Miami Marlins select Trevor Rogers first overall in the 2017 draft
On Monday, the Miami Marlins made a move to help bolster the future of their starting rotation. The team selected Trevor Rogers with their first overall pick.
Ahead of them, things went pretty much as planned. The Miami Marlins figure to have selected a winner with the Trevor Rogers out of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
They likely dodged a bullet with prep left hander Shane Baz being take by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the pick right before them. Baz is currently committed to TCU, and appears to covet the opportunity to pitch for the Horned Frogs.
The Fish now begin the development of the player they hope will one day lead the rotation to a World Series.
We took a look at Trevor Rogers earlier this week in our potential draft pick spotlight. Rogers is a great selection for the Miami Marlins. In his senior year of high school alone, Rogers threw three no-hitters, one of them being a perfect game.
Rogers is a big kid, standing 6 foot 6 inches tall and throwing the ball nearly 97 miles per hour. They expect his body to fill out as he gets older and could see his velocity increase as he gets older. Think of Adam Conley with more velocity.
The team passed on several notable prospects. Notably they passed on Alex Faedo who was expected to be taken in the top 10 of the draft. Faedo was a college right-hander out of the University of Florida. He is one of the more Major League ready prospects in the draft.
With Rogers, the Marlins select a player who instantly becomes the top player in the farm system. It will take a few years before he is ready to make the jump to the Major Leagues though. He has a few kinks to work out before he is ready to take on the upper-crust of batters.
Looking to the future of the draft
The Miami Marlins still hold two more picks in the top 51 selections. They’ll likely add more pitching if it’s available. However this draft is deep in toolsy outfielders.
With the way the farm system is currently depleted, the team is likely looking to add long-term solutions. Not trade bait. They need pitching and they’ll continue on that vein. The Marlins usually take a “best on the board” mentality when drafting, but they might stray from that in later rounds this year.
Next: MLB Prospect spotlight: LHP Trevor Rogers
In Rogers the Marlins were fortunate enough to get the best of both worlds. He will be a game changing player in a Miami Marlins uniform before too long.