If the Marlins are going to target a catcher in the first two rounds in this years Draft, selecting the Miami native might be the most appealing should certain events not happen (more on that later). The Miami, FL native was a former 36th Round Pick back in the 2019 MLB Draft, but chose to go on to play college baseball for the Canes.
Del Castillo, rated as the No. 42 overall prospect in this Draft, shined for Miami slashing a combined .311/.410/.499 with 17 HR’s and 124 RBI’s during three seasons. Arguably the top college catcher in this Draft, potentially selecting Del Castillo would give the Marlins an impact catcher that would potentially be able to contribute in the big leagues in one-to-two years.
School: Florida State
If Del Castillo or Goodman aren’t the top college catcher in this Draft, you could certainly make an excellent argument for Nelson as well. Another Florida native, Nelson combined to slash .300/.435/.590 during his college career at Florida State along with 30 HR’s, 109 RBI’s, and 10 SB’s.
Rated the No. 40 overall prospect in this Draft, Nelson might supply slightly less consistent contact than Del Castillo, but makes up for it in his pure raw-power with an outstanding arm behind the plate. The tools are there for Nelson as a prospect, making him a prime candidate to go off the board in the First or Second Round.