There is no Soler mode date for IL, so the veteran player (at least) will be out of action until the August 2 trading deadline. Although Miami has several players who could trade chips by the deadline, there hasn’t been much hype around the possibility of Soler being traded, which speaks volumes about Soler’s contract, Marlins’ long-term plans and a tough 2022 season.
Soler, a World Series MVP winner, signed a three-year, $36 million free agent deal with Marlins after closing. Soler has the ability to pull out after both this season (leaving $24 million on the table) and after the 2023 season (leaving his $9 million salary for 2024 on the table), although it seems unlikely Soler will test free agency again. Disappointing overall heels so far.
Soler .207/ .295/ .400 with 13 home runs notched over 306 board appearances, with 99 wRC+ reflecting slightly below average production. Although there aren’t great numbers, there is some evidence Soler could turn it on in the second half. After all, it was only last season when Soler got tears after being dealt the Braves on deadline, carrying that hot streak in one form or another all the way through the World Championships.
This year, Soler has outstanding hard-dial numbers and a .322 xwOBA is higher than his .305 wOBA, even if that mark is roughly 322 about the league average. Soler also runs above average but swings and loses a ton, as his 29.4% hit rate is only in the 9th percentile of all rackets. Teams play spells against Soler 78% of the time, which is stifling his strong call numbers – Soler has only 0.25 wOBA against change, and a whopping 411 wOBA when he doesn’t face turnovers.
Injuries have also played a role in the past few weeks, with Soler missing about two weeks at the start of July with bilateral pelvic inflammation, and playing in just five games before this latest return to IL. It remains to be seen how much extra time Soler might waste (if it’s more than 10 days), but his absence will open the door to Bleday’s major league debut.
The fourth overall pick for the 2019 draft, Bleday .229/ .365/ .470 with 20 home runs over 367 PAs at Triple-A Jacksonville this season, his first exposure in Triple-A. It’s a brilliant breakthrough for Bleday, who didn’t make much of his first minor league appearance in 2019 and then struggled in his first full season in professional football in 2021. His lack of results last year saw Bleday land in some of the best 100 players. Potential customer rankings, but MLB Pipeline still ranks 69th on the pre-season list.
Of course, Bleday hasn’t played at all in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season, so it’s not necessarily surprising that it will take some time to get back on track. The 24-year-old’s performance in 2022 appears to have calmed a lot of questions about his strength potential and base ability, though Bleday still isn’t up to average and still swings and misses (99 hits in those 367 PA). ) at a high rate.
Bleday’s powerful throwing arm made him more of a right-hand field candidate than his main center field position, and in Miami, Avicel Garcia He can slide into the left field to accommodate the typical novice playing time, or Bleday can simply take over the left field himself. With the Marlins probably already planning towards 2023, Bleday could get a very long view as a potential candidate for an everyday spot next year. Assuming Soler doesn’t pull out, he and Garcia are long-term options in the outer corner areas, but the DH is also available to juggle playtime on the road.