The Miami Marlins have selected their third shortstop of this draft with their third round pick, bringing their total selections to three shortstops and one catcher.
Miami Marlins select SS Jordan McCants with the No. 88 Overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
The Marlins have taken shortstop Jordan McCants No. 88 overall in the third round of the 2021 MLB Draft. McCants, an in-state product from Pensacola Catholic High School, is rated as the No. 139 overall prospect in this draft according to MLB Pipeline.
At 6’1 165 lbs., McCants has the potential to be a future top-of-the-order middle infielder. A left-handed hitter, McCants flat-out knows hit to hit, constantly churning out quality at-bats with ability to recognize spin while doing an excellent job at not-chasing balls out of the strike zone.
While the 19-year old doesn’t possess much power from the left-side of the plate, he makes up for it with his ability to hit for contact, combined with his speed on the basepaths.
His 60-grade speed also helps him defensively as an excellent fielding shortstop. While there have been doubts about whether or not his arm strength will allow him to stay at shortstop long-term, a move to second base or center field could be a potential future option as well.
Currently a commit to Mississippi State, it’ll be interesting to see going forward whether or not McCants signs or goes the collegiate route. If he does sign, it only adds yet another talented young player to Miami’s now seemingly deep group of shortstops in the organization.
With the Marlins having now selected three shortstops in Watson, Morissette, and McCants with three of their first four picks, it makes sense that Miami may be done taking middle infielders until the late rounds. Going forward, pitcher appears to be a position the Marlins could target often from here on.