Researching the upcoming MLB Draft and one thing that I noticed about the Marlins, they are deep in pitching and outfield prospects. They seem to be lacking the most upside prospects at 3rd and behind the dish. With Pitchers such as Sixto Sanchez, Edward Cabrera, Trevor Rogers, Braxton Garrett, Jorge Guzman, Sterling Sharp, Humberto Mejia, and Nick Neidert the future looks bright regarding the future rotation. They also have a couple of relief pitchers to keep an eye on in Alex Vesia and Tommy Eveld. The outfield is loaded as well thanks to a great 2019 Draft, international signings and through trades, as they can toss around names such as Jesus Sanchez, Monte Harrison, JJ Bleday, Kameron Misner, Peyton Burdick, Victor Victor Mesa, Jerar Encarnacion and Victor Mesa Jr. when talking about the future of the OF. Miami will need to get some depth at other positions in the upcoming draft, but I think they shouldn’t stray away from taking the best player available either.
Good thing for us the June draft is just around the corner. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLB Draft will be cut down to 5 rounds or 160 picks with 6 of those picks belonging to the Miami Marlins. Below are my picks on what I would like to see for Miami’s (Did my best to anticipate reasonably if that player would be available at the pick position):
Pick 1.3 – Many in the industry have the first 2 players off the board being the bats of Spencer Torkelson (1B ASU) and Austin Martin (OF VU). This would leave the lefty pitcher from Texas A&M, Asa Lacy (6’4” 215 lbs) for Miami to select. I just indicated earlier that Miami is stacked in pitching prospects but when you can draft the best pitcher in a deep pitching class you strike quickly. His delivery visually looks violent and it veers to a nontraditional motion but highly effective and it has been smoothed since originally drafted late in the 2017 Draft. Torkelson or Martin would be fantastic consolation picks if Lacy goes first or second.
According to scouting reports Lacy’s fastball and slider combination are both plus to plus-plus offerings. His fastball plays in the low 90’s up to 98 MPH. But wait there is more, his curveball and change-up both grade out as above-average. The concern from the scouts on Lacy is there have been some control issues while at Texas A&M. If he can clean up the delivery and zero in on the strike-zone he has the “stuff” to be a frontline starter.
Check out this tweet from @MLBPipeline:
A 6’4″ lefty with a fiery fastball and a nasty curve … is @AggieBaseball‘s Asa Lacy a hybrid of Aroldis Chapman and Clayton Kershaw?
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 23, 2020
Pick 2.40 – Tough to know who has been drafted and who is available, but I think that my selection will be available. My selection would be Drew Romo (6’1” 205 lbs), catcher from Texas. He has signed with Louisiana State University indicating sign ability could be a concern but he is a defensive first catcher that is learning how to handle the bat. Romo was the starting catcher on the U.S. 18-and-under national team for the last two years and according to scouting reports has advanced receiving skills and is praised for his leadership ability, work ethic and baseball IQ. Unfortunately he does not grade out as an offensive power house, but scouts have indicated that he could hit above .250 with double digit home runs.
Check out this article regarding Romo from @Prospects365:
ICYMI: @mason_mcrae profiled Drew Romo, who’s regarded by many as the best defensive catcher in this draft class. 🔥
He’s also hailed as a leader on and off the field. https://t.co/iZBUZlwHzq
— Prospects 365 ⚾️ (@Prospects365) May 22, 2020
Pick BB.61 – With the 61st overall pick, I would select Gage Workman (6’4” 195 lbs), 3B from Arizona State. Third is a position of need and some may feel a bit of a reach for Gage depending on which ranking site you prefer but the scouts love his ability to be a plus defender at 3rd and feel that with some tutelage in a professional system they can transition his power over hit to cut down on the k’s and take more walks to become more offensively rounded. Check out the in-depth article and interview posted on May 19th from Prospects1500 contributor James Weisser (@JWeisser88).
Continuing @JWeisser88‘s series of #MLBDraft preview columns. Here he profiles @ASU_Baseball‘s Spencer Torkelson, Gage Workman & Alika Williams, including an interview with all three. #MLB #MiLB #ASU https://t.co/BEOQYM692r
— Prospects1500 (@Prospects1500) May 19, 2020
Pick 3.75 – My selection for the 75th overall pick is Zach McCambley (6’1” 215 lbs), right handed pitcher from Coastal Carolina. McCambley went undrafted in 2017 due to a knee procedure and wasn’t considered signable. The scouts rave about his high spin rates on his curveball and fastball also stating that he has one of the better curveballs in the class. His fastball works in the 90-94 MPH range which makes his 80-84 MPH curveball that much more effective. He is a little bit of a project if he wants to stick in the rotation. He will need to clean up his delivery in order to locate his plus offerings and he needs to improve his changeup to give him a quality 3rd offering. If he is not able to work on those he has the arsenal to be a high-leverage arm for the pen.
Check out this tweet from @MikeMorrison_25 highlighting Zach:
— Mike Morrison (@MikeMorrison_25) March 14, 2020
Pick 4.104 – At overall pick number 104, I set my attention to shortstop from Central Michigan, Zavier Warren (6’0″ 190 lbs). Impressing scouts in the Cape Code League and the Mid-American conference with his ability to hit and get on-base established him as a prospect to know. A switch-hitter that scouts say has a quick and solid swing from both sides of the dish. He makes line-drive contact with more gap power then a home run threat. He works deep into counts and is not afraid to take a walk and many believe he could wind up as an offensive minded second baseman or a third baseman if the power develops. Warren did play as a catcher in high school and played some in college adding intrigue to his position but flexibility is an added commodity. Check out this tweet from @MACSports that showcases his hit ability:
Zavier Warren is on 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— #MACtion (@MACSports) May 23, 2019
Pick 5.134 – With the 5th round selection, I would select 3B prospect, Yohandy Morales (6’4” 195 lbs). He played short in high school but with his size he will be destined to move to a CI infield spot sooner rather than later. Scouts rave about his ability to barrel up the baseball. His frame leads scouts to project that he will hit with tons of power in the future. He will need to work on smoothing out his batting approach and work on pitch recognition but there is upside. He is committed to the University of Miami making sign ability somewhat concerning. Just check out this video, posted by @PG_Scouting, showcasing his swing:
Yohandy Morales (2020 SS, FL): Morales’ raw power and power projection are each near the top of the class, as he consistently gets the head out and drives the ball with impressive jump and carry pull side, projecting extremely well for even more power long term. #PGNational pic.twitter.com/wL7Awb54se
— Perfect Game Scout (@PG_Scouting) June 12, 2019
Not taking into account any of the players that are signed post draft this draft scenario would add 2 pitchers, 2 third baseman, a catcher and a shortstop. The MLB draft is one of the hardest drafts to predict in my opinion but I am confident that the Marlins front office will draft the best players available. Let me know what you think about the proposed draftees and let’s get some MLB Draft talk going.
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