The Marlins have played 27 seasons of major league baseball, and have participated in 28 annual entry drafts.
We’ve been revisiting the last 10 drafts and catching up with the selectees over the past few weeks. Out of the 28 picks the Marlins have selected in the 32nd round through their history, only one has graduated to the major league level – their 2006 pick, right-handed pitcher Alex Sanabia.
Sanabia was 8-10 with a 4.15 ERA in 28 appearances for the Marlins, including 24 starts. He struck out 86 in 138 2/3 innings, with a 1.442 WHIP.
Catcher Eddie Rodriguez was the 977th selection off the board to the Marlins in 2010. He spent two seasons in the system, between the Rookie-level GCL Marlins in the Gulf Coast League, the Short-season-A Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League, and the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. In 50 minor league contests, he slashed a .227/.280/.307 triple line, with nine extra base hits.
After his release following the 2011 season, Rodriguez spent a season with the Florence Freedom in the independent Frontier League. In 84 games, he hit .300/.380/.495 with 15 homer, 56 RBI, and 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts.
C Sharif Othman played four seasons of NAIA ball with the California Baptist Lancers. In 215 games he hit .318/.393/.512 with 31 home runs and 151 RBI. The Marlins took him 973rd off the board.
A Riverside, CA native, Othman spent seven of his eight professional seasons in the Marlins system, joining the New York Yankees system for the 2017 campaign.
Othman played with every affiliate of the Marlins minors, save their Dominican Summer League team. In 402 overall contests, he hit just .202/.265/.302 with 25 home runs and 124 RBI. Although Othman made it right to the cusp of the majors with the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes in 2018, he never took the final step, and was released just before the start of the 2019 regular season.
RHP Ty Williams was taken by the Marlins with the 977th overall choice in 2012, but instead played a season of junior college ball with the Seminole State College Trojans. A year later, he went in the 35th round to the New York Mets.
Williams played four seasons in the Mets system, pitching in 38 contests in relief. He was 1-4 with a 5.03 ERA and 42 K’s in 50 1/3 innings.
Cody Crabaugh was a six-foot-six right handed pitcher from Edmond, OK. In 2013, he was 13-2 with a 2.12 ERA in 16 appearances for the NAIA Oklahoma City Stars. That was a tasty enough stat line for the Marlins to spend their 32nd round pick on him, 952nd overall.
Crabaugh spent the next two seasons in the Marlins system, between their four lowest stateside minor league affiliates. After going 8-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 37 appearances, including 16 starts, they released him just prior to the 2015 regular season.
Six-foot-three lefty Nestor Bautista came off the board 947th overall to Miami in 2014. In six minor league seasons, he made 92 appearances at the four lower stateside Marlins affiliates, starting in seven. He was 9-12 with a 3.14 ERA over 209 innings during that time, with 195 K’s and a 1.282 WHIP. Bautista announced his retirement on June 6th, 2019, right after the draft.
Third baseman Kris Goodman played four seasons of college baseball with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, appearing in 194 games and slashing .262/.354/.356 with eight home runs and 26 stolen bases in 37 attempts.
Once Goodman signed with the Marlins, he reported to the GCL club and went 17-for-72 over 30 contests. He split 2016 between the Middle-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League and the Short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League. In 42 games, he went 28-for-130 with three doubles and four RBI. On August 17th, the Marlins released him.
Goodman later played independent league ball with the Gary Southshore RailCats in the American Association for parts of two seasons, hitting .245/.319/.377 in 94 games.
Chevis Hoover, chosen 953rd overall in 2016, was a six-foot-three, 240 lb. right-handed pitcher from Tullahoma, OK. Hoover didn’t play in 2017 or 2019 due to injury. He was 0-0 with a 2.69 ERA over 20 1/3 innings between Batavia and the GCL, with 22 strikeouts. The Marlins released him on January 21st, 2019.
Elliott Barzilli is a third baseman from Santa Monica, CA, and a 959th overall pick in the 2017 draft to Miami. Four seasons of Division I ball, one with Georgia Tech and three with the TCU Horned Frogs would yield a .276/.341/.412 slashline with 17 home runs and 102 RBI. He also stole 24 bases in 29 tries.
After the draft, Barzilli reported to GCL and went 16-for-63 with a pair of homers and eight RBI. Miami released him at the end of August before the season ended.
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Right-handed pitcher Jake Norton struck out 29 in 33 2/3 innings for the Stephen A. Austin University Lumberjacks in 2018, then got taken by the Marlins 957th overall off the board. He then played in four games for the GCL Marlins, walking five and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and three unearned runs. He was released a year later after not appearing in any more games.
Left-handed pitcher Josh Simpson led the Ivy League with eight wins in 2017 for the Columbia Lions, and went 10-10 over three seasons with the Division I club, with a 4.33 ERA and 127 whiffs in 160 2/3 innings.
After the Marlins used the 951st overall pick on him, Simpson joined the GCL Marlins and struck out a batter in one perfect inning. Sent up a level to the Muckdogs soon thereafter, Simpson struck out 25 and walked only six in 23 innings of work, putting up a 2.35 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. He’s still listed as part of Batavia’s active roster.