Ranking the best rebuilding teams in Major League Baseball

Sep 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel (18) is greeted after hitting a grand slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 5, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel (18) is greeted after hitting a grand slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 01: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at loanDepot park on October 01, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 01: Sandy Alcantara #22 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at loanDepot park on October 01, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

#2: Miami Marlins

The Marlins have already shown their ability to push for the playoffs despite being a rebuilding team, a fantastic sign for a young and growing ball club. Jazz Chisholm and Jesus Sanchez will hopefully be big breakout hitters for Miami in 2022, giving them a solid pair to build around, which they have already started.

Jesus Aguilar has been solid ever since the fish claimed him off waivers before the 2020 season. Brian Anderson looks to bounce back in 2022 after a down and injury-riddled season. Miguel Rojas is one of the best defensive infielders in baseball and Garrett Cooper is one of the more underrated hitters in the game with over a 130 WRC+ since 2020.

Some interesting additions have been made so far with Avisail Garcia and Joey Wendle. In 2020, Garcia provided the Brewers with an above-average bat and solid defense. While I am unsure if the defense will hold up based off his metrics. His expected hitting stats say Garcia might have underperformed at the plate last season, which is a great sign for Miami. Wendle is a versatile player who, despite playing all over the field, manages to have great defense and still be at least an average hitter if not better.

Jacob Stallings was acquired from the Pirates just before the lockout, which should not only help their lineup but also the rotation. Hitting-wise, he is decent for a catcher who will get consistent plate appearances. For the pitching side, Stallings was one of the best defensive catchers in all of baseball last season which will only help this fantastic rotation get better.

Pitching is the real calling card for this squad. Sandy Alcantara was an ace level pitcher in 2021 and is now locked up with a pretty team-friendly deal for the next five seasons. Pablo Lopez and Trevor Rogers have both pitched at well above-average levels, along with Elieser Hernandez still putting up at least average numbers plus all the prospects they still have coming in Sixto Sanchez, Edward Cabrera, Max Meyer, and Braxton Garrett. Jesus Luzardo is another one too if he can find his footing with them.

That is nine potential MLB studs. Obviously this team can’t have all of them so they will have to make decisions on who to keep and who not. That is a solid problem to have, especially when just looking at through the teams in this article, a lot of other teams’ biggest problem is starting pitching. This depth could help them acquire position players to build alongside their young guys.

This rotation is what really puts this team up high because of the production as well as its value to the rest of the league. The lineup is further behind with not a lot of prospects on the way to help out, other than those already on the MLB team. If they are able to make some moves for other hitting prospects or MLB talent, they could easily move out of rebuilding status and into full on contenders.