The Florida & Miami Marlins have now participated in the past 28 MLB Amateur Entry Drafts.
Some choices led to great things. Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich, Josh Beckett and Charles Johnson stand out as four of the better picks through the Florida and Miami Marlins history. Adrian Gonzalez leads all Marlins first round picks with a career-WAR of 43.6, but of course he never played at the major league level until part of a different organization.
Not every first round pick, however, turns into a star-caliber player. In fact, eight of the Marlins first 30 first-round picks have yet to appear in the majors, and most of them never will. Of course, that excludes draft years 2016 and later.
10 years is enough to tell who is a washout in most cases, and it isn’t fair to expect everyone to contribute even within four years. With that said, the past four drafts are exempt from this thought exercise. Namely, Braxton Garrett, Brian Miller, Trevor Rogers, Connor Scott, Kameron Misner, and J.J. Bleday have a few more years before they would be considered for a “best of” or “worst of” list, depending on how they perform once they arrive in the majors, of course.
With that short explanation out of the way, let’s jump right into the 10 worst first round selections in the history of the Marlins franchise. We’ll start out with the least bad and work our way up (down) to the worst.