The Miami Marlins did something that made their fans happy, for a change on draft day. The Miami Marlins selected third baseman Colin Moran out of the University of North Carolina.
Moran is seen as one of the safer picks in the draft, as many expect him to be a solid regular third baseman in the big leagues. Scouts rave about the good eye at the plate Moran has. He also has good bat speed and is willing to work the count and hit to all fields. He is not a wizard with the glove at third, but he is not seen as a liability out there either.
Moran posted a .351/.478/.560 slash line with UNC this season, leading them to the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament. He also hit 13 homers, though he is not expected to hit for too much power in the big leagues. His most astounding stat has to be his 57 walks and just 21 strikeouts.
The best news for the Marlins is that scouts feel that Moran can stick at third base long term.
Peter Gammons was a fan of the Marlins pick:
“He brings so much on base potential. He doesn’t strike out, walks a ton. He’s a line drive, gap hitter who is not going to be disturbed by the power numbers in that ball park,” MLB analyst Peter Gammons said of the pick. “And he will be very fast to the big leagues. I kept hearing they were in love with him from his workout and his interview. Extremely talented hitter.”
Colin in still a Junior in college, so he does have the leverage on the Marlins to return to college. He is not seen as a tough sign and with an opening at third in the Marlins organization, Moran may see a chance to take a quick path to the majors.
The allotted draft slot for the sixth pick is $3.5165 million.
Moran will likely slip in as the Marlins second best prospect in the system, behind outfielder Christian Yelich.
The Marlins have three more picks today, so stay tuned to Marlin Maniac to see who the Marlins pick.