Meet the 2022 Miami Marlins Draft Picks
With the excitement building around the 2022 MLB draft and the impending All-Star game this evening, it’s time to take a few moments and examine who the Miami Marlins have drafted so far. The ongoing trend with the Marlins draft picks seems to favor college pitchers – many of whom may be ready to help the Marlins starting rotation or bullpen soon.
The Miami Marlins have built a pitcher-heavy draft class this year.
One of the commonalities that seems to tie these draft picks together is the fact that they are all experienced college-level pitchers and the age and experience factor may well move them up in the Marlins farm system sooner rather than later. While many of the top-tier draft selections were high school players, the Marlins have stayed with college players for the most part during the draft selection process.
Marcus Johnson leads the way as one of the top choices for the Marlins this year. The big, 6’6″, 200 pound righty from Duke looks to become a part of the Marlins starting rotation in the near future. Johnson was selected in the fourth round and was the 112th overall draft pick. Maybe the Marlins have a diamond in the rough here? Johnson was a team captain at Duke and for a signing bonus just north of $500,00 he may turn out to be the steal of the draft for the Marlins.
Heading out west to the Pac-12, the Marlins found another right handed pitcher in Josh White out of Cal Berkeley. The Marlins went again with a proven college pitcher from an academically-oriented university which means that the Marlins have already found smart pitchers in both Johnson and White. White was drafted in the fifth round behind Johnson and was the 142d overall pick. While not as big as Johnson, the 6’1″, 205 pound White will have to find out where he will stand in the Marlins farm system soon.
The third right handed pitcher drafted out of the college ranks by the Marlins during the draft is Lousiville’s Jared Poland. Poland was plucked out the sixth round by the Marlins and was a relative bargain signing at just over $300,00. Joining Poland will be fellow righty Kyle Crigger from Louisiana Tech and his teammate Cade Gibson. Crigger was signed in the seventh round while Gibson, a southpaw, waited to go in the draft until the tenth round and the 292nd overall pick this year.
What does the future hold with these young, new Marlins? There will certainly be questions about the quality of the draft picks but these young pitchers were some of the best and brightest around in the NCAA ranks that were available in the MLB draft. Time to get to work gentlemen. Your baseball education is about to really begin.