In their second year of drafting players, the Derek Jeter led Miami Marlins must find an impact player in the first round of the MLB Draft tonight.
The Miami Marlins have a chance to make history tonight. With the fourth pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Marlins, who have won 11 of their last 16 ballgames, could take an impact player we will talk about for the next decade. With such a need for hitting, it is almost a certainty the front office will forgo taking a pitcher with their first selection, but that does not mean the idea of grabbing a young arm is off the table after round one.
I’d personally love to see Miami grab Hunter Barco, a pitcher from The Bolles School here in Jacksonville, should he slip to Round 2. Barco is a Florida commitment.
If Tyler Callihan, a power-hitting infielder from Providence, were to fall past the second round, could the Marlins make him their second pick?
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The Marlins need to continue to bring in young talent to help shape their future. The front office led by CEO Derek Jeter, Michael Hill, the president of baseball operations for the franchise and Gary Denbo, the team’s Director of Player Development and Scouting is trying to continue the path they took the last offseason. To that, this is a draft class that must deliver past the second and third round.
"As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com indicated on his Twitter account, “The #Marlins have $13,045,000 Draft pool to spend on their first 10 rounds. Miami will make three picks tonight: 4th overall ($6.664,000); 35th (Competitive Balance Round A) $2,095,800; 46th ($1,617,400). Teams don’t have to automatically pay entire slot.”"
I am not so much worried about who is the team’s first pick tonight. What I am worried about is making sure the team gets the most value out of the next three days. What is the team’s plan for the future as they add more puzzle pieces and who is affected most by these decisions? By all accounts, the franchise has some solid arms on each level of their minor league system. The same cannot be said for their everyday players and lack power hitters who can end games with one swing of the bat.
If you read Justin Buckhanan’s mock draft on FanSided.com, he agrees with my thought that Andrew Vaughn of California should be the pick.
"“Vaughn wasn’t drafted out of high school, but became the Golden Spikes winner as the best hitter in college baseball in 2018 as a sophomore. He has maintained his hitting this season and consistently been considered one of the top prospects in the draft,” Buckhanan writes.“The Marlins could go with a higher-upside player like Riley Greene or Abrams if either is there. But there is growing pressure on the Marlins to start making some gains in rebuilding their roster after trading away the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, J.T. Realmuto, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna.”"
After taking a power hitter in Josh Naylor in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft, only to trade him away to the San Diego Padres, the Marlins must find themselves another power hitter on the corner who can fill a middle of the order slot.