5 MLB Teams That Will Surprise You in the 2022 Season

Javier Baez is one of the best shortstops in the MLB.
Detroit Tigers Javier Baez strikes out during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, March 20, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

After an extended strike that put the 2022 MLB season in jeopardy, everything seems to be ready for a new campaign to begin on April 7.

Here is a list of 5 teams that seem to have the players needed to stand out after being at the bottom of their respective divisions in recent years.

MLB Surprises in 2022:

5.- Kansas City Royals

Salvador Perez hit 48 MLB home runs in 2021
Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez (13) heads back to the dugout after striking out as Minnesota Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers, left, tosses the ball back to the pitcher during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

The fact of having star prospect Bobby Witt Jr. is a reason for hope in a Kansas City team that has Salvador Pérez as its main offensive figure.

After winning the 2015 World Series against the New York Mets, the Royals have been unable to get their heads up in the American League Central Division. They come from finishing the 2021 campaign with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

4.- Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera seeks his 3,000th MLB hit in 2022
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, right, high fives Joba Chamberlain before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Detroit team made several strong moves during the off-season, which makes them a competitive team, despite the fact that Miguel Cabrera is far from giving his best performance.

While Eduardo Rodríguez is the new star of the rotation, the Tigers reinforced their lineup with the signing of Puerto Rican star shortstop Javier Báez.

3.- Seattle Mariners

Eugenio Suarez and Jesse Winker to play for Mariners in 2022
Cincinnati Reds’ Jesse Winker (33) is congratulated by teammate Eugenio Suarez after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, June 3, 2021, in St. Louis. Louis (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Although the Mariners’ pitching continues to generate doubts, their offense will be fearsome thanks to the additions of Adam Frazier, Eugenio Suárez and Jesse Winker.

Meanwhile, American League Cy Young winner Robbie Ray is the newest addition to a rotation that also features Marco Gonzáles.

However, it will not be easy for the Mariners to fight in a West Division that has the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels as favorites.

2.- Miami Marlins

Jesús Aguilar is the Marlins' first baseman
Miami Marlins first baseman Jesus Aguilar (24) gestures against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Derek Jeter’s unexpected departure from the Marlins doesn’t seem to hinder the fact that this could be the breakout year for several of the franchise’s star prospects.

The South Florida team needs a lot of hitting to compete in the tough National League East Division, and, thus, they were able to acquire outfielders Avisaíl García and Jorge Soler.

In addition, it cannot be overlooked that they have one of the best young rotations in the MLB, with Sandy Alcántara and Pablo López leading the way.

1.- Chicago Cubs

Willson Contreras is Cubs' star catcher
Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras watches his home run off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Griffin Jax during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

After posting their worst MLB record in the last 8 years, the Cubs added two players who significantly increase their chances of returning to the post-season in 2022.

The team that comes to life at the mythical Wrigley Field has significantly improved its starting pitching with the arrival of Marcus Stroman, while Japanese star Seiya Suzuki is the luxury reinforcement for a lineup that will once again have Venezuelan Willson Contreras as its offensive star.

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