big league, while others are knocking on the door.
Prior to the lockout, the Marlins made one signing, inking outfielder Avisail Garcia to a four-year deal.
While the Marlins may have a tough time competing for a division title in 2022, don’t be surprised if they make waves in the division within the next couple of years. They already have some talent at the major league level with reinforcements on the way.
MLB National League East Miami Marlins History
While the Miami Marlins may not even be three decades old, the organization has found some success in its limited history.
Officially established in 1993 as the Florida Marlins, the team changed its name to the Miami Marlins starting in 2012. The name change was due to an agreement with Miami-Dade County, the Marlins’ park owner.
Added as an expansion team along with the Colorado Rockies, the two organizations took part in an expansion draft in November of 1992. Unlike previous expansion drafts, the two clubs were allowed to pick players from both National and American League teams.
With their top pick, second overall, the Marlins chose outfielder Nigel Wilson from the Toronto Blue Jays. The rest of their top five picks included pitcher Jose Martinez (Mets), shortstop Bret Barberie (Expos), pitcher Trevor Hoffman (Reds), and pitcher Pat Rapp (Giants).
Since joining Major League Baseball, the only division the Marlins have played in is the National League East.
Going back to their first season in 1993, the Marlins’ franchise has a record under .500. They are a combined 2,112 – 2,452, good for a .463 winning percentage between both regular and postseason games.
In their 29-year history, the Marlins have played in two stadiums. From 1993 to 2011, the team played at Sun Life Stadium. Since 2012, the team has played their games at LoanDepot Park.