It’s 2017 and we still aren’t hearing prospect Tyler Kolek’s name often. There is a chance that doesn’t change soon, either.
Miami’s first round selection in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft struggled initially and is now recovering from Tommy John surgery, further highlighting the club’s decision to draft Kolek instead of White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon.
Kolek notably struggled in Single-A in 2015, pitching to a 4.56 ERA and 4.87 FIP over 108.2 innings. Over 22.0 innings after being drafted in 2014, he pitched to a 4.50 ERA.
Despite Kolek’s struggles, the Marlins are confident he will be able to contribute to their rotation, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald.
“He’s no less a prospect than the day that we drafted him,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.
Marc Delpiano, the Marlins vice president of player development, still sees Kolek as a “top-of-the-rotation” starter.
It’s unclear when Kolek will be able to pitch for the Marlins, but it’s always notable pitchers don’t lose much after undergoing the Tommy John procedure.
Don’t forget the Marlins drafted Kolek or that he can emerge as a starting option. However, his future with the Marlins is unclear.