Matt Melton – C Harry Ford, North Cobb (GA)
The clear second top catcher in this draft, Ford displays some of the best bat-speed of any player available, as well as a history of making consistent loud contact. An outstanding athlete as well, Ford has plus-athleticism for a catcher which also gives him the ability to play multiple other positions as well. If the Marlins are looking for an impact catcher for years to come both offensively and defensively, Ford is a no-brainer should he fall to pick 16.
Alex Vargas – OF Colton Cowser, Sam Houston State
Coswer is one of the better bats in this draft class, and he should be selected at pick 16 if he is available. One thing this season has made evident is that the Marlins need bats in the lineup, as they have lacked power at times. Already an excellent hitter, Cowser displays average power with additional room for improvement. The Marlins should focus on offense in round one, with Cowser an easy pick if available.
Bryan Pyrtle – LHP Jordan Wicks, Kansas State
Unless UCLA shortstop Matt McLain somehow falls to the Marlins at 16, Wicks makes the most sense for a Miami farm system that could use a boost to its crop of southpaws. Though Wicks’ fastball only registers in the low-to-mid 90’s, it exhibits pretty high spin rates to make up for the lack of velocity. That heater is also complemented well by his changeup, the best pitch in Wicks’ arsenal, as well an above-average slider. Although his curveball could use some work, the lefty’s aptitude for consistently repeating his delivery and pounding the strike zone gives him a lot of upside.
So, now that you’ve heard our thoughts on the Miami Marlins plans for Round 1-2, what do you think Miami will or should do?