Selecting pitchers with your first round pick is always a staple of the MLB Draft annual for a few certain teams. Will the Miami Marlins go down that route this season?
The Miami Marlins have a recent history of selecting pitchers in the first round, most notably current big league starter Trevor Rogers, as well as just last year in Max Meyer. While there is a chance they might not go that route this year, Miami will most likely add to the position early-on, potentially even in the first round.
The Miami Marlins will select a pitcher early in the 2021 MLB Draft.
The 2021 MLB Draft undoubtedly features four top pitchers: Vanderbilt right-handers Jack Leiter and Kumar Rocker, Heritage Hall (OK) right-hander Jackson Jobe, and Texas right-hander Ty Madden. Each of these four will be selected in the Top 10 overall picks, and will instantly become some of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.
However, despite those four coming off the board early, are there still arms that the Marlins could consider in the first round? As you’ll see later, there are numerous top pitchers available when Miami is scheduled to pick, but there are also a few names listed below that the Marlins could potentially find for great value with either their comp or second round pick.
- RHP Will Bednar – Mississippi State
- RHP Jaden Hill – LSU
- LHP Frank Mozzicato – East Catholic (CT)
- LHP Gage Jump – JSerra (CA)
- RHP Tommy Mace – Florida
While one could argue that Bednar and Hill, two of the fastest rising pitchers in this draft, could go anywhere in the first round, they should be on Miami’s radar from the beginning as well. In addition to Bednar and Hill, there are 10 clear pitchers, both right and left-handed, that the Miami Marlins should target in the first round, starting with No. 10….
10. Gavin Williams
School: East Carolina
The 2021 AAC Pitcher of the Year emerged as a potential first round pick in this draft with a phenomenal 2021 season in which the senior went 10-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 81.1 innings pitched. Ranking fifth in all of Division-I in K/9 at 14.4, Williams has garnered interest as both a potential future starter and reliever after doing both over four seasons at East Carolina.
A former 30th round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft out of high school, Williams displays one of the best fastballs in this draft that consistently sits in the upper-90’s, along with an above-average curveball and changeup to pair with a solid slider. While there were some control concerns in the past, Williams’ 2021 season changed that making the 6’6 right-hander a potential first round pick.