The day everyone has been waiting for is finally here. No, I am not talking about tonight’s NBA Finals matchup between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. I am talking about the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
Our own Alex Agueros listed names to keep an eye on that could be candidates for the the Miami Marlins to select with their sixth overall pick. The Marlins have plenty of options, but unfortunately, picking sixth, they will be missing out on the elite prospects in this draft.
To get you guys prepped for the Draft tonight, let’s take a look at a couple of mock drafts and see what the experts have the Marlins doing tonight.
Mock Draft 3.0: Holding Pattern by Jim Callis | Baseball America
6. MIAMI MARLINS: Miami has been linked to Shipley for a while. He still appears to be the Marlins’ target, ahead of Meadows, Missisippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe and maybe Moran if he were still on the board.
PROJECTED PICK: Braden Shipley (Mock draft 1.0/2.0: Reese McGuire/Shipley).
6. Austin Meadows POS: OF B/T: L/L HT: 6-3 WT: 200 School: Grayson (Ga.) HS
Analysis: Other names in the mix here are Shipley, Hunter Renfroe, and DJ Peterson.
They’ll take Bryant or Moran, while also giving strong consideration to Meadows, Frazier, Stewart, Ryne Stanek and possibly Alex Gonzalez.
6. Marlins: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
There’s still interest in Stewart and Ball, as well as the two Georgia high schoolers, but Shipley has cemented himself as the third-best college pitcher in the Draft. Last mock Draft: 8 (Royals)
6) Miami Marlins: D.J. Peterson, 3B, University of New Mexico: The Marlins want a college player here and with the crazy run on them here, it’s between Peterson, Stanek and Renfroe. I would think they take Peterson as he has a long track record of success.
The Penultimate Mock by Chris Crawford | MLB Draft Insider
No.6; Miami Marlins
Braden Shipley RHP, Nevada: $3.5165M
Hey, a change! I still think Meadows is in play — and may actually be ahead of Shipley on their boards, but I think there’s some pressure for the Marlins to take a college player. D.J. Peterson also is still in play, and if Gray or Bryant fall here you will hear a very loud yippee in Miami.
6. Marlins First Option: Braden Shipley, Second Option: Austin Meadows, Third Option: Reese McGuire, Fourth Option: D.J. Peterson, Other Options: Trey Ball, Hunter Renfroe
Mock Draft: Bryant, Gray, Appel still in running for top pick by Dave Perkin | Sports Illustrated
6 Kohl Stewart
RHP St. Pius X High (Texas)
R/R 6-3 190
Mock Draft 1.0 Position: 5
Every ballclub has a “plan”; that is, an organizational blueprint. Miami’s must have gotten caught in an office shredder, because its recent moves have been baffling. The Marlins’ rebuilding process will be long and slow but Stewart, the premier high school righthander in the nation, may be a good place to start.
6. Miami Marlins – Clint Frazier (OF, Loganville HS, GA)
Add the sixth overall pick to the list of grievances that the Marlins can file against the baseball gods. With five “elite” prospects in the draft, there’s a chance that the Marlins will have to make their selection with all five of those players off the board. That in no way means that the Fish can’t find a great talent to add to their system. Clint Frazier is a great talent. Frazier has five-tool potential in the outfield and has some of the highest upside of any player in this class. What stands out when you watch video of Frazier is his absurd bat speed, something that could translate to big power at the professional level. The Marlins haven’t been hesitant to draft prep bats before and I gotta admit, a potential future outfield of Marcell Ozuna, Frazier, and Giancarlo Stanton sounds awfully impressive.
Four of the mocks have the Marlins selecting Branden Shipley, who is ranked as the third best college pitcher. Shipley throws in the upper 90′s and still has a lot of room to grow as a pitcher, as he just started pitching fulltime in his sophomore season.
Dave Perkin has the Marlins selecting Kohl Stewart, a high school pitcher that many scouts see as the pitcher with the highest ceiling. I highly doubt Stewart gets passed the Minnesota Twins, but that is also assuming that the top three picks go as planned.
Keith Law has the Marlins selecting Austin Medows and Conor Dorney has the Fish selecting Clint Fraizer, both are prep outfielders from the Atlanta area and are seen as the top high school talents in the draft. Fraizer projects to have more power at this point, but both would be interesting prospects for the Fish to draft.
The MLB draft is not easy to predict, since there are signing bonuses involved, it is hard to predict how teams will allocate their money and players often slip due to their demands.
I will make one more of these later today, as most of the experts and draft sites will make one more set of predictions before the draft. Also will make my own personal mock draft for how the top 10 will shape out later today.