3. OF Alexander Canario
2023 has been a wild ride for Alexander Canario, as he spent most of the year recovering from two injuries he sustained at the end of last year. The 23-year-old had surgery to repair his ankle after fracturing it on the first base bag in the Dominican Winter League last year. When he fell to the ground, Canario also dislocated his shoulder.
But Canario returned in June and made his way back to Triple-A Iowa in July. And he picked up right where he left off in 2022, where he smacked 37 home runs. In 36 games, Canario slashed .276/.342/.524 with 8 home runs and 12 doubles and earned a promotion to the Majors on September 1st.
This is where Canario's season has become a bit stagnant until recently, as Manager David Ross has used Canario's bat very sparingly with the outfield covered by Ian Happ, Seiya Suzuki, Mike Tauchman, and Cody Bellinger. But Canario made his way to the starting lineup on Tuesday night, where he started at DH and collected his first two MLB hits, which were an RBI double and a grand slam. Hopefully, Canario can continue to carve out a path for himself since he was the main component of the Kris Bryant trade in 2021.