The MLB Draft is less than 12 hours away, with the Miami Marlins holding the #2 pick. The team’s pick could be a major make-or-break one for the Marlins, as they cannot afford another failed first round pick with the team rounding into form the next couple of seasons.
While the Marlins have had ample of time to go through thousands of prospects, the team has likely narrowed it down to three of four prospects they want the most. A lot of what the Marlins will decide to do will involve the Houston Astros, as they hold the number 1 pick.
The Marlins and Astros have been said to be on the same 4-5 prospects: Brady Aiken, Carlos Rodon, Alex Jackson, and Tyler Kolek. Other options for both teams include Aaron Nola and Nick Gordon. Outside of those six names, it would be a complete shock to anyone in the baseball industry if they were drafted number 1 or 2.
Most mocks have the ‘Stros selecting the talented lefty Brady Aiken, who has drawn comparisons to the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. If this holds true, the Marlins will have an interesting choice on their hands.
Do they go with Rodon, the Cuban left hander that could make an impact in the majors as soon as next season? Or do they draft for a major organizational need of hitters?
Here are the three most likely candidates (from most likely to least likely) that could end up donning a Marlins uniform after the second selection: