Over the past 10 seasons, the Marlins have chosen a lot of talent in the annual June MLB Amateur Entry Draft.
Over the Marlins first 28 drafts, they’ve only chosen one player thus far that has graduated as far as the major leagues, only with someone else.
Jared Rogers was a six-foot-seven RHP from Oklahoma City, OK when chosen in the 36th round back in 2010. A Rice University product, Rogers was 12-3 over two Division I seasons in college, with a 4.62 ERA.
Over the next five seasons, Rogers appeared at all six levels of the Marlins system located in the continental United States. He peaked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2013 and 2014. In 94 overall appearances, including 72 starts, he was 29-21 with a 3.86 ERA, 260 K’s in 406 innings, and a 1.32 WHIP. He retired prior to the 2015 season.
Third baseman Damek Tomscha was first chosen in the 50th round of the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, later going in round 36 to the Marlins the following year and the Chicago Cubs in the 19th round in 2012. The Phillies chose him once more, in the 17th round in 2014.
As you can probably tell from his draft history, Tomscha played four seasons of collegiate ball, first with Iowa Western CC and later with the Auburn Tigers. In 232 NCAA contests, he hit .354/.447/.602, with 41 dingers, 179 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.
Tomscha finally signed with Philadelphia after the 2014 draft, and worked his way through their system until mid-June, 2019, when he was released. The Chicago White Sox signed him through free agency, where he’s currently rostered with their Triple-A International League affiliate, the Charlotte Knights.
Tomscha has played in 603 minor league contests, and has put together a .273/.354/.417 slash line with 55 home runs.
Kendall Graveman was a six-foot-one right-hander from Alexander City, AL when the Marlins picked him 1,097th off the board in 2012. After failing to reach a deal, the Toronto Blue Jays spent their eighth round pick on him the following season out of Mississippi State.
Graveman shot meteor-like through the Jays system, making stops in 2014 at single-A, high-A, double-A, and triple-A before making his major league debut late in the season. After the season, they traded him to the Oakland Athletics, where Graveman played four seasons.
After spending 2019 in the Chicago Cubs system without making it back to the bigs, Graveman recently signed a free agent deal with the Seattle Mariners. In 83 major league contests, including 78 starts, Graveman is 23-29 with a 4.38 ERA and 286 whiffs in 444 innings.
Chandler Eden is a six-foot-two Yuba City, CA native chosen first by the Marlins with the 1,072nd overall pick in 2013. He was chosen twice more after that, by the Blue Jays in the 17th round in 2015 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 25th round in 2016.
Eden never appeared in affiliated ball, striking out 68 in 58 innings of collegiate ball between Oregon State, Yavapai College, and Texas Tech.
Justin Hepner was a right-handed reliever out of San Diego State University, where he went 6-5 with a 4.06 ERA over four college seasons. With the 1,067th overall choice in 2014, the Marlins made him part of our organization.
Hepner appeared in three games at Miami’s Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate, the GCL Marlins, and allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings. He was released prior to the 2015 campaign, and hasn’t appeared in competitive ball since.
LHP Gunnar Kines went 16-3 in two seasons with the NCAA Division 2 Mount Olive College Trojans. He struck out 172 in 158 innings, leading the Marlins to take a flyer on him 1,076th off the board in 2015.
Kines was solid with GCL, going 3-2 with a 1.44 ERA over 31 innings, with 28 strikeouts and only one walk issued. He followed that with a cup of coffee for the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League near the end of the 2015 campaign. The Marlins released him just prior to the 2016 regular season.
Since then, Kines spent most of the past four seasons with the Schaumburg Boomers, in the independent Frontier League, where he’s 22-17 with a 2.95 ERA. He also spent a good portion of the 2019 season in Australia, with the Adelaide Bite. He struck out 14 in 16 innings and racked up a 1.69 ERA while with the team.
Catcher Matthew Popowitz went to the Marlins in 2016, 1,073rd overall off the board out of Suffern HS in his hometown of the same name in New York State. He never signed and never appeared in competitive ball above the high school level.
Josh Alberius, a Little Rock, AR native, was 1,079th off the board for the Marlins in 2017 out of the University of Arkansas. In four seasons of Division I play, he was 7-7 with a 4.15 ERA and 108 whiffs in 118 innings of work.
Alberius signed with the Marlins and split the rest of the season between the Batavia Muckdogs in the Short-season-A New York-Penn League and the GCL Marlins. Solid in eight innings of rookie ball, Alberius was shelled with the Muckdogs, pitching to a 10.03 ERA over 11 2/3 innings, along with a 2.49 WHIP.
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Riley Egloff is a six-foot-four right-hander from Highlands Ranch, CO. After the Marlins took him in the 36th round in 2018, he instead joined Yavapai College, where he was 3-3 with a 2.40 ERA in 2019. He struck out 36 in 48 2/3 innings, saving four games and pitching to a 1.36 WHIP.
1B Julian Infante was one of three Vanderbilt alum to join the Marlins in the 2019 draft. In 142 college games, the Miami native hit .282/.363/.513 with 29 home runs and 125 RBI.
After signing, Infante split his first professional look between the Muckdogs and GCL, slashing a collective .231/.359/.343 in 33 games. He’s currently still rostered with Batavia.