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2013 MLB Draft: Miami Marlins select Colby Suggs with the 73rd pick

The Marlins selected Ryne Stanek's closer at Arkansas, Colby Suggs, with the 73rd overall pick in the Competitive Balance Round B.


The Miami Marlins added a third pitcher with the final pick of the day, selecting Colby Suggs, a right-hander out of the University of Arkansas. Suggs has great fastball velocity, and a potentially deadly slider.

At 6-foot-5 and 225 lbs., Suggs is a large pitcher who the Marlins will likely try to mold into a closer. In 74 and two-thirds innings pitched among his three years at Arkansas, Suggs compiled a 1.33 ERA with 79 strikeouts.

Suggs does have some control problems, and he definitely doesn't have the game experience you'd look for out of a college pitcher, but he does have a potent array of pitches.

Suggs fastball four-seam fastball sits at around 94 miles per hour, but I suspect that he could possibly add another mile or two down the road. After all, there are rumors of him touching 98 miles per hour. His biting slider is probably his best pitch, which sits at around 85 miles per hour. He also throws a hard curveball in the low-80s, and occasionally a changeup around the same speed.

Suggs has always struggled with his control, and the truth is that he's not good enough to hold a job in the majors as a closer unless he can control and command his pitches consistently. Scouts have noticed that at times, Suggs struggles to throw more than one his of pitches for strikes.

His repertoire was good enough to cover that in college. Once he starts moving through the minors, Suggs will learn that he needs to be able to command at least two, and more likely three of his pitches to be successful.

On the bright side, the Marlins now have an outstanding relief pitching prospect with college experience. It has been a very long time since the Marlins have made such a high reach for a surefire reliever, but it could go very wrong.

However, if Suggs does in fact learn to command his pitches and fix a few hitches in his delivery, the Marlins bullpen could be looking a whole lot more promising in a couple more years.