Miami Marlins Expect To Sign UNC 3B Colin Moran


June 11, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina third basemen Colin Moran (18) gets ready to make a throw during the 5th inning against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Chapel Hill Super Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels defeated the Gamecocks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The deadline to sign draft picks from the 2013 Amateur Draft is just two days away and the Miami Marlins have yet to secure a contract with their first round pick, Colin Moran. The team has offered Moran the recommended slot value ($3.52 million) and are awaiting a decision from Moran.

The fact that Moran has not signed as of yet has some Marlins fans freaking out, but Jim Callis of Baseball America doesn’t believe signing Moran should be an issue for the Fish:

Moran, out of the University of North Carolina, was seen as the most advanced college bat in the 2013 draft. The Marlins see Moran as their third baseman of the future and he should immediately slot into the top 3 of the Marlins prospect lists.

The two sides have until 5:00 PM EST Friday to come to terms, but a signing should be expected before that, as the Marlins like to have all the physicals and bloodwork done before signing any draft pick.

Moran owned a .345/.471/.544 slash line with 63 walks and just 25 walks during his Junior season at the University of North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to the College World Series as the number one overall seed, but his team was eliminated by FAU.

Although Moran can return for his Senior season, he does not stand to have a chance for movement up the draft board if he returns to school.

I personally expect to see an article sometime Thursday on MM about the team and Moran coming to terms on a deal, but it could possibly go up to the last moment, much like it did with Andrew Heaney last year.

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