The Miami Marlins chose outfielder Kameron Misner with the 35th overall choice in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.
Kameron Misner is a 6’4″, 205 lb. lefty-hitting and throwing outfielder from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Born on January 9th, 1998, the now 21-year-old college junior played his prep ball with Poplar Bluff HS and has attended the University of Missouri for the past three seasons.
Like the Miami Marlins first pick, Vanderbilt product J.J. Bleday, Misner was chosen in the 2016 draft. The Kansas City Royals chose him in the 33rd round. As a freshman in 2017, Misner hit .282/.360/.446 with seven homers and 34 RBI. He also stole 17 bases in 23 attempts. Misner struck out 55 times in 58 games that season, while drawing only 23 free passes.
In 2018, Misner learned a little patience at the plate, striking out 26 times with 32 walks in 34 games. He hit .360/.497/.576 with four homers, 25 RBI, and 13 stolen bases in 19 tries. Here’s Misner this season, courtesy of D1 Baseball’s You Tube page.
This season, Misner led the Tigers to a 34-22 record overall, but the team was eliminated from the Southeast Conference tournament in Game 2, by Ole Miss. For his part, Misner slashed .286/.440/.481 in 57 games played. He stole 20 bases while getting caught only once, drawing 54 walks and whiffing 58 times. He hit 10 home runs with 32 RBI.
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Misner was not expected to last past the first round – he was largely expected to go to the New York Yankees with the 30th overall choice. Everyone knows though, that all bets are off once the players start going. There is risk associated with this selection. Despite Misner’s possible hit-for-power tool, he had a lot of trouble hitting for average. According to Pinstriped Prospects:
"Grading Misner’s hit tool will be the biggest challenge for teams. He’s experimented with different loads and timing mechanisms this spring, but he has never been able to consistently put himself in a good, attacking position. There is risk with Misner because of his limited track record, but his tools give him tremendous upside as well. – Rick Keeler"
The Miami Marlins two first round picks seemingly have a lot in common. Both are 205-ish pounds, left-handed hitting and throwing, three year college-junior, formerly selected in 2016 21-year-old outfielders. Misner, however, isn’t as pro-ready as is Bleday. Whereas Bleday may get to the majors by the end of the 2020 campaign, the timetable on Misner would see him showing up around the end of 2021 for his first look.
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