With the Miami Marlins looking to add to their already stacked farm system in the upcoming 2021 MLB Draft, there are multiple highly-rated first baseman available. While first base may not be as big of an immediate need due to No. 6 prospect Lewin Diaz knocking on the door of the big leagues, there are still multiple intriguing options to consider going forward.
The Miami Marlins may look for a first baseman in the 2021 MLB Draft.
As mentioned previously, Diaz is most-likely the Miami Marlins first baseman of the future. That however does not mean that they will not look for depth at the position, with these eight Draft prospects among the ones they could target. (Draft Prospect Rankings courtesy of MLB.com)
8. Tyler Miller
Originally drafted by the Pirates in the 23rd Round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Miller spent a year in JUCO before transferring to Auburn in 2020. After moving around positionally during the 2020 season, Miller enjoyed a phenomenal 2021 season for the Tigers slashing .313/.354/.601 with 16 HR’s and 61 RBI’s spending 48 games as Auburn’s primary first baseman.
Rated as the No. 231 overall prospect in this Draft, Miller has flashed some consistent power potential over the last year playing in the best college baseball conference in the country. While his defensive consistency will surely need to improve over-time, the positional versatility and athleticism for the 21-year old makes Miller an intriguing option for any team.
A 4-year player for the Sooners, Hardman was originally a 37th Round pick out of high school by the Rockies in the 2017 MLB Draft, but decided to attend Oklahoma. Starting at first base in every game his final three seasons, Hardman slashed .311/.392/.497 for his career with 24 HR’s and 119 RBI’s, which also including a Big 12 best .397 AVG this past season.
Rated as the No. 194 overall player in this Draft, Hardman is a strong all-around hitter on the offensive side of the ball, but his defensive skill-set has most scouts believing he will most likely stick at first base. When looking at Hardman overall, it’s hard to not get excited about the recent offensive track record for the 22-year old.