The Marlins took the day off from playing baseball Thursday, and picked out some new players the front office thought our current roster would have fun playing with. Awww!
Unfortunately, setting up a play date in the MLB is fairly complex. With thousands of names to choose from and only a couple of them making sense strategically, practically, and financially, the Marlins landed three new pitchers and a third baseman. How fun! Should they sign, current Marlins should look forward to playing and having fun with their new friends: Colin Moran, Matt Krook, Trevor Williams, and Colby Suggs.
With the sixth pick in the draft, Miami chose the North Carolina third basemen Colin Moran. Perhaps one of the more painful aspects of following the draft is the awful player comps. Here, the Marlins VP of scouting compares our new baseball friend to Wade Boggs. I’m not a scout, but sifting through overly-optimistic player comps is no fun for anybody and I just wish it would all stop.
Matt Krook, the Marlins second pick in the draft is committed to Oregon, but this article from Manny Navarro quotes him as saying he’s ready to play professionally. This is good news for the Marlins as the lefty was poised to be a tough sign for Miami.
Michael Long at Fish Stripes published a brief, but comprehensive intro to one of Miami’s new baeball friends, Trevor Williams. Williams is a righty out of Arizona State University, and needs to figure out the whole “striking-batters-out” thing. Some say that shouldn’t be too difficult for him, but I don’t know, I tried it once and it was really hard!
Scouting Video: Colby Suggs, RHP, Arkansas (2013 Draft) | Baseball Beginnings
At Baseball Beginnings, they have a slew of video and down to earth write-ups on draft prospects. Colby Suggs, Miami’s fourth and final pick of day one, was drafted at #47 overall out of the University of Fayetteville Arkansas. The right-handed pitcher projects to be a middle of the rotation innings eater, and draws a fairly modest comp from The Baseball Beginnings Guy, but at least isn’t viewed as an automatic bust. Neat!
As the first round pick, Moran will likely get the most buzz around Miami. He’s a talented dude and Teddy Mitrosilis at ESPN put together a big ‘ole profile on the guy’s rise into a top-ten draft pick.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Geoff Parkins had the pleasure of talking to current Marlin prospect and Florida alumni Anthony DeSclafani. Parkins had been a fan of the pitcher since his days at Gainesville, and the two talked about the trade that got him here, (yes, that trade) his pitching style, and aspects of his game he wants to improve on.
Eshan Kassim put up a quick profile on Colin Moran, noting how much we’re allowed to pay him, where he fits in our prospect list, and his career up to this point.
Eshan also had to say something about Miami’s second pick in the draft, Matt Krook. All the good “Krook/Crook” puns were worn out by the time Eshan could get this post up, so he instead opted to fill it with quotes and a video on the young lefty.
Eshan put up a mock of the top ten picks this morning, with a quick blurb about each pick for your enjoyment. See how his mock stacks up with the actual results!