The Miami Marlins' most recent drafts were very successful, yielding two top-flight prospects in the first round in Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez. While it is still all too early to see what the 2012 draft's crop has produced, the Marlins have one strong name and one promising prospect who may both contribute in the next two years. One prominent player, however, seems to be out of the game entirely.
First Round: Andrew Heaney
Drafted: First Round, 9th Overall
School: Oklahoma State University
Current Level: Double-A Jacksonville, (Miami Marlins)
Baseball America Top Ranking: 30 (2014)
Minor League Ball Top Ranking: 20 (2014)
Andrew Heaney seems to be everything the Marlins thought they were getting when they made a bold decision in picking him in the first round. A left-handed, projectable pitcher who the Marlins had trouble signing, Heaney has ascended to the top of Marlins prospect lists with undeniable dominance in the Minors. In 2014, for instance, Heaney has a 2.23 FIP in 46 innings for Double-A Jacksonville. At this rate, I would be surprised if Heaney doesn't crack the Marlins starting rotation by August. Andrew Heaney still has a long ways to go before becoming a star pitcher in Miami, but by all indicators, he appears to be on the right track. [
Third Round: Avery Romero
Avery Romero is a very interesting prospect, to say the least. A shortstop in high school, Romero pretty much had the starting job at the University of Florida in his near sight when the Marlins drafted him. It took well above slot to bring Romero into the organization ($700,000), but Miami got the job done and got a great hitter with a love for the game. Romero has since moved to second base and has flourished there in a limited amount of time. In 2014, in 160 plate appearances for Greensboro, Romero is hitting .298/.333/.417. Sure, he has struggled defensively (6 errors already!), but Romero is new to the position and should figure things out with experience. Romero has a bright future due to his sweet swing and fantastic bat speed and while he won't be in Miami for a long while, Romero is a player Marlins fans need to keep an eye on.
Third Round: Kolby Copeland
Drafted: Third Round, 127th Overall
School: Parkway HS, Louisiana
Current Level: Out of baseball
It's crazy how quickly minor league baseball can weed out players. Kolby Copeland, an extremely athletic outfielder who at one point was viewed as a potential first-round pick, hasn't played professional baseball since 2012. In 2012, in the Gulf Coast League, Copeland showed promise hitting .286 with six triples in 237 plate appearances. However, Copeland's major problems have always been off the field. The Marlins knew this when they drafted Copeland, it's impossible to hide a DUI and a suspension when you are a star two-sport athlete in your town. However, at the time it seemed like a great pick because Copeland could have just made one mistake and his talent was hard to overlook. Well, after a 50-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season for refusing to take a drug test, Copeland seems to be done with his baseball career. It's a shame that the Marlins couldn't work with Copeland and help him reach his tremendous god-given potential.
- The Marlins have shown in the past that they love players out of Stan Meek's stomping grounds, Oklahoma. 2012 was no different. Five out of Miami's 40 selections came from Oklahoma, including their first-rounder Andrew Heaney.
- Only one of the Marlins picks in the first twenty rounds was a high school pitcher. This could have more to do with the draft, or just be an oddity, but consider that a lot of the pitchers being brought up in the discussion for the top five picks in 2014 are high schoolers.
- The Marlins picked four shortstops in the first 12 rounds.
- The Marlins have not had a single player from this draft reach the Majors as of today.