Miami Marlins: Looking Back at the Last 10 First Round Picks

Matt Melton
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 29: Trevor Rogers #28 of the Miami Marlins in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on June 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 4-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 29: Trevor Rogers #28 of the Miami Marlins in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on June 29, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 4-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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2014 – RHP Tyler Kolek

Selection: 2nd Overall, Shepherd High School (TX)

One of the highest selected Draft picks on this list, the Marlins selected Kolek with the second overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Instantly becoming Miami’s No. 1 prospect, Kolek’s on-field play however didn’t necessarily translate to his top prospect status.

Kolek never reached higher than A-Ball during his five seasons in the Marlins organization posting a combined 5.66 ERA across 163.2 IP with 124 walks and 134 strikeouts during that time. Kolek recently elected free agency in November of 2020 where he is currently unsigned.

2014 – C Blake Anderson

Selection: 36th Overall, West Lauderdale High School (MS)

The second Compensatory Pick on this list, the Marlins selected Anderson 36th overall in the First Round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Instantly touted as one of the top catching prospects in the Miami system, Anderson never seemed to quite get going offensively.

While a solid defensive catcher, Anderson struggled at the plate only playing four seasons with the Marlins, with his best coming in 2015 where he slashed .220/.273/.322 in A-Ball. After essentially not playing in 2016 and 2017, aside from a short-stint as a pitcher, Anderson has yet to play since.

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