It’s MLB Draft time for the Miami Marlins.
The Miami Marlins will be selecting 16th overall in the First Round of the 2021 MLB Draft. We here at Marlin Maniac will be covering all things surrounding the Marlins’ Draft from player profiles leading up to the big event to predictions, breakdowns, rumors, and more both during and after the July 11-13 MLB Draft.
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Miami Marlins 2021 MLB Draft Profile: RHP Andrew Painter
The next draft prospect up in our Marlins 2021 MLB Draft Profile is right-handed pitcher Andrew Painter.
Painter attends Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he has emerged in recent years as arguably the top high school pitcher in this draft. Rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 17 overall prospect in this draft, Painter displays a skill-set on the mound that has set himself apart in recent years from other top high school arms.
Standing at 6’7, Painter displays a plus four-pitch mix that includes a fastball, curveball, changeup, and slider. Each of these pitches grade at least a 50 on MLB’s 20/80 grading scale, and has shown an excellent ability over the years to command each with potential to improve.
A Florida commit, Painter had an outstanding 2021 senior season at Calvary Christian posting a 6-1 record with a 0.31 ERA across 45.1 innings pitched. Striking out 91 batters to only 14 walks while playing against some of the best high school baseball teams in Florida and across the Southeast, it’s clear why Painter has emerged as a potential Top 10 overall pick.
While some teams may shy away at times from drafting top high school pitchers in the First Round, guys with the talent of Painter are the exception. The Marlins have not selected a high school pitcher in the First Round since taking Trevor Rogers back in 2017, could they select the Florida native in Painter at pick 16?