As the 2021 MLB Draft approaches, the Miami Marlins are narrowing down on just who they plan to select with their First Round pick.
With Miami holding the No. 16 overall pick in the First Round of this years Draft, there are numerous different potential options on who they will select. One thing is clear however: Whomever they select will join a phenomenal group of Marlins First Round Draft picks in recent years.
The Miami Marlins have a history of strong First Round picks.
While history shows that not all First Round picks will always pan out, the Marlins have had success when it comes to this area. The franchise has had some phenomenal selections over the years including players such as Josh Beckett, Christian Yelich, and more. While these players might not spend their entire careers with the Marlins, there is no denying that Miami has a history of making good selections in the First Round.
So, before the Marlins make their selection this year, let’s look back at the 10 most recent Marlins’ First Round picks and where they are now, starting with the 2013 MLB Draft.
2013 – 3B Colin Moran
Selection: 6th Overall, North Carolina
After a phenomenal 2013 season at North Carolina, the Marlins selected Moran with the sixth overall pick in the First Round of the 2013 MLB Draft. After spending a little over a year in the Miami system, the Marlins however traded the No. 4 prospect at the time to the Houston Astros as part of a multi-player deal.
After reaching the big leagues and spending his first two years with Houston, Moran was once again traded, this time to the Pirates in 2018 as the arguable focal-point of the Gerrit Cole deal. Still currently playing in Pittsburgh, the 28-year old now first baseman is enjoying a strong 2021 season slashing .280/.345/.414 with four HR’s and 23 RBI’s across 49 games.
2013 – LHP Matt Krook
Selection: 35th Overall, St. Ignatius High School (CA)
The Marlins selected Krook 35th overall with a Compensatory Pick in the First Round of the 2013 MLB Draft. However, Krook did not sign with the organization, and instead chose to attend Oregon to play college baseball.
After pitching at Oregon for three seasons, one of which the left-hander underwent Tommy John Surgery, Krook was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the Fourth Round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Since 2016, Krook has spent time in the Giants and Rays organizations, while also currently pitching in the Yankees system in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.