On Monday and Tuesday, the Miami Marlins gained 11 more players through the 2019 draft.
Today, the Miami Marlins will choose another 30 players to join the ranks. Who’s who though, through the first 10 rounds?
J.J. Bleday – Vanderbilt University
Bleday’s story is well known already. A 39th round pick of the San Diego Padres in 2016, followed by a .256/.384/.341 freshman season at Vanderbilt. He figured out his hit tool for his sophomore season, slashing .368/.494/.511, but had only totaled six home runs through his first two seasons. As a junior, he lit up opposing pitchers for a .346/.461/.748 line with a nation-leading 25 homers and 64 RBI, while drawing as many walks as he struck out, 45 times.
Kameron Misner – University of Missouri
Misner has been lauded as a great pick in the competitive balance round for the Miami Marlins. After hitting .360/.497/.576 as a sophomore with the Tigers in 2018, he backed off to .287/.443/.485 as a junior this season. He’s hit 21 homers in 148 collegiate matchups, while stealing 50 bases.
Nasim Nunez – Collins Hill HS
Nunez is undersized at 5’9″, 160 lbs, but his defensive skills are undeniable. There are concerns about his offensive impact, but it wouldn’t be the first time a team has bet on a defense-first middle infielder.
"Nunez, committed to Clemson, projects as a plus defensive shortstop because of his plus arm and plus running ability, and he has elite, quick-twitch hands and a knack for throwing accurately from tough arm angles and while on the run. – Baseball America (subscription required)"
Peyton Burdick – Wright State University
Another power guy with a little speed, Burdick hit 26 homers with 159 RBI in three seasons at Wright State, along with 40 stolen bases. A right-handed outfielder from Batavia, Ohio, Burdick projects nicely into the Miami Marlins left field in a couple of seasons.
Evan Edwards – North Carolina State University
Edwards clobbered 45 round-trippers and 163 RBI in 172 games in three collegiate seasons, with 22 stolen bases. A left-handed first baseman, the Greensboro native drew more walks (47) than he struck out (43) in his final season with the Wolfpack.
Evan Fitterer – Aliso Niguel HS
Fitterer boasts a mid-90’s fastball, a plus curve, and an average changeup. Still just 18-years-old, each of his offerings will improve with a little work in the mid-minors. Fitterer was the first pitcher the Marlins chose this season.
M.D. Johnson – Dallas Baptist University
Johnson owns a hard slider and a fastball that tops out at 95 MPH. A 6’5″ right-hander out of Red Oak, Texas, Johnson was 9-2 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 starts with Dallas Baptist this season. He also struck out 99 and walked only 20, while holding opposing hitters to a 0.92 WHIP over 87 innings for the Patriots.
Bryan Hoeing – University of Louisville
Another 6’5″ right-hander, Hoeing improved his peripheral statistics in each of his three collegiate seasons. He topped out this year for the Cardinals with a 3-2 record and a 2.66 ERA, 61 K’s in 50 2/3 innings, and a 1.12 WHIP.
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Tevin Mitchell – University of California/Santa Barbara
Mitchell played second, third, and left field in his four seasons for the Gauchos, while hitting .272/.354/.464 in 134 games. He stole 29 bases and drew 40 walks while striking out 80 times.
Evan Brabrand – Liberty University
Brabrand totaled five seasons of collegiate ball with the NC State Wolfpack and the Liberty Flames, but didn’t really break out until the 2019 campaign. This year, he was 4-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 24 relief appearances, striking out 62 batters in 57 2/3 innings. He only walked 12 and gave up 44 hits for a sub-1 WHIP.
J.D. Orr – Wright State University
A lefty-batting and hitting outfielder in four seasons with the Raiders, Orr hit .330/.458/.408 as a senior in 2019. More impressively, he has stolen 91 bases over his past two seasons, while getting caught just 14 times.
Stay tuned for more on the Miami Marlins as the draft progresses towards its conclusion.