The Miami Marlins have announced they have signed second-round draft pick Nasim Nunez. The high school shortstop made it official on Monday in Miami.
The Miami Marlins may have to wait to sign some of their top draft picks because of the College Baseball World Series, but the organization did not have to wait to introduce second-rounder Nasim Nunez.
The high school sensation officially signed with the franchise on Monday. The 18-year=old shortstop from Collins Hill High School shortstop from Suwanee, Georgia was on hand to taking batting practice with the team and went through workout drills prior to the team’s 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The experience may have seemed surreal to Nunez, who had signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at South Carolina next season. He was able to work with veterans Miguel Rojas, Martin Prado and Curtis Granderson in drills.
"“I had those guys in my video game,” Nunez said. “I just enjoyed every bit of it. It’s a true blessing.”"
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The Marlins were one of the teams this past week that received high marks for their draft, which included a bevy of college hitters who could move through the minor league system.
"“The Marlins are keeping close tabs on the NCAA Super Regionals,” Joe Frisaro wrote.“Three players on Vanderbilt, including first-rounder J.J. Bleday, and one at Louisville were selected by Miami in the 2019 MLB Draft.”"
The Bleday signing should be a formality as the team prepares to add him to their minor league system along with Vanderbilt left-hander Zach King (13th round) and first baseman Julian Infante (36th round). Louisville right-hander Bryan Hoeing was taken in the seventh round. Per Frisaro, the Marlins will have to wait for him as well because the Cardinals qualified to play in the College World Series.
The addition of Nunez is considered a big get for the Marlins organization. The move also helps continue to strengthen the middle of the infield in the minor leagues. The organization had Isan Diaz at Triple-A New Orleans who is Major League ready. Diaz is Miami’s No. 6 ranked prospect.
Jose Devers can play both second and shortstop. He is currently in Jupiter and is currently ranked as the team’s 12th best prospect. At No. 23, Joe Dunand is in Jacksonville of the Southern League. The Double-A affiliate’s shortstop is at least two seasons away from being Major League ready.
"Per Frisaro, “Nunez signed above slot at $2.2 million, MLB.com has confirmed. The slot value for the 46th pick was $1.62 million.”"